Reopening of borders for vaccinated foreigners

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Through Decree No. 357/021 dated October 27, 2021, the Executive Power resolved to authorize the entry to Uruguay of those foreign nationals who:

  • They certify having received the only dose or the two doses, as corresponds to the type of vaccine supplied against the COVID-19 virus approved by their country of origin, within the last 9 months prior to shipment to the country and have met the respective waiting periods to achieve effective immunity.
    In this case, they must show a certificate issued by the health authority of their country of origin, which certifies the vaccination and compliance with the aforementioned deadlines;
  • foreigners who have had the COVID-19 disease within the last 90 days prior to boarding or arrival in the country, which must be proven by a positive result of a test by molecular biology technique PCR-RT or antigen detection test, carried out between a maximum of 90 days and up to 20 days prior to shipment or arrival in the country;
  • foreigners under 18 (eighteen) years of age.

Those persons who enter under the protection of this Decree, must:

  • Complete the Affidavit of entry to Uruguay to be published on the website of the Ministry of Health within 48 hours prior to entry (not yet available).
  • Accredit a negative result of the COVID-19 virus detection test by PCR technique carried out within 72 hours prior to entry or start of the trip (in case the passenger is in transit), in a laboratory authorized in the country of origin or transit.
    If the entry into the country is through a commercial means of passenger transport, the accreditation of the negative test must be carried out prior to boarding with the corresponding company.

In another order, the Decree exempts those who enter under these grounds from performing mandatory preventive social isolation, but they must repeat a new test on the seventh day of the first (with the exception of those under 6 years of age), whose result must be negative. If the test gives a positive result, they must keep mandatory isolation in accordance with sanitary regulations. 

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