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All About the Uruguay Visa
Uruguay is a destination of growing interest to many people, whether they want to visit as tourists or do business in this country on the southeastern coast of South America.
Fortunately, citizens of 85 nations and territories are exempt from requiring a visa for Uruguay and can visit the country for up to 90 days (extendable once) without a visa. This includes citizens of European Union countries as well as nationals of the United States, Canada, the UK, Australia, and New Zealand.
If you are travelling from another country and need a visa, please be aware that the Uruguayan authorities do not currently offer an eVisa. As such, applications must be made the traditional way: by contacting the nearest consulate.
The good thing about visa applications to Uruguay is that this country offers up to 7 types of authorisation. Most of these travel passes have a maximum validity of 90 days and can be extended once.
The types of travel authorisation typically issued are as follows:
- Tourist pass
- Business pass
- Study permit
- Work permit
- Family reunification
- Humanitarian and emergency pass
- Travel authorisation for national or international congresses, conventions and seminars
Planning a trip to the country and not certain which type of travel authorisation is the most suitable for you? No problem!
Byevisa will be happy to fill you in on all the details about applying for travel authorisation to this country, and the requirements you must meet for your application to be accepted.
Whether you are exempt from visa requirements, or if you need a travel document from the nearest embassy, read on for more information ahead of your trip!
Uruguay Visa Requirements by Country
Nationals of the following 85 countries and territories may enter Uruguay without a visa for up to 90 days (unless otherwise indicated). So, if you are from one of these countries, it’s your lucky day!
All European Union Countries (for a maximum stay of 90 days within a period of 180 days)
Macao (for holders of a Macao SAR passport or a Macao SAR travel permit)
Malaysia (for a maximum stay of 30 days)
Mongolia (for a maximum stay of 30 days)
Russia (for a maximum stay of 90 days within a period of 180 days)
Saint Kitts and Nevis
Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
South Korea (*for a maximum stay of 30 days)
Trinidad and Tobago
United Arab Emirates
*Citizens of these countries may enter the country by showing their identification card (Documento Nacional de Identidad) at the corresponding border post or customs office.
In addition, holders of diplomatic or official service passports of the following countries do not require travel authorisation to enter Uruguay:
- Dominican Republic
No visa is required for crew members or airline workers who are Uruguayan, nor for citizens of any country who were born in Uruguay according to their travel documents or official passport.
If you have a passport from a country not listed above (such as Afghanistan, Cuba, or Malawi, among others), then you will need to apply for your paperwork at the nearest consular office.
Types of Visas for Uruguay
As we mentioned at the beginning, there are up to 7 types of travel pass to enter this country:
- Tourist pass: Suitable for all those who wish to visit the country for tourist purposes and are not exempt from travel authorisation. The maximum stay is 90 days, which can be extended via the consulate.
- Business pass: For all nationals of any country who wish to carry out business here, with a maximum stay of 90 days, extendable if necessary.
- Study visa: For those foreigners who wish to study in the country.
- Work visa: For foreign citizens who wish to take up employment in Uruguay.
- Family reunification: As its name indicates, the purpose of this immigration document is to bring families together if you have family members living in the country.
- Humanitarian and emergency travel authorisation: For people who need to enter the country urgently in emergency scenarios or for humanitarian reasons.
- Visa for national or international congresses, conventions and seminars.
Uruguay Visa Application Process
The application process is based on 4 relatively simple steps:
1. Whatever type of visa to Uruguay you are interested in, the first step is to look up the corresponding consular offices closest to your home.
2. Step 2 is to make an appointment to apply at the consulate since this country does not have an electronic pass available at this moment in time.
The consular authorities will inform us, by telephone or e-mail, what kind of forms we have to fill in and what requirements we must meet.
On many occasions, these forms can be found on the web page of the consular offices, where they can be downloaded to print out, and in some cases, they can even be filled in online.
3. The third step is to fill in all the forms and attach the required documentation.
4. Finally, as a fourth step, you must go in person to the consular offices to make the formal application for your visa to Uruguay.
In certain circumstances, when a person is not able to appear at the consular offices in person to make their application, some consulates allow for the required information to be sent by mail for review.
You will usually receive a response about the outcome of your application from the consular authorities in about 20 days.
Uruguay Visa Application Form and Documents
The application form for a visa to Uruguay is very simple and will be provided to you at the corresponding consular office. It is a sheet of paper where you will have to fill in standard basic data such as:
- Your name and surname
- Date of birth
- City of birth
- Marital status
- Spouse’s name, if applicable
- Your profession
- The name of the organisation we work for, if applicable
We will also be asked to fill in other details such as:
- The type and number of our passport
- Place and date of issue
- Passport expiration date
- Permanent address
- Telephone number
We will also have to specify:
- The reason for our trip.
- The number of entries (if we wish to have a Single or Multiple Entry travel pass).
- If we opt for the multiple entry option, we must detail why.
- If we have previously entered the country, and how many times.
- The date of departure from our country of origin.
- The date on which we are going to enter this territory.
- Visas that have been granted in other countries, if applicable.
- References of people we know in Uruguay, if applicable, specifying the postal address and telephone number.
And finally, we will have to provide details of the place where we will be staying, entering the address and telephone number carefully into the form.
In addition to the completed and signed form, we will have to provide the following documentation:
- Show at the consulate a valid passport that is valid for at least 6 months after the date you plan to depart the country.
- A passport-size photograph.
- Outward and return tickets, either in digital or printed format.
- Hotel reservation.
- In the case of students or business professionals, references of the institution or company with which they are going to collaborate must be included.
Once all the documentation has been submitted, the embassy will check all the data to decide whether to grant you the travel authorisation.
How Much Does a Visa to Uruguay Cost?
The cost is 3 pesos, which is equivalent to 42 USD (about 35 EUR). This administration fee is paid only and exclusively if the application is approved and the travel authorisation is granted.
There is only one instance where the visa fee exemption applies. This is when the visa is applied for by a citizen holding a diplomatic or a government passport.
How Can I Check the Status of My Uruguay Visa Application?
There is no ‘unified’ system for checking the status of your Uruguay visa application. In other countries, this can be verified in a very simple way, as they have eVisa services, but as we mentioned before, Uruguay does not have this type of system available at the moment.
Therefore, the only way to check the status of our visa to Uruguay is to contact the consular office where we made our application, either by phone or email.
More Questions and Information About Travelling to Uruguay
Still have some unanswered questions about visiting Uruguay? Don’t worry, here we provide you with answers to some of the most common queries.
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