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ENTRY PROCEDURES

Check if you come from a country which requires visa here:

It takes  20 working days, aprox.

Cost 42 USD

Apply at the closest consular office, check here.

IF YOU NEED A VISA

Apply at the closest consular office.

Check here.

It takes  20 working days, aprox.

Cost 557,30 UI

More information here.

IF NO VISA

IS REQUIRED

Apply for a residence,

more information here.

VISAS
RESIDENCES
PROVISIONAL IDENTITY SHEET
TEMPORARY RESIDENCE
MERCOSUR TEMPORATY RESIDENCE
PERMANENT RESIDENCE 
MERCOSUR PERMANENT RESIDENCE
SPECIAL BORDER DOCUMENT
LEGAL CITIZENSHIP

TIP: Fast Track for Visas and Residences

 

A procedure is available to facilitate and accelerate access to visas (work, business, and family reunification) and residence permits for people working in foreign companies and/or service exporters based in Uruguay.

This mechanism was developed within the framework of the Talent Attraction Plan, implemented by Uruguay XXI, together with the Ministry of the Interior and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

More information here | Contact: fast-track@uruguayxxi.gub.uy

HOW ARE VISAS PROCESSED?

Uruguayan consulates abroad are in charge of receiving visa applications and providing information on the requirements to apply for a visa.

The authorization of the visa is handled by the National Migration Office and generally takes at least 20 working days from the date of application. Once the Consulate receives the written authorization, it can then issue the visa and stamp it in the holder’s passport.

 

All those applying for a visa must provide a contact person in Uruguay or a hotel reservation, and a telephone number and address.

More information here.

 

How much does it cost?  Only if the visa is granted, USD 42.


Where to apply? Diplomatic Representation of Uruguay authorized in the country where you live, check here.

 

What documents must be submitted?

The activity to be developed in Uruguay during the stay (tourism, business, work, family reunification, study, congresses, conventions and seminars, and humanitarian and emergency), will determine what documents will be necessary to process the visa and the length of stay:

Tourism Visa

  • Passport in good condition and valid (for at least six months after arrival in Uruguay).

  • A passport size photo (5 x 5 cm).

  • Completed and signed application form.

  • Round-trip tickets/reservation.

  • Hotel reservation or other proof of accommodation and income.

* Length of stay: 90 days, extendable for 90 more days, with multiple entries.

 

Business Visa

  • Passport in good condition and valid (for at least six months after arrival in Uruguay).

  • A passport size photo (5 x 5 cm).

  • Completed and signed application form.

  • Letterhead note signed by the responsible authority of the inviting company/organization in Uruguay.

  • Letterhead note signed by the representative of the company to which the applicant belongs, indicating the company’s corporate name or line of business and applicant’s position.

  • Hotel reservation.

  • Round-trip tickets/reservation.

 * Length of stay: 90 days, extendable for 90 more days, with multiple entries.

Working Visa 

  • Passport in good condition and valid (for at least six months after arrival in Uruguay).

  • A passport size photo (5 x 5 cm).

  • Completed and signed application form.

  • Work promise issued by the company in Uruguay.

​ * Length of stay: according to the residence to be requested (Temporary or Permanent). To apply for residence, you will have 30 days from the date of entry.

Family Reunification Visa

  • Passport in good condition and valid (for at least six months after arrival in Uruguay).

  • A passport size photo (5 x 5 cm).

  • Completed and signed application form.

  • Document issued by the competent authority certifying the family relationship, apostilled/legalized.

  • If the applicant is under 18 years of age, he/she must have authorization from his/her legal representatives to reside in the country.

*Length of stay: it will be the same as the time granted in the permanent residence of the person with whom the applicant is requesting to be reunited. The reunification may be done with a family member with permanent residence granted or being processed.

*In order to apply for residence you will have 30 days from the date of entry.

Visa for congresses, conventions, and seminars

  • Passport in good condition and valid (for at least six months after arrival in Uruguay).

  • A passport size photo (5 x 5 cm).

  • Completed and signed application form.

  • Proof of the public interest nature of the event.

  • Invitation letter from the event organizer.

  • Round-trip tickets/reservation.

*Length of stay: 90 days, extendable for 90 more days, with multiple entries.

Study Visa

  • Passport in good condition and valid (for at least six months after arrival in Uruguay).

  • A passport size photo (5 x 5 cm).

