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Entry Requirements and Paperwork

  • What documentation do I need to travel to Uruguay? Abrir o Cerrar

    Under normal conditions foreign visitors do not need to submit special paperwork to immigration. Only a current passport is necessary. For citizens of countries bordering Uruguay only an identification card is needed. Minors traveling alone need to be sure to check the emigration policy on age for the country of origin, which generally requires written consent from parents. In all cases it is recommended to consult a diplomatic representative. 

    New conditions for entering Uruguay in the COVID-19 context (see regulations)

    Although borders are currently closed due to the presence of the coronavirus, there are some entry exceptions for national citizens, Uruguayan residents and foreigners:

    • family reunification between parents, spouses, concubines, minor or older single children with disabilities
    • international transport drivers
    • accredited diplomats
    • aircraft pilots
    • ship pilots
    • for humanitarian reasons or for labor, economic, business or judicial purposes of urgent need. They must be processed before the National Directorate of Migration through an online form where you must indicate, among other information, the reason for the trip and select the competent Ministry corresponding to the area of ​​activity involved.

    In all cases, consult for more information at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - Telephone: (+598) 2030 1800.

    Here you can start the authorization procedure for exceptional entry to Uruguay.

    COVID-19 health entry requirements (see regulations)

    1. Provide a certificate with a negative test result using a molecular biology RT- PCR technique, conducted up to 72 hours before the start of the trip in a laboratory in the country of origin or in transit from the country of origin.

    2. Complete a sworn statement stating the absence of symptoms and contact with confirmed or suspected cases of COVID-19 in the 14 days prior to entry.

    3. If you are neither vaccinated against the SARS CoV-2 virus nor have contracted it, you must comply with a mandatory seven-days preventive isolation, having to conduct a new RT-PCR test on the seventh day of stay in national territory, or extend the mandatory preventive isolation for another seven days, therefore reaching 14 days in total. In addition, a quick contact route must be provided to enable traceability.

    4. In case of being vaccinated within six months prior to your date of arrival, having served the subsequent fourteen days to achieve effective immunity, and presenting the corresponding vaccination certificate of a single or two doses (as appropriate for the type of vaccine) you should not be placed under mandatory quarantine. Likewise, those who have already carried the Covid-19 virus within the last ninety days prior to the date of arrival will be exempted from being placed under the mandatory seven-day quarantine upon entering, proving that they have had the disease through a positive PCR test result RT or antigen detection, which must have been performed between twenty and ninety days prior to the arrival date. (see regulation

    ATTENTION LAST UPDATE ESTABLISHES THE OBLIGATORY OF THE QUARANTINE FOR EVERYONE AND TEST: until July 31, 2021 people vaccinated or who have contracted the SAR CoV-2 virus must be carried out, on the seventh day after having carried out the detection test for the SARS CoV virus -2 in the country of origin or transit, a test by molecular biology PCR-RT technique at your own cost or, failing that, keep mandatory preventive social isolation for fourteen days after entering the country. (see regulation)

    5. Health insurance with a specific COVID-19 coverage plan.

    6. Visitors are encouraged to avoid the use of collective public transport.

    7. Download the Coronavirus Uy application and activate Bluetooth to follow up on COVID-19 cases.

    Access a quick guide to answer your questions and complete the procedures for entering the country in 3 steps.

  • What food items can I bring into the country?Abrir o Cerrar

    The sanitary laws of Uruguay are strict in reference to the food items that it is prohibited to bring into country. Completing a small declaration form is among the steps necessary to enter the country.

    • A passenger will not be admitted entrance if they attempt to bring in:
    • Vegetables, their parts or related products
    • Fresh fruit and vegetables
    • Seeds, baked goods with seeds, or vegetable products
    • Flowers, ornamental plants or in vitro cultures
    • Dirt, fruit plants, horticulture, fodder, foliage or parts of plants, branches, stakes, spines, buds, bulbs, or other animals, products and byproducts
    • Liquid milk (except long life), butter, eggs, cream and cheese
    • Domestic animals, birds, exotic species, bees and others
    • Meat of any kind, cold cuts, sausages
    • Animal feed and veterinary biological products
    • Flammables, alkaloids, narcotics, obscene objects, subversive or pornographic material
    • Goods that do not belong to the passenger. In these cases admittance will only be given under the import regulations and with the correspondents of sanitary control.

    For questions you can communicate with the Ministry of Livestock Agriculture and Fishing.

