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Traveling from the United States to Uruguay

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Not required

Not required for vaccinated visitors


Not required in public spaces, enclosed environments and public transportation.

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Can I travel to Uruguay from the United States?

Most visitors from the United States, regardless of vaccination status, can enter Uruguay.

Can I travel to Uruguay if I am vaccinated?

Fully vaccinated visitors from the United States can enter Uruguay without restrictions.

Can I travel to Uruguay without being vaccinated?

Unvaccinated visitors from the United States can enter Uruguay without restrictions.

Do I need a COVID test to enter Uruguay?

Visitors from the United States are not required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR test or antigen result upon entering Uruguay.

Can I travel to Uruguay without quarantine?

Travelers from the United States are not required to quarantine.

Do I need to wear a mask in Uruguay?

Mask usage in Uruguay is not required in public spaces, enclosed environments and public transportation.

Are the restaurants and bars open in Uruguay?

Restaurants in Uruguay are open. Bars in Uruguay are .

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Irish citizens do not require a visa to enter Uruguay.

A valid passport is required for travel to Uruguay. Irish passports should have a minimum validity of six months. Passport cards cannot be used.

For more information on visas and passports, please see the additional information at Inicio | Dirección General de Migración (migracion.gob.bo) (in Spanish)

Visitors to Uruguay are advised to follow the guidance of national and local authorities and stay fully informed of what's going on by monitoring local news and social media.

Citizens can also follow the Irish Embassy in Argentina  on social media ( Twitter , Facebook and Instagram ) to ensure access to relevant updates and alerts.

Emergency Assistance

The best help is often close at hand so if you have problems, try talking to your local contacts, tour operator representative or hotel management.

You can contact the emergency services in URUGUAY by dialling 911. Specific emergency numbers are:

  • Police: 109
  • Fire brigade: 104
  • Ambulance: 105

Our tips for Safe Travels:

  • Get comprehensive travel insurance that covers all your planned activities.
  • Register  your details with us so that we can contact you quickly if there’s an unforeseen crisis like a natural disaster or a family emergency.
  • Follow us on twitter  @dfatravelwise  for the latest travel updates.
  • Read our  ‘Know Before You Go’  guide.

As there is no Irish Embassy in Uruguay, we are limited in the help we can offer you in an emergency. However, if you need assistance, you can contact the   Irish Embassy in Buenos Aires in Argentina .

Most visits to Uruguay are trouble-free but you should be careful of street crime in the capital city, Montevideo. Other parts of Uruguay, including Punta del Este are considered relatively safe, but we still advise you to be alert and take sensible precautions:

Petty crime

Street crime exists in Montevideo, but is usually restricted to handbag snatching and pick-pocketing. Muggings and robberies (occasionally armed) do sometimes occur, but increased police patrols in Montevideo’s port and old town areas have helped reduce street crime.

Car crime is common in Montevideo. Always try to park in a well-lit area, and remember to lock your car and avoid leaving luggage, personal documents and cash in the vehicle.

The standard of roads in Uruguay varies. The main toll road to Punta del Este is good and well marked.  Elsewhere many roads are in reasonable condition while some are in poor condition and you will need to take extra care. 

Driving standards in Uruguay are not high, relative to Irish standards. Be aware that traffic is disorganised and drivers often change lane and make unexpected turns without indicating.  Stop signs, traffic lights and speed limits are frequently ignored.

If you want to drive:

  • Bring your full Irish driving licence and your  international driving permit and make sure you have adequate and appropriate insurance
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is against the law and you risk being detained, fined or banned from driving if caught
  • Take extra care when driving at night
  • Use of dipped headlights is mandatory during the day when travelling on major roads outside cities
  • Keep your vehicle doors locked and your bags out of sight to prevent opportunistic bag-snatching if you’re stopped at traffic lights

Hiring a vehicle

If you’re hiring a vehicle, we advise you not to hand over your passport as a form of security. If you’re allowing your passport to be photocopied, keep it in your sight at all times.

Check that you have adequate insurance and read the small print of the vehicle hire contract (particularly any waiver that will come into effect if the vehicle is damaged).

Illegal drugs

The penalties for those caught trafficking or in possession of drugs are very harsh. Be very careful with your luggage and belongings and avoid any contact with prohibited drugs.

Practical advice

  • Get local advice on how to manage in the case of a serious incident or dangerous conditions
  • Co-operate with local authorities and emergency services in the case of serious incidents

Entry requirements (visa/passport)

There are no visa requirements for Irish citizens traveling to Uruguay for touristic purposes (up to 90 days).

Irish citizens travelling to Uruguay for other purposes should contact their nearest Uruguayan Embassy in advance of their visit to clarify their visa requirements.

Six month passport validity is required from the date of entry to Uruguay and one blank passport page. Please check your passport in plenty of time before travel and if it needs to be renewed please use our Online Passport Renewal System .

It’s advisable to take a number of photocopies of your passport with you when travelling to Uruguay and you should carry a photocopy of your passport at all times during your stay.

There are no COVID-19 restrictions in place for travel to Uruguay. There is no requirement to present certificates of vaccination/testing for COVID-19.

Irish citizens should continue to adhere to the advice of Uruguayan authorities and comply with local measures, as applicable.

Outside office hours, for genuine emergencies involving Irish citizens, which cannot wait until the next working day, please call +54 9 11 5945 7483.

You may also wish to contact the Duty Officer at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin on +353 1 408 2000

Monday to Friday 09:00-13:00

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Before travelling, the Department strongly recommends that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains and legal costs.

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Check the vaccines and medicines list and visit your doctor at least a month before your trip to get vaccines or medicines you may need. If you or your doctor need help finding a location that provides certain vaccines or medicines, visit the Find a Clinic page.

Routine vaccines


Make sure you are up-to-date on all routine vaccines before every trip. Some of these vaccines include

  • Chickenpox (Varicella)
  • Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis
  • Flu (influenza)
  • Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)

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All eligible travelers should be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines. Please see  Your COVID-19 Vaccination  for more information. 

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Hepatitis A

Recommended for unvaccinated travelers one year old or older going to Uruguay.

Infants 6 to 11 months old should also be vaccinated against Hepatitis A. The dose does not count toward the routine 2-dose series.

Travelers allergic to a vaccine component or who are younger than 6 months should receive a single dose of immune globulin, which provides effective protection for up to 2 months depending on dosage given.

Unvaccinated travelers who are over 40 years old, immunocompromised, or have chronic medical conditions planning to depart to a risk area in less than 2 weeks should get the initial dose of vaccine and at the same appointment receive immune globulin.

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Hepatitis B

Recommended for unvaccinated travelers of all ages traveling to Uruguay.

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Infants 6 to 11 months old traveling internationally should get 1 dose of measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine before travel. This dose does not count as part of the routine childhood vaccination series.

Measles (Rubeola) - CDC Yellow Book

Uruguay is free of dog rabies. However, rabies may still be present in wildlife species, particularly bats. CDC recommends rabies vaccination before travel only for people working directly with wildlife. These people may include veterinarians, animal handlers, field biologists, or laboratory workers working with specimens from mammalian species.

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Recommended for most travelers, especially those staying with friends or relatives or visiting smaller cities or rural areas.