  • Completed and signed application form.

  • Letterhead note signed by the educational institution of origin or proof of enrollment in the educational institution where the applicant will study, enjoy the scholarship, and/or carry out the internship.

  • Means of support and lodging.

  • In case the applicant is a minor, he/she must provide proof of parental consent at the Consulate.

 

*Length of stay: will be determined according to the duration of the course.
*To apply for residence, you will have 30 days from the date of entry.

Humanitarian and emergency visa

The applicant must submit documents that duly prove the reason (such as medical treatment, attendance to a court hearing, death or health situation of a family member or friend or other) for which he/she is requesting entry to the country under this type of consular visa.

HOW ARE RESIDENCES PROCESSED?

 

IF YOU COME FROM:

 

For more information, go to: https://www.gub.uy/tramites/residencia-legal.


PROVISIONAL IDENTITY SHEET

The Provisional Identity Sheet allows the applicant to stay for up to 180 days, if he/she is traveling for study, work and/or religious purposes. It is issued only once and cannot be extended.

All foreign documents submitted must be apostilled or legalized (according to Law No. 15,441) and translated into Spanish by a Uruguayan Certified Translator, except those issued in Brazil.

Once the activity motivating the request is accredited, a certificate is issued in order to process the Provisional Identity Sheet with the National Civil Identification Office, which shall be submitted in case of registration with the relevant Social Security agencies (Social Security Authority) and the Ministry of Labor and Social Security.

Related costs:

  • Cost of certificate: 55.71 UI.

 

What documents are required?

  • Identity document with which the applicant enters the country (original and copy).

  • Proof of the activity motivating the request and its termination date, by means of a letter on the Institution or company’s letterhead.

  • Notarial certificate attesting the complete data of the Institution or company.

  • Valid vaccination schedule, issued by an Institution authorized by the Ministry of Public Health of Uruguay, with tetanus and measles vaccines being mandatory (more details on the location of vaccination centers here).

 

Where to apply?

  • Online, by creating a user in the website www.gub.uy, check here

  • National Migration Directorate offices, check here.

Once the process is completed, the applicant must go to the National Civil Identification Office to obtain the Provisional Identity Sheet.

TEMPORARY RESIDENCE

In case the applicant wants to stay in Uruguay for a period of more than 180 days, but less than 2 years (with the possibility of renewal for two additional years), a temporary residence will be more appropriate. If the applicant does not speak Spanish, he/she must attend the interview with an interpreter.All foreign documents submitted must be apostilled or legalized if the applicant’s country of origin is NOT a member of the Hague Convention (according to Law No. 15,441). At the same time, they must be translated into Spanish by a Uruguayan Certified Translator, except for those documents issued in Brazil.

If the applicant is from Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Venezuela, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador or Peru, he/she can apply for the Mercosur Temporary Residence with the advantage of not having to provide supporting documentation of the activity motivating the application.

Related costs:

  • Residence procedure: 557.30 UI.

  • Migration certificate: 55.70 UI for obtaining an identity card once it has been granted.

  • Once the procedure has been started and until the residence is granted, a re-entry permit must be paid each time the applicant leaves the country at a cost of 225.60 UI.

What documents are required for applicants from non-Mercosur countries?

  • An ID photograph.

  • A form completed with personal data.

  • Identity document: photocopies and original of the identity document with which the applicant entered the country or registration certificate issued by the corresponding Consulate in Uruguay.

  • Exact date of entry to the country.

  • Valid vaccination schedule, issued in Uruguay (more details about the location of vaccination centers here).

  • Valid health card: an Occupational Health Card, issued by public or private health service providers authorized by the Ministry of Public Health.

  • Criminal record: certificate of judicial, criminal or police record at the national level of the country of origin and of the countries where the applicant has lived for the last 5 years (translated into Spanish, if applicable).

  • Proof of the activity that motivates the application, specifying the activity carried out and the time period:​

    • WORKERS: Letterhead note specifying the activity carried out and the term of contract by the employer, and indicating monthly salary, if applicable, or means of support. In case of work-related residence, the letter must be accompanied by proof of registration with the Social Security Authority (BPS), payroll, salary receipt or notarial or accounting certificate showing all the company’s data.

