Uruguay Residency and Citizenship: the Ultimate Guide 

Last updated February 17, 2021

Dateline: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

If you’re looking for safety and low tax rates, there aren’t that many countries in the Americas that offer you both. But don’t worry, there are still some, including Uruguay.

Central and South America are often noted as the easiest countries to get a residence permit, and for good reason. For example, Panama’s Friendly Nations Visa program allows for almost any westerner to become an instant permanent resident and apply for naturalization after five years.

Uruguay has a history of being an easy country in which to get citizenship. And by easy, we mean easy to qualify, easy to get approved, and easy to get citizenship — as long as you’re willing to put in the days to physically be there, that is. 

However, with the tax exemptions that Uruguay offers to residents, it’s not a bad place to invest your time — citizenship or not.

If you find yourself interested in the “Switzerland of South America,” read on to find out more about Uruguay’s residence programs, tax breaks, and caveats for citizenship to determine if it’s the right place for you to plant a flag.


Uruguay is a country that is not talked about enough but has a great passport, and there are several different roads to residency. Plus, it is considered to be safe, calm, and has fantastic coastlines.

Uruguay is even arguably in the top five countries for expats better than New Zealand.

Located deep in South America, Uruguay is a relative bastion of economic freedom, especially when compared to regional neighbors like Argentina and Bolivia. Banks in Uruguay are reputable and while opening a bank account has gotten harder, it is not a bad place to deposit cash.

In fact, Uruguay doesn’t even feel like South America; beach towns like Punta del Este go crazy in the southern hemisphere’s summer months as rich Brazilians and Argentinians flood the beaches just as the jet-set elite flood Monaco in the European summer.

There are several cities to consider if you decide to live in Uruguay, such as Montevideo, Littoral, Coastal Uruguay, Atlantida, Piriapolis, and Punta del Este. Quiet countryside exists too, if you’re looking for more tranquil options. In fact, if living on a farm is more your speed, you can benefit from investing in farmland in Uruguay. You will just want to ensure that you’re up to date on any potential water contamination issues or drought conditions.

Overall, Uruguay is a great country to consider for a second residency. From an easy application process, to tax exemptions, to beautiful beaches – how can you go wrong?

How to Get Residency in Uruguay

How to Get Residency in Uruguay

With residency in Uruguay, you will have access to all levels of luxury living.

Uruguay is one of the best second residencies in Central and South America. In 2020, Uruguay even introduced a new Tax Resident Act to attract more people to become residents. Our R&D team is now very familiar with this program.

Second residency in Uruguay is relatively straightforward; anyone with a decent monthly income can qualify, although the minimum amounts are higher than in Central American countries due to the higher cost of living.

Once residency is obtained, you are expected to relocate to Uruguay. Uruguay immigration officials are more strict about this than other countries like Panama; they actually want to see you living there.

Married couples are at an advantage when obtaining residency in Uruguay, as “families” are invited to apply for naturalization after three years of residency. Single residents must wait five years to apply.

That puts the Uruguay residency program on par with Panama, Nicaragua, and many European countries in terms of wait time for single filers, and on par with Paraguay and Armenia for those who are married or have families. In fact, Uruguay is among the fastest options for persons to get a second passport.

But no so fast.

Uruguay imposes steep physical presence requirements that countries such as Paraguay do not. My contacts who have Uruguay residency tell me that they were expected to spend at least 9-10 months in the country in their first year.

That means any business trips, trips to see family, or leisure travel must be jammed into two months in the first year. On an ongoing basis, Uruguay immigration expects you to be physically present in the country for at least six months every year.

A recent program does offer an alternative. The new equity option that the Government of Uruguay rolled out in 2020 allows people that have their main economic interests in Uruguay to become tax residents by investing in real estate or an enterprise while spending a minimum of 60 days per year in-country.

Still, there is an upside to spending so much time in the country as Uruguay offers several tax incentives such as residence tax breaks, tax exemptions, and a tax-free holiday. 

Otherwise, the 60-day option does come with a price tag.

