Uruguay Travel Information

Last modified: July 24, 2023
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Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
    • U.S. citizens who are residents in Uruguay (or dual U.S.-Uruguayan citizens) are permitted to enter. The government of Uruguay will consider requests for other U.S. citizens to enter Uruguay. A U.S. citizen may request authorization to enter based on any of the exceptions listed below, using this online application system.
      • Family reunification between parents and minor single children or adult children with disabilities, or between spouses or common-law spouses.
      • Drivers for international transportation
      • Airplane pilots
      • Seamen
      • Entrance may be authorized for humanitarian reasons or for labor, economic, business or judicial purposes, as managed by the National Migration Directorate or by the Ministry corresponding to the area of activity involved and based on reasons of urgent need.
    • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
    • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
    • Sanitary requirements for entry into Uruguay, per the Ministry of Tourism:
      • Negative PCR coronavirus results, carried out up to 72 hours before the start of the trip conducted by a laboratory in the country of origin or another country in transit .
      • An affidavit stating the absence of symptoms and contact with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases in the 14 days prior to admission.
      • Proof of medical insurance with specific coverage for COVID-19.
      • Contact information (phone number) in Uruguay for traceability.
      • All immigration regulations in Uruguay remain under the purview of the National Directorate of Migration. Please adhere to all visa laws when visiting Uruguay.  For questions regarding your specific situation or visa, please contact the National Directorate of Migration directly for the most accurate information: Dirección Nacional de Migración Uruguay
        Tel: 00 (598) 2030 1833

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? No
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes
    • Mandatory preventive social isolation is required for the first 7 days of your stay. Following the initial 7 days of social isolation, you may either perform a new RT-PCR test on the 7th day of stay (with negative result), or extend the mandatory preventive social isolation for an additional 7 days, for 14 days in total.
    • You must provide contact information (phone number) for traceability.
    • You may not use public transportation during the mandatory social isolation period.
    • If a case of COVID-19 occurs, you are instructed to contact the Ministry of Public Health in order to facilitate monitoring and communication.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • Tests are generally available through insurance companies. Contact your health provider for more information.
  • The current cost of a PCR-CT COVID-19 test is $6000 Uruguayan pesos, or approximately $126 U.S. dollars.
  • Negative results from a COVID-19 test within 72 hours are required for entry into Uruguay.
  • For information on limited humanitarian exemptions to CDC’s requirement that all U.S. bound travelers present a negative COVID test, please review the following webpage. Humanitarian exemptions to this order will be granted on an extremely limited basis and will only be considered when the country of departure lacks adequate COVID-19 testing capacity. To submit information in support of an exemption, email [email protected]

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes
    • Masks are required for public transportation, and strongly encouraged in public settings.
    • Taxis and Uber are generally limited to three passengers at a time.

Fines for Non-Compliance: (if applicable)

  • Fines may be applied to businesses or individuals who do not comply with COVID-19 protocols.

PASSPORT VALIDITY:Must be valid at time of entry

BLANK PASSPORT PAGES:One page required for entry stamp

TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:No, for stays less than 90 days. A visa is required when traveling on a diplomatic or official passport


CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR ENTRY:$10,000.00; any amount greater must be declared with Uruguay’s customs authorities

CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:$10,000.00; any amount greater must be declared with Uruguay’s customs authorities

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