Lots of changes in the Uruguay air travel picture in the past few months, including an upcoming one just announced a couple of weeks ago. Uruguay is losing 2 of its weekly 6 nonstop flights to/from Europe. Iberia is the only direct air connectivity from Uruguay to anywhere outside the Western Hemisphere, and due to their many recent problems, they are canceling two flights per week each way.
I’ve mainly been focusing on my Uruguay Expat Life blog and expat info service lately, so I will link in my post at that site from earlier today. In it I list a lot of alternative routes and carrier combos for getting to and from Europe without transiting the USA. No matter what ones opinion, reasoning, citizenship, or anything else vis-a-vis the USA, transiting the US just to connect on to another country is always a headache. Or worse. Even for us US citizens.
It’s coming on winter in the US, and as a former Ski Instructor at Breckenridge, as a former Manhattanite and Bostonian, and as somebody who has lived both in the US South (North Carolina) and the Pacific Northwest (Seattle area) in recent years, I highly encourage you to visit my home country. We have great sites, activities, friendly people, and our economy could use your tourist dollars. But only if you are planning to visit the USA.
If instead your plan is only to visit my new country of Uruguay, which I also highly encourage, please consider one of the alternative routings in my Uruguay Expat Life blog post.
You’ll thank me later. When you don’t have to do the ESTA online form or get a US transit visa at high cost, and no matter what your citizenship, when you don’t have to fully enter the USA through Immigrations and Customs, go landside in most cases but always have to re-clear security through our lovely and friendly, positively irradiating with scanners full of cheer, personal-touch TSA.