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Avoid contaminated water


How most people get sick (most common modes of transmission)

  • Touching urine or other body fluids from an animal infected with leptospirosis
  • Swimming or wading in urine-contaminated fresh water, or contact with urine-contaminated mud
  • Drinking water or eating food contaminated with animal urine
  • Avoid contaminated water and soil

Clinical Guidance

Avoid bug bites, chagas disease (american trypanosomiasis).

  • Accidentally rub feces (poop) of the triatomine bug into the bug bite, other breaks in the skin, your eyes, or mouth
  • From pregnant woman to her baby, contaminated blood products (transfusions), or contaminated food or drink.
  • Avoid Bug Bites

Chagas disease

Airborne & droplet

  • Breathing in air or accidentally eating food contaminated with the urine, droppings, or saliva of infected rodents
  • Bite from an infected rodent
  • Less commonly, being around someone sick with hantavirus (only occurs with Andes virus)
  • Avoid rodents and areas where they live
  • Avoid sick people

Tuberculosis (TB)

  • Breathe in TB bacteria that is in the air from an infected and contagious person coughing, speaking, or singing.

Learn actions you can take to stay healthy and safe on your trip. Vaccines cannot protect you from many diseases in Uruguay, so your behaviors are important.

Eat and drink safely

Food and water standards around the world vary based on the destination. Standards may also differ within a country and risk may change depending on activity type (e.g., hiking versus business trip). You can learn more about safe food and drink choices when traveling by accessing the resources below.

  • Choose Safe Food and Drinks When Traveling
  • Water Treatment Options When Hiking, Camping or Traveling
  • Global Water, Sanitation and Hygiene | Healthy Water
  • Avoid Contaminated Water During Travel

You can also visit the Department of State Country Information Pages for additional information about food and water safety.

Prevent bug bites

Bugs (like mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas) can spread a number of diseases in Uruguay. Many of these diseases cannot be prevented with a vaccine or medicine. You can reduce your risk by taking steps to prevent bug bites.

What can I do to prevent bug bites?

  • Cover exposed skin by wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and hats.
  • Use an appropriate insect repellent (see below).
  • Use permethrin-treated clothing and gear (such as boots, pants, socks, and tents). Do not use permethrin directly on skin.
  • Stay and sleep in air-conditioned or screened rooms.
  • Use a bed net if the area where you are sleeping is exposed to the outdoors.

What type of insect repellent should I use?

  • FOR PROTECTION AGAINST TICKS AND MOSQUITOES: Use a repellent that contains 20% or more DEET for protection that lasts up to several hours.
  • Picaridin (also known as KBR 3023, Bayrepel, and icaridin)
  • Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE) or para-menthane-diol (PMD)
  • 2-undecanone
  • Always use insect repellent as directed.

What should I do if I am bitten by bugs?

  • Avoid scratching bug bites, and apply hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion to reduce the itching.
  • Check your entire body for ticks after outdoor activity. Be sure to remove ticks properly.

What can I do to avoid bed bugs?

Although bed bugs do not carry disease, they are an annoyance. See our information page about avoiding bug bites for some easy tips to avoid them. For more information on bed bugs, see Bed Bugs .

For more detailed information on avoiding bug bites, see Avoid Bug Bites .

Stay safe outdoors

If your travel plans in Uruguay include outdoor activities, take these steps to stay safe and healthy during your trip.

  • Stay alert to changing weather conditions and adjust your plans if conditions become unsafe.
  • Prepare for activities by wearing the right clothes and packing protective items, such as bug spray, sunscreen, and a basic first aid kit.
  • Consider learning basic first aid and CPR before travel. Bring a travel health kit with items appropriate for your activities.
  • If you are outside for many hours in heat, eat salty snacks and drink water to stay hydrated and replace salt lost through sweating.
  • Protect yourself from UV radiation : use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15, wear protective clothing, and seek shade during the hottest time of day (10 a.m.–4 p.m.).
  • Be especially careful during summer months and at high elevation. Because sunlight reflects off snow, sand, and water, sun exposure may be increased during activities like skiing, swimming, and sailing.
  • Very cold temperatures can be dangerous. Dress in layers and cover heads, hands, and feet properly if you are visiting a cold location.

Stay safe around water

  • Swim only in designated swimming areas. Obey lifeguards and warning flags on beaches.
  • Practice safe boating—follow all boating safety laws, do not drink alcohol if driving a boat, and always wear a life jacket.
  • Do not dive into shallow water.
  • Do not swim in freshwater in developing areas or where sanitation is poor.
  • Avoid swallowing water when swimming. Untreated water can carry germs that make you sick.
  • To prevent infections, wear shoes on beaches where there may be animal waste.

Keep away from animals

Most animals avoid people, but they may attack if they feel threatened, are protecting their young or territory, or if they are injured or ill. Animal bites and scratches can lead to serious diseases such as rabies.

Follow these tips to protect yourself:

  • Do not touch or feed any animals you do not know.
  • Do not allow animals to lick open wounds, and do not get animal saliva in your eyes or mouth.
  • Avoid rodents and their urine and feces.
  • Traveling pets should be supervised closely and not allowed to come in contact with local animals.
  • If you wake in a room with a bat, seek medical care immediately. Bat bites may be hard to see.

All animals can pose a threat, but be extra careful around dogs, bats, monkeys, sea animals such as jellyfish, and snakes. If you are bitten or scratched by an animal, immediately:

  • Wash the wound with soap and clean water.
  • Go to a doctor right away.
  • Tell your doctor about your injury when you get back to the United States.

Consider buying medical evacuation insurance. Rabies is a deadly disease that must be treated quickly, and treatment may not be available in some countries.

Reduce your exposure to germs

Follow these tips to avoid getting sick or spreading illness to others while traveling:

  • Wash your hands often, especially before eating.
  • If soap and water aren’t available, clean hands with hand sanitizer (containing at least 60% alcohol).
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you need to touch your face, make sure your hands are clean.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Try to avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • If you are sick, stay home or in your hotel room, unless you need medical care.

Avoid sharing body fluids

Diseases can be spread through body fluids, such as saliva, blood, vomit, and semen.

Protect yourself:

  • Use latex condoms correctly.
  • Do not inject drugs.
  • Limit alcohol consumption. People take more risks when intoxicated.
  • Do not share needles or any devices that can break the skin. That includes needles for tattoos, piercings, and acupuncture.
  • If you receive medical or dental care, make sure the equipment is disinfected or sanitized.

Know how to get medical care while traveling

Plan for how you will get health care during your trip, should the need arise:

  • Carry a list of local doctors and hospitals at your destination.
  • Review your health insurance plan to determine what medical services it would cover during your trip. Consider purchasing travel health and medical evacuation insurance.
  • Carry a card that identifies, in the local language, your blood type, chronic conditions or serious allergies, and the generic names of any medications you take.
  • Some prescription drugs may be illegal in other countries. Call Uruguay’s embassy to verify that all of your prescription(s) are legal to bring with you.
  • Bring all the medicines (including over-the-counter medicines) you think you might need during your trip, including extra in case of travel delays. Ask your doctor to help you get prescriptions filled early if you need to.

Many foreign hospitals and clinics are accredited by the Joint Commission International. A list of accredited facilities is available at their website ( www.jointcommissioninternational.org ).

In some countries, medicine (prescription and over-the-counter) may be substandard or counterfeit. Bring the medicines you will need from the United States to avoid having to buy them at your destination.

