U.S. Embassy in Uruguay – COVID-19 Information

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Country-Specific Information:

  • Uruguay has a total of 2008 confirmed cases of COVID-19 since March 13, 2020.  233 cases are currently active, and there have been 47 recorded deaths due to the virus.  Active cases are currently located in the following departments: Artigas, Canelones, Colonia, Durazno, Maldonado, Montevideo, Rivera.
  • Essential services are open.  Public transportation and hospitals are operating at normal capacity.  Schools and universities are open for in-person classes on at least a part-time basis.  Masks are strongly encouraged in all public spaces.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter?  Yes 
    • Uruguayan borders are currently closed, although exceptions in the following areas may be made. For more detail, please check with the Ministry of Tourism
      • 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:

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 
    • In case of a stay greater than 7 days, 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.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? No
  • 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 who do not comply with COVID-19 protocols.

Consular Operations:

  • United States Citizen Services: The U.S. Embassy Montevideo is currently offering limited appointments for passports, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBA). Notary Services are currently not available. To make an appointment for a passport or CRBA, please visit our appointment page for U.S. Citizens. We also continue to offer emergency services for U.S. citizens.For U.S. Citizens issues please write to: MontevideoACS@state.gov
  • Visa Services: As of August 03, 2020, the United States Embassy in Montevideo has resumed certain immigrant visa services, including IR-1, IR-2, CR-1, and CR-2 immigrant visa, and some nonimmigrant visa services, including F1, M1, H-2A, C1/D, I, O1, O2, P1, P3, E1, E2, and certain J1 nonimmigrant. While the Embassy aims to process cases as soon as practicable, there is likely to be increased wait times for completing such services due to substantial backlogs. If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided on our website to request an emergency appointment.Applicants for H1B, H2B, H4, L and certain J categories covered by Presidential Proclamation 10052 should request an appointment only if you have reason to believe you may qualify for one of the exceptions listed on travel.state.gov Notices containing detailed information about the current status of visa services worldwide and visa restrictions related to the COVID-19 global pandemic can be found here. For questions related to immigrant visa issues please write to: MontevideoIV@state.gov.
    For questions related to non-immigrant visa services, please write to: MontevideoVisas@state.gov

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Source: U.S. Embassy in Uruguay

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