Travel Information Uruguay
Find more information below on Uruguay, South America, such as general information, currency, safety and more.
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- CAPITAL Montevideo
- GOVERNMENT Constitutional republic
- CURRENCY Uruguayan peso (UYU)
- POPULATION 3,386,575 (Jul 2002 estimate)
- TOTAL AREA 176,220km² (land: 173,620km² water: 2,600km²)
- LANGUAGES Spanish (official), Portuñol, or Brasilero (Portuguese-Spanish mix)
- DECIMAL SYSTEM metric system (kilograms, centimeters, °C)
- TIME ZONE Time zone is UTC-03:00
- LOCATION located in South America.
Most popular cities in Uruguay
About half of the country’s population is crammed into the Montevideo metro area and a strip of sprawl reaching east to Punta del Este. The rest are distributed among the small towns, farms, and ranches in the interior.
- Chuy – Right on the border with Brazil
- Colonia (Colonia del Sacramento) – a well preserved old colonial town and UNESCO World Heritage Site
- La Paloma
- Punta del Este
Sockets & Plugs in Uruguay
220V, 50Hz with sockets and plugs Type C, Type F and Type L.
Uruguay uses the Uruguayan peso (symbol: $), code UYU.
Banknotes come in denominations of 2000, 1000, 500, 200, 100, 50 and 20 peso. Peso is subdivided into 100 centésimos. Coins come in denominations of 50, 10, 5, 2 and 1 pesos.
Automatic teller machines are common in Uruguay. You can usually find them in both large & small cities. You don’t need a chip and PIN card to use an ATM: your standard magnetic card will work fine.
Internet speed in Uruguay is on average 6.2 Mbps.
WiFi coverage in Uruguay is high. Many hotels, hostels, cafes, restaurants and bars have it.
You can buy a SIM card for around $21.28, which usually includes 1 GB of data plan. You can choose from 3 telecom companies: Movistar, CNT or Claro.
Uruguay uses GSM mobile networks GSM 1900, GSM 1800 and GSM 850.
If you don’t want to buy SIM card in Uruguay upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.
To call Uruguay, dial +, then 598 (the country code for Uruguay), then the area code (without the initial 0) and the local number.
Moderate crime rate
Uruguay has a moderate crime rate . Take precautions to avoid mugging, bag snatching and pickpocketing. Be particularly vigilant at airports, railway stations and crowded public gatherings. Do not leave valuables unattended.
It’s recommended to follow security precautions like wearing a money belt, leaving valuables in your hotel room safe or well out of sight, securing your bag, staying vigilant in crowds and steering clear of commotions.
In Uruguay you drive on the right side. Most cars have manual transmission (stick).
Unless otherwise posted, the speed limits for cars and motorcycles are as follows: 50 km/h (31 mph) in all built-up areas, 75-90 km/h (46-55 mph) on undivided highways, 90-110 km/h (55-68 mph) on expressways and 90-110 km/h (55-68 mph) on motorways.
An IDP is required
An International Driving Permit (IDP) is required as well as your original license. IDP can be issued by your local automobile association before you leave your home country.
Rent a car
In order to rent a car:
- your age must be over 25
- you must have a full license for at least a 1 year
- have a credit card (Usually Visa & MasterCard are the best)
Alcohol, drugs & prostitution
The minimum age to purchase and drink alcohol is 18 years old.
Prostitution is legal, and brothels are also legal.
Cannabis is legal
Although drugs are illegal, cannabis (marijuana) is completely legal for personal use in small amounts.
- Police 911
- Ambulance 911
- Fire department 911
- Police 109
- Ambulance 105
- Fire 104
No vaccinations are required to enter this country
No vaccinations are required to enter this country. The vaccinations listed for this country are recommended for the traveler’s protection.
- Typhoid fever
- Hepatitis A
These vaccinations apply only to select travelers or persons on work assignments.
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