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Country Information

Uruguay

Travel money

Recommended:
  • Travel Cash Card in Swiss francs (CHF)
    For ATM cash withdrawals
    For cashless payments in shops, restaurants, hotels, and online
  • Banknotes in local currency
    For minor expenses on arrival in country of destination
in addition to:
  • Banknotes in US dollar (USD)
    Change cash in local currency when outside larger urban areas

Travel Cash

Phone +41 31 710 12 15
  • Cash withdrawals often only with a PIN four digit possible.
  • The Travel Cash Mastercard card is accepted at major hotels and restaurant
  • In larger cities, travelers can choose between the local currency and US dollars when withdrawing cash from ATMs.
  • The current limit for withdrawing cash at ATMs with a foreign card (Travel Cash Card, EC/Maestro Card, etc.) is about USD 300.– (equivalent).

Credit cards

  • Payment by credit card is relatively common. For more detailed information, please contact the credit card issuer.
  • Credit cards are recommended for car rentals. Prepaid cards are generally accepted for payment but not for reservations. Please check the possible payment methods with the car rental company in advance.

Banknotes

Local currency / ISO Code
Peso Uruguayo UYU
Currency exchange rate (effective date)
UYU 100 =~ CHF 3.55 ; CHF 1 =~ UYU 28.17 (01/2020)
Import local currency
unlimited
Import foreign currency
unlimited
Export local currency
unlimited
Export foreign currency
unlimited
Note
  • Cash payment in USD nearly everywhere possible.

Time difference with Switzerland

- 4 h / - 5 h during our summer time

National language

Official language
Spanish
Language capabilities
English

Capital

Montevideo

Country code for calling Switzerland

00 41 (disregard '0' preceding Swiss area codes)

Voltage

220 volt; 2-pronged round plug / adapter required for 3-pronged plug

Travel documents for Swiss citizens

Passport still valid 6 months or more after arrival, return or onward travel ticket and proof of sufficient funds for stays up to 3 months.
The tourists cards given with the entry are essential to leave the country.

Swiss Embassy / Consulate

Montevideo, Calle Ing. Federico Abadie, 2936/40 - Piso 11
Tel. +598 2 711 5545

Opening hours

Banks
13.00 - 17.00 h (Mon - Fri)
Stores
9.00 - 18.00/19.00 h (Mon - Fri)
9.00 - 12.30 h (Sat)

Driving

Swiss driver's license accepted; international driver's license recommended.
Minimum age for car rentals: 23 (varies by rental company).
CH sticker and breakdown triangle mandatory.

Health situation

Vaccination against diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis A, polio and measles recommended.

Other information

Security
Observe elementary safety precautions.
Do not carry valuables (watches, jewelry, expensive cameras, etc.) on you.
Nighttime travel not advised. Inquire locally about safety in those areas to which you intend to travel.
Special legal regulations
Very strict laws to fight illegal drugs.

Tourism

For current travel informations visit also http://www.eda.admin.ch/

Important

While every precaution has been taken to verify the information provided, Swiss Bankers Prepaid Services Ltd does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of Country Information. Swiss Bankers Prepaid Services Ltd therefore shall not be held liable for any damage or loss sustained in connection with any errors or omissions contained therein.