COVID-19: Uruguay Travel Updates

Skyscrapers seen across the water, Punta Del Este, Uruguay

Updated 11th September 2021.


  • Beginning November 1st 2021, Uruguay will open its borders to international travellers who are fully vaccinated 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 (September 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. 

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 results from a PCR test and take a new test (also PCR) a week after your previous one. If your take both tests and they 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…

You 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.

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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