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When taking the Buquebus boat service from Buenos Aires to Montevideo, then back from Montevideo to Buenos Aires, do the Uruguayan immigration officers stamp one's passport once (stamp indicating one has exited Uruguay) or twice (one stamp indicating one has entered Uruguay and one stamp indicating one has exited Uruguay). If that matter, assume the passport holder is a French citizen.

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    What practical difference would this make? – JonathanReez Dec 30 '19 at 3:19
  • @JonathanReez checking if the immigration officer didn't forget a stamp when entering Uruguay, which could be problematic when exiting Uruguay if it turns out to be required. – Franck Dernoncourt Dec 30 '19 at 3:25
  • Are you saying that you've already done this, and you believe you are missing a stamp? Or have you not done this yet and you're asking a hypothetical question? – Greg Hewgill Dec 30 '19 at 8:46
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is not a "practical, answerable question based on an actual problem that you face". – Greg Hewgill Dec 30 '19 at 20:40
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    Is your question really just “will my passport be stamped when I arrive in Montevideo?”, or am I missing something? – Chris H Dec 31 '19 at 10:06
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Having done this a couple times I can say that your passport will be stamped twice: once for entry and once for exit. In general, the two immigration checks - Argentinian and Uruguayan - are back to back so the likelihood of missing out on a stamp is fairly low.

  • Thanks, interesting, did your take the boat, and how long did you stay in Montevideo? – Franck Dernoncourt Dec 31 '19 at 12:26
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    @FranckDernoncourt I took the boat a couple times. I usually stopped in Colonia though. – JoErNanO Jan 1 at 0:51
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Just sharing my experience: some friends of mine of myself took the Buquebus boat service from Buenos Aires to Montevideo, then back from Montevideo to Buenos Aires on the same day in early January 2020.

  1. None of us received an Uruguayan stamp on their passport upon passing the Uruguayan immigration (we went through 2 Uruguayan immigration officers) at the boarding port in Buenos Aires (RENAPER Buqutheebus), but we did receive an Uruguayan stamp on our Buquebus tickets.
  2. On the way back to Buenos Aires, also using the Buquebus boat service, all of us received an Uruguayan stamp on their passport upon passing the Uruguayan immigration (we also went through 2 Uruguayan immigration officers) at the boarding port in Montevideo (Terminal de Buquebus Montevideo in Puerto de Montevideo), and the Uruguayan immigration officers did check whether we had received a entry stamp, which they found on our Buquebus boat tickets. For one of my friends, one of the two Uruguayan immigration officers became agitated when they you couldn't Uruguayan entry stamp (before realizing that the Uruguayan stamp was on the boat ticket).

This means that in my case when taking the boat from Buenos Aires to Montevideo, then back to Buenos Aires, the Uruguayan immigration stamped my passport only once upon exit. The Uruguayan entry stamp was only applied to the boat ticket.

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