Uruguay Reopening to Tourism

Uruguay is not open for tourism, only essential-travel is allowed

Uruguay is not open to tourism and only essential visitors are allowed to enter but must bring proof of a negative COVID-19 test result and undergo a mandatory 7-to-14 day quarantine.  

Uruguayan President, Luis Lacalle Pou has stated that keeping the country closed has been a difficult decision to make but a needed one to protect Uruguayans and the economy from the second wave of COVID-cases. 

Disclaimer: Travel restrictions and governmental regulations can change rapidly and the information below might be outdated within a few hours. Therefore, double-check all information with your embassy or on official websites. Traveling Lifestyle does not take any responsibility for your decision to travel.

Uruguay Reopening Borders – NEWEST UPDATES

March 23 – Vaccination progress

Paraguay is going through a second wave of coronavirus infections and there is an important shortage of medicines and ICU beds in public hospitals. Until last week, the country had only received 4,000 vaccine doses for a population of 7 million people.

Vaccination progress in Uruguay


The Uruguayan government confirmed that they will NOT open for tourism this summer.

October 19

The Uruguayan President said borders might not be reopened for tourism during the summer. New announcements will be made in the coming days.

September 23

  • Uruguay still has the best numbers in South America and only has around 10-20 daily COVID cases.
  • The Government hasn’t confirmed any dates for reopening yet but some flights have already resumed. Currently, there are flights available to Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Spain, UK, etc.

For more information on current travel exceptions, travelers should consult with their embassies in Uruguay.

Are the land border crossings of Uruguay still closed?

uruguay reopening requirements

The land borders between Argentina and Brazil remain closed due to high COVID cases in both countries.

How is the COVID-19 situation in Uruguay?

All in all pretty good. Throughout the development of the pandemic emergency, Uruguay has registered a total of 87,812 positive cases and 843 deaths up to March 25. 

What are the entry requirements for U.S citizens and other travelers?

Uruguay reopening restrictions for tourism

Prospective American tourists may have to wait a little while before being allowed entry. Currently, there hasn’t been an official announcement on whether U.S. tourists would be allowed entry as part of Uruguay’s reactivation plan. 

In the meantime, Americans and other travelers may be allowed to enter the country but only in cases of family reunification between parents and minor single children or adult children with disabilities, or between spouses, or common or for humanitarian or business reasons.

In order to enter the country, visitors must submit the following documents upon arrival.

  • Proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken 72 hours before arrival.
  • An affidavit stating the absence of symptoms and contact with confirmed positives in the 14 days prior to admission.
  • 7-day quarantine followed by a COVID-19 test on the 7th day of isolation (in the country). If it comes back negative, travelers will be allowed to resume their trips after submitting the result to the authorities.  
  • Medical insurance with specific coverage for COVID-19.
  • Phone number in Uruguay for traceability.

Entry requirements for European citizens who are traveling for essential purposes?

Well, the restrictions and requirements are pretty much the same. Visitors are encouraged to research the specific policies for the region they are planning to visit in Uruguay since they may different from one region to the other. 

Entry requirements for Latin American citizens

Citizens and residents of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela are allowed to transit through Montevideo and Punta del Este, and they are demanded to observe the same restrictions and requirements mentioned above.

Last but not least, we know travelers may be wondering, but… Is Uruguay safe?

Beach in Uruguay

Last year, the Global Peace Index ranked Uruguay as the number one most peaceful countries in South America, so it is safe to say that visitors are going to have a great adventure!