Practical Information


The oficial language og Utuguay in Spanish, however, most of the staff of hotels, restaurants, agencies, banks are bilingual (English-Spanish).

Local Time:

Uruguay in on UTC/GMT -3 hours.


The average temperature in Punta del Este in November is 21ºC, in a range from 11ºC to 25ºC.


The official currency of Uruguay is the Uruguayan Peso (UYU). The average exchange rate is: 1 USD = 28 UYU. Currency exchange is available at banks and authorized establishments at airports, ports and all around the city.

Credic Cards and Tipping:

Most shopping malls and big stores, hotels and restaurants accept major international credit cards. When dining, the service charge is not added to the bill. The average tip is 10% of total bill.

Value Added Tax:

22%. Non-Uruguayan credit or debit cards get VAT deducted in restaurants. Hotel rooms are tax free for foreigners.

International calls:

For international inbound calls, the country code is +598.

Business hours:

Banks, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. Shops and business, generally from 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Malls from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.


Voltage is 220-240V/50 Hz. The power sockets (outlets) used are of type C, type F and tipe L.


For police, fire or medical assistance dial 911.

Some Friendly Reminders
  • In Uruguay indoor smoking in public spaces in banned in all the country.
  • Montevideo can generally be regarded as a safe city with a low rate of violent crime. However, participants are advised to take precautions when moving around the city.

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