Living in Uruguay

How to obtain criminal records, residence permit, identity cards and other local procedures for British nationals living in Uruguay.


This guide sets out essential information for British nationals residing or planning to reside in Uruguay, including quick links to local and UK official websites for advice on residence requirements and more. We are unable to provide any guidance on general lifestyle enquiries apart from the information and links listed below. See our information on what consulates can and cannot do for British nationals.


You should follow the advice of the Uruguay’s government and your local authority. You can also read our Uruguay travel advice for our latest guidance.

For information on getting a COVID-19 vaccine as a UK national in Uruguay see our coronavirus travel advice.

Entry and residency

For advice on entry requirements for Uruguay please visit our Travel Advice pages.

You can apply for temporary residency or permanent legal residency through the Dirección Nacional de Migración (National Department of Immigration). The links provide information regarding how to start the process and which documents you will need to present.

If you do not speak Spanish, you may want to consider taking a translator with you to your appointment. Foreign documents submitted to local authorities should be legalised and translated into Spanish. You should check with the office where you will be presenting the documents what the exact requirement are, as these may be subject to change without notice.

The links below may help with getting the documents you will need to present for you residency application:

Employment and recognised qualifications

For information on whether you are able to work and requirements to work in Uruguay please visit contact the Uruguayan Consulate in London.


See our information on claiming benefits if you live, move or travel abroad and moving or retiring abroad.

Driving licences and vehicles

Information on how to obtain a Uruguayan driving licence in Montevideo or any other department.

For a confirmation certificate of your UK driving licence you need to get in touch with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency.

Uruguay tax office

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

The British Society in Uruguay

You can sign up to the British Society’s monthly newsletter for information, events and activities.

Published 30 June 2016
Last updated 11 February 2021 + show all updates
  1. Updated Living in Guide - February 2021

  2. First published.