Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Buenos Aires, Argentina (March 11, 2020

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Location:  Argentina

Event:  The government of Argentina announced upcoming enhanced screening and quarantine measures to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Travelers should be prepared for travel restrictions to be put into effect with little or no advance notice. Visit the website of the Argentine Ministry of Health (in Spanish) for additional information on these new measures.

Public statements by Argentine government officials noted a 14-day self-isolation quarantine for anyone, regardless of nationality, arriving in Argentina who has visited a country with sustained transmission, including the United States, all European countries, China, Japan, South Korea, and Iran.  Health screening measures are in place at the Buenos Aires International Airport and the Argentine authorities may quarantine individual travelers, including passengers transiting the International Airport, if the Argentine authorities determine the traveler to be a health risk.  Failure to comply with the quarantine measure may be a criminal offense.  A presidential decree with more details on self-isolation and travel restrictions is pending.  Please refer to the Argentine Ministry of Health website (in Spanish) for further details.

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By U.S. Mission Argentina | 11 March, 2020 | Topics: Alert

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New Baggage Rules at O.R. Tambo International Airport

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NEW RULES AT O.R. TAMBO INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT FOR BAGS OF IRREGULAR SHAPE

KEMPTON PARK, 25 March 2019 – New rules for checking in bags of irregular shape and size will be applied at O. R. Tambo International Airport from today (25 March 2019).

The new rules are aimed at preventing blockages and breakdowns in the baggage handling system caused by bags that do not have any flat surfaces or that have long straps or grips as per the International Air Transport Association (IATA) guidelines.

Bags that are round or do not have a flat surface of any kind are the largest source of jams in the baggage handling system. These jams can shut down sections of the baggage handling system, delay baggage delivery to aircraft and inconvenience passengers and airlines.

Airport management has been contemplating these new rules since early 2018 and has now decided to adopt baggage conditions similar to those applied at other international airports. Terminal 1 at Dubai International Airport recently instituted the same kind of baggage rules that will now be applied at O. R. Tambo International Airport.

The new rules have been agreed to after extensive consultations with the Airline Operators Committee (AOC) and other bodies representing airlines.

The new baggage rules are:

  1. Only regular-shaped bags will be allowed at check-in counters;
  2. This means that the bags must have at least one flat surface to be accepted on the check-in system;
  3. Round or irregular-shaped bags will not be allowed at check-in counters; and
  4. Bags with longs straps will not be allowed at check-in counters.