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Uruguay is a constitutional democracy with a large, educated middle class and a robust developing economy. The capital city is Montevideo. Tourist facilities are generally good with many 5-star accommodations at resort destinations such as Punta del Este and Colonia de Sacramento. The quality of tourist facilities varies according to price and location. Travelers are encouraged to seek travel agency assistance in making plans to visit Uruguay. Read the Department of State Background Notes on Uruguay for additional information.



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Country Name: Uruguay
Continent: South America
Capital City: Montevideo
Boundary Countries:

Argentina, Brazil

Recommended Hospitals in Capital:

Montevideo: Sanatorio Americano, Hospital Italiano- Montevideo, Hospital Evangelico, Hospital Británico, Sanatorio Larghero, IMPASA

Maldonado: Sanatorio Cantegril, Sanatorio Mautone

Colonia: Sanatorio Orameco

Main Cities:

Montevideo, Melo, Colonia, Maldonado, Artigas, Rivera, Tacuarembo, Treinta y Tres, Durazno, Rocha, Las Piedras, Minas, Florida, San Jose, Mercedes, Paysandu, Fray Bentos

Country Size: 176,220 sq km
Population: 3,477,778



Spanish, Portuñol or Brazilero (Portuguese-Spanish mix on the Brazilian frontier)

Currency: Uruguayan Peso (UYU)
Predominant Religions:

Roman Catholic 47.1%, non-Catholic Christians 11.1%, nondenominational 23.2%, Jewish 0.3%, atheist or agnostic 17.2%, other 1.1%

National Holidays: Independence day, 25 August (1825)
Economic Status:

Uruguay's economy is characterized by an export-oriented agricultural sector, a well-educated work force, and high levels of social spending. The economy has grown strongly since 2004 as a result of high commodity prices for Uruguayan exports, a strong peso, growth in the region, and low international interest rates.


Uruguayan Armed Forces: Army (Ejercito), Navy (Armada Nacional; includes naval air arm, Marines, Maritime Prefecture in wartime), Air Force (Fuerza Aerea Uruguaya, FAU)

US Presence:
U.S. Embassy Montevideo
Lauro Müller 1776
Montevideo, Uruguay
Phone: (+598) 1770-2000
Document Requirements:

All United States citizens entering Uruguay for business or pleasure must have a valid passport. US citizens traveling on a regular passport do not need a visa for a visit of less than three months. US citizens traveling on diplomatic or official passports require a visa.  Air travelers are required to pay an airport tax upon departure. This fee may be paid in US dollars or in Uruguayan pesos. Visit the Embassy of Uruguay website for the most current visa information.
Information about dual nationality or the prevention of international child abduction can be found on our web site. For further information about customs regulations, please read our Customs Information sheet.

Major Airports:

Airports:  60, Airports w/paved runways:  9

Montevideo Airport, Uruguay, Camino Carrasco 5519, Montevideo, URUGUAY
Tel: +598 (0)2 906463
Fax: +598 (0)2 905652
Email: info@aic.com.uy
Website: www.aic.com.uy

Melo Airport, Uruguay, PO Box 36, CP 37000 Melo, URUGUAY
Tel: +598 (0)4 640 2422
Fax: +598 (0)4 640 2027
Email: junio@adinat.com.uy


Servicing Airlines:
Risks and Precautions:

Regular protests, some with an anti-American flavor, take place outside Congress, City Hall and the “University of the Republic.” US citizens visiting or residing in Uruguay are advised to take common-sense precautions and avoid any large gatherings or any other event where crowds have congregated to demonstrate or protest.
Petty street crime is prevalent in Montevideo. The criminals tend to be non-violent, however, criminals often resort to violence if the victims resist. Travelers should exercise reasonable caution to minimize their exposure to crime. Criminals prey on the unaware, particularly those carrying cameras, pocketbooks, laptops, or backpacks.
Uruguayan law enforcement authorities have increased the number of uniformed policemen on foot in areas where criminal activity is concentrated and the number of patrol cars in residential areas. The clearly marked patrol cars are equipped with cellular phones and the phone numbers are conspicuously painted on the vehicles.Within Montevideo, the emergency number to contact the police, fire department, rescue squad, or ambulance service is 911. In the rest of the country, dial 02-911 to connect with the Montevideo central emergency authority, which will then contact the local emergency service.For driving under the influence, violators are fined and confiscated licenses may be retained for up to six months. In accidents causing injury or death, drivers are brought before a judge who decides if incarceration is warranted.

Mortality Statistics:

Infant MR total:  11.66 deaths/1,000 live births

Life expectancy at birth:  TOTAL 76.14 years  (male 72.89/female 79.51)

Immunization Indicators:

Required: None

Recommended: Hep A & B, Typhoid
Boosters: MMR, DPT

Infectious Disease Concerns:

Histoplasmosis is endemic in Uruguay.

American trypanosomiasis (Chagas disease) and leishmaniasis are diseases carried by insects that also occur in this region, mostly in rural areas. Protecting yourself against insect bites (see below) will help to prevent these diseases. Sporadic cases of hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (Andes virus; rodent reservoir host) have been reported from Argentina and Chile.

Other vector-borne infections include bartonellosis (limited to the slopes of the Andes in Chile). Leishmaniasis (both cutaneous and mucocutaneous) is endemic in northern Argentina and may be present in Uruguay.

HIV/AIDS – people living with HIV/AIDS: 6,000

Overall Quality of Medical Services:

Facilities for medical care are considered adequate.

Providers in Network:
Direct Payment: 6
Referrals: 27
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Recent Medical Threats/ Concerns/Warnings:

Dengue outbreaks have occurred in several countries in Temperate South America. An outbreak occurred on Easter Island (Chile) in 2002.

Communications Info:

Calling Code: +598
Internet Code:  .uy


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