Select safe transportation

Motor vehicle crashes are the #1 killer of healthy US citizens in foreign countries.

In many places cars, buses, large trucks, rickshaws, bikes, people on foot, and even animals share the same lanes of traffic, increasing the risk for crashes.

Be smart when you are traveling on foot.

  • Use sidewalks and marked crosswalks.
  • Pay attention to the traffic around you, especially in crowded areas.
  • Remember, people on foot do not always have the right of way in other countries.


Choose a safe vehicle.

  • Choose official taxis or public transportation, such as trains and buses.
  • Ride only in cars that have seatbelts.
  • Avoid overcrowded, overloaded, top-heavy buses and minivans.
  • Avoid riding on motorcycles or motorbikes, especially motorbike taxis. (Many crashes are caused by inexperienced motorbike drivers.)
  • Choose newer vehicles—they may have more safety features, such as airbags, and be more reliable.
  • Choose larger vehicles, which may provide more protection in crashes.

Think about the driver.

  • Do not drive after drinking alcohol or ride with someone who has been drinking.
  • Consider hiring a licensed, trained driver familiar with the area.
  • Arrange payment before departing.

Follow basic safety tips.

  • Wear a seatbelt at all times.
  • Sit in the back seat of cars and taxis.
  • When on motorbikes or bicycles, always wear a helmet. (Bring a helmet from home, if needed.)
  • Avoid driving at night; street lighting in certain parts of Uruguay may be poor.
  • Do not use a cell phone or text while driving (illegal in many countries).
  • Travel during daylight hours only, especially in rural areas.
  • If you choose to drive a vehicle in Uruguay, learn the local traffic laws and have the proper paperwork.
  • Get any driving permits and insurance you may need. Get an International Driving Permit (IDP). Carry the IDP and a US-issued driver's license at all times.
  • Check with your auto insurance policy's international coverage, and get more coverage if needed. Make sure you have liability insurance.
  • Avoid using local, unscheduled aircraft.
  • If possible, fly on larger planes (more than 30 seats); larger airplanes are more likely to have regular safety inspections.
  • Try to schedule flights during daylight hours and in good weather.

Medical Evacuation Insurance

If you are seriously injured, emergency care may not be available or may not meet US standards. Trauma care centers are uncommon outside urban areas. Having medical evacuation insurance can be helpful for these reasons.

Helpful Resources

Road Safety Overseas (Information from the US Department of State): Includes tips on driving in other countries, International Driving Permits, auto insurance, and other resources.

The Association for International Road Travel has country-specific Road Travel Reports available for most countries for a minimal fee.

Maintain personal security

Use the same common sense traveling overseas that you would at home, and always stay alert and aware of your surroundings.

Before you leave

  • Research your destination(s), including local laws, customs, and culture.
  • Monitor travel advisories and alerts and read travel tips from the US Department of State.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) .
  • Leave a copy of your itinerary, contact information, credit cards, and passport with someone at home.
  • Pack as light as possible, and leave at home any item you could not replace.

While at your destination(s)

  • Carry contact information for the nearest US embassy or consulate .
  • Carry a photocopy of your passport and entry stamp; leave the actual passport securely in your hotel.
  • Follow all local laws and social customs.
  • Do not wear expensive clothing or jewelry.
  • Always keep hotel doors locked, and store valuables in secure areas.
  • If possible, choose hotel rooms between the 2nd and 6th floors.

Healthy Travel Packing List

Use the Healthy Travel Packing List for Uruguay for a list of health-related items to consider packing for your trip. Talk to your doctor about which items are most important for you.

Why does CDC recommend packing these health-related items?

It’s best to be prepared to prevent and treat common illnesses and injuries. Some supplies and medicines may be difficult to find at your destination, may have different names, or may have different ingredients than what you normally use.

If you are not feeling well after your trip, you may need to see a doctor. If you need help finding a travel medicine specialist, see Find a Clinic . Be sure to tell your doctor about your travel, including where you went and what you did on your trip. Also tell your doctor if you were bitten or scratched by an animal while traveling.

For more information on what to do if you are sick after your trip, see Getting Sick after Travel .

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Exercise a high degree of caution in Montevideo due to crime.

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Petty crime

Petty crime, such as pickpocketing and purse snatching, occurs. It’s more common in Montevideo and towns on the border with Brazil. However, during the summer (December to March) tourism season, criminals tend to move to tourist destinations such as:

  • Punta del Este
  • Colonia del Sacramento

Criminals may be on foot or on motorcycle. Those using motorcycles often work in pairs. The driver will approach the target at a traffic light, parking lot, ATM or hotel, while the other thief steals their wallet, purse or cell phone and escapes quickly.

  • Ensure that your belongings, including your passport and other travel documents, are secure at all times
  • Carry a photocopy of your passport with you at all times and ensure that the original is stored in a safe location
  • Keep bags and valuables out of sight in your vehicle
  • Avoid showing signs of affluence
  • Carry only small amounts of cash
  • Use ATMs located inside a bank or business

Be cautious when walking at night in downtown Montevideo, including in well-travelled areas. Petty crime, muggings and armed robbery are more common in:

  • 18 de Julio Avenue
  • La Ciudad Vieja (the Old City)
  • Plaza Independencia
  • Puerto de Montevideo (the port area)

Always exercise a high degree of caution in the following critical neighbourhoods:

  • Barrio Borro
  • Bella Italia
  • Casabó
  • Hipódromo
  • Malvín Norte
  • Tres Ombúes
  • Villa del Cerro
  • Villa Española

During the summer months, the tourist police patrol the following Montevideo neighbourhoods, where most hotels are located:

  • La Ciudad Vieja
  • El Cordón and El Parque Rod ó
  • Punta Carretas

There is an increased presence of uniformed police officers on foot in areas where tourists are concentrated. Authorities have also increased the number of patrol cars in residential areas.

Burglaries occur in both occupied and unoccupied residences, even during the day. Houses are more vulnerable than apartments.

  • Keep doors and windows locked
  • Don’t open your door to people you don’t know
  • Be particularly cautious when using ATMs
  • Use ATMs located in well-lit public areas or inside a bank or business

Women’s safety

Women travelling alone should be cautious, particularly in the critical neighbourhoods of Montevideo mentioned above.

Advice for women travellers


Demonstrations occur regularly in Montevideo and are generally peaceful.

However, even peaceful demonstrations can turn violent at any time. They can lead to disruptions to traffic and public transportation.

  • Avoid areas where demonstrations and large gatherings are taking place
  • Follow the instructions of local authorities
  • Monitor local media for information on ongoing demonstrations

Mass gatherings (large-scale events)

Coastal waters can be dangerous. Riptides occur.

Some beaches have lifeguards and warning flags during the summer. However, rescue services may not be consistent with international standards.

  • Consult residents and tour operators for information on possible hazards and safe swimming areas
  • Follow the instructions and warnings of local authorities

Water safety abroad

Road safety

Road conditions and road safety vary greatly throughout the country.

Accidents causing fatalities are common due to:

  • hilly terrain and winding roads
  • poor lighting, lane markings and paving
  • lack of stop signs and traffic lights at many intersections
  • poorly maintained cars

The main toll road to Punta del Este is in good condition and well-marked. However, accidents increase on this and other main highways in the summer, during Carnaval in mid-February and during Easter week.

