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Risk Ratings  

    LOW MEDICAL RISK for Uruguay
    LOW TRAVEL RISK for Uruguay

COVID-19 Impact

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Travel): High -

Inbound travel significantly restricted for most travellers.

Only citizens and those who meet certain criteria for exemption  may enter. Mandatory testing and quarantine in designated facilities may apply.

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Domestic Operations): Medium -

COVID-related impacts posing routine challenges to business operations.

The medical, logistics and security environments are impacted by the pressures of COVID-19. Pre-existing security risks increasingly likely to be exacerbated by COVID-19-related political and socio-economic concerns and associated pressures in the near/medium term. There may be delay in accessing urgent care due to pressures on the medical system. Core protective  elements of BCP likely to be implemented: non-essential staff  working from home, staff tracing in place, reinforced hygiene and segregation practices with robust escalation and de-escalation triggers as well as mitigation measures.

RestrictionsInboundEntry rules:

• Borders reopened to Uruguayan citizens and permanent residents only. Air, land and sea borders remain closed to foreign nationals.
• Exemptions apply and are subject to authorities' approval for family unification, labour, business and humanitarian reason, among others. Travellers may request special authorisation to enter the country at: https://www.gub.uy/ingreso-uruguay-para-extranjeros
(Until further notice)
Testing requirements:

A COVID-19 test must be taken a maximum of 72 hours before entry. An affidavit stating the absence of symptoms and contact with confirmed or suspected COVID-19 cases in the 14 days prior to admission and proof of medical insurance with COVID-19 coverage must be presented.
(Until further notice)
Quarantine requirements:

Travellers must complete a seven-day quarantine upon arrival, even with a negative COVID-19 test. A second COVID-19 test may be taken on day seven of visiting the country. If the test is negative, the quarantine is complete. If the test is positive or the traveller chooses not to take a second test, they must self-quarantine for seven more days.
(Until further notice)

There are ferry services that run on a limited schedule from Uruguay to Argentina. The services are only for citizens or residents of Argentina and Uruguay. More information can be found here: https://www.buquebus.com/informacion/comunicado-importante
(Until further notice)
Internal / DomesticObserving quarantine procedures is recommended for individuals travelling between departments. Those age 65 and older are required to quarantine.
(Until further notice)
The use of masks is mandatory in most public areas.
(Until further notice)

19 Jun 2021 (Updated Daily)

Risk Summary


Please see our:

Medical and Security Alerts for Uruguay

COVID-19 information for Uruguay

Dedicated COVID-19 website


Petty crime remains the principal security risk for business travellers. Pickpockets and muggers are known to be active in the Old City (Ciudad Vieja) and other tourist spots in the capital Montevideo and in the resort town of Punta del Este, especially during the summer months (December-March). Crime also affects public transport and visitors are advised to use radio-dispatched taxis whenever possible. However, business travellers who take sensible precautions generally face no serious security concerns. The low-income suburbs to the north, west (Cerro Norte and Villa de Cerro neighbourhoods) and north-east (Malvin Norte neighbourhood) of Montevideo should be avoided. Crime rates are lower in higher-income neighbourhoods such as Carrasco, Punta Carretas and Pocitos, though residential burglaries and robberies at restaurants have been recorded. The police are generally courteous and trustworthy, though inefficient.

This information is intended as a summary of the travel security environment; however, the risks can change at short notice during a crisis or evolving situation. Please check our travel security alerts to ensure you are informed of the most recent developments.


Vaccinations For Uruguay
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travellers and expatriates,
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Hepatitis BRecommended for most travellers and expatriates,
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Typhoid feverRecommended for adventurous and long-term
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Yellow feverA yellow fever vaccination certificate is
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Routine Vaccinations

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