Relocating to Uruguay
- Move to Uruguay- Why expats are moving to Uruguay
- Moving to Uruguay and bringing your possessions with you
- Retire in Uruguay
- Living in Uruguay
- Health care in Uruguay
- Why Uruguay
Relocating to Uruguay
Why not move to a country that focuses its flag on sunshine?
If you are interested in moving to Uruguay, then you may want to visit for a short period first to get a feel for the country. A valid passport is required for entry into Uruguay with the exception of citizens from the boundary countries. U.S. citizens do not need a visa to stay in Uruguay for less than 90 days. Business-oriented visas are available; contact the embassy for details.
Any foreign visitor can apply for a residency visa in order to move to Uruguay, and should apply to the immigration office in his or her country of residence. In general terms, the requirements are owning a property in the country, and/or a bank account with adequate funds, having a clean police record in the country of residency, and having proof of income in Uruguay or a work permit. All documents will have to be authenticated by a public notary. Any person visiting Uruguay for business purposes can go to the consulate or embassy.
According to Uruguayan immigration law, people who move to Uruguay and are granted permanent residency in Uruguay are also entitled to a Uruguayan passport. This applies to the primary visa holder, as well as the spouse and children (under 18 years of age). The law states that you (and your dependents) are entitled to a pasaporte común (common passport). A common passport is one that is not diplomatic or military in nature. Most Uruguayans have this type of passport. You can apply at the Department of Immigration.
You might ask yourself why a U.S. citizen would want a Uruguayan passport, given that the U.S. passport is much more flexible to travel with. Good question. First, a Uruguayan passport entitles you to enter Brazil without a visa. There are also a few practical reasons. One is that some countries have cumulative limits on how long you can stay within their borders in a given year. If you alternate the use of passports, you can double your stay time, which would be handy if you have a part-time home in such a country. Also, you can avoid reciprocal fees and visa requirements imposed on U.S. citizens in places like Chile and Brazil, among others. (These fees are imposed in retaliation for similar fees or visa requirement imposed on their citizens by the U.S.) Some countries also waive their airport exit fees for their neighbors if you're carrying their passport.
When it comes to moving large volumes or covering long distances, it is preferable to let professional movers in Uruguay take charge of the removal process.
Here are some moving tips to help you prepare for your move:
Prepare your move 3 months in advance.
You may have to obtain visas, work permits or vaccines, or cancel services which require a notice period. Make a list of all you need to do. Being well-organized will help the move go more smoothly.
Sort through your belongings
Choose which goods you want to bring with you to in Uruguay and which goods you want to leave behind, with a friend or in a storage unit. Seek advice: It might be more advantageous to buy goods in Uruguay instead of bringing these goods with you.
Choose the right moving company in Uruguay
finding a good moving company is essential to any expatriation project. Independent regulatory bodies like FIDI will help you find reliable moving companies. Internal quality processes, specialized packing materials and a large network will guarantee high standards of quality and service.
Prevent the risk of breakage
Zero risk does not exist. Material damage insurance is highly recommended.
There are several people at work on your behalf when bringing shipments into Uruguay. On your departure end, you'll have a local moving agent who works with you on getting the entire move booked. On the Uruguayan end, you'll have the Uruguayan moving agent. This one works for the moving company who is completing your move in Uruguay, and is your primary authority when you have questions about Uruguayan regulations. He processes these moves every day for diplomats, expats, and business people, and knows how the system works.
A despachante is a private professional who specializes in import/export. He provides the point interface between various moving agents and the Customs agent. You, as the shipper, will normally not have contact with this person.
The Customs agent is a government employee who performs inspections and enforces Customs regulations. The public does not interface directly with this agent.
Moving with your pets: Uruguay is a pet-friendly country, where animals are generally well-treated and few strays are seen. To bring your pet to Uruguay, the process is relatively simple and there is no quarantine period once you arrive with the animal. You do not need to be a resident to bring your pet.
The animal must be accompanied by a USDA-endorsed health certificate, even if you don't live in the U.S. When in doubt, use the International Health Certificate USDA-APHIS 7001 form.
Rabies vaccination is required for all dogs and cats over three months of age. It must be given more than 30 days and less than one year before the arrival date in the country.
Firearms: Firearms for sporting purposes are admitted into Uruguay as long as a permit is obtained via the Servicio de Material y Armamento of the Comando General de la Armada,Avd. De Las Instrucciones 1925, Montevideo, Uruguay; tel.+598 (2) 393-702 or +598 (2) 353-434. If passenger arrives with fire arms and declares them at customs the arms are left in custody of the authorities and the permit is obtained within one day.
It is advisable to contact the Embassy of Uruguay in Washington, DC, or one of Uruguay's consulates in the U.S. for specific information regarding customs requirements.
Discover a Perfect Retirement in Uruguay
Many foreigners retire in Uruguay because of its amazing natural beauty and high quality of life
Uruguay scores well every year in International Living's Global Retirement Index The country has a lot to offer those who decide to retire there.
Whether you dream of a newly restored colonial home with modern interiors and a view of the harbor…a small cottage with a quiet internal courtyard…or a lazy beachfront retreat where you can sit on your balcony and watch the waves crash up on the sand…you can find it when you retire in Uruguay.
Retire in Uruguay
Wherever you go, the friendly people will charm you, the natural beauty will seduce you, and the remarkably affordable cost of living will entice you to stay. As is true in any country, real estate in some areas is more affordable than in others. If you want extensive infrastructure, ease of access, an established expatriate community…you can have all that.
