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Visa Requirements for Business Travelers in the Americas

Short-term Business Visit

Visitor Visa 
Citizens (including business persons) of the following FTAA countries require a visitor visa for admission and transit to Uruguay:
  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Canada
  • Dominica
  • Guyana
  • Grenada
  • Haiti
  • Suriname
  • St. Kitts and Nevis
  • St. Vincent and the Grenadines
  • St Lucia
Citizens (including business persons) of the following FTAA countries do not require a visitor visa for admission to Uruguay:
  • Argentina
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Bolivia
  • Brazil
  • Chile
  • Colombia
  • Costa Rica
  • Dominican Republic
  • Ecuador
  • El Salvador
  • Guatemala
  • Honduras
  • Jamaica
  • Mexico
  • Nicaragua
  • Panama
  • Paraguay
  • Peru
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • U.S.A.
  • Venezuela 

Required for 
Application for 
a Visitor Visa 
A visitor seeking entry to Uruguay is required to establish to the satisfaction of the immigration officer identity and purpose of entry. All persons require a passport to enter Paraguay, except nationals Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Guatemala, Honduras, Paraguay, Peru and U.S. with valid ID cards entering as tourists directly from their own country.
  • A valid passport (recommend a minimum of six months validity beyond intended stay)
  • Visa application forms
  • 1 Passport-sized photograph
  • References in Uruguay with name address and phone number
  • Return tickets and travel documentation including flight number and the dates of arrival and departure
Method of
Application for a visitor visa must be made at a mission prior to seeking entry to Uruguay. Applicants are required to lodge their visa applications personally, however in some cases it may be issued by mail. In those cases a stamped self-addressed envelope for postal applications is required.

Processing time

Multiple Entry 

Uruguay issues tourist, business and transit visas.
Validity/Extension Any visitor entering Uruguay with no visa is allowed to stay for up to 90 days. A visa cannot be issued with validity longer than that of the passport. Extension for a further three months is possible after arrival in Uruguay in the Immigration Office. 

Cost of Visa Application

The cost is US$42 per application.
Accompanying dependants
Family members accompanying a visitor to Uruguay must also meet all requirements for temporary entry. 

General Requirements for Temporary Entry of Short-term Business Visitors Uruguay’s Immigration Regulations allow for persons to enter Uruguay to carry on certain business or trade-related activities without the need to hold an employment authorization, as they are not considered to be coming to Paraguay to work. These individuals generally have occupations where the international freedom of movement is deemed to be crucial. Similarly, these persons usually represent a foreign company or organization and are not considered to compete with Uruguayan workers. Examples are: representatives coming to Uruguay to sell goods other than to the general public; employees of an organization coming to consult with a branch, subsidiary or parent; representatives of a foreign firm coming to purchase goods or services and persons seeking entry to attend meetings or negotiate contracts.

Business visitors must issue a visa prior to departure
  • All the requirements mentioned above for issuing a visitors visa will be required for a business visa
  • A company letter as proof of business intentions 

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