Drivers often don’t respect traffic laws.

Gas stations may be scarce in rural areas. If you’re driving long distances:

  • plan accordingly
  • fill up in cities and make sure to have enough fuel to reach your destination

Public transportation

Taxis and ridesharing services.

Taxis are equipped with a thick glass partition installed to protect drivers against crime. Injuries may occur as people are thrown against the partition when the driver brakes suddenly or is involved in an accident. Injuries can be severe even in minor collisions.

Several ridesharing services are available. They are monitored to ensure that they meet safety standards equivalent to those applied to taxis.

If you use a trusted ridesharing app, confirm the driver’s identity and the licence plate before getting in the car.

Bus travel in Montevideo and around the country is safe and reliable.

Tres Cruces bus service  (in Spanish)

We do not make assessments on the compliance of foreign domestic airlines with international safety standards.

Information about foreign domestic airlines

Every country or territory decides who can enter or exit through its borders. The Government of Canada cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet your destination’s entry or exit requirements.

We have obtained the information on this page from the Uruguayan authorities. It can, however, change at any time.

Verify this information with the  Foreign Representatives in Canada .

Entry requirements vary depending on the type of passport you use for travel.

Before you travel, check with your transportation company about passport requirements. Its rules on passport validity may be more stringent than the country’s entry rules.

Regular Canadian passport

Your passport must be valid for the expected duration of your stay in Uruguay.

Passport for official travel

Different entry rules may apply.

Official travel

Passport with “X” gender identifier

While the Government of Canada issues passports with an “X” gender identifier, it cannot guarantee your entry or transit through other countries. You might face entry restrictions in countries that do not recognize the “X” gender identifier. Before you leave, check with the closest foreign representative for your destination.

Other travel documents

Different entry rules may apply when travelling with a temporary passport or an emergency travel document. Before you leave, check with the closest foreign representative for your destination.

Useful links

  • Foreign Representatives in Canada
  • Canadian passports

Tourist visa: not required for stays up to 90 days Business visa: not required for stays up to 90 days Student visa: required

If you plan to stay longer than 90 days in Uruguay, you must ask migration authorities for an extension to your stay as a tourist or for business once you are in the country.

You may also get a student visa while you are in Uruguay, but must get proof of acceptance from your educational institution before your arrival in the country.

National Migration Directorate - Government of Uruguay (in Spanish)

Children and travel

Learn more about travelling with children .

Yellow fever

Learn about potential entry requirements related to yellow fever (vaccines section).

Relevant Travel Health Notices

  • Global Measles Notice - 31 August, 2023
  • COVID-19 and International Travel - 31 August, 2023

This section contains information on possible health risks and restrictions regularly found or ongoing in the destination. Follow this advice to lower your risk of becoming ill while travelling. Not all risks are listed below.

Consult a health care professional or visit a travel health clinic preferably 6 weeks before you travel to get personalized health advice and recommendations.

Routine vaccines

Be sure that your  routine vaccinations , as per your province or territory , are up-to-date before travelling, regardless of your destination.

Some of these vaccinations include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, varicella (chickenpox), influenza and others.

Pre-travel vaccines and medications

You may be at risk for preventable diseases while travelling in this destination. Talk to a travel health professional about which medications or vaccines may be right for you, based on your destination and itinerary. 

There is a risk of hepatitis A in this destination. It is a disease of the liver. People can get hepatitis A if they ingest contaminated food or water, eat foods prepared by an infectious person, or if they have close physical contact (such as oral-anal sex) with an infectious person, although casual contact among people does not spread the virus.

Practise  safe food and water precautions and wash your hands often. Vaccination is recommended for all travellers to areas where hepatitis A is present.

Measles is a highly contagious viral disease. It can spread quickly from person to person by direct contact and through droplets in the air.

Anyone who is not protected against measles is at risk of being infected with it when travelling internationally.

Regardless of where you are going, talk to a health care professional before travelling to make sure you are fully protected against measles.

  Hepatitis B is a risk in every destination. It is a viral liver disease that is easily transmitted from one person to another through exposure to blood and body fluids containing the hepatitis B virus.  Travellers who may be exposed to blood or other bodily fluids (e.g., through sexual contact, medical treatment, sharing needles, tattooing, acupuncture or occupational exposure) are at higher risk of getting hepatitis B.

Hepatitis B vaccination is recommended for all travellers. Prevent hepatitis B infection by practicing safe sex, only using new and sterile drug equipment, and only getting tattoos and piercings in settings that follow public health regulations and standards.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious viral disease. It can spread from person to person by direct contact and through droplets in the air.

It is recommended that all eligible travellers complete a COVID-19 vaccine series along with any additional recommended doses in Canada before travelling. Evidence shows that vaccines are very effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19. While vaccination provides better protection against serious illness, you may still be at risk of infection from the virus that causes COVID-19. Anyone who has not completed a vaccine series is at increased risk of being infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 and is at greater risk for severe disease when travelling internationally.

Before travelling, verify your destination’s COVID-19 vaccination entry/exit requirements. Regardless of where you are going, talk to a health care professional before travelling to make sure you are adequately protected against COVID-19.

 The best way to protect yourself from seasonal influenza (flu) is to get vaccinated every year. Get the flu shot at least 2 weeks before travelling.  

 The flu occurs worldwide. 

  •  In the Northern Hemisphere, the flu season usually runs from November to   April.
  •  In the Southern Hemisphere, the flu season usually runs between April and   October.
  •  In the tropics, there is flu activity year round. 

The flu vaccine available in one hemisphere may only offer partial protection against the flu in the other hemisphere.

The flu virus spreads from person to person when they cough or sneeze or by touching objects and surfaces that have been contaminated with the virus. Clean your hands often and wear a mask if you have a fever or respiratory symptoms.

Yellow fever is a disease caused by a flavivirus from the bite of an infected mosquito.

Travellers get vaccinated either because it is required to enter a country or because it is recommended for their protection.

  • There is no risk of yellow fever in this country.

Country Entry Requirement*

  • Proof of vaccination is not required to enter this country.


  • Vaccination is not recommended.

* It is important to note that country entry requirements may not reflect your risk of yellow fever at your destination. It is recommended that you contact the nearest diplomatic or consular office of the destination(s) you will be visiting to verify any additional entry requirements.

About Yellow Fever

Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres in Canada

In this destination, rabies  may be present in some wildlife species, including bats. Rabies is a deadly disease that spreads to humans primarily through bites or scratches from an infected animal. 

If you are bitten or scratched by an animal while travelling, immediately wash the wound with soap and clean water and see a health care professional. 

Before travel, discuss rabies vaccination with a health care professional. It may be recommended for travellers who will be working directly with wildlife. 

Safe food and water precautions

Many illnesses can be caused by eating food or drinking beverages contaminated by bacteria, parasites, toxins, or viruses, or by swimming or bathing in contaminated water.

  • Learn more about food and water precautions to take to avoid getting sick by visiting our eat and drink safely abroad page. Remember: Boil it, cook it, peel it, or leave it!
  • Avoid getting water into your eyes, mouth or nose when swimming or participating in activities in freshwater (streams, canals, lakes), particularly after flooding or heavy rain. Water may look clean but could still be polluted or contaminated.
  • Avoid inhaling or swallowing water while bathing, showering, or swimming in pools or hot tubs. 

