Uruguay Travel Information

The situation with the coronavirus is constantly changing. It must therefore be expected that new measures and restrictions can be implemented in the short term. Norwegian citizens are encouraged to follow the advice and directions of local authorities. For more information about the corona virus, see the section Health. In a normal situation, Uruguay is considered among the safest destinations in Latin America. The country can offer several beautiful destinations within relatively short distances.

Travel advice for all countries

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs advises against travel that is not strictly necessary for all countries.


  • Safety
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  • Health
  • Practical information
  • Link to the Embassy responsible website
  • Link to information about Norway in Uruguay

Outbreak of zika fever.


Uruguay is a relatively safe country and is considered among the safest destinations in Latin America. Most journeys are completed without any particular problems. Norway is represented in Uruguay at an honorary consulate in Montevideo. The Norwegian Embassy in Argentina is accredited to Uruguay.

Uruguay has little crime, and it is mainly about crime of profit in the form of pocket theft, purse seizure, credit card fraud and fake money etc. Tourists are particularly exposed and especially in the capital. If one is exposed to criminal acts, this should be reported to the nearest police station.

The risk of kidnappings, abductions and terror is considered low. It is recommended to be aware of details about safety and to inquire about areas that are considered less safe. Assault and robbery of buses and cars can occur, especially at night time in less accessible areas.

Protests and demonstrations are relatively common political instruments in Uruguay. It is recommended that one stay at a distance and use common sense in such situations.

Travelers are encouraged to keep up to date on news and any reports from the police and the country’s authorities. Norwegian citizens staying for a shorter or longer period in Uruguay are encouraged to register on reiseregistering.no

Norwegian citizens are encouraged to have valid travel insurance when traveling to Uruguay.

Emergency numbers: Police 911, fire 104, ambulance 105, tourist police in Montevideo: 0800 8226

In the event of an emergency, travelers should contact the Norwegian authorities:

Norwegian Honorary Consulate in Montevideo –
Honorary Consul John Christian Schandy.
Real Consulado General de Noruega
Rambla 25 de Agosto de 1825 no 508, piso 5
Montevideo 11000, Uruguay
Tel: (+598) 2 9163935
Fax: (+598) 2 9163856
E-mail: noruega@consulado.schandy.com
Opening hours: Monday – Friday 13.00 – 17.00

The Embassy of Norway in Argentina is responsible for Uruguay –
Real Embajada de Noruega
Carlos Pellegrini 1427, 2do piso
C1011AAC Buenos Aires, Argentina
Tel: +54 (0) 11 37 24 12 00
Norwegian tel. (+47) 23 95 44 00
Fax: +54 (0) 11 43 28 90 48
E-mail: emb.buenosaires@mfa.no Embassy of
Argentina website
Expedition time: Monday – Friday 10.30 – 13.30
Telephone time: Monday – Friday 8.30 – 13:00 and 13:30 to 16:00

Outside of the consulate and the embassy working hours, travelers can contact the UD’s 24-hour operating center on tel: +47 23 95 00 00 or by e-mail: UDops@mfa.no

Travelers are subject to local laws and a serious offense can result in prison sentences that must be served in local prisons. Norwegians who are arrested or imprisoned have the right to contact the responsible Norwegian authority (the Embassy in Buenos Aires). The embassy can provide a list of lawyers on request.

Major Landmarks in Uruguay


As far as the development of the corona virus is concerned, Norwegian travelers should keep abreast of local rules of entry. See more information under health.

Please note that entry regulations may change. The Foreign Service is not responsible if the following information on entry regulations or visa requirements is changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for entry and to familiarize themselves with the current entry rules for each country.

Norwegian citizens can travel visa-free to Uruguay, but this can be changed at short notice.

It is the responsibility of the travelers to ensure that travel documents, possibly visas etc. are valid. The Norwegian Embassy in Buenos Aires mainly provides information on entry rules for foreigners who wish to travel to Norway. It is Uruguayan authorities that are responsible for entry regulations in Uruguay, and therefore have the competence to respond to inquiries regarding these regulations. To obtain information on entry regulations in Uruguay, please contact the country’s authorities.

The Uruguayan Embassy in Sweden –
Embajada de la Republic Oriental del Uruguay and Suecia
Kommandõrsgatan 35, SE-114 58 Stockholm, Sweden.
Phone: +46 06 60 31 96
Fax: +46 86 65 31 66
Email: urusuecia@mrree.gub.uy

In Uruguay – Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores (Ministry of Foreign Affairs).

About traveling to Uruguay – on the pages of the Uruguayan Foreign Ministry .


Coronavirus (covid-19): Norwegian travelers should keep abreast of how the coronavirus is developing in the country. Follow local authorities’ advice, guidance and instructions on how to deal with the situation.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs does not create travel advice because of the risk of infection. It is the Public Health Institute that provides health professional travel advice. You can find more information and guidance from Norwegian health authorities on the website of the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.

Information from the Uruguayan authorities is available (in Spanish) at the Ministry of Health of Uruguay’s website.

The situation is constantly changing, and the information from the authorities just as well. It must therefore be expected that new measures and restrictions can be implemented in the short term.


Travelers are advised to consult a doctor or specialist in travel medicine well in advance of the trip to assess health risk and necessary vaccines. It is referred to the website of the National Institute of Public Health.

Practical information

Time difference: Uruguay is three to five hours after Norway depending on whether it is summer or winter time.

The power supply in Uruguay is at 220 volts. According to allcitycodes, the area code for calls from Norway to Uruguay is + 598, wifi zones and internet cafes are widespread in cities and major urban areas. The currency unit in Uruguay is the Uruguayan pesos (UYU).

Most major hotels and restaurants accept credit cards, and the use of cards is relatively widespread in the larger cities.

Normal opening hours for banks are Monday-Friday (11am) 1pm – 5pm, for public offices Monday-Friday 9am. 7 am – 2:30 pm (summer time) and 2:30 pm – 7 pm (winter time), Monday – Friday 2pm 09.00 – 19.00 and Saturdays 09.30 – 13.00.

National holidays are: January 1, January 6, Good Friday, 19. April 1. May 18. May 19. June, July 18, August 25, October 12, November 2, December 25.

Driving in Uruguay is recommended to have an international driver’s license. This is obtained prior to entry, through NAF (Norwegian Automobile Association), KNA (Royal Norwegian Automobile Club) or MA (Motorists’ Association).

Spanish is the official language of Uruguay, and apart from Montevideo, English or other languages ​​are limited to a limited extent.