The Department of Foreign Affairs strongly recommends that comprehensive travel insurance, including medical insurance, is obtained before travelling to Uruguay. Travellers should note that the Irish government does not provide funds for emergency medical repatriation or for repatriation of remains.
For entry requirements for Uruguay, please contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate.
It is advisable to take a number of photocopies of your passport with you. During your stay you should carry a photocopy of your passport at all times.
Safety and Security
The threat from terrorism is low. But you should be aware of the global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by foreigners.
Street crime exists in Montevideo, but is usually restricted to
handbag snatching and pick-pocketing. Muggings and robberies
(occasionally armed) do sometimes occur, but increased police
patrols in Montevideo’s port and old town areas have helped reduce
street crime. Car crime is common in Montevideo. You
should try to park in a well-lit area, always remembering to lock
your car and avoid leaving luggage, personal documents and cash in
Other parts of Uruguay, including Punta del Este, are considered relatively safe, but you are nevertheless advised to remain alert and take sensible precautions.
Local Laws and Customs
The government have very harsh penalties for those caught trafficking or in possession of drugs. You should therefore be very careful with your luggage and belongings and avoid any contact with prohibited drugs.
Natural Disasters and Climate
Uruguay's climate is relatively mild. Located entirely within the temperate zone Uruguay has a climate that is fairly uniform nationwide. Seasonal variations are pronounced, but extremes in temperature are rare. As would be expected by its abundance of water, high humidity and fog are common. The absence of mountains, which act as weather barriers, makes all locations vulnerable to high winds and rapid changes in weather as fronts or storms sweep across the country.
Additional Country Info
The standard of roads in Uruguay varies. The main toll road to Punta del Este is good and well marked. Elsewhere many roads are in reasonable condition while some are in poor condition and require drivers to take extra care.
Driving standards in Uruguay are not high, relative to Irish
standards. You should be aware that traffic is
disorganised. Drivers often change lane and make unexpected
turns without indicating. Stop signs, traffic lights and
speed limits are frequently ignored.
It is obligatory to use dipped headlights during the day when travelling on major roads outside cities. Extra care should be taken when driving at night.
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