Restrictions in response to coronavirus
Entry to Uruguay
Visitors aged 18 and over:
- All visitors to Uruguay must have medical cover in Uruguay or travel insurance. It is advisable that your insurance covers any expense s due to coronavirus related illness.
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).
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)
The Uruguayan Government’s Coronavirus App gives access to certificates for vaccinations taken in Uruguay and offers other related information.
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
Children aged 17 and under who are resident in Uruguay need written permission (‘Permiso de Menor’) from the non-accompanying parents to leave the country. To apply for this permission access here. Please note this platform is only in Spanish.
Non-resident children aged 17 and under who have remained in Uruguay for one year or more are treated in line with resident children and also need permission.