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Uruguay travel restrictions

Open for citizens: yes Open for foreigners: no Open for tourism: no Quarantine: yes
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Open for travel from Uruguay
Crossing Rules
  • Passengers are not permitted to enter Uruguay.
  • This does not apply to:
    • Nationals and permanent residents of Uruguay,
    • Passengers entering for the purposes of family reunification between parents, spouses, partners, minor or older single children with disabilities,
    • Accredited diplomats,
    • Aircraft and ship crew,
    • International transport drivers
    • Passengers entering from bordering countries for humanitarian reasons or for labour, economic, business or judicial purposes, managed by the National Migration Directorate,
    • Tourists who have applied for and received permission to visit Uruguay via the Ministry of Tourism. The application form can be accessed at admdocumental@mintur.gub.uy
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Flight Restrictions

published 26.09.2020

Total entry ban
Passengers are not allowed to enter.

Passengers and airline crew must have a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test result issued at most 72 hours before departure.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 6 years.
– This does not apply to passengers with a letter issued by a consulate of Uruguay stating that the passenger is exempt from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) PCR test requirement before departure. The passenger is subject to a PCR test upon arrival.

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Quarantine

Self-isolation at own accommodation.

Upon arrival you are legally obliged go to a declared address to carry out a 7-day mandatory quarantine. On day 7 of the quarantine you will be required to have a second swab taken and wait for a negative result before being allowed to finish your quarantine period. Alternatively you can quarantine for 14 days without having to take the second test.

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Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification required for entering the country.

Passengers will need to present a negative coronavirus test taken maximum 72 hours before boarding at origin. You will not be allowed to board if you do not have this.
Enhanced screening at airports.

Vaccination

Yellow fever (2019)
Country requirement at entry: no
WHO vaccination recommendation: no

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  • Uruguay Latest News: Uruguay government will reopen borders for tourism to European Union nationals. (Airline Geeks, 21.08.2020)

    International Restrictions:
    Some international flights are operating. All non-resident foreigners entering Uruguay must have proof of health insurance that covers suspected or actual coronavirus. Upon arrival, passengers will need to either present a negative coronavirus test taken maximum 72 hours before travelling. You will not be allowed to board if you do not have this. Upon arrival you are legally obliged to go to a declared address to carry out a 7-day mandatory quarantine. On day 7 of the quarantine you will be required to have a second swab taken and wait for a negative result before being allowed to finish your quarantine period. Alternatively, you can quarantine for 14 days without having to take the second test.
    For full details (in Spanish) see Ord 649/2020 condiciones de ingreso al país . There is a
    weekly ferry service on Fridays between Uruguay and Argentina via Buquebus. All travellers are required to comply with the entry requirements

    Internal Restrictions:
    The population has been asked to maintain social distancing, including through working remotely, avoiding public transport and large gatherings, and staying at home as much as possible. Police officers will be urging people to avoid crowds. There are a number of other measures in place, including:
    the suspension of all public shows and equestrian events; the closure of public buildings such as museums and libraries; gradual reopening of public and private education centres; the introduction of maximum pricing for indispensable hygiene products and the removal of taxes from multiple products.

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    17.09.2020
  • Uruguay Uruguay Reopens Borders with the European Union
    Uruguay’s Minister of Tourism, Germán Cardoso, announced on Tuesday that Uruguay will reopen borders for tourism to European Union citizens. This decision was made after the resumption operations between Madrid and Montevideo in July have worked positively.

    According to Hosteltur, Uruguay’s borders were opened to its citizens residing abroad, foreigners with residence or anyone who demonstrate economic interests in the country, excepting for tourist purposes.

    The announcement is in line with the government’s stance to reopen borders with the policy “healthy point to healthy point.” The minister said at a press conference that opening routes with any country in the region is not being analyzed at this time.

    In a recent declaration to Portal de América, Germán Cardoso indicated that there were only 4 passengers that tested positive to COVID-19 and detected on time from 2880 passengers that have arrived to Carrasco International Airport in Montevideo since July.

    “With the same requirements when the country’s doors were opened for Iberia and Air Europa flights to transport Uruguayan citizens, legal residents, and foreigners in exceptional cases, tourists arriving from the European Union will be allowed to entry Uruguay”, stated the Minister.