How to Get Uruguay Citizenship

The Uruguay passport is a rather good travel document, allowing the customary passport-free access to all of South America and MERCOSUR as well as visa-free access to Europe’s Schengen Area.

For four years at the beginning of the century, Uruguay citizens even enjoyed “visa-free” access to the United States via ESTA. The fact that Uruguay has among the highest incomes per capita in the Americas helped make that possible.

A Uruguayan passport no longer grants such access, but with very high visa approval numbers, Uruguay is once again a “roadmap country” being considered for visa-free access to the US again.

In short, Uruguay has a good passport. Add that to a friendly tax regime and you’ve got a sure-fire winner for your second passport… or so you’d think.

The road to Uruguay citizenship starts the same way the road to other Latin citizenships does: getting second residency and letting the hourglass sift away.

Applying for Uruguayan citizenship requires that you show proof that the country is your center of life. This proof can border on the arcane, as judges and immigration officials have requested library cards, receipts from doctor appointments, or proof of country club memberships.

In short, Uruguay is NOT the place for “paper residency” where you can fly in and come back every once in a while before applying for naturalization, unless you choose the newest equity option.

While Uruguay is now keen on recruiting new residents, it is yet to be seen if this mindset translates to citizenship as well. 

It may not be the place to obtain a second citizenship even if you’re willing to live there. There is no doubt that Uruguay has some beautiful cities and is a charming place to live, but past accounts suggested that not even those who have obviously made the place their only home can become Uruguayan citizens.

I know of two accounts in which families have spent several years in country – foregoing leaving for worry of having their citizenship prospects diminished – only to be turned down by judges and an immigration system that used circular logic on them.

Sadly, Uruguay may not be the best country to get a second passport. Yes, the requirements are relatively straightforward and anyone of even modest success can meet them.

The challenge is that Uruguay previously developed a reputation for not naturalizing foreigners who ask for it based on the guidelines. Let’s hope this will change with the new laws of 2020.

Taxes Advantages in Uruguay

Uruguay Tax Advantages

Uruguay is not only home to incredible beaches and harbors but also to very attractive tax incentives.

Proper tax credits and tax treaties can be used to your advantage to make sure you’re not double-taxed when moving to another country. However, only certain countries in the Americas offer tax-free options. 

Uruguay happens to offer several tax benefits, which makes becoming a resident or citizen one of the easiest ways to pay less taxes. 

Let’s review how these can work in your favor.

Uruguay Tax Residence

To qualify for tax residence in Uruguay, a person must meet one of the following requirements, as of 2020: 

  • Days Test: The person stays more than 183 days in Uruguay in a given year. These days must be consecutive, minus the exception of two “temporary absences”. Temporary absences count as a 21-day absence within a 30-day period and can occur twice within the year. Once a person fulfills the days test, they can request a Tax Certificate, which would allow them to leave the country.
  • Family Ties: If the center of a person’s activities or vital interests are located in Uruguay, they can become a tax resident even if they don’t fulfill the days test. For instance, if a person’s spouse and children live in Uruguay and attend school there, that person can be eligible for tax residence.
  • Equity: For a person to become a tax resident by having main economic interests in Uruguay, they must invest in real estate or an enterprise and stay in Uruguay for at least 60 days per year. The minimum amount accepted for a real estate investment is $390,000. The minimum amount for an enterprise is $1.7 million, so long as that company also creates 15 jobs throughout the year.

The Uruguay Tax-Free Holiday

Those that move their tax residence to Uruguay are eligible for a tax holiday on their foreign-sourced financial income. As of 2020, a tax residence act extended this holiday from six years (five years + the year they became a tax citizen) to 11 years. After that, tax residents will pay a standard 12% personal income tax on foreign interest and dividends.

That means that Uruguay tax residents can live tax-free on any foreign-sourced income for 11 years.

Tax residents can also opt for a permanently reduced personal income tax of 7% rather than the 11-year tax exemption.

Uruguay Tax Incentives

Uruguay offers a host of tax incentives by industry. One such example is a tax exemption on investments in infrastructure, which can then benefit the tourism industry.

