Most people are prepared to wait until the pandemic abates around the world before making any final decisions. But some are very keen to get out of the country where they are now and get to Uruguay as soon as possible.
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What are Uruguay’s entry requirements currently?
This is particularly the case with Argentines who are additionally facing severe economic issues in their own country. But many other nationalities are also interested. Surprisingly, even US citizens are seeing the value in having a Uruguayan passport, as this could allow them to travel to Europe.
Exceptions to Uruguay border closure
By Decree 104/20, the government confirms that the borders are closed until further notice to all people except:
- Uruguayan citizens
- People with resident status (this is being interpreted to include those who have already applied for that status and whose applications are pending), subject to some limited exceptions
- People claiming refugee status
- People coming to reunite with family members (including parents, spouses, partners, children under 18 years old or those with disabilities)
- Other humanitarian reasons not included in other exceptions, where properly justified
- Temporary entry for work, economic, business, or judicial matters where the Ministry competent in the particular area has given its consent and where the person must enter immediately.
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What to do if you don’t fall into these categories?
Unfortunately if your case doesn’t fall within these exceptions then you will have to wait until the borders reopen to enter the country.
There is another option, of applying for Uruguay residence from abroad via a Uruguayan consulate however it’s not without its complications.
For most people, it will make sense to wait until the borders reopen to come to the country, although nobody knows when that will be.
If you think you are eligible to apply for an exception, we recommend you contact Teuten Associates.
Mark Teuten is a British lawyer based in Montevideo since the 1990s. He has law degrees from both the UK and Uruguay. He can help you with your residency applications, setting up a registered company and other legal matters. Guru’Guay has recommended him to our readers who have praised his trustworthiness, clarity, prompt communication even over great distances and careful advice regarding courses of action.
This article is for information purposes only. Please consult with a lawyer as to your particular circumstances.
[Article created: August 3 2020. Last updated at the date above]
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