    Within the framework of its Smart Health Travel project, Carrasco International Airport had strict health security measures and protocols with the advice of a multidisciplinary team of experts. The airport followed the guidelines of international organizations such as IATA, ICAO and WHO, and in permanent coordination with the Ministry of Public Health, both for the definition of the most effective measures and protocols and for their correct application. Additional measures established by the authorities to control migration into Uruguay were added to the mentioned procedures.

    Within the requirements for entering Uruguay, passengers are required to submit a negative result to the COVID-19 test (PCR-RT) carried out up to 72 hours before entering the country. If the passenger does not present the negative result of the test or it is invalid, the test is performed upon arrival. After arrival, tourists will remain in quarantine for seven days, on the seventh day, another test (PCR) must be carried out, otherwise, they will remain in quarantine for 14 days since landing.

    It is important to mention that last July 1, the European Union reopened borders, announcing that Uruguay was, and still, is the only country in Latin America whose citizens and residents have access to the countries of the Union.

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    21.08.2020
  • Uruguay *****

    International restrictions:

    Some international flights are operating.
    All non-resident foreigners entering Uruguay must have proof of health insurance that covers suspected or actual coronavirus. Upon arrival, passengers will need to either present a negative coronavirus test taken maximum 72 hours before travelling or a swab will be taken on arrival. You will have to wait for a negative test result before being able to leave the port/airport and go to a declared address to carry out a 7-day mandatory quarantine. You will then be required to have a second swab taken and wait for results before being allowed to finish your quarantine period. For full details (in Spanish) see Ord 649/2020 condiciones de ingreso al país [https://www.gub.uy/ministerio-salud-publica/institucional/normativa/ordenanza-649020-condiciones-ingreso-pais]. There is a weekly ferry service on Fridays between Uruguay and Argentina via Buquebus [https://www.buquebus.com/informacion/comunicado-importante]. All travellers are required to comply with the entry requirements

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    Internal restrictions:

    The population has been asked to maintain social distancing, including through working remotely, avoiding public transport and large gatherings, and staying at home as much as possible. Police officers will be urging people to avoid crowds. There are a number of other measures in place, including:
    the suspension of all public shows and equestrian events; the closure of public buildings such as museums and libraries; gradual reopening of public and private education centres; the introduction of maximum pricing for indispensable hygiene products and the removal of taxes from multiple products.

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    08.07.2020
  • Uruguay 1. Flights to Uruguay are suspended.
    – This does not apply to humanitarian and repatriation flights.

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    International restrictions:

    Uruguay has closed all its borders. All inbound and outbound commercial flights are suspended. Air, land and sea borders with Argentina and Brazil have been closed to foreign nationals until further notice. Passengers arriving from China, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Japan, Singapore, South Korea or Spain and will be subject to a 14-day quarantine. Citizens and residents may only enter through Artigas, Bella Union, Salto, Paysandu, Fray Bentos, Mercedes, Colonia, Carmelo, Nueva Palmira, Duranzo, Melilla, Maldonado, Piriapolis, Chuy, Rio Branco, Melo-Acegua, Rivera, Puerto de Montevideo, Puerto la Paloma, Control Unico.

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    Outbound restrictions:

    Uruguayan nationals and visitors are prohibited from leaving the country for tourism.

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    Internal restrictions:

    The government recommends self quarantine if possible. Those age 65 and older must observe mandatory self-quarantine. The use of masks is mandatory in supermarkets and warehouses. The government called for the restriction of social gatherings and large crowds.

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    23.06.2020
  • Uruguay 1. Flights to Uruguay are suspended.
    – This does not apply to humanitarian flights.
    – This does not apply to repatriation flights with an authorization issued within 72h before departure requested via email dtacuru@dinacia.gub.uy .
    2. Passengers and airline crew will be placed in quarantine for 14 days.