These exemptions can apply to hotels, resorts, and other establishments that qualify and include:

  • An exemption from VAT. This can be on purchases of materials or equipment that were imported to equip or build the establishment. Or a VAT credit can be obtained for materials or equipment that was bought locally for the same purpose.
  • A special depreciation for IRAE purposes
  • An exemption from net worth tax for 10 years


Once a permanent residence is granted in Uruguay, you are usually allowed to stay indefinitely.

To apply for residency, you will need the following documents:

  1. ID that you entered the country with
  2. Entry visa (if your country requires it)
  3. Health card issued in Uruguay
  4. Vaccination certificate
  5. Clean police record
  6. Birth certificate
  7. Marriage certificate (optional)
  8. Proof of income
  9. Proof of address and intention to stay
  10. A passport-sized photo
  11. The current application fees

Note that all documents that are not written in Spanish need to be translated by a sworn translator in Uruguay, with an official stamp.

Once you arrive in Uruguay, you have two options for filing your residency application. You can file it through an online portal or you can file it at your city’s National Migration Office (NMO).

If you choose to file it in person, you will need to first book an appointment at the National Migration Office. On average, your appointment will be four to six months later. 

While the process may differ slightly per city, you can expect to file all of your documents with the NMO on the day of your appointment. Your file will go through several stages, with the final answer generally coming in 12 to 18 months.

As for citizenship, the good news is that Uruguay allows multiple citizenships. 

After you have been a resident for three to five years – three years if you’re married and five years if you’re single – you can apply for citizenship. The start date is the day that you arrived in Uruguay to file for residency.

To file for citizenship, you will need the following documents:

  1. Birth certificate
  2. Uruguay permanent resident certificate
  3. Proof of residence and social integration
  4. Proof of identity
  5. Proof of income
  6. Current application fee

Once you have gathered all of the necessary documents, you can file your citizen application with Uruguay’s Electoral Court. Depending on which office you choose to file at, you may need to make an appointment beforehand.

Generally, citizenship is granted within six months and a passport is issued.


How to get Uruguay citizenship

Stunning mountain views and attractive banking options are just a couple of reasons Uruguay is known as “the Switzerland of South America.”

The Pros of Uruguay Residency and Citizenship

Easy residency. In the past year Uruguay has started to recruit foreign residents by creating even more tax incentives. This means that they are open to immigration and welcoming more people into their country. Plus, obtaining a resident status is a pretty straightforward process. 

European lifestyle. Due to its close historical ties with Europe, Uruguay not only feels a lot like Europe but it also has some of the benefits of a high-class second passport. It is even referred to as “The Switzerland of South America”. During the summer, beach towns can even be likened to Monaco as wealthy tourists from the continent vacation there.

Tax advantages. Tax resident benefits in Uruguay are some of the best in the Americas. Not only will you get a tax holiday for several years but you will pay a low percentage on foreign-sourced income after that.

A good passport. Having a Uruguay passport will allow you passport-free access to all of South America and MERCOSUR, as well as visa-free access to Europe’s Schengen Area. In the future, it may also allow you visa-free access to the US. 

Economic freedom. With political and economic stability, an open economy, and a solid banking system, Uruguayan residents can enjoy freedoms that not all countries in the Americas offer.

Location, location, location. Uruguay is one of the few countries that sits above the Guarani Aquifer, which is an extensive reservoir that contains an impressive amount of water. This is important as water can play a key role in agriculture and farmland investments.

The Cons of Uruguay Residency and Citizenship

Physical residence requirement. Unless you opt for the new equity option, Uruguay expects its residents to live in the country for the majority of the time. If you’re a global nomad or often do business the world over, then this option may be limiting for you.

Citizenship realities. While it may become easier to bypass processing roadblocks for Uruguayan citizenship, the past has proved that it is more difficult than it looks.

Cost of living. With a great location, beautiful beaches, economic freedom, and a European lifestyle comes a higher cost of living. In Uruguay’s case, it is only slightly higher, so you shouldn’t need to worry too much. 

Visas for US travel. While Uruguay citizens were once able to enjoy visa-free access to the US via ESTA, this is not currently the case. Though, they may be considered again in the future.