Typhoid   is a bacterial infection spread by contaminated food or water. Risk is higher among children, travellers going to rural areas, travellers visiting friends and relatives or those travelling for a long period of time.

Travellers visiting regions with a risk of typhoid, especially those exposed to places with poor sanitation, should speak to a health care professional about vaccination.  

Insect bite prevention

Many diseases are spread by the bites of infected insects such as mosquitoes, ticks, fleas or flies. When travelling to areas where infected insects may be present:

  • Use insect repellent (bug spray) on exposed skin
  • Cover up with light-coloured, loose clothes made of tightly woven materials such as nylon or polyester
  • Minimize exposure to insects
  • Use mosquito netting when sleeping outdoors or in buildings that are not fully enclosed

To learn more about how you can reduce your risk of infection and disease caused by bites, both at home and abroad, visit our insect bite prevention page.

Find out what types of insects are present where you’re travelling, when they’re most active, and the symptoms of the diseases they spread.

There is a risk of chikungunya in this country.  The risk may vary between regions of a country.  Chikungunya is a virus spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. Chikungunya can cause a viral disease that typically causes fever and pain in the joints. In some cases, the joint pain can be severe and last for months or years.

Protect yourself from mosquito bites at all times. There is no vaccine available for chikungunya.

  • In this country, risk of  dengue  is sporadic. It is a viral disease spread to humans by mosquito bites.
  • Dengue can cause flu-like symptoms. In some cases, it can lead to severe dengue, which can be fatal.
  • The level of risk of dengue changes seasonally, and varies from year to year. The level of risk also varies between regions in a country and can depend on the elevation in the region.
  • Mosquitoes carrying dengue typically bite during the daytime, particularly around sunrise and sunset.
  • Protect yourself from mosquito bites . There is no vaccine or medication that protects against dengue fever.

American trypanosomiasis (Chagas disease)   is a risk in this country. It is caused by a parasite spread by infected triatomine bugs. The infection can be inactive for decades, but humans can eventually develop complications causing disability and even death.

Risk is generally low for most travellers. Protect yourself from triatomine bugs, which are active at night, by using mosquito nets if staying in poorly-constructed housing. There is no vaccine available for Chagas disease.

Animal precautions

Some infections, such as rabies and influenza, can be shared between humans and animals. Certain types of activities may increase your chance of contact with animals, such as travelling in rural or forested areas, camping, hiking, and visiting wet markets (places where live animals are slaughtered and sold) or caves.

Travellers are cautioned to avoid contact with animals, including dogs, livestock (pigs, cows), monkeys, snakes, rodents, birds, and bats, and to avoid eating undercooked wild game.

Closely supervise children, as they are more likely to come in contact with animals.

Person-to-person infections

Stay home if you’re sick and practise proper cough and sneeze etiquette , which includes coughing or sneezing into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hand. Reduce your risk of colds, the flu and other illnesses by:

  •   washing your hands often
  • avoiding or limiting the amount of time spent in closed spaces, crowded places, or at large-scale events (concerts, sporting events, rallies)
  • avoiding close physical contact with people who may be showing symptoms of illness 

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) , HIV , and mpox are spread through blood and bodily fluids; use condoms, practise safe sex, and limit your number of sexual partners. Check with your local public health authority pre-travel to determine your eligibility for mpox vaccine.  

Medical services and facilities

Health care is very good. Service is available throughout the country.

You may have to pay upfront or confirm your insurance information before receiving treatment.

There are 3 private hospitals in Montevideo offering 24-hour emergency services and accepting tourists without insurance coverage:

  • British Hospital
  • Sanatorio Americano
  • MP Medicina Privada

Fees must be paid in cash or by credit card before leaving the hospital.

Emergency services are also available at the public hospital, Hospital de Clínicas.

Medical evacuation can be very expensive and you may need it in case of serious illness or injury.

Make sure you get travel insurance that includes coverage for medical evacuation and hospital stays.

Travel health and safety

Keep in Mind...

The decision to travel is the sole responsibility of the traveller. The traveller is also responsible for his or her own personal safety.

Be prepared. Do not expect medical services to be the same as in Canada. Pack a   travel health kit , especially if you will be travelling away from major city centres.

You must abide by local laws.

Learn about what you should do and how we can help if you are arrested or detained abroad .

Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are severe. Convicted offenders can expect jail sentences and heavy fines.

Although Uruguayan citizens and permanent residents can register to purchase cannabis, it’s illegal for tourists and other visitors to purchase it.

Drugs, alcohol and travel

Imports and exports

Customs authorities may strictly enforce regulations concerning the import or export of items such as:

  • precious jewels
  • antiquities
  • medications
  • business equipment

You may drive in Uruguay with your valid Canadian driver’s licence for up to 6 months.

By law, all vehicles must be equipped with a safety kit, including:

  • safety vest
  • fire extinguisher

These are usually provided in rental cars.

It’s illegal to turn right on a red light.

There is zero tolerance for drinking and driving

Dual citizenship

Dual citizenship is legally recognized in Uruguay.

If you are a Canadian citizen, but also a citizen of Uruguay, our ability to offer you consular services may be limited while you're there. You may also be subject to different entry/exit requirements .

Travellers with dual citizenship

International Child Abduction

The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction is an international treaty. It can help parents with the return of children who have been removed to or retained in certain countries in violation of custody rights. The convention applies between Canada and Uruguay.

If your child was wrongfully taken to, or is being held in Uruguay, and if the applicable conditions are met, you may apply for the return of your child to the Uruguayan court.

If you are in this situation:

  • act as quickly as you can
  • contact the Central Authority for your province or territory of residence for information on starting an application under The Hague Convention
  • consult a lawyer in Canada and in Uruguay to explore all the legal options for the return of your child
  • report the situation to the nearest Canadian government office abroad or to the Vulnerable Children’s Consular Unit at Global Affairs Canada by calling the Emergency Watch and Response Centre

If your child was removed from a country other than Canada, consult a lawyer to determine if The Hague Convention applies.

Be aware that Canadian consular officials cannot interfere in private legal matters or in another country’s judicial affairs.

  • List of Canadian Central Authorities for the Hague Convention
  • International Child Abduction: A Guidebook for Left-Behind Parents
  • Travelling with children
  • The Hague Convention - Hague Conference on Private International Law
  • Canadian embassies and consulates by destination
  • Emergency Watch and Response Centre

The currency is the Uruguayan peso (UYU).

Some businesses also accept US dollars and Argentine pesos.

Droughts, floods and very strong storms with high winds occur year round.

Heavy rains sometimes cause flash flooding and landslides. Roads could be blocked and essential services could be disrupted.

Keep informed of regional weather forecasts and plan accordingly.

Latest forecasts - Instituto Uruguayo de Meteorología (in Spanish)

There is a risk of wildfires during the summer months (December to March). The air quality in areas near active fires may deteriorate due to heavy smoke.

In case of a significant fire:

  • stay away from affected areas, particularly if you suffer from respiratory ailments
  • monitor local media for up-to-date information on the situation
  • follow the advice of local authorities

  National emergency system  – Government of Uruguay (in Spanish)

Local services

In case of emergency, dial:

  • police: 911
  • medical assistance: 105
  • firefighters: 104

Consular assistance

For emergency consular assistance, call the Embassy of Canada to Uruguay, in Montevideo, and follow the instructions. At any time, you may also contact the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa.

