The situation and the policies outlined here are subject to change, so please return to this page for updates as we approach the start of the semester. Students will be given detailed information and instructions in their correspondence with Middlebury prior to departure and upon arrival in Uruguay.

The School in Uruguay is Running!

We are pleased to announce that we will run our program in Uruguay during the spring 2022 semester. We can’t wait to welcome students abroad, and we’ll share more information with them as the program start date approaches.

Last updated: April 20, 2022

Current Situation in Uruguay

Entry Requirements:

  • Vaccinated travelers must show proof of vaccination
  • Negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure
  • All travelers will be screened for body temperature at the port of entry
  • Proof of health insurance effective in Uruguay for the duration of the traveler’s stay (Middlebury will provide this)
  • All travelers must complete an online declaration of health within 48 hours of departure: https://declaracionjurada.ingresoauruguay.gub.uy/ING

For up-to-date information, please visit the U.S. Embassy website and the Uruguayan Health Ministry’s Entry Requirements website (in Spanish only).

Program Changes

  • Internships may be limited and may take place in a hybrid or remote format.
  • Meetings in small groups or individually, always in compliance with social distancing regulations and with all parties wearing a mask.  Office hours will be conducted in person, unless the situation requires online meetings.
  • The Middlebury writing and culture course will be conducted in person, unless the situation requires online classes.

Program-Specific Protocols

Arrival

  • Travelers arriving in Uruguay must present the following:
    • Proof of vaccination.
    • A negative PCR test administered no more than 72 hours prior to departure.
    • Proof of medical insurance with specific coverage for Covid-19 (Middlebury will provide this).
    • Online declaration of health within 48 hours of departure: https://declaracionjurada.ingresoauruguay.gub.uy/ING
  • In order to enter the country, students must obtain a Provisional Identity Card, which will allow them to remain in Uruguay for up to 180 days. To obtain the card, students must upload a copy of their passport and a current vaccination record (showing up-to-date vaccinations for tetanus and measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR)) to their study abroad portals.  The assistant director in Montevideo will then use these documents to apply for the Provisional Identity Card on the students’ behalves. 
  • Travelers who show proof of vaccination are not required to quarantine. 
  • If required, students may quarantine at their homestay if their host family agrees. If this is not an option, they will need to quarantine in an Airbnb or at a hotel (hostels are not permitted). Students will be asked to make reservations before arrival and our staff in Uruguay will provide guidance on choosing a location in which to stay.  Students will be responsible for all costs associated with the quarantine period:
    • Food can be ordered by phone or through apps (Pedidos Ya/Rappi Uruguay). The majority of restaurants in Montevideo offer delivery. Students will be responsible for the cost of food during the quarantine period.
    • Students will report daily to local staff via email. Staff will be available through email, WhatsApp, and Zoom at any time, for any reason.
  • Medical care will be available through Middlebury’s agreements with Medicina Personalizada (MP) or the Sanatorio Americano. 
  • Any businesses or individuals who do not comply with Covid-19 restrictions and protocols may be subject to fines.

Orientation

  • Orientation will be held in-person, unless quarantine requirements prevent that.  Should students be required to quarantine upon arrival, orientation will begin in person and shift to in-person meetings once the quarantine period has ended.
  • During the orientation, the group will discuss local protocols, preventive measures, government resources, procedures for getting medical care in the case of a Covid-19 infection, and evacuation plans should the in-country program need to be suspended before the end of the semester.

Housing

  • Every host family will be asked to report on their particular protocols at home (e.g., cleaning and disinfecting routines, etc.) and this information will be communicated to students upon notification of their homestay assignments prior to the start of the semester.

Host Universities

  • Students should be prepared to attend classes either entirely in person, or in a hybrid format (i.e., with some class sessions in person and others remote).

In-Country Travel

  • International travel will may not be permitted, or permitted only for certain destinations, during the semester.
  • Program-sponsored travel and excursions may be limited. Students may seek guidance for arranging independent travel within Uruguay.
  • Students will have to report their travel plans to the program staff, who will provide final approval of the trip according to the conditions in the chosen destination.  Approval may be revoked at a later date due to changes in those conditions. Failure to comply with this approval process may result in suspension from the program.
  • Students should make sure to buy refundable tickets and lodging arrangements for any in-country travel in the event their plans must later be cancelled.

Frequently Asked Questions

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Students in Montevideo will use the national app Coronavirus UY. The Universidad de la República also has its own process for students attending courses there next semester.

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If the program is suspended in the middle of the semester, courses will continue online. Middlebury will offer academic tutorials to complement or substitute coursework as necessary.

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Restrictions will be placed on participation in certain types of extra or co-curricular activities (including volunteer and internship opportunities), even if sponsored by a host university or other partner organization, based on group size, likelihood of contact with high-risk populations, or a heightened risk for close contact with others.  Remote internship opportunities will be encouraged.

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USD $20-$50/night for Airbnb lodging

USD $20-$30/day for food (cooking at home will be less expensive than ordering delivery)

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If someone in the homestay tests positive for COVID-19, the family and the student will need to evaluate how to proceed. We will offer students the option of staying at their homestay and quarantining with their hosts or of isolating in another apartment until the quarantine period ends. If the student leaves the accommodation, the host must reimburse the student for the days they were unable to live in the homestay. 

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Students should call for a medical home visit through the Mobile Medical Emergency Service (dial 159) and follow the steps that the doctor indicates.