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LatinNews Daily - 28 September 2021

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In brief: Argentina gradually opens borders

* The Argentine government led by President Alberto Fernández has re-opened two land border crossings, a step in the country’s gradual re-opening to international tourism after more than a year and a half of closed borders and strict restrictions implemented in response to the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic. Restrictions on entry into Argentina began to be lifted on 21 September, and will follow a gradual re-opening process until 1 November, after which all foreign nationals will be allowed entry upon showing a Covid-19 vaccine certificate or a negative Covid-19 test; unvaccinated individuals will have to quarantine. “Today a new stage starts, this is because the sanitary plan has worked and we are able to establish protocols with neighbouring countries and start reactivating tourism”, Interior Minister Eduardo ‘Wado’ de Pedro said while overseeing the re-opening of the Tancredo Neves bridge which links the town of Puerto Iguazú, Misiones province, in Argentina with Foz do Iguaçu in Brazil. The re-opening of the Argentina-Brazil link, as well as of the Los Libertadores pass linking Argentina’s Mendoza province with Chile, is part of a pilot project that will run this week ahead of the full re-opening of the land borders on 1 October. Chile is also planning to open its borders to foreign tourists on 1 October, while Argentina’s neighbour Uruguay will do so on 1 November.