Travel Alert – U.S. Embassy, Montevideo, Uruguay (May 11, 2020)
Event: Limited Flights Available for Departure – May 16 and 21
Amaszonas airlines has informed the Embassy of two flights leaving at 12:20 p.m. from Carrasco airport to Sao Paulo; one on Saturday, May 16 and another on Thursday, May 21. For the moment, Sao Paulo has a connecting flight on United Airlines to Houston. The cost of a one-way ticket on the Amaszonas flights to Sao Paulo is currently USD $599 plus taxes. In order to board either of these flights, passengers must have an onward boarding pass from Sao Paulo to the United States on their cell phone in the United Airlines app. A printed copy of the boarding pass is not sufficient. Also, all passengers are allowed to check luggage straight through to final destination. This is a change from earlier Amaszonas flights which only allowed hand luggage.
Please note that given the uncertainty of the situation, there is no guarantee that other flights will become available anytime soon. Therefore, the Embassy urges all U.S. citizens who wish to depart Uruguay to do so immediately.
Please contact our embassy travel agency partner, Romina Rodriguez (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the Buemes TMC on Phone: 29021050 ext. 179 or MontevideoACS@state.gov immediately if you wish to depart on one of these two Amaszonas flights.
All foreign citizens, including U.S. citizens, who are residents of Uruguay are prohibited from exiting Uruguay for tourism purposes. If you are a resident of Uruguay and wish to exit for a non-tourism purpose, you must first visit an Uruguayan Immigration office to fill out a declaration that attests that you are leaving Uruguay for a non-tourism purpose. In Carrasco International airport, there is an immigration office on the ground floor in the hallway next to the McDonald’s restaurant. You must carry that declaration with you and present it to an immigration officer upon exiting Uruguay.
Up to this point, the declarations have been easy to acquire at Carrasco airport immediately prior to flying out, and passengers report that they simply need to sign the declaration and submit it as they pass through Uruguayan exit controls. The declaration does not require a prior decision by Uruguayan immigration officials. There is no fee for the declaration and Uruguayan residents are allowed to re-enter Uruguay at a later time.
The prohibition on the departure of Uruguayan residents also applies to those who have Uruguayan residency applications in progress and applies whether you are flying on commercial or charter service. For more information, visit https://medios.presidencia.gub.uy/legal/2020/decretos/03/msp_22.pdf
All U.S. citizens in Uruguay should continue to prepare by ensuring they have sufficient food, medicine, and supplies should they need to remain in Uruguay for an extended period of time.
U.S. Embassy Montevideo has suspended routine consular services. For emergency American Citizens Services, including emergency passports, please visit our website for additional information or send an email to MontevideoACS@state.gov. For emergency visa services, send an email to MontevideoVisas@state.gov.
If you previously registered in step.state.gov, please make sure to extend your end date through your account settings if you are still in Uruguay. This will ensure you continue to get the latest information from U.S. Embassy Montevideo.
The Department of State has issued a Global Level 4 Health Advisory for COVID-19.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Global COVID-19 Pandemic Notice.
Actions to Take:
- Enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Programso that the embassy can contact you with updated information.
- For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19, please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
- Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.govfor the latest information.
- Check with your airlines, cruise lines, or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
- Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 https://uy.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/ for information on conditions in Uruguay.
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States.