COVID-19: Uruguay Travel Updates

Skyscrapers seen across the water, Punta Del Este, Uruguay

Updated June 12th, 2021.

Updated 12th June 2021.


  • Uruguay has decided it will ease the entry requirements for fully vaccinated travellers, although borders are still closed to foreigners at present. Source
  • Uruguay, along with Colombia, Costa Rica and Bahrain have been added to the French authorities’ list of COVID-19 high-risk countries. Source

See here for South America Travel COVID-19 overview. 

Uruguay Travel Restrictions (June 2021)

Can you travel to Uruguay right now? SUMMARY:

Uruguay is only allowing entry to nationals and residents at present. Foreign travellers who need to enter the country will need to get permission from the National Immigration department. Tourism has not yet restarted in the country but there are plans to ease restrictions for fully vaccinated travellers once it does.

Before you enter Uruguay, you will need to:

  • Have proof of health insurance that covers both actual and suspected coronavirus. (We recommend SafetyWing for travellers.)
  • Take a COVID-19 test no earlier than 72 hours before you travel. A negative result is a mandatory requirement for travel to Uruguay. 

Quarantine Period: 

When you arrive in Uruguay, you are required to go to a declared address to complete a mandatory 7-day quarantine. On the final day, you’ll need to have a swab taken and wait for a negative test result. You will only be allowed to finish your quarantine period when the results of this test are back. 

(There is also the option of quarantining for 14 days. This does not have the testing requirement of the 7-day quarantine.)

Face Masks: 

Mask wearing is heavily encouraged in public spaces and on public transport. 

Also see: Best face masks for travellers

COVID-19 Tests Required: 

  • You will need to take a COVID-19 test no earlier than 72 hours before you travel. 
  • If you are not fully vaccinated and you opt for the 7-day quarantine, you will need to take a swab test on your 7th day in order to leave isolation. 

Public places: 

Social distancing measures are still in place. Whenever possible, people are being encouraged to avoid public transport and crowds. In some places, museums and libraries are closed. 


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