Uruguay is a country located in the southeastern part of South America. It is home to 3.46 million people, of whom 1.7 million live in the capital Montevideo and its metropolitan area. It is bordered by Brazil to the north, by Argentina on the other side of the Uruguay River to the south, and has coastline on the Atlantic Ocean. Montevideo was founded by the ... Spanish in the early 18th century as a military stronghold. Uruguay won its independence in 1825-1828 following a three-way struggle between Spain, Argentina and Brazil. It is a constitutional democracy, where the president fulfills the roles of both head of state and head of government. 94.6% of the population are of, at least partial, European descent. Uruguay is South America's most secular country, where there is no official religion, and in which church and state are separate. Tourism is focused on the beach resort of Punta Del Este, the historic downtown of Montevideo, and the charming town of Colonia. All are an easy ferry ride away from Buenos Aires.Show More
American and Canadian citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the intended return date in order to enter and depart Uruguay.Tourists must also provide proof of return or onward travel. Each traveler is responsible for ensuring that his/her passport is up to date. Citizens of other nationalities should check with respective authorities before departure. Please ensure that the name on your passport matches all travel documents we have issued. If this is not the case, please contact us immediately.
Please make a photocopy of your passport’s identification page and keep it separate from the original. It’s also a good idea to leave a digital copy with someone at home. This may speed the replacement process should you lose your passport.
Both Canadian and American citizens traveling to Uruguay on regular passports for business or tourist purposes do not need a visa for a stay of up to 90 days. Please note that if you are staying longer than 90 days, obtaining a visa is your responsibility. This may be different for citizens of other countries. These requirements change often and therefore it is recommended that you check with the Embassy of Panama for the most up- to-date information.
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Cancelation and Medical Insurance is highly recommended. Medical facilities are poor quality and not widespread, and insurance can safeguard against in-country medical emergencies as well as lost or delayed baggage and emergency cancelation or interruption of your trip. Please ensure your policy will provide you with upfront medical coverage so that you are not responsible for a hefty medical bill.
No vaccinations are currently required to enter Uruguay, although it is strongly recommended to vaccinate against Yellow Fever if visiting rural areas.
It is advised to consult a travel doctor 4-6 weeks before departure in regards to the recommended vaccinations below:
For all vaccinations and health requirements, you can also refer to the recommendations from:
World Health Organization (WHO): http://www.who.int and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) http://wwwnc.cdc.gov.
If there are any medical items essential to your health, such as prescription drugs or corrective eye wear, bring duplicates and divide them between your checked bags and hand luggage. While non-prescription drugs such as aspirin are generally available, it is difficult to replace prescription items.
Other recommended Items:
Uruguay is home to a temperate climate with mild summers and winters. Summer is from December to March, with January being the hottest month (temperatures climb up to 30 degrees Celsius). Winter and spring may be chilly and see lots of wind and rain, but temperatures stay comfortable and above freezing. Springtim generally sees temperatures around 12 degrees Celsius, while winter may dip down to 5.
For up-to-date forecasts, check www.weather.com.
Suggested items to pack:
Photographers: Remember to pack sufficient memory cards, a spare camera battery, charger and dust-resistant case.
Electricity: Electricity in Uruguay is provided at 220-240 Volts. Plugs are of the two-pin type (Australia/China) and three-pin type (Italy). Most hotels provide 110-volt and 220-volt outlets, transformers and adaptors.
Phone: Coverage is good throughout most of the country. Check with your phone company if there are roaming agreements before your departure.
Internet: Internet cafés and wireless access is available in most urban areas, airports and hotels with good connections and speed.
The official currency of Uruguay is the Uruguayan Peso, divided into 100 Centésimo. Uruguayan Peso comes in a variety of coins and notes. Coins come in denominations of $U1, $U2, $U5, $U10. Notes come in denominations of $U20, $U50, $U100, $U200, $U500, $U1000, $U2000. ATMs are available in most cities but it is still best to carry alternative forms of payment as not all accept international cards. For current exchange rates please visit www.xe.com
Currency: Uruguayan Peso (UYU)
Religion: Roman Catholic
Time Zone: UTC -3
Electricity: 220-240 Volts
Telephone: Country code for calling is +598
Calling North America: Dial 001 plus area code and your 7-digit number
Emergency numbers in Uruguay: For any type of emergency dial 911