Uruguay Visa, Residency, And Citizenship Information

Get Your Free Overseas Information
Report Today!


Learn more about URUGUAY and other countries in our free, daily Overseas Opportunity Letter. Simply enter your email address below and we’ll send you our FREE REPORT - The 10 Best Places To Retire In

Visas And Residency In Uruguay

Reviewed by Lief Simon

Lief Simon is the managing editor of Global Property Advisor, Simon Letter, and Offshore Living Letter. He has purchased more than 45 properties, investing in 23 different countries around the world.

Uruguay has drawn a steady stream of expats for a long time. Uruguayans tend to have unlimited patience, they’re non-confrontational, non-violent, good-natured, and friendly.

It’s a country that enjoys one of the lowest crime rates in Latin America, the culture is honest and hard-working, and levels of corruption are low. Overall, this country is safe, stable, peaceful, and friendly.

The culture in Uruguay is European-like, and the primary cultural influence is Italian. You’ll find tango clubs, opera houses, orchestras, and more fine dining options, cafes, and downhome restaurants than you can imagine.

We like Uruguay not only for these reasons, but also for its four mild seasons, long stretches of coastline, charming old quarter (in Montevideo), and laid-back way of life… but also for its friendly tax legislation, its absolutely low cost of living, and its real estate investment opportunities right now.

Montevideo’s old town is being rejuvenated, thanks to foreign (not only American) investment, but it’s not too late to get a super-good buy on a classic-style apartment in a good location. Beyond the capital, you can find even better buys, on estancias and big tracts of productive land.

Start Your New Life Today, Overseas

A world full of fun, adventure, and profit awaits! Sign up for our free daily e-letter, Overseas Opportunity Letter, and we'll send you a FREE report on the 10 Best Places To Retire In Style Overseas In
Palacio Salvo in the center of the city of Montevideo. Uruguay visa
AdobeStock/Curioso.Photography

Best known beach buy in the country is Punta del Este, which has been a draw for Argentine and other South American sun-seekers for decades. This Gold Coast, but an hour-and-a-half from Montevideo, has been enjoying such a boom that rental owners we know have lately reported extraordinary returns, as much as 12% net and more per year.

Located on South America’s eastern seaboard, Uruguay is surrounded by Brazil and Argentina.

While Uruguay qualifies as sleepy, which is both a pro and a con, cities like Rio de Janiero and Buenos Aires are only a quick flight away (or ferry ride in the case of Buenos Aires).

The capital city of Montevideo— the southern-most capital in the western hemisphere—is home to almost half of Uruguay’s 3.4 million residents.

Start Your New Life Today, Overseas

A world full of fun, adventure, and profit awaits! Sign up for our free daily e-letter, Overseas Opportunity Letter, and we'll send you a FREE report on the 10 Best Places To Retire In Style Overseas In

Founded in 1724, this colonial city as seen Spanish, British and Portuguese influence over the centuries. Since 2006, Montevideo has consistently ranked as having the highest quality of life in Latin America.

Since 2010, it held the spot as the most economically powerful city in South America. This city attracts expats for its vibrant, eclectic, and rich culture. It’s also said to be the fifth most gay-friendly city in the world.

In general, Uruguay has an extremely open-minded and progressive culture.

Americans can stay in Uruguay without a visa for 90 days. If you wish to stay longer, you can renew this tourist visa for another 90 days.

Uruguay Visa: Becoming A Resident

Becoming a resident is a straightforward process. If you enter the country on a tourist visa you can apply for residency while you’re there—in person at the country’s National Migration Office or online.

The documents you’ll need are:

  • Passport and passport photos
  • Health card issued in Uruguay (you can get this by taking a medical exam at an authorized clinic in Uruguay)
  • Clean criminal record
  • Your birth certificate
  • Marriage certificate (if applicable)
  • Proof of income ($1,500 a month minimum requirement and this can include a pension or social security)
  • Proof of address in Uruguay

The process for residency takes about a year to 18 months. In the meantime, you’ll be issued with a temporary residence card. Once it’s approved, you’ll receive your permanent residence card (called a Cedula).

The benefit of having a cedula is that you are allowed the same luxuries and facilities available to any other national of the country.

The easy residency also allows you to import your household items before residency has even been granted.

Once you’re a resident in the country you can apply for citizenship.

Citizenship is relatively easy to get when you move to Uruguay, given the low financial requirements for doing so (great for retirees).

It usually takes around three (for married couples) to five years (for a single person) to get approval for citizenship. You’ll need to prove that you’ve integrated into your new life in Uruguay and that you can speak conversational Spanish.

There are some caveats to this easy residency and, later, citizenship. You must stay in the country more than 183 consecutive days in a given year. This is known as the Days Test.

However, if you have family ties in the country you can apply for residency. For example, if your spouse and children live there and your children go to school in Uruguay.

Or, if you make a business or real estate investment and stay in the country for at least 60 days in any given year, you can also apply. The minimum real estate investment amount is $390,000. The minimum amount to invest in a business is $1.7 million.

When it comes to individual sovereignty, Uruguay is king. For those who want to fly under the radar, diversify their financial assets, obtain a second citizenship, or even live off the grid, you won’t beat Uruguay.

With a solid financial system, First World infrastructure, a stable and consistent democratic government, there are few better places to establish yourself, be it through residency, investment, or citizenship.

We can’t think of a better country in which to become a citizen and obtain a second passport. It’s quick, easy, and, if you ever need that second citizenship, you won’t find a better place to call home.

Uruguay Visa – FAQs

Do I Need A Visa To Travel To Uruguay?

When it comes to U. S. citizens you don´t need a visa if your visit to Uruguay (for pleasure or business) is for less than 90 days. Just make sure before the trip to have a valid passport at the time of entry.

Popular Articles

No Content Available
No Content Available
No Content Available

Uruguay Articles

What You Need To Know About Gun Laws In Central And South America

Gun laws vary in every country. It is important to understand that gun ownership is a privilege, not a right. Gun laws are strictly enforced, and draconian measures apply for anyone found with an unlicensed gun or ammunition. You can apply for a gun permit as a legal resident in Panama, Belize, Nicaragua, and Ecuador. You’ll be limited in each case as to the number of guns you can own and also restricted as to the types of weapons you can keep, but...

Read more

Get Your Free Overseas Information
Report Today!


Learn more about URUGUAY and other countries in our free, daily Overseas Opportunity Letter. Simply enter your email address below and we’ll send you our FREE REPORT - The 10 Best Places To Retire In

Sign up to receive the FREE daily e-letter, Overseas Opportunity Letter and we’ll immediately email you our editors’ latest research report…

RETIRE OVERSEAS AND LIVE LIKE ROYALTY

;