You may make a collect call to the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa at 613-996-8885.

The decision to travel is your choice and you are responsible for your personal safety abroad. We take the safety and security of Canadians abroad very seriously and provide credible and timely information in our Travel Advice to enable you to make well-informed decisions regarding your travel abroad.

The content on this page is provided for information only. While we make every effort to give you correct information, it is provided on an "as is" basis without warranty of any kind, expressed or implied. The Government of Canada does not assume responsibility and will not be liable for any damages in connection to the information provided.

If you need consular assistance while abroad, we will make every effort to help you. However, there may be constraints that will limit the ability of the Government of Canada to provide services.

Learn more about consular services .

Risk Levels

  take normal security precautions.

Take similar precautions to those you would take in Canada.

  Exercise a high degree of caution

There are certain safety and security concerns or the situation could change quickly. Be very cautious at all times, monitor local media and follow the instructions of local authorities.

IMPORTANT: The two levels below are official Government of Canada Travel Advisories and are issued when the safety and security of Canadians travelling or living in the country or region may be at risk.

  Avoid non-essential travel

Your safety and security could be at risk. You should think about your need to travel to this country, territory or region based on family or business requirements, knowledge of or familiarity with the region, and other factors. If you are already there, think about whether you really need to be there. If you do not need to be there, you should think about leaving.

  Avoid all travel

You should not travel to this country, territory or region. Your personal safety and security are at great risk. If you are already there, you should think about leaving if it is safe to do so.

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Fire and rescue services.

Call 911 in Montevideo or 02911 outside Montevideo.

Medical emergencies

Advice levels.

  • Petty crime, such as pickpocketing and bag snatching, occurs in Uruguay, especially in Montevideo. Avoid using ATMs on the street.
  • Thieves often target cars stopped at traffic lights. Lock doors and keep windows up, even when moving. Don't leave valuables in your vehicle.
  • During summer (December to March), thieves target resort areas such as Punta del Este. Crime hotspots in Montevideo include Plaza Independencia, La Ciudad Vieja and Avenida 18 de Julio. Avoid the Cerro neighbourhood. Don't walk alone in the downtown and port areas.
  • Avoid lower socioeconomic urban areas where crime is more likely to occur, and foreigners could be targeted.
  • Protests can turn violent. Avoid large public gatherings.
  • Floods may disrupt local transport and damage roads. Check weather forecasts when you plan your travel.

Full travel advice: Safety

  • Foodborne, waterborne and other infectious diseases include typhoid, hepatitis and rabies. Drink boiled or bottled water. Avoid raw or undercooked food. If you're bitten or scratched by an animal, get medical attention straight away.
  • Make sure you have comprehensive travel insurance. Medical care is expensive, and you may have to pay upfront, even in an emergency.

Full travel advice: Health

  • Don't use or carry illegal drugs. Penalties for drug offences are severe. They include lengthy prison sentences and heavy fines.
  • Don't buy, use or carry marijuana. Uruguayan citizens and permanent residents can legally cultivate and sell marijuana. However, it's still illegal for visitors to buy or possess it. 
  • Uruguay has strict import and export laws. Ensure you understand local customs laws if you plan to import or export goods. Officials enforce these laws.
  • Same-sex relationships and marriage are legal in Uruguay. There are also laws banning discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Full travel advice: Local laws

  • Entry and exit conditions can change at short notice. You should contact  the nearest embassy or consulate of Uruguay  for the latest details.
  • Australian tourists travelling on a regular passport can enter Uruguay for up to 90 days without a visa. If you are travelling on a different type of passport, contact  the nearest embassy or consulate of Uruguay  to check the requirements. 
  • You must have comprehensive travel insurance on arrival.
  • You can use your Australian driver's licence to drive in Uruguay for one year after entry. You must be at least 21 years old to rent a car.
  • Learn the local road rules before you drive. By law, there is zero tolerance for drink-driving, with a 0.0 blood alcohol limit. You must use dimmed headlights when driving during the day.
  • Access for people with disabilities to buildings, footpaths and road crossings may be difficult. When you book your hotel, check if it's accessible.

Full travel advice: Travel

Local contacts

  • The  Consular Services Charter  tells you what the Australian Government can and can't do to help you overseas.
  • Australia has a Consulate headed by an Honorary Consul in Montevideo. It provides limited consular assistance and doesn't issue Australian passports.
  • For full consular assistance, contact the  Australian Embassy in Argentina . 
  • Follow the embassy's social media accounts to stay up to date with local information.

Full travel advice: Local contacts

Full advice

Petty crime.

Street crime occurs in Uruguay. This includes:

  • pickpocketing
  • bag snatching
  • petty theft

Smash and grab robberies from cars stopped at traffic lights also occur.

During summer, from December to March, thieves target beach resort areas, such as Punta del Este. You may encounter more petty street crimes and burglaries during these months.

To protect yourself from petty crime:

  • be cautious using ATMs and avoid using them on the street. Use ATMs in banks or shopping centres
  • avoid carrying excess cash
  • keep vehicle doors locked and windows up, even when moving
  • avoid leaving valuables on display in cars
  • Don't resist if you're attacked or robbed
  • Pay attention to your belongings

Crime hotspots

In Montevideo, avoid the Cerro neighbourhood and be very careful in:

  • Jardines del Hipodromo

Crime increases at night and on weekends in:

  • Plaza Independencia
  • La Ciudad Vieja
  • Avenida 18 de Julio

Cyber security

You may be at risk of cyber-based threats during overseas travel to any country. Digital identity theft is a growing concern. Your devices and personal data can be compromised, especially if you’re connecting to Wi-Fi, using or connecting to shared or public computers, or to Bluetooth.

Social media can also be risky in destinations where there are social or political tensions, or laws that may seem unreasonable by Australian standards. Travellers have been arrested for things they have said on social media. Don't comment on local or political events on your social media.

More information:

Cyber security when travelling overseas

Civil unrest and political tension

Public protests and events that draw large groups of people can turn violent.

During periods of unrest:

  • avoid crowds, protests and demonstrations
  • don't approach demonstrations with cameras or phones
  • monitor the news for updates
  • follow the advice of local authorities

Demonstrations and civil unrest

Terrorism is a threat worldwide.

Climate and natural disasters

It rains throughout the year in Uruguay. Floods may disrupt local transport and damage roads.

Check weather forecasts and plan your travel accordingly.

If a natural disaster occurs, follow the advice of local authorities.

Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System

Travel insurance

You must have comprehensive  travel insurance ,  or you won't be allowed to enter Uruguay.

Your policy needs to cover all overseas medical costs, including medical evacuation. The Australian Government won’t pay for these costs.

If you can't afford travel insurance, you can't afford to travel. This applies to everyone, no matter how healthy and fit you are.

If you're not insured, you may have to pay many thousands of dollars up-front for medical care.

  • what activities and care your policy covers
  • that your insurance covers you for the whole time you’ll be away

Physical and mental health

Consider your physical and mental health before you travel, especially if you have an existing medical condition. 

See your doctor or travel clinic to:

  • have a basic health check-up
  • ask if your travel plans may affect your health
  • plan any vaccinations you need

Do this at least 8 weeks before you leave.

