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    Always consult your doctor before travelling - the information below is only a guide. Vaccination requirements can change.

    Routine Boosters (MMR, DPT and Polio).

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    Backpacking Uruguay Need To Know

    Basics

      Language: Spanish
      Capital: Montevideo
      Currency: Uruguayan Peso (UYU)
      Dial Code: 598
      Emergency Services Number: 911
      Time Difference: GMT -3

    Entry

    Citizens of most countries (including all EU countries, The US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand) do not need a visa for stays of up 90 days.

    Your passport should be valid for at least the proposed duration of your stay. No additional period of validity beyond this is required.

    For official information visit your home government travel bureau.

    Getting Around

    More detail is to come in this section, but you can read about general advice regarding Getting Around When You Get There


    Accommodation

    Uruguay has plenty of hostels in major towns, cities and tourists areas.

    The average price of a hostel is 370-555 UYU (£10-15) a night. Hotels can also be relatively cheap, but vary in quality.

    All hostels in Uruguay will provide linen and bathroom facilities. Usually there will be cooking and internet facilities as well as common and laundry rooms.

    Read more about Accommodation When You Get There and Living in Hostels

    Food And Health

    Food hygiene and safety in Uruguay is satisfactory, but is not up to Western standards. Use your instincts; if the place looks dirty, don't eat there; if your food isn't piping hot, don't eat it.

    Water is generally not safe to drink, so it is best to buy bottled or boil.

    Medical treatment is expensive in Uruguay. Make sure you have adequate travel health insurance and accessible funds to cover the cost of any medical treatment abroad and repatriation.

    Always contact your GP around 8 weeks before your trip to check whether you need any vaccinations or other preventive measures. Visit here for Recommended Vaccinations and read here for more about Travelling Health In General

    Weather & Time To Go

    Uruguay is subtropical, so pleasant to visit year round, but does experience occasional storms.

    Communications

    Internet and wifi is widespread and is accessible in most hostels and hotels. International calling cards are also cheaply available.

    Dangers And Considerations

    Uruguay is one of the safest countries in South America to visit, but thieves, pickpockets and scam artists commonly operate at country borders, and in cities and tourist areas. Pickpockets often work in gangs, some distracting you while the others go into your bags, so be alert and try not to get distracted around tourist attractions and cash points.

    Don't get involved with crime, i.e. drugs, Uruguayan prisons are renowned for having some of the worst conditions in the world, with poor human rights records.

    Dangers constantly change. Always check with your foreign office (British Foreign Office webpage) or travel advice bureau for the latest information regarding your destinations safety.

    Read more about Safety And Security here

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