Who is eligible to become a resident in Uruguay?

Anyone can apply for residency in Uruguay, given that they meet the Days Test, Family Ties, or Equity requirements.

How long does it take to get residency in Uruguay?

Once you apply for residency in Uruguay, it will usually take 12 to 18 months to get approved. After that, you’ll be allowed to stay indefinitely.

Can I obtain Uruguayan citizenship via the residence program ?

After you have been a resident for 3 to 5 years, you can apply for Uruguay citizenship.

How can I get an Uruguayan passport?

To obtain an Uruguayan passport, you will need to successfully become an Uruguayan citizen.

Do I have to live in the country to qualify for residency?

Uruguay has strict rules for how many days you need to spend in Uruguay per year to qualify for resident status. Unless you choose the new equity option, you will be required to spend at least 183 days per year in Uruguay.

Do I have to pay taxes in Uruguay?

Some of the best tax breaks in the Americas are found in Uruguay. If you’re a tax resident, you can enjoy living tax-free for up to 11 years through a tax holiday program. After that, you’ll only pay a minimal percent on foreign-sourced interest and dividends.

Are there alternative ways to get residency in Uruguay?

In 2020, Uruguay introduced a new Tax Residence Act that allows people to become tax residents through a real estate or enterprise purchase. There is a price tag associated with this choice, but it is an option.


Do you think Uruguay is right for you?

If you are a global nomad or need to attend to business in various parts of the world, Uruguay may not be the best fit due to the time investment requirements. However, with the latest equity option rolled out in 2020, there may be an option for travelers like you yet.

On the other hand, if you don’t mind being physically present in Uruguay for the majority of the year, obtaining residency in Uruguay may not be a bad idea. It is possible to live there full-time and still pay no tax on worldwide income for eleven years, making it a great flag to plant as your primary residence in many cases.

Plus, with all those days in-country, you’ll have time to explore the quiet countryside, fantastic coastlines, and Monaco-esque beaches. All the while living tax-free. 

However, you may want to reconsider if you’re seeking a passport. At least until their citizenship laws catch up to the new tax resident mindset.

If you’re a seven-or-eight-figure entrepreneur and convinced that the “Switzerland of South America” is right for you, reach out to the Nomad Capitalist team so we can help you consider what type of Uruguay tax resident you want to be.

Andrew Henderson
Last updated: Mar 31, 2021 at 1:59PM

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  1. Der Volkswirt

    Thank you for your great article, Mr. Henderson. I have a brief question. You said getting the Uruguayan citizenship is unachievable if someone is Chinese or Arabic, and then what about south korean? south korean is also hard to be an Uruguayan just like the cases of Chineses and Arabics?

    • klv

      Yep remember how Turks beat you up because you look Chinese?

  2. LTang

    Why can’t people of chinese descent become Uruguayans????

    • Chy Cj

      not only chinese. once you are not born in uruguay, you can never become uruguayan. the highest they can give to you is legal citizen. they dont give nationality. but you can get their passport as a legal citizen and always run risk of deportation while trying to travel to uruguay free visa travel countries. its funny

      • Cmon guy

        Your statement defies logic. nationality and Citizenship means the same thing. Only in the U.S it has a different meaning due to some offshore territories of the U.S having self-administration. Internationally, Nationality and Citizenship are the same.

      • zk

        can i have your.email?

  3. John Kunkle

    Hi Andrew,
    I understand the benefits of the Monsecur (sic) Agreement: You can travel to Brazil, Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay on a Paraguayan passport without issue — kind of like traveling from country to country having an EU passport. I understand that you deposit $5000 in a Paraguayan bank (or buy property) to be able to apply for the pensionado program. I know that Uruguay has strong banking laws. Is Paraguay similar? My understanding is that Paraguay is a military dictatorship. I know that Singapore is effectively a dictatorship under Mr. Lee’s guidance. I’m not a stickler for democracies as probably the best form of government is a benevolent dictatorship like Singapore. However, is the political situation in Paraguay one where the government pretty much leaves you alone if you aren’t doing anything wrong? Also, is it safe for Americans (do the locals view you as a mobile ready teller or are you subject to potential kidnapping)? It’s nice that the investment requirements are minimal and the residency requirements are minimal in Paraguay. Is there a “gringo gulch” in Paraguay and where is the best place to take up residence for Americans in Paraguay?

