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What time zone is Uruguay in?

Uruguay operates in UTC/GMT -3 hours time zone. Daylight savings time starts in October and ends in March of each year.

Do I need a Visa to travel to Uruguay?

Most people travelling to Uruguay to require a Visa except people from neighbouring countries, Western Europe, Australia, the United States and Canada. If you are travelling to Uruguay you will need a tourist card which allows you to stay in the country to 90 days. The tourist card costs about $45 US and can be obtained at the embassy in your country. You will need a Visa if you are planning on staying longer in Uruguay- Visas are for stays up to 3 months but can be extended if you apply at the immigration office in Uruguay.

How safe is Uruguay?

Uruguay is a safe country, but like anywhere else you do need to be aware of your surroundings and of your belongings while out in the cities. In the capital city, Montevideo, street crime does exist but is usually limited to pick-pocketing. Increased police patrols in Montevideo have cut down the more serious robberies and muggings, so these crimes are a more rare occurrence.  It is recommended that you do not keep your valuables or passports on your person,(take a photocopy to have with you when you go out) and avoid wearing ostentatious jewellery. Try to avoid isolated poorly lit areas at night and try not to walk downtown or in the port area alone.

What language (s) are spoken in Uruguay?

Spanish is the official language of the country, however close to the border of Brazil a mixture of Spanish and Portuguese can be found. English is studied in school however other than in Montevideo and Punta del Este Uruguayans don’t speak much English. In restaurants and popular tourist spots you can usually find English speaking staff.

Do I need any vaccinations before travelling to Uruguay?

It is recommended to see your doctor prior to travelling in order to find out exactly which vaccinations you may need, however hepatitis A is recommended for all travellers. Measles, mumps, and rubella is also recommended for all travellers born after 1956 if not received. Tetanus- diphtheria is required every 10 years,  and yellow fever may be required as well, depending on where you are travelling in Uruguay.

How much money should I bring?

This really depends on how long you are staying, where you are going, and how much you want to spend! Debit cards are not widely accepted, however it is easy to find ATM’s in order to withdraw money. A lot of the tourist spots accept VISA, but cash is most desired. Travellers cheques are also a good idea and are easy to change in the cities.

What electricity does Uruguay use?

Uruguay uses 220 volts alternating at 50 cycles per second. You will need a voltage converter if you bring a device with you that does not accept 220 volts at 50 hertz.

Can I drink the water?

Fortunately, yes! This is one of the few countries in Southern America that has safe drinking water. 70% of waste water is collected and treated by the government.

What is the transportation like?

Uruguay has an extensive bus system; buses are frequent, safe, and comfortable.  Taxis are also a common way of getting around in Uruguay- these are also safe and comfortable. All taxis have fixed costs, about $2 USD per km. There are some tourist trains that run throughout the country but they do not have fixed schedules so you must find announcements at the station for departure and arrival times.

How is the weather in Uruguay?

Uruguay is the only Latin American country that lies outside the tropics so their subtropical weather allows for a mild climate with an average summer temperature of 22 degrees Celsius. Summer has the best temperature and is from December until March. During winter the average temperature is 10 degrees Celsius but during the other months of the year, Uruguay offers bright, sunny days with cool nights. Because there are no mountains surrounding Uruguay, the country is susceptible to rapid changes from weather fronts.

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