COVID-19: Uruguay Travel Updates

Skyscrapers seen across the water, Punta Del Este, Uruguay


  • 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.


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2 thoughts on “COVID-19: Uruguay Travel Updates”

  1. 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.

    1. 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!

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