On the other hand, if you're looking for a retirement hideaway retreat by the beach, you can find that too…and all at a surprisingly reasonable price. In fact, Mercer HR Consulting recently named Montevideo the second least expensive city in the world. And we recommend Uruguay as the best value for your second-home dollar.
The pros of retiring in Uruguay: Modern, First-World infrastructure, excellent highways, drinkable water, good communications, and stunning beaches. During high season, it is fun and lively. During low season, it is quiet and peaceful.
When you are living in Uruguay you will be able to enjoy its colorful markets of fresh food everyday of the week
Living in Uruguay allows you to enjoy a higher quality of life with a sharply reduced price tag. From its old-world theaters and opera houses to its jazz festivals and exquisite restaurants, Uruguay looks and feels like Europe, but the cost of living is more like the Third World. But while the prices are low, the infrastructure is first rate. You can drink the water from any tap in the country. Telephone lines are available in less than 48 hours, and your high-speed Internet connection is just a phone call away in most cities. The truth is that Uruguay is one of the most diverse, affordable, and sophisticated countries in the region.
Expats Living in Uruguay
Uruguay is largely unknown among potential North American expats, and you won't find many of them living here. The majority that are here are working with the diplomatic corps or are stationed in Uruguay by their North American companies.
Living in Uruguay
The fastest growing expat group in the country seems to be from Argentina, and we're told it's become an increasingly popular retirement destination for them due to the comparatively low cost of living and properties.
Uruguay truly has a lifestyle and a region for everyone, depending on what you're looking for in the way of a new life abroad. Whether you want to live downtown in a world capital, in the heart of an old colonial city, in one of the world's famous beach resorts, or on a sprawling ranch in the heartland, you can be sure that Uruguay has a place for you.
Quality health care is readily available throughout Uruguay.
As a resident, you are eligible to participate in the national health care system (which includes a network of free clinics), as well as higher-end private hospital associations.
Uruguay's public health care system: In the public system the free clinics can be slow and crowded. However, if you have no health insurance and can't afford to buy it in Uruguay, then these clinics will be a welcome option. Every town has access and they do a good job. This system assures that no one is without quality medical care.
Uruguay's private health care system: The private health care system is efficient, well-equipped, and inexpensive. They operate facilities that are more similar to what North Americans would be used to. The private health care industry consists of a number of independently operated associations. These associations vary in size from a single hospital to a network of hospitals, clinics, and doctors' offices. Normally you'll select a facility near you, and become a socio (member). Your monthly premium entitles you to use of their facilities, ambulance service, pharmacy, and specialists in accordance with the plan that you select.
Some will accept Blue Cross and other foreign health plans.
Typically, whatever hospital you join will pay for emergency coverage at another facility if you need care when you're away from home.
The most popular hospital among English-speaking expats, diplomats, and many rich Uruguayans is British Hospital in Montevideo. Everyone seems to agree that they are the top of the line in hospitals here. They even make house calls in Montevideo, and have English-speaking doctors.
Uruguay is a paradox. South America's second-smallest country–about the size of Missouri–looks like Europe and feels like Europe, but with Third-World prices.
Wedged between Brazil and Argentina, Uruguay has the lowest poverty level in Latin America, the highest life expectancy, and (as of October 2004) the second lowest level of corruption.
This diverse country represents the best of all worlds. The capital city of Montevideo is like an old-world European city with its kept buildings, fine restaurants, and international ambiance. Then contrast that with Punta del Este, a world-class beach resort that has been the playground of rich Europeans for years. In between you'll find colonial cities, miles of rolling pampas where gauchos still manage their herds, and long stretches of near-empty beaches. The roads are good, too. The 210-mile stretch of coastline between the Brazilian border and the Uruguayan capital of Montevideo is among the finest in South America, with endless white-sand beaches, lonely stretches of highway where the woods go right to the water, wildlife preserves, and dazzling resorts.
It's a good place to live and invest and–thanks to the spillover of the Argentina financial crisis–a place where your dollar still goes a long way. Right now, you could buy a large beachfront home here for just $140,000.
This small South American country is sure to enchant you with its cordiality, sociability, and courtesy. The atmosphere is warm, relaxed, and hospitable…you're sure to feel at ease from the moment you arrive.
The population of Uruguay is of European origin–mostly Spanish and Italian–but other nationalities such as French, Brazilian, Argentinean, Armenian, Croatian, Polish,
Serbian, Romanian, Lebanese, and German have influenced the country by contributing a wide range of customs and traditions…resulting in a warm, culturally diverse mix. Because the country provided immigrants with a safe place to settle, as well as an environment where differences are respected and integrated, Uruguay offers a rich cultural experience unlike any other.
Situated in the temperate zone of the tropic of Capricorn, Uruguay boasts warm summers and crisp winters, with no extreme temperatures. Because of its mild climate, the country can be enjoyed throughout the year. The economy is based on agriculture, cattle farming, and mining, as well as the production of hydroelectric energy and the development of tourism.
Uruguay is recognized as a strategic gateway for international companies conducting business in the Latin American region. International companies appreciate the value of its political and social stability. For these reasons, the geopolitical importance of Uruguay has become a significant factor for companies selecting Uruguay as the regional center for their business operations.
Due to its economic, social, and political stability, as well as its democratic tradition, high level of safety, and outstanding natural beauty, Uruguay is a truly unique country in South America. Many foreigners are starting to take advantage of the ease of investment, superior quality of life, perfect weather, and numerous investment opportunities in real estate, farming, and the tourism industry. Infrastructure has been modernized and improved (ports, airports, telecommunications, road networks, etc.), making Uruguay, with its strategic location between Argentina and Brazil, the perfect base for exploring the rest of South America.