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Customs Regulations in Uruguay


  • Itemized inventory in Spanish, legalized by the Uruguayan Consulate at origin
  • Foreigners require a resident visa issued by the Uruguayan Consulate at origin, stamped in the Customer's passport, or a Certificate of Permanent Residence granted by the Migration Office in Uruguay
    • If above documents are not provided, and Customer is not a permanent resident in Uruguay, Customer will have to deposit a bank guarantee letter, the value of the shipment in cash, or provide a guarantee from his employer. The guarantee is to be returned once the shipment leaves the country or the Customer has obtained a permanent residence.
  • A Certificate of Residence, issued by the consulate at origin, stating that the Customer has lived abroad for a minimum period of two years is required for returning Uruguayan citizens
  • Bank guarantee letter


  • Shipments must arrive within 90 days of Customer
  • Used household goods and personal effects, showing evidence of use, may be duty-free, if owner has lived abroad and owned the items for at least two years, and Customer has a permanent residence
  • Non permanent residents may be required to make bank guarantee deposit, refundable when shipment leaves country


  • New household goods subject to duties and value added tax
  • Electrical appliances
  • Only one of each allowed, except for TV sets
  • Bicycles allowed only as part of a household goods shipment
  • Works of art and antiques
  • Alcohol and tobacco products
  • Food
  • Jewelry and coins
  • Wedding gifts require packing list and a visaed marriage certificate
  • Inherited goods require packing list, visaed proof of estate of inheritance, and visaed Death Certificate


  • Weapons and ammunition (only sport guns allowed) permit from Ministry of Defense required
  • New electrical appliances
  • Drugs
  • Plants need a Health Certificate
  • Pornographic or subversive materials


  • New cars are dutiable
  • Returning Uruguayan citizens are permitted to import used cars provided they comply with the following requirements:
    • Owner of the auto must have lived abroad for a minimum of three years
    • Auto must have been in the owner's name for a minimum of three years
    • Owner must apply for authorization from the Ministry of Finance before Customs clearance can begin
  • Foreigners are not allowed to import used autos
  • Documents required:
    • Commercial Invoice (original)
    • Car title or Certificate of Register or Matriculation
  • IMPORTANT: These documents must be legalized by Uruguayan Consulate at origin. An official translation of document into Spanish will also be required (which must be obtained in Uruguay).


  • Health and Vaccination Certificates required

URL: http://www.aduanas.gub.uy

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