    Phones: (005982) – 412.63.44 / Fax: (005982) – 412.63.06

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  • Do I need vaccines to enter the country?Abrir o Cerrar

    The sanitary conditions are good in Uruguay and special vaccines are not necessary to enter the country. However, it is advisable to have the vaccine against SARS CoV-2, since the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) is underway with an adequate health response.

  • How do I bring my pet into Uruguay?Abrir o Cerrar

    From countries in MERCOSUR, America and Europe: in order to enter with dogs and cats, you should solicit a request for a health certificate from the Ministry of Livestock in the country of origin. The certificate states the health of the animal and rabies vaccine. You must present the animal as well as the legal sanitation certificate in the Office of Animal Health Control at the Ministry of Agriculture and Fishing in order to enter Uruguayan territory.

    From other countries: In order to enter with dogs and cats, you should request a pre-authorization in which entry clearance will lay down health conditions to be met by the country of origin. Contact the Ministry of Livestock and Agriculture to learn which vaccinations are required to complete the transportation of animals on regional and international flights.Ministry of Livestock and Agriculture

     

    Central Office: (005982) 410.41.55 / Airport Office: (005982) 604.03.20

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  • What is the procedure in order to enter with sport hunting weapons?Abrir o Cerrar

    A pre-entry form must be submitted to authorities from the Material and Weapons Service of Uruguay. Customs will not allow the entry of hunting weapons without presenting said authorization. For consultations communicate:

    Fax: (005982) 355.41.53

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  • What is the procedure for vehicles entering the country?Abrir o Cerrar

    Vehicles of MERCOSUR:

    Community vehicles are: cars, motorcycles, motorized bicycles, motor homes, trailers, yachts, sport vehicles, and other similar vehicles that are registered and enrolled in any of the states in agreement. Community vehicles including those used exclusively for tourists are allowed to circulate freely through the territory of the states in agreement.

    Vehicles must be personally driven by the owner or duly authorized user (Notarized by the Power of Attorney), or by your spouse or relative up to the 2nd degree or consanguinity or affinity, provided that they are not normally a resident in the country. The vehicle may be driven by a professional chauffer if they can prove their accreditation with sufficient evidence to the customs authorities.

    • Documentation required to certify the quality of the community vehicle:
    • Owners manual and / or vehicle title
    • Driver’s License
    • Current Liability Insurance (Green Card)
    • Registration plates and registration from the country of origin
    • Notary from Power of Attorney (if the driver is not the owner)

    Length of stay: Community vehicles may remain covered by the agreement for three months from the date of entry. After this deadline they should formalize their residency to customs authorities. In some cases an authorization will be granted for one year starting from the date of entry.

    Tourist owners or renters of real estate property in the national territory with habitual residency outside of the country – proved by the corresponding country - may arrange for an extension of up to 24 months with no provision of guarantees (granted in the Ministry of Economy and Finance of Uruguay).

    Secretary of the Ministry of Economy and Finance

    Phone: (005982) 1712.29.10

    Fax.: (005982) 1712.29.19

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    Vehicles – non-MERCOSUR:

    Those that can be introduced temporarily: Cars, motorcycles, motorized bikes, motor homes, trailer, airplanes, yachts and other recreational sports vehicles as well as vehicles that are used solely and exclusively by tourists.

    The vehicles must be driven personally by the owner, a duly authorized user (Notarized by the Power of Attorney) or by their spouse or relative of up to the 2nd degree of consanguinity or affinity; provided that they are not normally a resident of the country.

    The vehicle may be driven by a professional chauffer if they can prove their accreditation with sufficient evidence to the customs authorities.

    Required Documentation:

    • Owners manual and / or vehicle title
    • Passport
    • Licencia de Conducir
    • Driver’s License
    • Current Liability Insurance
    • Notarized letter from the Power of Attorney (if the driver is not the owner)

    The owner or duly authorized user must make a sworn statement (Notarized by the Power of Attorney) containing:

    1. Vehicle identification number and the list of accessories
    2. The identification information of the owner of the vehicle or the authorized user of the vehicle

    This declaration allows the car to both move within the country and also to leave.

    Length of stay: The length of time a vehicle is allowed to stay in the national territory is up to one year. In some cases an extension of 3 months may be granted, depending on circumstances presented to Customs Authorities.

    If the vehicle remains in the country after the deadline, a fine will be issued of U$S 20 for each day of the violation. After that time, proceedings will be initiated under the presumption of a customs offense.