Severity: Critical Alert

Exit/Entry: Uruguay maintains COVID-19 entry restrictions for most foreign travelers as of early September. Most internal measures remain lifted.

Alert Begins 03 Sep 2020 10:57 AM UTC
Alert Expires 30 Sep 2020 11:59 PM UTC

  • Incident: COVID-19 restrictions
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Transport and business disruptions

Summary
As of early September, authorities in Uruguay are maintaining entry restrictions for most nonresident foreign travelers until further notice, as part of the nation's coronavirus disease (COVID-19) response plan. Only the temporary entry of certain foreign nationals is permitted, subject to prior approval, for family reunification or labor, economic, business, and judicial purposes. Aircraft and ship crews may also enter. Brazilian nationals residing at the border who are permitted entry are required to remain in the border cities in which they arrive. Limited flights between Uruguay and Spain have resumed and in August the government announced plans to permit entry to travelers from Europe broadly on an undisclosed date; however, most commercial passenger flights are still suspended. Cargo transport and humanitarian and repatriation flights are continuing normally.

All arriving passengers must present a negative COVID-19 test taken within 72 hours of arrival. All persons entering the country must complete a seven-day self-quarantine. If the traveler is staying in the country for more than seven days, the traveler will be required to take another COVID-19 test on the seventh day or to complete an additional seven days of self-quarantine.

Internally, most commercial activity has resumed subject to COVID-19 operating requirements. All establishments must adhere to strict physical distancing and sanitization requirements. The government continues to urge the public to maintain social distancing, wear a protective facemask in public places, and avoid large gatherings. Authorities could reimpose, extend, further ease, or otherwise amend any restrictions with little-to-no notice depending on local disease activity.

Advice
Follow all official instructions. Abide by national health and safety measures. Reconfirm all travel arrangements. Liaise with trusted contacts for further updates and guidance. Emphasize basic health precautions, especially frequent handwashing with soap and water, or an alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are unavailable. Practice good coughing/sneezing etiquette (i.e., covering coughs and sneezes with a disposable tissue, maintaining distance from others, and washing hands). There is no evidence that the influenza vaccine, antibiotics, or antiviral medications will prevent this disease, highlighting the importance of diligent basic health precautions.


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