Uruguay’s Work & Holiday Visa for Australians

Uruguay’s Work & Holiday Visa for Australians
Montevideo, Uruguay. Photo by Matt Graham.

If you’re an Australian aged between 18 and 30 years old, you may be eligible to apply for a work and holiday visa to live in Uruguay for up to 12 months! With this visa, you’re also permitted to work for up to six months with any single employer in Uruguay, study for up to four months, and leave and re-enter Uruguay as often as you like while your visa remains valid.

The reciprocal working holiday agreement between Australia and Uruguay was introduced in 2012. It is mostly used by Uruguayans coming to Australia, but travel in the other direction is also possible.

This page contains information about the Uruguay Work and Holiday Visa for Australian citizens. It was last updated on 7 October 2022.

Key facts about Uruguay

  • Population: Approx. 3.5 million
  • Official language: Spanish
  • Capital city: Montevideo
  • Largest cities: Montevideo, Saldo, Paysandú, Las Piedras, Rivera
  • Currency: Uruguayan Peso (UYU)
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Montevideo, Uruguay. Photo by Eric Seddon on Pexels.com.

Uruguay Work and Holiday Visa requirements for Australians

In addition to Australians, Uruguay offers working holiday visas to citizens of France, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, New Zealand and Sweden.

The information on this page applies to Australian citizens. Please check with the Uruguayan embassy or consulate in your country for information applicable to citizens of other countries.

To apply for a Uruguay Work and Holiday Visa as an Australian citizen, requirements may include:

  • Aged between 18-30 years old (inclusive) at the time of application
  • Have a university degree or successfully completed at least two years of university education
  • Speak at least a functional level of Spanish
  • Be in good health and not have a criminal record

You’ll also need:

  • A valid Australian passport
  • A return plane ticket to Uruguay (or enough money to buy one)
  • Sufficient savings to support yourself initially in Uruguay

You cannot apply for this visa if you:

  • Will be accompanied by dependent children
  • Have already participated in the working holiday program in Uruguay

Please note that this information is subject to change. Please contact the Uruguayan embassy or consulate for the latest information.

How to apply for a Uruguayan Work and Holiday Visa

Australians can submit an application for a Uruguayan working holiday visa by visiting the Consulate-General of Uruguay in Sydney.

For the contact details of other Uruguayan consulates in Australia, see the DFAT website.

For more information about this visa and to make an appointment to submit your visa application, please contact the relevant Uruguayan mission in Australia. These missions do not currently appear to have functioning websites, so you will probably need to call or email the embassy or consulate using the details provided in the links above.

While best efforts are made to keep this information updated, we do not guarantee its accuracy. If you spot an error, would like to suggest new information to be added or simply have a question, please let us know in the comments and we’ll endeavour to respond or update the article as quickly as possible!

Matt Graham

Matt is the founder of Working Holidays for Aussies. Passionate about travel and always looking for great deals, he believes that gap years & working holidays are the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in another culture and gain invaluable life experience. Originally from Australia, Matt has travelled to over 80 countries and has lived in New Zealand, Germany, Austria and the Netherlands.

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