  4. ppazos

    this is not true, Uruguay is a very tolerant country, I would say racism has a very low rate in general, and a really low rate compared to other countries in Latin America.

    • joss

      i have a question for you, if you don’t mind.
      I am French with Caribbean decent, thinking of coming for a while in Uruguay, but i heard Black people aren’t well treated, that it is hard for them to find jobs, to go out in clubs, that they are shun from society…?
      I know it is hard for someone who doesn’t experience something to talk about it, but I’m curious to know what is your take on this ..?

      • Lucia

        Hi! Im uruguayan, so I hope to give you an accurate description of the situation here. most people in uruguay are from italian/spanish/french heritage (and mixed, but they dont like to admit that). So if you look “different”, whether its really dark skin or obvious nordic features, or even green dyed hair, people are going to stare at you in the street. The black population in Uruguay is really small, and shamefully discriminated in some circles as it is associated with slavery and poverty. However if you are a black foreinger from a “better” country, it is more likely that square people accept you. Sorry if all this sound harsh, but i want to express the way of thinking of some stupid people. Of course not every uruguayan thinks this way, and it is by no means politically correct to be racist. Many people are really kind and open minded, but there are still rascist people (like in any other country sadly) mostly old or really ignorant people. About the job, you will have no problem in the humanistic/arts/culture/design/education/health etc (lets say more liberal areas). It is hard to generalize and give you a miss leaded impression to you… if you have a good education in the area you are looking a job it should be no problem, however i must be honest you might find some very closed minded people in more traditional areas. Being from another country is some how of an advantage, as people tend to feel respect from people coming from europe and usa. Sorry for writing so much, hope it helped you, and hope one day you decide to visit Uruguay, the country and the people living there really needs people coming from all around the world, we are only 3 million, there is plenty of room for everybody!

        • master

          hi lucia.i am a kenyan en yearn to live in uruguay.what are the requirements should one meet to be eligible?

        • Teodoro

          Hello tonLUCIA.
          i just happened on this comkent section while learning a little more about your country. I became more curious about what you explained about working in Uruguay in the fields of culture..arts..music.I am a classical pianist myself that had my education in my home country Philippines as well as in the USA where I lived until last year for 36 years in NYC. ..but I am back in the Philippines..Even back in the USA i always wondered what it must be like in a country in south america..especially for musicians and artists. Perhaps you can educate me a little more about it? Thank you.


        • Uche

          This might sound crazy but please is this lucia lulita lopez that wrote this?this comments looks like what she wrote

      • Liz

        I was in Uruguay last September checking it out for future residency. One is not want to live somewhere racist although I am white and it would affect me indirectly. I met a black African who had lived there five years. He lived in many parts of Europe and Latin America. He told me it was the least racist place he ever lived and he loves it. All societies are racist to some degree, but Uruguay does very well

  5. Doa Sayed

    Chinese or Arab , forget about it, you’ll never become Uruguayan ,,, how sad!!

    • Chronic

      You have to remember that what you are reading by the author is an opinion based on his limited knowledge (referring to being Chinese or Arabic). If you want to live in Uruguay, permanent residency will probably allow you most of the benefits of living in the country. Some people want citizenship in a country for benefits that the passport itself provides. I know that Uruguay has some Syrian refugees there who got very tired of living here after a few years so you might find out that it is not what you want after all. I like Uruguay but I live in Europe and intend on staying there. I come here in March every year.

    • Chy Cj

      i new about that today. their passport is just like a travel documents for non uruguayan. it only indicates that you are a legal citizen.

      • Doa Sayed

        How Sad!!!

