In this article you will find useful information to travel to Uruguay: Entry requirements, how rent a vehicle, time zones, official day holidays, communications, useful applications for download, where to buy, and much more.

Useful information to travel to Uruguay

Entry requirements

  • As a main requirement to enter the country, it is imperative to travel with updated passport, with the exception of citizens of Argentina and Brazil, which may only present their national identification cards.
  • The following countries do not need visa to travel to the Uruguay by tourism: Andorra, Alemania, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Barbados, Belgica, Belice, Bolivia, Brasil, Bulgaria, Canadá, Chile, Chipre, Colombia, Corea del Sur, Costa Rica, Croacia, Dinamarca, Ecuador, El Salvador, El Salvador, Eslovaquia, Eslovenia, España, Estados Unidos, Estonia, Finlandia, Francia, Gran Bretaña, Grecia, Guatemala, Honduras, Hungría, Irlanda, Islandia, Israel, Italia, Jamaica, Japón, Letonia, Liechtenstein, Lituania, Luxemburgo, Malasia, Malta, México, Mónaco, Nicaragua, Noruega, Nueva Zelanda, Holanda, Panamá, Paraguay, Perú, Portugal, Polonia, Rumania, Rusia, San Marino, Serbia, Islas Seychelles, Singapur, Sudáfrica, Suiza, Suecia, Trinidad y Tobago, Turquía y Venezuela.
  • The website of the National Migration Directorate maintains a list updated with countries that need to obtain visa, can be accessed by clicking here.
  • You can stay in Uruguay as tourists for 90 days, which are renewable for another 90 days more in the Department of the National Direction of Migration.


  • It is not necessary to apply a vaccine to enter Uruguay.

Rent a car

  • If you wish to rent a car to travel around the country, it is important to consider that the rental agencies normally require:
  • Have between 23 and 75 years of age.
  • Present (from any country) valid driver’s license with a minimum of two years old.
  • Identity card or passport
  • Credit card

How go to Montevideo from Buenos Aires

  • Montevideo by the short distance and the tourist services offered has become an ideal destination for Argentines who want to make a getaway weekend or to take advantage of holidays in the country. The capitals are separated by the Rio de La Plata, nothing more and nothing less than the widest River in the world. The possibilities are various, and the final choice will depend on the budget and the time that you want to invest.In this post we share you the three ways to go to choose what is the most suitable option for your trip.


  • In Uruguay 220 volts are used.

Business hours

  • Business hours are Monday through Friday from 9:00 to 19:00 hs. On Saturday, businesses are open until noon (from 9 to 13 hours) and Sundays are closed.
  • The shopping malls open from 10 to 22 hs all days including Saturday and Sunday.


  • The official currency is the Uruguayan peso.
  • The US dollar is generally accepted in shops, supermarkets and restaurants.
  • Most frequent acceptance credit cards are VISA, MasterCard and Diners Club.
  • Money exchange and bank hours: Monday to Friday from 13-18 hs.
  • We recommend checking any converter like XE conversor to see how is the change and avoid to pay commissions or unfavourable changes.


  • Uruguay has a moderate weather with average temperatures ranging from the 12 ° in winter to 25 ° C in summer.

Official Days holidays 

January 1st

  • New Year Eve

January 6

  • Three Kings day

February / Moving Date

  • Carnival

February / Moving Date

  • Tourism week

April 19 

  • Landing of the 33 Orientals

May 1st

  • Day of the Workers

May 18

  • Battle of the stones

June 19

  • Birth of José Artigas

July 18

  • Oath of the Constitution

August 25

  • Declaration of independence

October 12

  • Day of the Race

November 2

  • Day of the dead

December 25

  • Christmas


  • In Uruguay there is not a regulation with regard to the regime of tips, however leave between 8 and 10%.


Time Zone

  • Time Zone in Uruguay from March to October is UTC-3, while from the first Sunday of October to the second Sunday of March is  UTC-2. The advancement of one hour in the summer is to take advantage of natural light and save energy.

Gay friendly Tourism

  • Since the last years Uruguay has positioned itself as one of the countries most Gay Friendly of Latin America with high quality tourist proposals oriented to the LGBT community. Tourism Gay Friendly in Uruguay offers tourist proposals specially designed for the gay community and it is known for its cultural diversity, its open mentality and unprejudiced allowing travelers to feel truly comfortable to enjoy holiday as they deserve. We share you some options.

What to do


Nightlife & entertainment

Useful Address

  • Carrasco International Airport (Montevideo): Camino Carrasco y Avda. de Las Américas. Tel: 2604-0386
  • Terminal Tres Cruces: Bulevar General Artigas 1825. Tel: 2409-7399
  • Puerto de Montevideo Edificio Santos: Rambla 25 de Agosto de 1825 y Yacaré.
  • Mercado del Puerto: Rambla 25 de agosto de 1825 y Maciel. Tel: 2916-1513