Uruguay opens its borders to foreigners

Given the favorable evolution of the pandemic in Uruguay, mainly as a result of the strong vaccination campaign promoted by the Government (to date, a percentage greater than 70% of the population immunized with two doses of any of the vaccines against the COVID-19, and about 10% of it already has a third booster dose from the Pfizer laboratory), the entry of foreigners has gradually begun to be made more flexible through the opening of borders (both land and air and maritime).

To the already known exceptions that allowed foreigners to enter the country (to know in detail the existing causes, you can visit the following link: https://insight-trust.com/en/causes-for-the-entry-of-foreigners-to-uruguay-in-times-of-pandemic/) a new cause has been added through Decree 279/021 (to see the Decree click here) issued on August 26, 2021, which allows entry to Uruguay, as of September 1, 2021, of foreigners, along with their families, who own properties directly or indirectly in the country, who are fully immunized and present a negative PCR test upon arrival.

Through said Decree, it is established in subsection “j” that foreigners who:

  • They own real estate in Uruguay directly or indirectly, admitting in the latter case that:
         o They are holders of social participations or shares of legal persons that own property in Uruguay; or,
         o Final beneficiaries of properties located in the country;
    • The property of the property must be accredited through a notarial certification issued by a Notary Public or by means of a sworn statement;
    • That they certify having received a complete immunization against COVID-19 within the last 6 months prior to boarding or arrival in the country and having met the respective waiting periods to achieve immunity;
    • That they present a negative PCR test, carried out in their country of origin no earlier than 72 hours after arriving in Uruguay, and that, on the seventh day after having carried out said test, they do a new one in Uruguay (both tests are at the expense of the interested party) or, failing that, they keep mandatory preventive social isolation for fourteen days from their entry into the country;
    • In addition to the owner, they may enter the country together with him, his spouse or common-law partner, first and second degree relatives (parents, children, siblings, grandparents, grandchildren).

On the other hand, it is required that those who enter the country for this reason, present the form that is attached to the decree (Annex I), and it is established that, in the case of foreign citizens under 18 years of age, who come from a country where vaccination has not yet been authorized for their age group, they must complete isolation together with their family.

  • Some details regarding the sanitary measures to take into account when arriving in Uruguay:
    Family members of legal age who enter the country with the owner of the property, must be fully immunized and must perform, in addition to a PCR test with a negative result prior to entry, a new PCR test 7 days after the last test presented for admission . If this second test is not performed, they must keep mandatory quarantine for 14 days.
    • Minor family members who enter with the owner of the property, and who have not agreed to the immunization in their country of origin, because it has not been approved in that country for their age group, must be quarantined for 14 days. This quarantine may be lifted if, on the seventh day after the PCR test has been performed in your country of origin, a new PCR test is performed with a negative result.
    • Depending on the age of said minors, the following situations may occur:
         o Children over 6 years of age and adolescents under 18 years of age may, 7 days after the first swab in their country of origin, have a second test or, failing that, remain in quarantine until 14 days after your entry into the country.
         o Children under 6 years of age will be exempt from quarantine and testing on the seventh day.

How is the procedure expected to be carried out?

It has been communicated by the authorities that the application for admission for this new cause will be processed online through the web www.gub.uy/ingreso-uruguay-para-extranjeros, where following the step by step you will be required to the interested party the documents required by the regulations.

To begin the process through said website, you must previously have a digital user which is processed easily through the website https://mi.iduruguay.gub.uy/registro.

Once the entry authorization has been approved, the interested party will be notified via email (to the email entered at the time of the request), attaching the corresponding authorization and it will be valid for 60 days from its issuance.

Likewise, although there is still no established regulation and it is intended to see how the aforementioned border opening stage evolves, the Uruguayan Government has already announced the intention to further open the borders for November 1, 2021, allowing entry to the country of all those completely immunized foreigners who present a negative PCR upon entry.

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