        • Ivan Akinfiev

          Give birth there, your kids will automatically become citizens. Or, better, give birth in Antigua and Barbuda or St Kitts and Nevis, then you can become St Kittian after a year

  6. Chronic

    Thanks for your reply. My intention was not to spout off anything as Gospel. I am entitled to state my impression of a place without being told that I have no business doing so. If you want to correct someone, you would do well to learn how to do so without throwing in a nasty comment at the end.
    Yes, I admit my stay was brief at that point but now I am living in Uruguay and stand by what I said last year. I don’t live in any exclusive area. In fact I live a very laid back and low cost lifestyle and have lived and traveled in my countries in my lifetime. All of my friends here are Uruguayan. They were actually the ones last year who had explained to me a lot of what I posted. I have seen people of different cultural origins here, such as ethnic Indians, Jews, etc and they are fully integrated. However, the overall feeling is that the country is very “European.”

  7. Chy Cj

    you kids can start school in government school immediately you arrive. its very easy in primary but for secondary, the past school leaving certificate has to be approved.

  8. Man Tin Ho

    thank you so much, where the good place to getting citizenship, special Chinese.
    [In fact, I love Uruguay, freedom, democratic, safe (compare with another south america countries and China), LGBT-friendly, good welfare……etc.]

    I don’t care spend time on living one country to get their citizenship.

  9. Man Tin Ho

    Paraguay is one of my next best option. However, my friends who travel South America told me that there is a lot of crimes in Paraguay, especially in Ciudad del Este. I’m afraid of it.

  10. Chy Cj

    hello, you need to get your permanent residence(residente legal) before going for the citizenship.(ciudadania legal)staying up to 3 years is one of the criterias. paying your task(bps) is another

  11. Sovon Mahapatra

    how to get permanent residency. I am from India

  12. Kate

    My father was born in Uruguay as were his parents. Can I become a citizen even though I was born in Australia?

    • Lolo

      Yes you can if your parents registered you at Uruguayan Embassy / Consulate in Australia.

  13. Rollie hannah

    Can I as citizen of USA apply for Uruguayan passport ? How is it done ?

  14. Kanyan

    I want to Uruguay for trip how I can apply .what is the formalities ?

  15. Belinda Erasmus

    Good Day, I am from South Africa and am looking at immigrating to Uruguay. My concerns however is that I have a husband that is no longer working and which I care for. Furthermore, my son is a student in his last year of law studies. My question is, will his degree be recognised? I myself am a National Purchasing Manager at a National Manufacturing concern in the automotive market. What is my chance for finding employment? Also, is there assistance from someone to help find accommodation? We can hopefully turn our current assets into cash and invest it in the country, but still I will need employment to ensure that we are sustainable. Is there any companies that is prepared to sponsor potential immigrants into Uruguay?

    • John Oliv ier

      Hi Belinda,

      I am working in Mpumalanga at Kusile Power Station. I have been to Uruguay twice. I am also interested to move there.

      • Antoinette Niemand

        Hi John,

        Have you become any wiser on what the way forward is to start your move to Uruguay from South Africa? Do you think it is best to visit the country first before applying for a visa? I have done quite a bit of research but can’t seem to find a detailed plan (step-by-step) on how to start the process. Any info will be appreciated.


  16. Daniel P Remy

    I am a dual citizen French and American looking at my retirement years. Europe is in turmoil over Islamization and at my senior years I need a peaceful and safe life. is Uruguay such a place where as a French-American I can live in peace. I have sufficient retirement income to live in Punta del Este, but would prefer Montevideo for cultural and social activities. I am faced with a choice now…France, where I was born OR Uruguay as a place to find fellow Europeans and some joy without worrying about Sharia or terrorism. The answer seems obvious, but I would like your opinion, if you please. Yes, I would become a citizen. Big question is good health care plans I can buy at my senior age. Also true cost of living at the middle to upper income which I have. Thank you. Daniel Pierre REMY

  17. Nadeem Samuel

    Hi it’s me nadeem Samuel from Pakistan. Can we get the (family )
    immigration to uruguay.please let me know about it. God bless you .

    • shelo

      muslims are not welcome. look for canada or europe.

