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Uruguay

Uruguay: At a glance

Capital: Montevideo

Population: 3.45 million

Official language: Spanish

Time zone: Uruguay Standard Time

Emergency #: 911

Vaccinations required: No

Risk of malaria: No

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Uruguay: Travel Health Information

Uruguay is known for its beaches, canyons, and forested hiking trails. Travellers can take a dip in the ocean in the beach resort town of Punta del Diablo, hike the trails of Quebrada de los Cuervos, or explore Montevideo’s many markets, festivals, and museums.

Healthcare

The standards for patient care and medical services in Uruguay may differ from your home country. Uruguay has public and private healthcare systems. Private medical care in Montevideo meets international standards but can be expensive. Medical care throughout the rest of the country is generally adequate, but may be limited in rural regions.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals and private practitioners in Uruguay require upfront payment, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Evacuation to Brazil may be required for complex medical emergencies. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance, including evacuation. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Uruguay.

Pharmacies and medications

Pharmacies are generally available across the country. Prescriptions for medicines must be obtained from a local doctor, but in some cases, medicines can be purchased over-the-counter or online. Always consult a licensed healthcare practitioner before starting a new medication.

If you are travelling with medication, check with Uruguay’s embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.

Road safety

Roads in Uruguay are generally well maintained but road quality may vary in rural regions. Seat belts are required for drivers and passengers in vehicles at all times. Helmets must also be worn by motorcycle drivers and passengers at all times.



Uruguay: At a glance

Capital: Montevideo

Population: 3.45 million

Official language: Spanish

Time zone: Uruguay Standard Time

Emergency #: 911

Vaccinations required: No

Risk of malaria: No

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