Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Montevideo (April 2, 2020)
Event: Increased Checkpoints Throughout Uruguay April 1-12, 2020
From April 1 to April 12, the Ministry of Interior has stated that local law enforcement officials will be establishing checkpoints to diminish movement in Uruguay ahead of the holiday week which begins on April 6. Local law enforcement will be present at department borders and on major roads. Uruguay is encouraging diminished movement during this popular tourism week in light of ongoing COVID-19 concerns. See Ministry of Interior’s website for further information
Additionally, Uruguay has closed all public and private campgrounds, hunting lodges and requested the public to avoid travel with RVs and trailers. Law enforcement will prohibit those attempting to gather in groups for celebration.
The embassy urges U.S. citizens to limit personal travel and to continue to shelter in place until further notice. If you must travel for any reason, be prepared to show appropriate identification to include Uruguayan-issued cedulas and/or valid U.S. passports.
Actions to Take:
- Keep a low profile.
- Review your personal security plans.
- Have travel and personal identification documents up to date and easily accessible.
- Remain informed about COVID-19 in Uruguay.
State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444