      • Shams

        It’s not true that Muslim is not welcome , I am Muslim and live in Uruguay they are nice people , and it’s democratic country , they respect all religion

  18. urug@gmail.com

    Hello, i am Uruguayan and i like to clarify about Chy Cj , there is no such a difference between nationality and legal citizen, it is the same thing, you acquire it due being born here, or after some time being legal resident. You have the same rights and obligations in every respect

  19. Sherry

    Hi, I’m iranian and i would like to know for the first step of immigration to Uruguay should i have job offer or such things? What is my requirements to apply for first time and do i need to submit any kind of spanish language certificate? Scince i’m not fluent in spanish can i work and live there ? And if i go there with no job offer the employment is easy or i will have hard time finding a job there?

  20. Nitin

    Is it true that by deposit 5000$ uruguay gives permanent resident card . . . Unbelievable. . . .

    • Eric


  21. Liz

    I was in Uruguay last September. After reading about racism on sites like this one I asked a Black African I met there about it. He told me he had no problem getting citizenship and it was the friendliest place in the world he had lived. He told me he had no experienced racism at all, he had lived there 5 years.

  22. Rob Goodell

    I was born in the US and have that passport and ample documentation. I understand that Uruguay has a more European vibe than an American, and certainly would welcome that. I was planning to do a trial year in Uruguay doing language immersion, not necessarily hanging with the expats.
    Any advice on which items to bring? Are cars expensive?

    • JC Denton

      >Are cars expensive?
      old xc90 are more expensive than in mainland Argentina and Brazil where it starts from ~10 000 US dollars
      cheapest mercedeses s in 116, 126 and 140 generations are 7 000-9 000 US dollars or so
      and the only persons who are allowed to import used cars are UY citizens who lived not in UY for at least 3 years

  23. Helizna

    As the exchange rate with USD is really bad, is it economically viable to move there from South Africa? Dollar is 32 Uruguay peso and 16 Rand.

  24. Imad

    Hi all
    I am Imad from Jordan living and working in Saudi Arabia at optical company for eye glasses I am planing for relocate in Uruguay I will do my business at farmland need advice .

  25. Haider

    Hi Lucia, just read your comments and agree here, I think that there are some misconceptions and should be clarified for those people who are willing to settle in Uraguay. As I am also planning to settle my family there in Uruguay? I am unable to contact any person, who is from Uruguay and provide better guidance regarding the cons of settlement in Uruguay. If you could help, it will be a great favor for me.

  26. HARSH

    Hi, I have been working in an Indian think tank in Delhi as a researcher for the past one year. I have a masters degree in international business and specializes in areas such as export/import, foreign trade policy. I would like to find a similiar job in Uruguay and settle there. I have 3 questions,

    1)Is there any job prospects available for me in Uruguay for the field that I am working on?

    2) Are the government and ministry jobs reserved for citizens of UY only?

    3) is it required to certify proficiency in Spanish before applying for any job in UY

  27. shah

    Hi dear sir
    Hope you are fine.

    i am from pakistan and i am married also 2 childs
    my age 35. i want to stay Uruguay or Paraguay and want CITIZENSHIP .

    How i can it??
    And i want to know your fee ???

    thanks for your kind attention
    waiting for your reply soon.
    Best Regards

    • shelo

      muslims are not welcome. Find a country compatible with your religion’s values.

  28. Sun haicheng

    My family and I want to get the right to reside in Uruguay, and then want to acquire Uruguayan nationality. I intend to get the right to reside first, and then work and live in Uruguay after a suitable opportunity to have a certain foundation in Spanish. Is it feasible? You mentioned above that it is difficult for Chinese and Arabs to acquire nationality. Why? Is there discrimination or prejudice? I would like to hear more details, thank you. I am from china!

  29. Raheel Ahmed

    hI, I am living in china but my nationality is Pakistani. Can I have details for immigration.

  30. Gilberto Dominguez

    Just in general European mentally is to feel a since of superiority over anyone they can and that will usually be if you are obviously economically not of the same class but it not automatically against any race but that is if you bump up against a specific kind of person. However in general in Uruguay you will find easy acceptance most of the time with most of the people there.

