Uruguay Reopening to Tourism

Uruguay Will NOT Open Borders to Tourists until March 2021

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November 20. Uruguay has confirmed that they will not reopen for international tourism this coming summer (December 21 to March 20, 2021). 

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

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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, check with your embassy in Uruguay.

Are the land border crossings of Uruguay still closed?

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The land borders between Argentina and Brazil remain closed due to high COVID cases in both countries and might not be reopened this coming summer.

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 4,208 positive cases and 68 deaths up to October 19. Not bad numbers compared to other countries worldwide, and exceedingly better than South American neighbors.

According to the latest report from the Ministry of Public Health, over the last 24 hours, the authorities detected 30 new positive cases. Nowadays, there are only 138 active cases nationwide and 5 people in hospital.

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

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If you are a prospective American tourist it is possible you may have to wait a little while still. 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 travellers 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, you 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, you will be allowed to resume your trip 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 plus we would encourage you to research the specific policies for the region you plan to visit in Uruguay since there still may be other protocols you would have to follow.

Restrictions for international visitors from Europe, USA, Latin-America. Airport etiquette and tourism policies

Uruguay’s success may have a downside for travellers. Since the government is very much looking to maintain their COVID-19 figures low, there may be strict entry policies regarding entry, testing, and biosafety. 

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 you may be wondering, but… Is Uruguay safe?

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Earlier this year, the 2020 Global Peace Index, ranked Uruguay as the number one most peaceful countries in South America, so we can safely say that you are going to have a great adventure!