    • STUDENTS: Proof of student status by means of an official certificate from the educational institution. In the case of a private institute, it shall be accompanied by a notarial certification of the institute’s existence and control of the same. In addition, the applicant must prove means of living, which must be sufficient to support himself/herself. In case of not having own means of living: he/she can provide means of living of a direct family member, with the necessary documents to prove the relationship.

      • If the means of livelihood come from abroad, a notarized certificate stating the money received from abroad must be provided, detailing the amount, the place where the money is sent and the relationship with the person sending money. The above-mentioned documents may be presented as originals or as notarized copies for submission of documents or photocopies authenticated by a Notary Public (in these last two cases the originals are not required). In case the original documents and a copy are presented, the latter will be added, and its authenticity will be certified by the acting officer.

      • This type of residence is granted for up to one year, extendable for equal periods, not exceeding two years of the total duration of the program.

    • RELIGIOUS PERSONS: Religious persons belonging to churches, orders or congregations recognized in the country, who come to develop activities related to their own worship, teaching, or assistance services. They must submit a certificate issued by the congregation or church to which they belong on letterhead, stating the activities to be developed, the duration of their mission and proof of financial support. A notarized certification of the legal status and other information of the church must be attached.

 

For foreigners under 18 years of age:

  • No criminal record will be requested. 

  • Express parental authorization will be required to settle in Uruguay. In case the authorization is not given in person, if it comes from abroad by means of a power of attorney, it must be previously notarized by a Uruguayan Notary Public.

Where to apply?

  • You must request an interview through the website www.tramites.gub.uy and then go to the National Migration Directorate offices, check here.

  • Also through the Diplomatic Representation of Uruguay authorized in the country where you live, check here.

MERCOSUR TEMPORARY RESIDENCE

 

What documents are required for applicants from Mercosur and associated countries?

  • An ID photograph.

  • Identity document: photocopies and original of the identity document with which the applicant entered the country or registration certificate issued by the corresponding Consulate in Uruguay.

  • Exact date of entry to the country.

  • Valid vaccination schedule, issued in Uruguay (more details about the location of vaccination centers here).

  • Valid health card: an Occupational Health Card, issued by public or private health service providers authorized by the Ministry of Public Health.

  • Criminal record: certificate of judicial, criminal or police record at the national level of the country of origin and of the countries where the applicant has lived for the last 5 years (translated into Spanish, if applicable).

  • Birth certificate and proof of marital status of applicant, if applicable (original and copy), and/or Certificate of Nationalization or Naturalization, if applicable.  

 

For foreigners under 18 years of age:

  • No criminal record will be requested.

  • Express parental authorization will be required to settle in Uruguay. In case the authorization is not given in person, if it comes from abroad by means of a power of attorney, it must be previously notarized by a Uruguayan Notary Public.

Where to apply?

  • You must request an interview through the website www.tramites.gub.uy and then attend it at the National Migration Directorate offices, check here.

  • Also through the Diplomatic Representation of Uruguay authorized in the country where you live, check here.

DEFINITIVE OR PERMANENT LEGAL RESIDENCE

 

This type of residence will allow foreign citizens to live permanently in Uruguay. If the applicant does not speak Spanish, he/she must attend the interview with an interpreter.

All foreign documents submitted must be apostilled or legalized (Law No. 15,441) and translated into Spanish by a Uruguayan Certified Translator, except those issued in Brazil.

If the applicant is a national of Mercosur member and associated countries or has ties with Uruguayans (parents, siblings, spouses, and legally recognized common-law partners), it may be processed before the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Law No. 19,254).

 

Related costs:

  • Residence procedure: 557.30 UI.

  • Migration certificate: 55.70 UI for obtaining an identity card once it has been granted.

  • Once the procedure has been started and until the residence is granted, a re-entry permit must be paid each time the applicant leaves the country at a cost of 225.60 UI.

What documents must be submitted?​

  • An ID photograph.

  • Identity document: photocopies and original of the identity document with which the applicant entered the country or registration certificate issued by the corresponding Consulate in Uruguay.

  • Exact date of entry to the country.

  • Valid vaccination schedule, issued in Uruguay (more details about the location of vaccination centers here).

  • Valid health card: an Occupational Health Card, issued by public or private health service providers authorized by the Ministry of Public Health.

  • Criminal record: certificate of judicial, criminal or police record at the national level of the country of origin and of the countries where the applicant has lived for the last 5 years (translated into Spanish, if applicable).

