Embassies and Consulates in Uruguay

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In most of the countries you will find diplomatic missions, which usually refers to an embassy and/or a consulate. Diplomatic bodies represent other country interests in Uruguay, with the aim of strengthening international relations between the states and providing services for their citizens in Uruguay.

Embassies and consulates are considered legal territories of their home countries. They are not "foreign territory" but they are protected and considered the property of the country using them, meaning that Uruguay does not have jurisdiction over the embassy or consulate of another country.

What is the difference between Embassy and Consulate

The Vienna Convention on Consular Relations international treaty defines the diplomatic mission’s purpose and framework. The various diplomatic missions offer several services and carry out different missions. For example:

  • Embassy: This is the primary diplomatic representation of a country’s government and is headed by an ambassador. An embassy is the main location for a diplomatic presence of one country in another. A country has at most one embassy in another country, and is always established in the capital city of the host country. In the absence of a consulate in a country, the embassy has also a consular section to carry out all the relevant consular services (see below).
  • Consulate General: This is a diplomatic mission, headed by a consul that provides a full range of services such as: issuing passports/visas, keeping birth and marriage records, assisting expats, providing legal information, translations etc. It can be located in any major city of the host country, although often in the capital city (in certain cases, in the same building as the embassy). In major countries and large territories, you often have more than one consulate.
  • Honorary Consulate: It supplements the Consulate to provide a limited range of consular services and is headed by an honorary consul. They help nationals abroad. For example, in the event of a hospital stay, missing person, death, natural disaster or other emergency. They can also issue emergency travel documents and consular declarations for which the applicant is required to appear in person.

NB: You will usually apply for a visa at the Consulate of the country you want to visit. However, if there is no such representation in Uruguay, you can apply for a visa at the embassy.

Where to find Consulates and Embassies in Uruguay

Not all countries have an Embassy and/or a Consulate as it depends of the political situation, the relationship with the host country, the size of the country, and the number of foreign citizens living there.

In some cases, countries can share representations and you can be assisted by the services of another embassy or consular service to get the information you need.

We recommend you register/contact your country’s embassy at your destination. It is a free service provided by any diplomatic mission and it will allow them to record information about your upcoming trip abroad. It can be used to assist you in case of an emergency.

Registration will also allow you to get routine information from your nearest embassy or consulate, as citizen residing abroad.

The Uruguayan capital, Montevideo hosts 44 embassies.

There are also 62 consulates and one other representation located in Uruguay.

All consulates and honorary consulates are located in Montevideo, except for those countries who own an embassy in the capital of Uruguay and might have another diplomatic mission outside the capital.

You will find below a list of selected countries (the list is not exhaustive) that have a diplomatic mission in Uruguay. The list includes embassies, consulates, honorary consulates, and sometimes other official representations for you to be able to get information and services.

Embassies and Main Consulates in Montevideo


Embassy of China in Uruguay

Address: Miralflores 1508, Casilla 18966 Montevideo
Tel: (+598) 2 601 9997
E-Mail: embchina@adinet.com.uy and montevideo_con@csm.mfa.gov.cn for the Consular Office  
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 9:00-13:30 and, 14:30-18:00

The consular section provides a range of consular services such as document authentication and legalization processing, as well as notary certification and marriage registration, visa affairs, and consular protection to all Chinese living abroad.


French Embassy in Uruguay

Address: Av. Uruguay 853, esq. Andes
Tel: 170 50 000 (from Montevideo) / 2 170 50 000 (from other departments of Uruguay) / + 598 2170 50 000 (from abroad)
E-Mail: admin-etrangers.montevideo-amba@diplomatie.gouv.fr.
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/france.uruguay/ and https://twitter.com/FranceenUruguay and https://www.instagram.com/franceenuruguay/
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m

The French embassy in Uruguay provides reception of the public (consular affairs), register of French nationals established outside France, identity cards and passports, civil status: marriages, births..., other steps (legalization of signature, driver's license...), elections, national service and assembly of French nationals abroad.
Honorary Consulates: In addition to the embassy in Montevideo, France has other honorary consulates in Maldonado and Paysandú.


German Embassy in Uruguay

Address: La Cumparsita 1435, Plaza Alemania, 11200 Montevideo
Tel: (+598) 2 902 5222
E-Mail: info@montevideo.diplo.de
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/EmbajadaAlemanaMontevideo/ and https://twitter.com/GermanyDiplo and https://www.instagram.com/auswaertigesamt/
Opening hours: Lunes, miércoles, jueves y viernes: 9.00 a 11.30 h and Martes: 13.00 a 15.30 h

The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Uruguay provides passports and ID cards’ services, nationality, family and inheritance matters, criminal records, visa and entry, lawyers, doctors and translators and customs service, etc.


Embassy of Japan in Uruguay

Address: Bulevar Genral Artigas 953, Montevideo
Tel: (+598) 2 418 7645
E-Mail: embjapon@mv.mofa.go.jp
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/EmbJapon.Uy and
Opening hours: 09:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and from 1:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Monday to Friday)

The Japanese embassy provides a range of consular services such as visa and passport processing as well as document legalization.


Embassy of Russia in Uruguay

Address: Bulevar España 2741, Montevideo
Tel: (+598) 2 708 1884 and 2 708 5545 for the consular service
E-Mail: embajada.rusia@gmail.com and consuladoruso.uruguay@mail.ru
Social Media: https://twitter.com/EmbRusUruguay and https://www.facebook.com/EmbRusiaUruguay/ and https://www.youtube.com/
Opening hours: Monday – Friday from 8.30 to 18.30

For services such as issues of citizenship of the Russian Federation, visa and passport processing as well as document legalization, it is requested to visit the Consular Section located in the same building, under appointment.  

United Kingdom (Great Britain)

British Embassy in Uruguay

Address: Marco Bruto 1073, 11300 Montevideo
Tel: (+598) 2 622 3630
E-Mail: ukinuruguay@adinet.com.uy
Social Media: https://twitter.com/UKinUruguay and https://www.facebook.com/EmbajadaBritanicaMontevideo and
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday: 09:00 - 13:00 and 14:00 - 17:30 and Fridays:
09:00 - 14:00

The British Embassy in Uruguay provides services to British nationals living and visiting the country. Some of the services are: emergency travel document replacement, notarial and documentary services, marriage, consular fees, etc.

USA (United States of America)

Embassy of the United States of America in Uruguay

Address: Lauro Müller 1776, Montevideo
Tel: (+598) 1770 2000
E-Mail: webmastermvd@state.gov
Social Media: https://twitter.com/usembassyMVD and https://www.facebook.com/US.Embassy.Montevideo and https://www.youtube.com/usembmvd

The US representation in Uruguay provides a range of consular services such as regular passport applications and renewals, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBA), and notarial services, assistance on death of a U.S. Citizen and emergency financial assistance, etc.

Honorary Consulates in Uruguay

Contact directly the Embassy/Consulate website for more information.

For countries with no consulates or embassies in Uruguay, the Honorary Consulates are supervised by diplomatic representations located in other country, often Buenos Aires, in Argentina for Uruguay.

General Consulates and embassies in Montevideo

Honorary Consulates in Colonia del Sacramento

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