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Why live in Uruguay
Uruguay is becoming a more and more attractive place to live. Especially in an increasingly unstable world. Uruguay has a notable history and society. It’s been an outlier in South America—for mostly good reasons—for centuries. Learn all about the country—history, culture and society, as well as the beaches and wine—plus the pros and the cons. Also a risk assessment by a US expert.
Cost of living
Uruguay is a developed country and quite expensive by Latin American standards. Most people are considered middle class, however the majority cannot afford a car or to consider buying a home until they are well into their thirties.
How to become a Uruguay resident
Uruguay is probably one of the easiest countries in the world to immigrate to and obtain residency. You need a clean criminal record and be able to prove a monthly income of around 1500 USD per person. Learn about requirements, documentation, applying as a retiree, vaccines and more.
Digital nomads can now get residency in Uruguay
Retiring to Uruguay
All the burning questions you have about retiring to Uruguay and other important stuff regarding wills and the rights of a surviving spouse that you will never have expected if you don’t come from this part of the world.
Buying real estate
Property requirements, taxes, the buying process, investing in farmland, what’s it like buying a new build and our recommendations for reliable realtors.
Uruguay has a very affordable public-private healthcare system. Anyone can buy membership in Uruguay’s forty or so health institutions—the majority of which are known as ‘mutualistas’. Find out the coverage available and how to join the afforable ‘mutualista’ system as a tax-payer or employee.
Starting a business
Learn about what’s involved in setting up a business in Uruguay (from freelance to corporation), taxation as it effects foreigners living in Uruguay and also insurance.
The point at which a foreigner needs to start paying tax, tax obligations when you live in Uruguay but work for a company abroad, taxes on royalties and tax breaks for business owners.
I’m 55 years old and I’ve lived in USA since 1994. I thinking to retire in Uruguay. I get about 1300 us in disability. can I move to Uruguay?
Hi George, you’ve probably read in our residency articles that the amount required by the government is around 1500 USD. So you’re just short. Please note that Uruguay is not a cheap country to live, unless you live in the countryside, though then you will need to take into account your distance to healthcare (and a car would be too expensive on that budget). If you are serious about considering Uruguay, book a relocation session with me and get a realistic appraisal of your particular circumstances. It will be a pleasure to assist you. — Karen
Just to clarify: Is it that you need to prove $1,500 per person per month in a bank account for a couple? Or is it a different amount for a Retiree couple? I’m picking up conflicting information. This would only be in a Uruguay bank account or can I present a bank statement showing this from the country I’m currently a citizen of? Thanks!
Hey Dee, the general concensus (as nothing is written down by the Immigration Dept) is that the minimum to reside is 1500 USD for a single person and $2500 for a couple. You just have to be able to prove your income, not that the money comes to Uruguay. I hope this helps to give you and idea, but do consult with a specialist regarding your particular case. Best wishes, Karen
Sono una insegnante di storia e ho sempre insegnato e frequentato scuole internazionali dato che sono meta’ inglese e meta’ italiana. il 29 luglio 2022 mio marito e’ morto a Genoa dove vivevamo sono stata a full time care giver per 5 anni e ora che lui non c’e (nostro figlio studia lavora a Norwich e anche mio fratello vive e lavora in Inghilterra) non ho piu legami qui. Sto pensando di trasferirmi dato che mio marito amava il calcio e guardava con grande ammirazione la squadra di calcio dell’Uruguy. Io ricevo la pensione di reversibilta’ di mio marito 1700 euro al mese ma vorrei anche poter magari ricominciare ad insegnare Humanities in una scuola internazionale se fosse possibile. Sto cercando un nuovo inizio dove magari fare amiciazia e scoprire le pequliarita nel vivere a Uruguy. Se partissi non avendo nessun contatto mi chiedo se esistano persone che aiutano nel processso di amibientamento e magari collegarsi con altri italiani che vivono gia li.
I am from India , how I can get residency or temporary residency visa ? I have a well established business in India . i am doctor of eye care .
Hi Yatish, you will need to apply for a visa and residency. Do write to our relocation specialists listed at the top of the page. They will be able to help/advise you. Good luck! Karen
Hi Karen, I was born in Uruguay, but living in USA for years, I’m planning to visit in April, my question is which American bank is there o you recommend if I decide to stay longer or maybe retire ?? Thanks. I’m already subscribed.
Hi Roberto, any bank here is unaffiliated to the US. I’m not sure I understand your last question. Best wishes — Karen