  • Birth certificate and/or proof of marital status of applicant, if applicable, and/or Certificate of Nationalization or Naturalization, if applicable (submit copy and original).  

  • Proof of means of livelihood, through the corresponding documents according to the activity (employee of a legal entity, employee of a natural person, independent worker, entrepreneur or shareholder, annuitant, retiree and pensioner abroad or retiree in Uruguay).

For foreigners under 18 years of age:

  • No criminal record will be requested.

  • Express parental authorization will be required to settle in Uruguay. In case the authorization is not given in person, if it comes from abroad by means of a power of attorney, it must be previously notarized by a Uruguayan Notary Public.

  • From the age of 4, student status must be proved, through the presentation of the corresponding certificate of study from the educational institution.

Where to apply?

  • You must request an interview through the website www.tramites.gub.uy and then go to the National Migration Directorate offices, check here.

  • Also through the Diplomatic Representation of Uruguay authorized in the country where you live, check here.

MERCOSUR PERMANENT RESIDENCE

 

This is the administrative process carried out before the Ministry of Foreign Affairs by a foreigner who is a national of Mercosur member and associated countries, or a foreigner who is a family member of Uruguayans who will reside permanently in Uruguay in order to regularize his/her status and obtain a Uruguayan identity card under Law No. 19,254.

 

Who can apply for permanent residence?

  • Foreigners who are relatives of Uruguayans: spouses, common-law partners with a Uruguayan judicial sentence that so establishes, siblings and parents of Uruguayans.

  • Foreigners who are nationals of the Mercosur States Parties and Associated States: Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, Venezuela, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, and Surinam.

 

Costs:

  • There are no related costs.

 

Where to apply?

It can be processed at the Residence Office of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Uruguay or at the Uruguayan Consulates abroad.

What documents must be submitted?​

Requirements, from Uruguay:

  • Valid identity document in good condition (DNI, ID card, passport).

  • Current criminal record certificate from the country or countries of residence for more than 6 months during the last 5 years.

  • Uruguayan vaccination certificate.

For applicants who are relatives of Uruguayans:

  • Valid identity document in good condition (DNI, ID card, passport).

  • Proof of the relationship with the Uruguayan person (in case of common-law partner, testimony of Uruguayan court sentence declaring the common-law relationship).

  • Identity card or passport of the Uruguayan person, valid and in good condition.

  • Uruguayan vaccination certificate.

 

Requirements, from abroad:
The same requirements to process it in Uruguay plus a “Proof of domicile in the country where the process will be started”, both in the case of applicants who are nationals of the Mercosur States Parties and Associated States and applicants who are relatives of Uruguayans.

SPECIAL BORDER DOCUMENT

This residence allows you to live, study and/or work in Uruguay, exclusively within the territorial limits of the border towns linked to the Agreement signed by both governments, if you are a national of any of the border towns in Brazil such as: Chuí, Santa Vitória do Palmar/balneario do Hermenegildo, Barra do Chuí, Jaguarao, Aceguá, Santana do Livramento, Quaraí and Barra do Quaraí.

The Border Document is valid for 5 years and can be extended before expiration.

 

Related costs:

  • Residence procedure: 557.30 UI.

  • Migration certificate for obtaining an identity card: 55.70 UI.

What documents must be submitted?

  • Valid identity document accepted by both parties.

  • Proof of residence (proof of domicile) in one of the towns referred to in the Agreement.

  • Two recent ID photos, in color, size 3 x 4.

  • Criminal record: certificate of judicial, criminal or police record at the national level of the country of origin and of the countries where the applicant has lived for the last 5 years (translated into Spanish, if applicable

For foreigners under 18 years of age:

  • No criminal record will be requested.

  • Express parental authorization to settle in Uruguay. In case the authorization is not given in person, if it comes from abroad by means of a power of attorney, it must be previously notarized by a Uruguayan Notary Public.

Where to apply?

The procedure is carried out in person at the Migration Inspection Offices in Chuy, Rivera, Río Branco, Aceguá, Bella Unión and Artigas, see details here.


Related costs:

It is free of charge but obtaining some of the required documents may have a cost.

LEGAL CITIZENSHIP

The Certificate of Citizenship is the document that certifies that a person acquires the nationality of another country, for reasons such as legally prolonged residence, marriage or descent, among others.