If you have immediate concerns for your welfare, or the welfare of another Australian, call the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305 or contact your  nearest Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate  to discuss counselling hotlines and services available in your location.

  • General health advice
  • Healthy holiday tips  (Healthdirect Australia)


Not all medication available over the counter or by prescription in Australia is available in other countries. Some may even be considered illegal or a controlled substance, even if prescribed by an Australian doctor.

If you plan to take medication, check if it's legal in Uruguay. Take enough legal medicine for your stay.

Carry a copy of your prescription or a letter from your doctor stating:

  • what the medication is
  • your required dosage
  • that it's for personal use

Health risks

Waterborne, foodborne and other infectious diseases are common, especially in rural areas. These include:

  • hepatitis A

To protect yourself from illness:

  • drink boiled water or bottled water with sealed lids in rural areas
  • avoid ice cubes in rural areas
  • avoid raw and undercooked food, such as salads
  • avoid contact with dogs and other mammals

If you're bitten or scratched by an animal, get medical help straight away.

Medical care

Medical facilities.

Public and private hospital facilities in major urban centres are of reasonable quality. But public hospitals in the rest of the country usually have limited facilities.

Treatment at private clinics and hospitals is expensive.

Usually, you'll have to pay or confirm insurance details before treatment. This could be the case even for emergency care.

You're subject to all local laws and penalties, including those that may appear harsh by Australian standards. Research local laws before travelling.

If you're arrested or jailed, the Australian Government will do what it can to help you under our Consular Services Charter . But we can't get you out of trouble or out of jail.

Arrested or jailed overseas

Drug laws are severe in Uruguay. Penalties include jail time and heavy fines.

Uruguay set up a system for the legal production and sale of marijuana in 2013. That system is only for citizens and permanent residents of Uruguay.

It's illegal for visitors to buy or possess marijuana.

Carrying or using drugs

Customs laws

Customs officers enforce import and export rules. Restrictions apply to:

  • precious gems
  • medications
  • business equipment

Australian laws

Some Australian criminal laws still apply when you’re overseas. If you break these laws, you may face prosecution in Australia.

Staying within the law and respecting customs

Local customs

Lgbti information.

Same-sex relationships are legal in Uruguay. Laws have banned discrimination based on sexual orientation.

Uruguay legalised same-sex marriage in 2013.

Advice for LGBTI t ravellers

Dual citizenship

Uruguay recognises dual nationality.

Contact the nearest  Embassy of Uruguay  for further details before you travel.

  • Dual nationals
  • Embassy of Uruguay in Australia

Visa and border measures

Every country or territory decides who can enter or leave through its borders. For specific information about the evidence you'll need to enter a foreign destination, check with the nearest embassy, consulate or immigration department of the destination you're entering. 

Visa-free travel for short stays

Australian tourists can enter Uruguay without a visa for up to 90 days when travelling on a regular passport. There may be additional requirements if you travel on a different type of passport. Contact the nearest embassy or consulate of Uruguay for details .

Entry and exit conditions can change. Contact the nearest  embassy or consulate of Uruguay for details  about visas, currency, customs and other travel requirements. 

Border measures

Comprehensive travel insurance is a requirement for foreign nationals who are not permanent residents of Uruguay.

Other formalities

Travelling with children

Authorities may need to see  a letter of consent  if the child is:

  • aged under 18 years
  • travelling alone
  • travelling with 1 parent

Parents who aren't travelling with their children may need to sign the letter.

For more information, visit  Uruguay's Immigration website  for instructions  on travelling with minors .

Contact the  nearest Uruguayan Embassy or Consulate  for guidance.

Yellow fever vaccination

You don't have to be vaccinated for yellow fever to enter or exit Uruguay. However, it's needed for other countries in the region.

Find out about returning to Australia  after exposure to yellow fever .

Travel via the United States

If you're travelling through the US, you must meet US entry and transit rules.

Check your visa needs with the nearest  embassy or consulate of the United States  well before you travel.

  • Travel advice for the US

Travel via Chile

If you’re travelling via Chile, ensure you meet all current entry or transit requirements.

  • Travel advice for Chile

Some countries won’t let you enter unless your passport is valid for 6 months after you plan to leave that country. This can apply even if you’re just transiting or stopping over.

Some foreign governments and airlines apply the rule inconsistently. Travellers can receive conflicting advice from different sources.

You can end up stranded if your passport is not valid for more than 6 months.

The Australian Government does not set these rules. Check your passport’s expiry date before you travel. If you’re not sure it’ll be valid for long enough, consider getting a new passport .

Your passport must have at least one blank page at the time of your arrival in Uruguay.

Lost or stolen passport

Your passport is a valuable document. It's attractive to people who may try to use your identity to commit crimes.

Some people may try to trick you into giving them your passport. Always keep it in a safe place.

If your passport is lost or stolen, tell the Australian Government as soon as possible.

  • In Australia, contact the Australian Passport Information Service .
  • If you're overseas, contact the nearest Australian embassy or consulate .

Passport with ‘X’ gender identifier  

Although Australian passports comply with international standards for sex and gender, we can’t guarantee that a passport showing 'X' in the sex field will be accepted for entry or transit by another country. Contact the nearest  embassy, high commission or consulate of your destination  before you arrive at the border to confirm if authorities will accept passports with 'X' gender markers.

  • LGBTI travellers

The official currency of Uruguay is the Peso (UYU).

Some locations also accept payment in US Dollars (USD). A number of ATMs also dispense USD. Electronic payment methods are used widely in Uruguay.

Local travel

Sometimes there are disruptions to local transport services. Be prepared to change your plans.

Driving permit

You can drive with an Australian driver's licence in Uruguay. You should carry a Spanish translation of your  Australian licence if you're not carrying an international driving permit.

You must be aged 21 years or over to hire a car. Car rental companies will also need either:

  • an Australian driver's licence, or
  • an International Driving Permit (IDP)

Residents need to get a Uruguayan licence.

Road travel

Be careful when travelling by car. In Uruguay:

  • driving standards are lower than in Australia
  • many vehicles are poorly maintained
  • drivers often ignore traffic rules

You're more likely to die in a car accident in Uruguay than in Australia.

By law, there is zero tolerance for drink driving with a 0.0 blood alcohol limit, and you must use dimmed headlights when driving during the day.

Toll roads between the major cities are well maintained. You can pay cash for some tolls, but others require you to register and pay for your journey online. See the  Uruguayan Ministry of Tourism's website  for further information. The condition of other roads varies.

  • Driving or riding

The Australian Government doesn't provide information on the safety of individual commercial airlines or flight paths.

Montevideo and Punta del Este are popular stops for cruise ships.

If you plan to take a cruise:

  • make sure your passport has the correct visas
  • check the ship's medical facilities meet your needs
  • find out the cost of onboard medical treatment
  • get adequate travel insurance
  • make sure your insurance covers medical evacuation and overseas hospital costs
  • speak to your insurer about any existing conditions
  • Going on a cruise


If you have a disability, you may find accessibility standards differ from Australia's. Don't assume that hotels will be accessible.

In Uruguay, anti-discrimination laws apply to people with disabilities, but they're not fully enforced.

Access to buildings, footpaths and road crossings may be difficult.

