COVID-19: Uruguay Travel Updates

Skyscrapers seen across the water, Punta Del Este, Uruguay

Updated 2nd December 2021.


  • A recent spate of COVID-19 infections has forced new restrictions into areas of Uruguay. Check with local authorities for more information. Source.
  • Beginning November 1st 2021, Uruguay will open its borders to international travellers who are fully vaccinated (no more than 9 months earlier) and can present a negative PCR test. Source.
  • Once borders reopen, Uruguay is planning to allow entry of foreign travellers fully vaccinated with any COVID-19 vaccine. Source.

See here for South America Travel COVID-19 overview. 

Uruguay Travel Restrictions (December 2021)

Can you travel to Uruguay right now? SUMMARY:

Uruguay is allowing entry to fully vaccinated travellers. However, unvaccinated travellers are not permitted to enter the country.

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. 

If you are not a national or resident, you’ll need to get pre-authorisation of entry from the National Immigration Department. Once this has been granted, you’ll receive an email to complete the health declaration form. Without these documents, you won’t be allowed to board your flight into Uruguay.

Quarantine Period: 

If you have been fully vaccinated…

If you have been fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two doses), you will need to arrive with a negative result from a PCR test and take a new test (also PCR) a week after your previous one. If both tests are negative, you will not need to quarantine. However, if you do not take the second PCR test, you will need to complete a mandatory quarantine for 14 days.

If you are not vaccinated…

Non-vaccinated residents and nationals will need to produce a negative PCR test result no earlier than 72 hours before your flight to Uruguay departs. You will also need to complete the required quarantine for 14 days. Foreign nationals who are not vaccinated are not permitted to enter Uruguay.

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: 

  • Everyone will need to take a COVID-19 PCR test no earlier than 72 hours before they travel. If you are fully vaccinated, you will also be required to take another a week after that.

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. 


On the ground: Traveller Reports:

These reports have been taken from our South America Backpacker Facebook community. 

Traveller report 17th July 2021 – “I’m in Uruguay since the pandemic, still no movement here…” – Steffen

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