The official language in Uruguay is Spanish, but English is widely spoken, being taught at schools as a second language
Major credit cards (Visa, Mastercard, AMEX) are accepted at most hotels, restaurants and shops.
The Organizing Committee is not responsible for health or travel insurance of participants, or for theft or personal injury. We recommend attendees to make their own arrangements. Most hotels have emergency medical coverage.
Uruguay is a safe country for visitors. However, we recommend following the usual precautions suggested worldwide to avoid incidents
PUNTA CARRETAS SHOPPING – open daily from 10am to 10pm.
MONTEVIDEO SHOPPING CENTER – open daily from 10am to 10pm
Usual tips in restaurants are 10% depending on service provided – it is not mandatory.
November is Spring in Uruguay. Temperatures range from 15 to 25 degrees Celsius. However, days may be sunny and temperatures can go up during the day and it may be rainy or colder in the evenings. It is suggested to bring a light jacket.
Uruguayan currency is “peso” – Exchange rate at June 2017 is $ 28 pesos per US dollar. American Dollars are widely accepted and ATM machines are all over, there are also exchange bureaux around the hotels area.
Uruguayan plugs are similar to European plugs. In addition, there are some Hotel plugs similar to Australian/NZ plugs. Bring your own adaptor.
Visitors should be aware that transit visas or certificates verifying Yellow Fever vaccination are sometimes required when travelling through some countries; particularly when stopovers are long or flight tickets are split and independent. Same occurs with Yellow Fever certificate requirements. Please establish the likely transit point(s) and make arrangements to obtain a transit visa or yellow fever shots before departure from your country.
According to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uruguay today the countries exempted from visa are:
ARGENTINE, AUSTRALIA, AUSTRIA, BAHAMAS, BARBADOS, BELGIUM, BELIZE, BOLIVIA , BRAZIL , CANADA, COLOMBIA , SOUTH KOREA , COSTA RICA , CROATIA , CHILE, CYPRUS, DENMARK, ECUADOR, EL SALVADOR, SLOVAKIA, SLOVENIA, SPAIN, UNITED STATES, FINLAND, FRANCE, BRITAIN, GREECE, GUATEMALA, NETHERLANDS, HONDURAS , HUNGARY, ICELAND, IRELAND, ISRAEL, ITALY, JAMAICA, JAPAN , LATVIA, LICHTENSTEIN, LITHUANIA, LUXEMBOURG, MALAYSIA, MALTA, MEXICO, MONACO, NICARAGUA, NORWAY, NEW ZEALAND, PANAMA, PARAGUAY, PERU, POLAND, PORTUGAL, REPUBLIC OF BULGARIA, CZECH REPUBLIC, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC, ROMANIA, SOUTH AFRICA, SEYCHELLES, SWEDEN, SWITZERLAND, TRINIDAD TOBAGO, TURKEY, VENEZUELA, EUROPEAN COMMISSION, OAS PASSPORTS, UN PASSPORTS
We suggest that participants contact the Uruguayan embassy or consulate in your country to find information about visas with enough time in advance. In the following link you can find their contact information http://www.mrree.gub.uy/frontend/
To obtain more information on permits for entry into Uruguay and the respective visas, we suggest visiting the Ministry of the Interior website where up to date information is available: http://dnm09.dnm.minterior.gub.uy/visas.php and
If in doubt or you require “letter of invitation” to process your visa application to Uruguay: please contact us at the Secretariat: email@example.com