Coronavirus health information

Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for Uruguay on the TravelHealthPro website.

See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Entry and borders

See Entry requirements to find out what you will need to do when you arrive in Uruguay.

Returning to the UK

Travelling from and returning to the UK

Check what you must do to travel abroad and return to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting.

The Uruguayan Embassy in London has suggested the following laboratories where you can order home tests:

You should not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel to another country, you should arrange to take a private test.

Commercial flights

There are commercial options to return to the UK from Uruguay.

You should check availability with your travel agent, but options include:

  • Iberia and Air Europa via Madrid
  • LATAM via Sao Paulo and Santiago

You should check Travel Advice and entry requirements for any country that you will transit on your return. You should have your travel booked to your final destination before starting any journey, as you may not be allowed to board your flight without proof.

Ferry service between Uruguay and Argentina

There is a limited ferry service between Uruguay and Argentina via Buquebus. You will be required to comply with exit and entry requirements for Argentina and Uruguay.

Be prepared for your plans to change

No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.

Plan ahead and make sure you:

  • can access money
  • understand what your insurance will cover
  • can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned

Travel in Uruguay

Free movement in the whole country is allowed.

Healthcare in Uruguay

For contact details for English speaking doctors, visit our list of healthcare providers.

Your emotional and mental wellbeing is important. Read guidance on how to look after your mental wellbeing and mental health.

View Health for further details on healthcare in Uruguay.

See also the guidance on healthcare if you’re waiting to return to the UK.

COVID-19 vaccines if you live in Uruguay

We will update this page when the Government of Uruguay announces new information on the national vaccination programme. You can sign up to get email notifications when this page is updated.

The Uruguay national vaccination programme started in April 2021 using the Sinovac. Vaccines now being offered are mainly Pfizer-BioNTech. The Government of Uruguay has stated that foreign nationals resident in Uruguay are eligible for vaccination if they choose to join the programme.

If you have a Uruguayan identity card then you are able to request inclusion in the vaccination programme through the Coronavirus website or Coronavirus UY app.

Visitors can now also access the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine after day 5 in country.

Further information on the vaccination programme is available on the Government of Uruguay Ministry of Health website.

Find out more, including about vaccines that are authorised in the UK or approved by the World Health Organisation, on the COVID-19 vaccines if you live abroad.

If you’re a British national living in Uruguay, you should seek medical advice from your local healthcare provider. Information about COVID-19 vaccines used in the national programme where you live, including regulatory status, should be available from local authorities.

Help and support

If you need urgent consular assistance, you can contact the British Embassy in Montevideo on +598 2622 3630 or your nearest British embassy, high commission or consulate. All telephone numbers are available 24/7.

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