Restrictions in response to coronavirus
Entry to Uruguay
As of 1 September 2022 foreign nationals aged 6 and over who have been fully vaccinated:
Visitors aged 18 and over:
- Must prove vaccination by means of a certificate issued by the health authority of the country of origin and have received the single dose or the two doses against the SARS-CoV-2 virus (depending on the type of vaccine supplied). 14 days must have passed since the last dose was administered.
- Must have medical cover in Uruguay or travel insurance. It is advisable that your insurance covers any expense s due to coronavirus related illness, quarantine or self-isolation for the duration of your stay.
Do not need to self-isolate on arrival, take a test to enter or leave the country.
- Visitors aged 6 or under do not require any of the above.
Unvaccinated foreign nationals
Unvaccinated foreign nationals need to show proof of a negative result of the SARS-CoV-2 virus detection test (by molecular biology PCR-RT technique or antigen test), carried out no more than 72 (seventy-two) hours before the start of the trip, in a registered laboratory in the country of origin or transit.
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.
If you’ve had coronavirus within the last 90 days
- 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 show proof and need to adhere to the requirements stated above.
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.
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.