US Dept of State Advisory on Travel to Uruguay

1. Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter Uruguay?


Non-essential travels are restricted to Uruguay. Exceptions, as follows, are in place.

  1. Family reunification between parents and minor single children or adult children with disabilities, or between spouses or common-law spouses.
  2. Drivers for international transportation
  3. Airplane pilots
  4. Seamen
  5. Entrance may be authorized for humanitarian reasons or for labor, economic, business or judicial purposes, as managed by the National Migration Directorate or by the Ministry corresponding to the area of activity involved and based on reasons of urgent need.

2. Are commercial flights operating?


Exempted passengers can only land at Montevideo (MVD) and Punta del Este (PDP).

3. Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR) required for entry in Uruguay?


Negative PCR coronavirus results, carried out up to 72 hours before the start of the trip conducted by a laboratory in the country of origin or another country in transit.

4. Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine upon entry in Uruguay?


5. Is travel to Uruguay restricted?


The US Depart of State maintains August 06, 2020 Level 3: Reconsider Travel for Uruguay. The current advisory reads: Reconsider travel to Uruguay due to COVID-19. Exercise increased caution in Uruguay due to crime.

6. How safe is Uruguay to travel for US citizens?

Uruguay has witnessed a rise in the crimes against persons and property.

Street crime, including armed robberies, theft and carjackings are frequent around tourist spots including Montevideo, Ciudad Vieja, the Rambla, and the neighborhood around the U.S. Embassy.

Even upscale residential neighborhoods, such as Punta Carretas, Pocitos, and Carrasco are not immune to criminal activity. Maintain situational awareness and practice good personal security at all times while traveling throughout Uruguay as criminals typically seek out victims in vulnerable situations.

Thefts, burglaries, armed robberies, assaults, and other violent crimes are common throughout Uruguay. Criminals tend to conduct surveillance on potential targets including ATMs, residences, restaurants, vehicles, and individuals prior to committing robberies. Criminals regularly travel in pairs on motorcycles to approach unsuspecting victims with a weapon and demand personal belongings before fleeing. They attempt to catch victims off-guard by driving slowly next to their vehicles and waiting for them to get out of their car to rob them. Other times, they break car windows to steal valuables from vehicles that are parked or stuck in traffic.

Be vigilant when using ATMs, especially after day light hours. Criminals frequently use gas-induced explosive devices to steal from ATMs.

The following Montevideo neighborhoods have higher crime rates, and official U.S. government personnel are recommended to avoid or limit travel to these areas:

  1. 40 Semanas
  2. Bella Italia
  3. Borro
  4. Casavalle
  5. Casabó
  6. Cerro
  7. Cerro Norte
  8. Hipódromo
  9. La Teja
  10. Marconi
  11. Malvín Norte
  12. Tres Ombúes
  13. Villa Española

7. What is the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)

It’s a free service by the US Dept of State to provide assistance to its citizens through US embassy or consulate while they are on a foreign land.

Quick Facts to Check Before You Travel


Must be valid at time of entry


One page required for entry stamp


No, for stays less than 90 days.


Above $10,000 must be declared with Uruguay’s customs authorities

U.S. Embassy and Consulates Contact Info

U.S. Embassy Montevideo
Lauro Muller 1776
Montevideo 11200,
Telephone: +(598) 1770-2000
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: 1770-2000 or +(598) 1770-2000 (from the U.S.)
Fax: +(598) 1770-2040