    Racist people unfortunately also find their way into official and other public employment, it almost cannot be avoided but this will not apply to the general population and it certainly is not a part of any official policy. I am Latino with green eyes, part Germany and certain people have discriminated against me in the USA.

    In Asia people want to feel superior to me for some reason but generally I am economically superior to most, so they kind of just leave me alone even if they do not like me much. I am also very highly educated and accomplished. I have 2 PhDs , am a graduate engineer, and have a business degree besides being financially well off compared to the average Asian I run into. People who are friendly and welcoming will just continue to be that way no matter what. It is those that grow up knowing prejudice and bigotry that will care to exercise that bias, I would not worry about it.
    I mean in the USA I have worked for employer who were bigots or prejudiced in some obvious way but that did not keep me from getting deserved promotions when it came to it, although I always knew I would never become a part of the company’s management but who cares , when I was able to I started my own business or worked as a free lancer technician earning 4 times more money so who cares!!

    I will be going to Uruguay as a CEO and with an ownership of close to 1000 acres of land, who’s going to bother me if I will probably be able to fire them?

    I imagine it will be like any place else, evolve above the common masses in one way or another and people will generally not be able to resist accepting you in life no matter where you go in the world.

    You are a star so shine your light and forget about those that dwell in darkness, they make their choice, you make yours, and claim what is our right as a human being , don’t wait for anyone to give it to you.
    There is no place that is perfect.

    If you are an evolving intelligence upon the world then live and do not let anyone stop you.

    Uruguay is a large geographical place in the world with plenty of room for others to bring their own diverse view point and way of being so go for it.

    Uruguay is not the cheapest place to live but it is also not so expensive either, land for example to me is dirt cheap literally.

    You can hardly find an old rundown house in the USA for $100,000.00 but in Uruguay you can buy acres of land with a house on it for that kind of money. Do not go there with the thought you are going there to depend on anyone but to create opportunity for people already there and be able to contribute your own uniqueness and talents, bring your own flavor.

    Be ready to stand up for yourself and win people’s respect. Put people in their place if you have to, just be diplomatic about it. Have confidence in yourself. There is only one world and it belongs to all of us.

    Generally you will find central America like Asia to be significantly lower in total cost of living than the US or Europe are.

    It is typical to find amenities like automobiles to be a little more expensive to purchase but also you may find you don’t even need a car if you live somewhere where they have a good public transportation system or service.

    As far as been black goes Uruguay is not the American South and it is not 1929 , it is 2020, almost. Chances are that if you do not make an issue of certain matters then neither will the locals.

    Just determine for yourself you are going to enjoy Uruguay and do not let petty things get in your way.

    If you have in mind to make Uruguay your home then make it yours and make of it what you want it to be as well.

  31. Ashok Kumar

    I am Indian citizen living and working in Uruguay since 2015 with my family.
    I have applied permanent residency in August 30th 2017 and still I am waiting for my approval . I want to know that am I able to get Uruguay Passport in future and what will be benefits for me and my family.

    • Donald

      They Will never give you that in either Paraguay,Uruguay Or Chile because they wants wealthy investors like Europeans,Swiss,Americans and Canadians and not poor smelly crap Asians like Burmese Nepali Bengali Indians Pakistani Afghanis Laos and other shit Middle East countries.

  32. Dave

    At least he has been honest, include Indians and Pakistanis too! There is no way they’re giving you all passports because you have 5000 dollars and want an easy gateway to the Schengen Zone.

  33. steven chapman

    I’m curious about the details in this article. You said:

    “I know of two accounts in which families have spent several years in country – foregoing leaving for worry of having their citizenship prospects diminished – only to be turned down by judges and an immigration system that used circular logic on them.”

    That really doesn’t say what happened. I’m thinking of moving to Uruguay and I would like to know WHY they were rejected, rather than just they were turned down by circular logic. Also, this article is five years old. Is it still accurate, or have things changed again? Thanks!

    • Stasa Momcilovic

      Hi Steven, the article was updated in February this year so it’s accurate.


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