It is for life, that is, once approved it is effective for an indefinite period; however, it can be given up or lost, according to the regulations in force.

Costs

  • It is free of charge but obtaining some of the required documents may have a cost.

Who can apply for it?

  • Foreign men and women of good conduct, with family established in the country, who own some working capital or property in the country, or are engaged in science, art or industry, having three years of usual residence in the country.

  • Foreign men and women of good conduct, without family established in the country, who meet any of the above requirements and have five years of usual residence in the country.

  • Foreign men and women who obtain special grace from the General Assembly for outstanding services or relevant merits.

In all cases, applicants must be at least 18 years of age.

Foreigners who speak a language other than Spanish must understand and be able to communicate in Spanish, otherwise the procedure will not be initiated.

What documents must be submitted?

 

  • Proof of nationality, by means of documentation issued by the Civil Registry, for having been born in Uruguay or for having been registered in the “Book of Foreigners” if born outside our country, or document from the country of origin with apostille or visa as appropriate:  

    • Birth Certificate, Marriage Certificate or Birth Certificate of a son or daughter; or

    • Another document from the country of origin, such as passport or identity card, in which the nationality of the applicant is stated.

  • Proof of entry to the country, by means of one of the following options:

    • Certificate of Residence and Certificate of Migratory Movements issued by the National Migration Directorate (they can be requested online here); or

    • Residence certificate issued by the Residence Sector of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MRREE), granted by the Citizen Attention Center - MRREE.

  • Proof of “usual” residence, that is, that the departures from the country cannot exceed 6 months in a row.

  • Means of livelihood or settlement, as appropriate:

    • “Consultation of Activities per Person” and “Work History” certificates issued by the Social Security Authority (BPS).

    • Retirement or Pension Certificate issued by the Social Security Authority (BPS).

    • Proof of having a “Sole Proprietorship” issued by the Social Security Authority (BPS).

    • Certificate issued by the University Professionals Fund, by the Notarial Fund or by the Bank Retirement and Pension Fund. In these cases, since they are private institutions, these documents must be authenticated in signature and content by a Notary Public.

    • Certificate issued by the Military Fund or the Police Fund, as appropriate.

    • Ownership title to a property. It only serves as proof of “means of livelihood” if any rental income is received from it.

    • Marriage or common-law marriage, being in charge of maintenance.

  • Witnesses, older than 25 years of age, and knowing the person long enough (3 years if he/she has an established family or 5 years if he/she does not have a family in Uruguay). With respect to the applicant, they cannot be relatives; employees or employers; military; police officers in activity; or election officials.

  • Reason for stay in the country, if applicable:

    • Students, as applicable:

      • Certificate of studies and transcript from Secondary Education or Tertiary Education. If the Education Institutes are private, the documents to be submitted must be authenticated in signature and content by a Notary Public.

      • Proof of “livelihood” (income) of one of the parents which will be accompanied by a note of support to be made in the Office.

    • Medical certifications.

      • Medical record showing the number of times he/she received medical attention during the period of time that needs to be proved, not exceeding six months between one date and the other.

    • Persons who serve in religious congregations:

      • Certificate from the religious congregation to which they belong, stating that they regularly and uninterruptedly serve in that congregation, the date since they have been serving in that capacity, and that their living expenses are paid by the congregation. 

    • Athletes

      • Certificate from the Club to which the applicant belongs, signed by the responsible authority, stating the dates of the sports activity.

      • Certificate from the Federation stating the applicant’s activity.

 

  • The documents issued by private institutions must be authenticated in signature and content by a Notary Public.

    • IN SIGNATURE: The Notary must certify that the signature contained in the document presented is authentic, affixed in his/her presence by a person authorized to such effect.

    • IN CONTENT: The Notary must establish that he/she has seen the files, archives or records kept by the institution and that the information contained in the document submitted arises therefrom.

 

All foreign documents submitted must be apostilled or legalized (according to Law No. 15,441) and translated into Spanish by a Uruguayan Certified Translator, except those issued in Brazil.

 

Where to apply?

 

  • In Montevideo, you must make an appointment here and then go in person to the Legal Citizenship Section of the Electoral Court.

  • In the rest of the country, the procedure must be initiated at the Departmental Electoral Offices and in the department of Canelones, also at the Permanent Delegate Registration Offices of Pando, Las Piedras and Ciudad de la Costa.

More  information here

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