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Contact your travel provider or the Uruguay Consumer Protection Agency (Spanish) with any complaints about tourist services or products.


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Always get a police report when you report a crime.

You can report a crime online , but you must have someone at the police station sign the report within 48 hours for it to be valid.

Your insurer should have a 24-hour emergency number.

Consular contacts

Read the Consular Services Charter for information about what the Australian Government can and can't do to help you overseas.

There's an Australian consulate in Montevideo. It provides limited consular assistance and doesn't issue Australian passports.

Australian Consulate, Montevideo

25 de Mayo 455 - 2° Piso

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Phone: (+59 8) 984 51451

Email: [email protected]

For full consular services, contact the Australian Embassy in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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Like most of the world, Uruguay implemented stringent and urgent protocols and restrictions to curb the spread of COVID-19. Now that the pandemic has eased, so have the many travel requirements it inspired.

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Although covid continues to disrupt our trips, traveling to Uruguay is as easy as ever as the government lifted all COVID-19 restrictions and requirements. Below we’ve answered all the common concerns about traveling to Uruguay post-pandemic.

Do I need a COVID-19 vaccination certificate to enter Uruguay?

No, you don't. COVID-19 vaccination passports or certificates are not mandatory to enter Uruguay . However, those without vaccinations must still present a negative PCR test result obtained within 72 before arrival.

Do I have to quarantine after I arrive in Uruguay?

There are no quarantine requirements for Uruguay.

Do I need an Uruguayan Health Declaration?

The Uruguay Health Declaration was amongst the many protocols the government implemented during the pandemic. However, with the easing of restrictions, the declaration has fallen away, and travelers are no longer required to apply for a health declaration.

The declaration does not replace visas or other travel documents. If you are unsure whether you require a visa, please use our visa checker tool and apply instantly online, to ensure you have everything you need before you go..

What are the other Uruguay COVID-19 entry requirements?

As the pandemic has eased, there are no longer any other COVID-19 entry requirements for travelers coming to Uruguay.

All travelers, however, must show evidence of a health insurance policy that provides COVID-19 coverage to enter Uruguay. We also recommend applying for an embassy registration before traveling. This registration will help locate you if anything happened at home or in the country while you’re traveling.

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  • 24th February 2022 – Uruguay eases arrival procedures for international tourists. Source .
  • 23rd February 2022 – Uruguay has scrapped its vaccine passport requirement for outdoor events. Source .
  • A recent spate of COVID-19 infections has forced new restrictions into areas of Uruguay. Check with local authorities for more information.  Source .

Disclaimer: COVID-19 travel restrictions are changing every day and the following information reflects South America Backpacker’s understanding of the current entry rules. We update this article regularly to ensure the information is as current as possible but we cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions.

Uruguay Travel Restrictions

Can you travel to uruguay right now, vaccinated travellers:.

Fully vaccinated travellers can enter Uruguay as long as their final dose was within 9 months.

See which vaccines are approved in Uruguay .

Unvaccinated Travellers:

Unvaccinated foreign nationals may enter Uruguay as long as they can provide a negative PCR test result.

Entry Requirements 

Before you enter uruguay, you will need:, required entry documents.

  • Passport and visa as normal.
  • Negative COVID-19 test (taken no earlier than 72 hours to travelling) or proof of vaccination. Your final dose must have been taken 15 days prior to travelling.
  • Must fill out the health declaration form within 48 hours of travelling.
  • Proof of travel insurance that includes medical cover. It’s recommended that your insurance should cover COVID-19 related treatment and isolation costs.
  • The Uruguayan government also advise downloading the official COVID-19 app .

Travel Insurance

  • Ensure your travel insurance covers all treatments and isolation due to COVID-19.

Our Recommended Travel Insurance During the COVID-19 Pandemic  –  SafetyWing’s Nomad Insurance .

COVID-19 Tests Required

  • Vaccinated travellers are not required to take a COVID-19 test. Unvaccinated travellers must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test taken no more than 72 hours prior to travelling.

Upon Arrival

Quarantine period.

  • Isolation is only required if you have symptoms of COVID-19 or receive a positive test. The quarantine period varies depending on your vaccination status and whether you’re symptomatic. For more information, visit the official Uruguayan Ministry of Public Health website .

Local COVID-19 Rules and Regulations

The rules and regulations below are only meant to serve as a guide and the situation is prone to change rapidly without warning. For more information on local rules and restrictions visit the official site for the Oriental Republic of Uruguay .

  • FACE COVERINGS – Masks are recommended in enclosed areas. Also see: Best face masks for travel. 
  • SOCIAL DISTANCING –  Social distancing is recommended in most enclosed spaces.
  • VENUES AND GATHERINGS –  Most venues and attractions are open with limits on the number of guests and time that can be spent there. There are also controls to limit the number of people in outdoor gatherings.
  • MOVEMENT OF PEOPLE – Free movement around the country is permitted.
  • https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/uruguay/  
  • https://www.gub.uy/ministerio-salud-publica/institucional/normativa/ordenanza-649020-condiciones-ingreso-pais  
  • https://uy.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/  
  • https://www.osac.gov/Content/Report/41ea56a1-d5bd-45c8-a1cd-1b734988b32a  
  • https://data.humdata.org/

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My husband is Argentine with no medical insurance and a permanent resident of US. I am US citizen with Medicare Insurance. We both are vaccinated including the booster. What are the requirements to enter Uruguay.

Hi Janet! As you can see in the article, Uruguay have been quite strict throughout the pandemic. As far as we understand, you cannot enter Uruguay without medical insurance that covers you for COVID-19. If you get the required insurance, you’ll also need to fill out a health declaration form within 48 hours of your arrival to the country. I hope this helps! Tim

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Uruguay eases down travel restrictions against covid-19

Technically, Uruguay's borders shall not fully reopen

The Government of Uruguay Wednesday has decided that foreign travellers with both doses of any vaccine against covid-19 and a negative PCR test will not have to undergo a mandated quarantine upon entry.

However, the vaccination plan needs to have been completed at least 15 days before arrival, for the immunization process to take effect, it was explained.

In addition, the negative PCR test for coronavirus needs to have been carried out up to 72 hours before the start of the trip and a sworn statement as to the absence of symptoms and contact with confirmed or suspected covid-19 cases shall be required.

Fever checkups at the point of entry and wearing a mask when less than two meters away from another person shall remain in force.

The administration of President Luis Lacalle Pou is taking steps to a gradual return to business as similar as possible to pre-pandemic times.

Starting Monday, May 24, gymnasiums and duty-free shops, which have been closed since March 23 as part of the restrictions against the rise in covid-19 infections, may reopen, under strict protocols, following steady pressure from business owners.

Regarding the return to on-site schooling, Lacalle Pou said that “one thing is the return of children to class and another is what is generated around when parents go to look for them. It is necessary to try that the problems that return to classes can cause do not occur there.”

Technically, Uruguay's borders shall not reopen and only Uruguayan nationals, foreign residents otherwise exempted may enter the country.

Official data from the National Emergency System (Sinae) of Uruguay showed there were 27,870 infected, 498 of them in intensive care centres. The total of cases since March of last year is 246,026 and deaths have reached 3,578.

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The U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens that the U.S. Department of State has raised Uruguay’s Travel Advisory from Level 1: Exercise Normal Precautions to Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution due to crime.

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