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Foreigners who come to settle down in Uruguay may enter: as unaccompanied baggage without charge and in a condition of loading: clothes, used personal belongings, books and newspapers, furniture and other goods for domestic use; and tools, machines, devices and instruments necessary for the exercise of their profession, art or trade, individually considered. The enjoyment of the benefit is subject to the previous verification of the activity developed by the traveler.


Unaccompanied baggage must arrive in the Customs Territory within three months before or until six months after the arrival of the traveler and will only be released after the arrival.


  • Arrive in condition of load and from the same origin of the traveler.

  • The procedure can be done by the interested person or his/her authorized representative by power of attorney.

  • It should begin with the presentation to the Customs Authority of an electronic GEX file with the following documentation, application for admission, list of personal effects intervened by the Consulate of the country where you reside and proof of entry to the country granted by the Migration Directorate. In the case of entering personal effects by air, documentation proving that they may remain abroad can be presented.

  • The luggage will remain in storage until authorization.


For foreigners, as long as they are not granted permanent residence in the country, their assets may be admitted under the Temporary Admission regime, and will be ask for a guarantee due to the corresponding taxes. The process is done by the interested party or who represents it, with the Customs Authority. The guarantee will be returned once the final residence in the country has been proven.

Where is the process done?

Customs Montevideo

Rambla 25 of August 1825 nº199. Access Yacaré, Ground Floor.

Opening Hours: 9 am to 5 pm. 

For inquiries: (00598) 2915 00 07 Ext. 70 or 514.

E-mail: info@aduanas.gub.uy


In the rest of the country: In any Customs Administration located at the point of entry to the country.


How is the process done?

Before entering the country you must apply at the Uruguayan Consulate of the country of origin for your intervention or the visa of the list of personal effects to be transferred. In Uruguay the procedure can be carried out by the interested party or by his authorized representative by Notary Power Letter. The documents presented to Customs Authority are:

a) application form
b) list of personal effects intervened by the Consulate.
c) the record of admission to the country granted by the Directorate of Migration. (Certificate of Arrival).


The luggage will remain in storage until the corresponding authorization.


Income of vehicles for retired foreigners: A foreigner who comes to the country can enter a vehicle only if their situation falls within the provisions of articles 2 and 3 of Law 16.340:


  • Finding themselves in retirement or retirement situation.

  • Perceive a minimum of US $ 1,500 (1,500 US dollars) per month for retirement or other income generated abroad.

  • To have acquired, from the date of entry into force of this law, a real property destined to house-room in the national territory, which must have a minimum value of US $ 100,000 (one hundred thousand dollars of the USA) and may not be sold for a period of ten years.

(*) If the country of residence is Brazil, the documents must be apostilled.

In the city of Porto Alegre there are three Tabelionatos where you can ask for this procedure:


  • First Tabelionato: tel (51) 30795300

  • Tercer Tabelionato: tel (51) 321233876

  • Noveno Tabelionato: tel (51) 33312535

The process customs is free and can be done personally or through a representative.


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