Uruguay Customs, Currency & Airport Tax regulations details

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Import regulations:

Free import (for persons under 18 years of age: 50% of the quantities allowed):
A. for non-residents:
- 4 cartons of cigarettes;
- 6 liters of distilled alcoholic beverages;
- 5 kilograms of foodstuffs;
- goods up to a value of max. USD 500.- if bought at the entry duty free shops.
B. for residents, if coming from Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile or Paraguay (maximum 4 times a year), to an amount of maximum USD 30.-:
- 200 cigarettes or 25 cigars or 250 grams of tobacco;
- 1 liter of alcoholic beverages;
- 2 kilograms of foodstuffs.
C. for residents, if coming from other countries (once a year):
- 400 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 500 grams of tobacco;
- 2 liters of alcoholic beverages;
- 5 kilos of foodstuffs.

A complete list of products that can not be imported without certificates can be obtained from the General Department of Agriculture, see and search for ministerio-ganaderia-agricultura-pesca/politicas-y-gestion/lista-productos-puedes-ingresar-uruguay .

- electrical, optical and electronic equipment;
- obscene objects and literature.

Arms and Ammunition regulations:

Firearms for sporting purposes require a permit obtained via the "Servicio de Material y Armamento" of the "Comando General de la Armada" at Avd. De Las Instrucciones 1925, Montevideo, Uruguay. Tel: 598 23540326 or 598 23540327. Fax: 598 23554153. If passenger arrives with firearms and declares them at customs, the permit is obtained within one day (as referenced in Government law nbr. 477/84). The arms will be left in custody.

Wild Fauna and Flora:

All plants, flowers, bulbs, seeds, green, vegetables, etc., carried by passengers in or outside their baggage must be accompanied by a sanitary certificate issued by the General Department of Agriculture of Uruguay prior to arrival.

Export regulations:

Free export:
- 100 cigarettes and 25 cigars;
- reasonable quantity of alcoholic beverages.

Crew members customs regulations:

The same regulations as for passengers apply, except for food, beverages or plants which are not allowed.


Cats, dogs and other animals must have a:
- Veterinarian health certificate issued not more than 10 days before departure, which also states that the animal is treated against internal and external parasites; and
- Rabies vaccination certificate, showing vaccination more than 30 days and less than 1 year before arrival; and
- for dogs only: anti-echinococcus (tapeworm) treated with Praziquantel more than 72 hours and less than 30 days before arrival.
Dogs also must be implanted with a microchip (ISO Standard 11784).
As no quarantine facilities are available animals arriving without proper documents will be destroyed. Pets may enter as passenger's checked baggage, in the cabin or as cargo.

Prohibited: birds from any part of the world and dogs that has been previously diagnosed with Leishmaniosis.

Baggage Clearance regulations:

Baggage is cleared at the first airport of entry in Uruguay.


Currency Import regulations:

Local currency (Uruguayan Peso-UYU) and foreign currencies: no restrictions, but amounts exceeding USD 10,000.- or equivalent must be declared on arrival.

Currency Export regulations:

Local currency (Uruguayan Peso-UYU) and foreign currencies: no restrictions, but amounts exceeding USD 10,000.- or equivalent must be declared.

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