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    International restrictions:

    Uruguay has closed all its borders. All inbound and outbound commercial flights are suspended. Air, land and sea borders with Argentina and Brazil have been closed to foreign nationals until further notice. Passengers arriving from China, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Japan, Singapore, South Korea or Spain and will be subject to a 14-day quarantine. Citizens and residents may only enter through Artigas, Bella Union, Salto, Paysandu, Fray Bentos, Mercedes, Colonia, Carmelo, Nueva Palmira, Duranzo, Melilla, Maldonado, Piriapolis, Chuy, Rio Branco, Melo-Acegua, Rivera, Puerto de Montevideo, Puerto la Paloma, Control Unico.

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    Outbound restrictions:

    Uruguayan nationals and visitors are prohibited from leaving the country for tourism.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    The government recommends self quarantine if possible. Those age 65 and older must observe mandatory self-quarantine. The use of masks is mandatory in supermarkets and warehouses. The government called for the restriction of social gatherings and large crowds.

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    03.06.2020
  • Uruguay 1. Flights to Uruguay are suspended.
    – This does not apply to humanitarian flights.
    – This does not apply to repatriation flights with an authorization issued within 72h before departure requested via email dtacuru@dinacia.gub.uy .
    2. Passengers and airline crew will be placed in quarantine for 14 days.

    International restrictions:

    Uruguay has closed all its borders. All inbound and outbound commercial flights are suspended. Air, land and sea borders with Argentina and Brazil have been closed to foreign nationals until further notice. Passengers arriving from China, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Japan, Singapore, South Korea or Spain and will be subject to a 14-day quarantine. Citizens and residents may only enter through Artigas, Bella Union, Salto, Paysandu, Fray Bentos, Mercedes, Colonia, Carmelo, Nueva Palmira, Duranzo, Melilla, Maldonado, Piriapolis, Chuy, Rio Branco, Melo-Acegua, Rivera, Puerto de Montevideo, Puerto la Paloma, Control Unico.

    Outbound restrictions:

    Uruguayan nationals and visitors are prohibited from leaving the country for tourism.

    Internal restrictions:

    The government recommends self quarantine if possible. Those age 65 and older must observe mandatory self-quarantine. The use of masks is mandatory in supermarkets and warehouses. The government called for the restriction of social gatherings and large crowds.

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    27.05.2020
  • Uruguay

    International restrictions:

    Uruguay has closed all its borders. All inbound and outbound commercial flights are suspended. Air, land and sea borders with Argentina and Brazil have been closed to foreign nationals until further notice. Passengers arriving from China, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Japan, Singapore, South Korea or Spain and will be subject to a 14-day quarantine. Citizens and residents may only enter through Artigas, Bella Union, Salto, Paysandu, Fray Bentos, Mercedes, Colonia, Carmelo, Nueva Palmira, Duranzo, Melilla, Maldonado, Piriapolis, Chuy, Rio Branco, Melo-Acegua, Rivera, Puerto de Montevideo, Puerto la Paloma, Control Unico.

    Outbound restrictions:

    Uruguayan nationals and visitors are prohibited from leaving the country for tourism.

    Internal restrictions:

    The government recommends self quarantine if possible. Those age 65 and older must observe mandatory self-quarantine. The use of masks is mandatory in supermarkets and warehouses. The government called for the restriction of social gatherings and large crowds.

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    16.05.2020
  • Uruguay 1. Flights to Uruguay are suspended until 15 May 2020.
    – This does not apply to humanitarian flights.

    Air, land and sea borders with Argentina and Brazil have been closed to foreign nationals until further notice.
    Passengers arriving from China, France, Germany, Iran, Italy, Japan, Singapore, South Korea or Spain and will be subject to a 14-day quarantine.
    As of 16 March, the border with Brazil and Argentina is closed. Citizens and residents may only enter through Artigas, Bella Union, Salto, Paysandu, Fray Bentos, Mercedes, Colonia, Carmelo, Nueva Palmira, Duranzo, Melilla, Maldonado, Piriapolis, Chuy, Rio Branco, Melo-Acegua, Rivera, Puerto de Montevideo, Puerto la Paloma, Control Unico. Carrasco International Airport is EXCLUDED until 20 March 00:00 hours.

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    10.05.2020
  • Source OSAC Travel Advisories/
    Foreign travel advice, Gov.UK/
    US State Dept. COVID-19 Country Specific Information/
    Ministry of Health/
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