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Currency

Since 1993, the official currency of Uruguay is the Uruguayan peso (symbolized U$), that equals 100 cents.

Nowadays, the Uruguayan pesos come in coins of 1, 2, 5, 10 and 50 pesos and in bill or notes of 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1000 and 2000 pesos.

Where to exchange currency

For your convenience, please notice that you can exchange currency at the Conrad Hotel Casino (Venue Hotel).

You can also exchange currency at:

  • Financial intermediation institutions.
  • Exchange bureaus.
  • Financial services companies.

The financial intermediation institutions, exchange bureaus and financial services companies are free to establish their exchange rates. Most of them are open from Monday to Friday, 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM, but you can also find some exchange bureaus in big shopping malls that are open every day from 9:00 AM to 10:00 PM.

Uruguayan peso exchange

The Central Bank of Uruguay publishes the exchange of main currencies daily on its website.

You can find the official exchange rate through this link:
http://www.bcu.gub.uy/Estadisticas-e-Indicadores/Paginas/Cotizaciones.aspx

Calculator / money converter:

CREDIT CARD AND ATMs

MasterCard, Visa, American Express and Diners Club are the credit cards mostly used in Uruguay. They are widely accepted at the main tourist destinations: Montevideo, Punta del Este and Colonia del Sacramento.

The ATMs identified with the “BANRED” or “REDBROU” logos are reliable and available in all the cities. They serve the largest international banking networks.

For your convenience, you can find a BANRED ATM at the Conrad Hotel (event venue).

Banks, shopping malls and air and land terminals have ATMs that tourists can make use of. You can also find some 24/7 ATMs on the most important avenues of the main tourist destinations.

Tips

Even though there is no established standard, it is usual to leave 10% of the total amount spent as a tip when it is not included in the invoice. Likewise, it is customary to give taxi drivers a small tip when paying.

Electricity

The common voltage in Uruguay is 220 V. The frequency is 50 Hz. Plugs and outlets are type C / F / I / L, as illustrated below:

Type F: Also valid for C-type plugs.

Type C: Also valid for E and F-type plugs.

Type I: They also admit non-grounding plugs (only 2 pins).

Type L: Also valid for C-type plugs.

You can use your electronic devices in Uruguay provided that the voltage in your country ranges between 220V and 240V (like Spain, United Kingdom, Australia and most Asian and African countries). If your voltage is 110V - 127V (like USA, Canada and most South American countries), then you will need a converter or transformer while in Uruguay. To make sure, check the label on your device. If 'INPUT' indicates 100-240V, 50/60 Hz', your electronic device may be used anywhere in the world.

If the frequency of alternating voltage in Uruguay (50 Hz) differs from your country of origin, we don’t recommend using your electronic devices.

Vaccines

The sanitary conditions are very good in Uruguay. There are no epidemics and therefore there are no necessary vaccines to enter the country.

Time zone

UTC – 3. In the summer: UTC- 2.

Communications

The International Direct Dial (IDD) code for Uruguay is 00 598..

Uruguay has the largest coverage area for high speed internet and computers in America. There is fiber networks and wireless broadband throughout the country. There is LTE mobile telephone service everywhere and 4G service in Punta del Este, provided by Antel, Movistar and Claro, beside the roaming service.


OTHER USEFUL RECOMMENDATIONS

  • We recommend checking the prices before making a purchase, renting a service or eating in a restaurant or bar, since the prices may be higher than in other touristic cities in Uruguay.

  • Punta del Este is a very safe city, since there is a tourist police and security forces on the streets. Nevertheless, it is always a good idea to ensure that the necessary precautions are taken to be able to enjoy a pleasant and fulfilling trip.

Sources:

Website Welcome Uruguay.com:
Website Enchufes del Mundo
Website Hoteles en Uruguay.org
Website of the Spanish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation
Website Global Exchange
Website of the Central Bank of Uruguay
Website of the Ministry of Tourism of Uruguay

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