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Uruguay Travel Information

According to ask4beauty, Uruguay is a country in South America bordering Argentina and Brazil. The capital of Uruguay is Montevideo. A number of major cities in Uruguay are: Artigas, Canelones, Melo, Durazno, Maldonado and Salto.

Uruguay is a mostly flat country with a lot of grassland and several large rivers. The Río Negro River runs right through the country, dividing the country in two. Tourists often come for the beaches, harbor towns, hot springs and the impressive architecture. The country is also known for its wine and passion for football. See petwithsupplies for Uruguay history and culture.

Where is Uruguay located?

Travel information of Uruguay

Official name: Eastern Republic of Uruguay
Continent: South America
Area: 175,016 km²
Capital: Montevideo
Country code: UY, URY
Population: 3,387,605 inhabitants (2020)
Form of government: presidential democracy
Highest point: 514 m (Cerro Catedral)
Distance (Amsterdam – Montevideo): 11,331 km
Flight time: approximately 14 hours

Travel advice
Current status: Attention, safety risks.
Current color code: Yellow.

Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), there may be (temporary) measures in Uruguay that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs of Uruguay, please visit Countryaah.

Travel offer
On our travel offer page you will find an overview of reliable travel organizations that offer complete trips and holidays to Uruguay. In addition, you will find an overview of separate travel components (car rental, hotels and airline tickets) with which you can compose your ideal trip yourself.

Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, hiking map, cycling map, book or DVD about Uruguay?

Excursions, activities and day trips
With the help of Countryaah you can reserve an excursion, activity, tour, entrance ticket and/or day trip for your stay in Uruguay at a discount. This way you are assured of a place, in some cases you can skip the queue and you can already plan your travel program.

Weather and climate
Uruguay has a temperate climate. During the summer months the temperatures are around 15 to 20 degrees and during the winter months around 20 to 30 degrees. The summer and winter periods are opposite to those in the Netherlands.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for Uruguay can be found on our extensive weather page.
Detailed information about the climate of Uruguay can be found at Climate info.

Best time
January, February and December are the best months to travel to Uruguay. In these months you have the best chance of pleasant temperatures.

Spanish is the official language in Uruguay. In addition, English, French, Portuguese and Italian are spoken.
Would you like to translate from or into Spanish for free? Use the Google translator for this.

Travel documents
You must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months upon arrival in Uruguay.
A visa is not necessary if you stay in Uruguay for less than 3 months.

Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in Argentina (also for Uruguay):
Dutch Consulate in Uruguay: netherlandsworldwide.nl.
Embassy of Uruguay in the Netherlands: rijksoverheid.nl.
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.

Vaccination (inoculation)
Before visiting Uruguay, it is advisable to get one or more vaccinations.
For extensive vaccination advice and to make a vaccination appointment at home, please visit Thuisvaccinatie.nl. You can also see here whether your health insurance reimburses the vaccination(s).

Money and Currency
In Uruguay, payments are made with the Uruguayan peso (UYP).
The current position of this currency (currency, currency) can be found on our exchange rate page.
An overview of all ATMs in Uruguay can be found on our ATMs page.

Price level
Prices in Uruguay are slightly lower than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is -3% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (11% cheaper), food (1% cheaper), imported beer in catering (3% more expensive), cigarettes (37% cheaper) and public transport (67% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.

In Uruguay it is customary to tip. If no service costs have been calculated yet, a tip of approximately 10% is given.

Time difference
During our summer time it is 5 hours earlier in Uruguay.
During our winter time it is 4 hours earlier in Uruguay.
Uruguay has no difference between winter time and summer time.
The local time, date and time zone for Uruguay can be found on our time difference page.

Traffic and route
In Uruguay you have to drive on the right.
You do not need an international driver’s license to drive and/or rent a motor vehicle in Uruguay. You must first show your Dutch driving license to the police.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within Uruguay.

Electricity In Uruguay you may need a travel plug
in some cases. More information about common plugs and sockets in Uruguay can be found on our electricity page.

Emergency services
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 911
– Fire: 911
– Ambulance: 911

Tap water
It is not recommended to drink water from the tap.
If you are unable to buy bottled water, use a water purifier to purify the water or boil the water for 5 minutes. After this you can safely use it as drinking water and for things like brushing teeth, cleaning lenses and washing vegetables and / or fruit. More information about drinking water and/or the purchase of water purification products can be found on our drinking water page.

News and newspapers
The latest news related to Uruguay can be found on Google news.
An overview of the newspapers from Uruguay can be found on Abyznewslinks.

Websites from Uruguay end in.uy.
Uruguay’s official website: turismo.gub.uy.

The country code (international prefix) to call someone in Uruguay is 00598 or +598.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from Uruguay? Then use the Dutch country code 0031 or +31.
(If using a country code, omit the leading 0 of the number to be called.)
Telephone numbers can be found in the Uruguay Telephone Directory.
Company details can be found in the Yellow Pages of Uruguay.

Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos from Uruguay.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from Uruguay.

Public holidays
An overview of all public holidays in Uruguay can be found on Beleven.org.

Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations in Uruguay, supplemented with photos, videos and places of interest.

Are you looking for a travelogue about Uruguay?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited Uruguay. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.

Nature and world heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) in Uruguay can be found on Protected Planet.
An overview of the world heritage sites in Uruguay can be found on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

Customs rules
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to Uruguay? On the IATA website you will find an overview with the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol and money, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. In addition, on this website you will find the laws and regulations regarding the importation of pets and a list of everything that may not be imported and/or exported to Uruguay.

Relevant legislation
Below you will find relevant legislation and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to Uruguay.
– Alcohol: Buy from the age of 16, drink at all ages.
– Alcohol and traffic: Maximum allowed alcohol content is 0.
– Tobacco: Buying and/or smoking from the age of 18.
– Smoking ban: In public places.
– Homosexuality: Allowed, but not accepted everywhere.

Did you know that…
…Uruguay is also called the Switzerland of South America?
…Temperatures below freezing are virtually unknown in Uruguay?
…Uruguay has been world champion twice?
…Almost 75% of the population lives in the capital Montevideo?
…Every student in Uruguay gets a free laptop from the government?

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