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 Uruguay - Formalities

Clearance

Before entering any port, call the "Control Maritimo" on VHF Channel 16 (try 9 or 11 if no reply). There may be a delay if an English-speaking operator seems to be required.

You should then state your position and destination. On entering the port, first visit the Coast Guard office (Prefectura Naval). They may deal with all the entry requirements, or they may send you to the Customs and Immigration offices.

Formalities are important in Uruguay and many copies of the necessary documents will be useful, including a "Safety Certificate". The fact that many countries do not issue such a document is not easily understood. A little forward planning might help with this.

On departure, a letter from the Hidrografia office confirming that all fees have been paid will be required. Be sure to ask for a formal zarpe on exit as cruisers entering Panama from Uruguay have been fined for not having the proper papers.

Last updated July 2016.

Immigration

Passports must be valid for the expected stay in Uruguay.

A certified copy of the passport should be carried at all times.

Visitors from The EU, Argentina, Australia,  Bahamas, Barbados,, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Iceland, Israel, Jamaica, Japan, Latvia, Lichtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Mexico, Monaco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Seychelles, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea,  Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, United States and Venezuela will be issued with a 90 day visitor's card on arrival.

Visas in advance are required by other nationals and should check with their embassy or consulate for the latest information.

Visitors are normally allowed a 90 day stay. This can be extended for another 90 days after which you must leave for at least 24 hours.

The Ministry of Tourism sells Tarjeta turistica, a card which covers medical and dental treatment, free repatriation in case of illness and legal insurance, also car insurance for an extra fee. The cost is not high.

Last updated July 2016.

Customs

You may want to keep your vessel in the country indefinitely, but there is a recurring fee every 9 months based on the tonnage of the vessel. 0-10 Tonnes Approx U$300 and 10-20 Tonnes U$600.

Note that it is important to pay this the same year it is due or you will incur a 20% penalty. Payment it made in Uruguayan Pesos Cash to the Prefectura (Coastguard).

If you leave Uruguay inside the 9 months, there is no fee.

Firearms must be declared to Customs.

Importing Spares

If bringing in spares from abroad, be sure to appoint an agent (Clearance Agents). If you go it alone, you risk having to pay up to 60% duty.

Last updated July 2016.

Health

Hepatitis A vaccination is recommended. Take precautions against mosquito bites because of a high risk of dengue fever.

Medical facilities in Uruguay are adequate for general problems, with 24-hour emergency care available at the British Hospital in Montevideo. Most doctors and hospitals expect payment in cash.

Serious medical problems require air evacuation to a country with better medical facilities.

Pharmacies supply most drugs and medications imported from the USA or Europe, many of which are available without a prescription.

It is not advisable to use water from the public supply, and to drink only bottled or purified water.

Food should be eaten washed, peeled and/or well cooked.

Fees

Fee for a visa extension is about US$16.

Clearance Agents

South Atlantic Marine Service (SAMS)
Rambla de los Ingleses , (a few hundred metres from the marina) , Piriapolis
Tel:(+598) 443 21564 / 099803907
Helpful English speaking owner. Chandlery and assistance with formalities, clearance, importing spares etc.

Pets

A veterinary certificate for Uruguay stating that your pet us healthy, free of parasites and free of disease communicable to humans. The pet must have been vaccinated for rabies at least 30 days prior to travel but no more than 1 year prior to travel. The Rabies Certificate must accompany the Veterinary Health Certificate. Dogs must be treated for tapeworm Echinococcus grandosus with Praziquantel at 50 mg per 10 kg of live weight. The treatment must be given more than 72 hours and less than 30 days prior to arrival in Uruguay. A Veterinary examination must occur within 10 days of departure to Uruguay. A microchip is not required but is recommended. For further information contact Pet Travel Store. Forms can be ordered on line at www.pettravel.com/store-pet-immigration-forms1.html.

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Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Dec 20, 2016 04:20 PM

Getting a Permit to Malvinas/Falklands - from Omar Sanchez:

The bureaucracy in Argentina has unfortunately increased and now it takes about 40-45 days to get the permit to go to Malvinas/Falklands.
That is why this year some foreign sailors have preferred to return to Punta del Este in Uruguay and to make the dispatch to the Malvinas from there, without touching Argentine ports to Malvinas.
This does not invalidate the rule that establishes the daily position report in Argentine waters.

Omar Sanchez
Omar Sanchez says:
Jan 30, 2016 07:29 PM

Piriápolis: Works on the port are in the completion stage, the majority of marine have been enabled, with 100 new moorings.
The dry dock, and the travelift are are operational.
You should always inform Prefectura (Coast Guard) by VHF channel 16 at least 30 minutes before arrival.
The immigration office is located 50 meters from the port, and operates Monday to Saturday from 12: 30h to 16: 30h. The service is fee-based and paid in Uruguayan pesos,
Omar Sanchez, Wetdoc, from Buenos Aires.

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