Living in Uruguay

A general guide for British nationals living in Uruguay


This guide sets out essential information British nationals may want to consider before or shortly after arriving in Uruguay.


If you wish to apply for residency, you need to contact Dirección Nacional de Migración (National Immigration Office) who will provide accurate information regarding documents you need to start the process. If you do not speak Spanish you may want to consider taking a translator with you. Foreign documents submitted to local authorities should be legalised and translated into Spanish (if applicable):

Get a UK document legalised List of interpreters and translators in Uruguay

You will be asked to provide a criminal records certificate and can do so by contacting ACRO Criminal Records Office or Disclosure Scotland directly.

You will need to register your birth certificate at the local Registry Office and then apply for your Cédula de Identidad (Identity Card) at the main office of Direccion Nacional de Identificación Civil. You will be required to submit your original birth certificate (long version) and may need more than one copy for the different processes: For copies of certificates contact the General Register Office UK.

Healthcare in Uruguay

Make sure you have comprehensive travel insurance before travelling to Uruguay.

Visit Medical facilities in Uruguay for a comprehensive overview of facilities in the country. Additional resources include:

Uruguayan public healthcare

Uruguayan social security

Education in Uruguay

Public education is funded by the state from the age of 4 up to and including university. It is mandatory from age 4 to age 18.

Private education quality ranges from good to excellent and can be costly. Search for private schools at Colegios y Jardines.

The state run Universidad de la República has facilities in Montevideo,Punta del Este and Salto.

Reputable private universities include: ORT, Universidad de Montevideo, Universidad Católica, Universidad de la Empresa.

Uruguay Tax Office

For information on the Uruguayan tax systems please visit Dirección General de Impositiva (Tax Office) web in Spanish.

British associations in Uruguay

British associations may be of interest to British citizens settling in Uruguay. All associations belong to the British Society who you can contact to become a member, subscribe to the monthly newsletter and participate in events.

British Embassy Montevideo

Please see UK and Uruguay for further information about the British Embassy in Uruguay and Uruguay Travel Advice.

Published 30 June 2016