Restrictions in response to coronavirus
Entry to Uruguay
As of 1 November 2021 Uruguay opened its borders to foreign nationals who have been fully vaccinated no more than 9 months before entry.
Visitors aged 18 and over:
- No longer need to present a negative lateral flow or PCR test
- Must present proof of COVID-19 vaccinations (14 days must have passed since the last dose was administered)
- Must fill out the health declaration form within 48 hours of travelling online or through the Coronavirus UY Android or IOS app
- Must have medical cover in Uruguay or travel insurance. It is advisable that your insurance covers any expenses due to coronavirus related illness, quarantine or self-isolation for the duration of your stay
- Do not need to self-isolate on arrival
The following are exempt from all or part of the above:
- Visitors aged 6 or under do not require any of the above documents
- Visitors who have had coronavirus within the last 90 days (from date of last positive test) and not less than 10 days before date of boarding must upload proof of coronavirus illness to the online health declaration form and still need to adhere to the requirements stated above.
Unvaccinated foreign nationals
Unvaccinated foreign nationals need to show proof of negative lateral flow or PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before boarding and adhere to the requirements stated above: proof of vaccinations, health cover in Uruguay and complete health declaration form online.
If you present coronavirus symptoms you have been asked to request home health care and not visit health centres and hospitals. Further information is also available from the Uruguayan Ministry of Health (in Spanish). If you contract coronavirus, you must self-isolate immediately and seek medical advice.
Legal residents of Uruguay who contract coronavirus abroad and are able to enter Uruguay by land in a private vehicle may do so and must provide positive lateral flow or PCR test, fulfil self-isolation requirements and complete the health declaration form.
Testing for coronavirus in Uruguay
If you require a PCR or lateral flow test in Uruguay, there are companies who offer home visits or drive-through tests and normally return the results between 24-72 hours. You will have to pay for the test if it has not been ordered by a health professional. The British government does not endorse or recommend any of these services.
- BIOFAST Análisis Clínicos (Montevideo)
- Clinica Preventiva (Montevideo)
- ATGen (Montevideo and Punta del Este)
- Genodiagnosis (Montevideo)
- Clinica San Fernando (Punta del Este)
- Más Salud (Montevideo and interior)
See more information about self-isolation requirements if you have contracted coronavirus.
The Uruguayan Government strongly recommends you download the Coronavirus App and activate blue tooth in order to be contacted using their track and trace approach.
Ferry service between Uruguay and Argentina
There is a limited ferry service between Uruguay and Argentina via Buquebus. You will be required to comply with the exit requirements from Argentina and entry requirements to Uruguay.
If you need further information about entry requirements, contact the local immigration authorities or the nearest Uruguayan embassy. You should also check with your airline or travel company for the latest information.
Regular entry requirements
British passport holders visiting for up to 90 days don’t need a visa. For information on how to extend your stay or take up residency in Uruguay visit Dirección Nacional de Migración (in Spanish). For other information on entry regulations and living in Uruguay contact the nearest Uruguayan Embassy.
Your passport should be valid for at least the proposed duration of your stay. No additional period of validity beyond this is required.
Strict customs controls prohibit visitors from importing animal and dairy products, fruit and vegetables. All baggage is x-rayed on arrival and may be searched.
Travelling with children
There are various requirements for leaving Uruguay with British or dual national children under the age of 18 who live in Uruguay. The Ministry of Interior’s website has more information, or you can contact a law firm with expertise in this subject.