Private tailor-made journeys of a lifetime 1 888 263 2574
  • AUS
  • DEU
  • AUS
  • DEU
Uruguay holidays

Uruguay Travel Guide

What are the top things to consider for an Uruguay vacation? From visas to language, communication, adapters you need and tipping, find all the answers in our Uruguay travel guide.

La Mano sculpture in Punta del Este, Uruguay
La Mano sculpture in Punta del Este, Uruguay
Excellent / 4.9 out of 5
Visa application

Entry and visas

No visa is required for visitors from the US, UK, Canada and Australia.

Please make sure that you hold onto your immigration card that you receive when you arrive at each country in South America, since you can potentially be asked to show this at the hotels.

Please note that all travelers must bring their passports when visiting Colonia, even if only for a day.

Travel insurance application form with pen and passport

Health information and insurance

There are no required vaccinations for Uruguay. Your country’s government may have its own vaccination regulations and recommendations. Be sure your routine vaccinations are up-to-date: influenza, chickenpox (or varicella), polio, measles/mumps/ rubella (MMR) and diphtheria/pertussis/tetanus (DPT). 

We highly encourage you to purchase travel insurance for your trip. While Enchanting Travels does not provide travel insurance or endorse any particular insurance provider, several of our past guests have used Travel Guard. Visit Affordable and locally produced medicines are available in most areas.

We also advise you to purchase international travel health insurance, should you fall ill during your trip or require medical help or hospitalization.

For more information, please check with your government website her:

Elizabeth Baker South America English Guest USA


Spanish is the official language in Uruguay and nearly 99% of the population speak it. You will find that most people speak and understand English in major cities such as Montevideo and Punta del Este. Use of English is less common outside of major tourist destinations.

Cashless payment.

Currency and cards

The Uruguayan Peso is the official currency of Uruguay and the symbol for this is $U.

Even though US dollars are accepted by some tourist establishments, you should always carry local currency, preferably in smaller denominations. Euros will be accepted for exchange; however Australian and Canadian dollars and Great Britain Pounds are generally not widely accepted for exchange. Due to higher inflation rates, actual exchange rates may vary.

Visa is the most widely accepted credit card in Uruguay, followed by MasterCard. American Express and Diners Club are also accepted occasionally in Uruguay. While ATMs are readily available everywhere in larger cities, they are less common in rural areas. In remote areas ATMs use the Plus (Visa), Cirrus (Maestro / MasterCard) or Link Systems that will accept your debit card.

ATMs are called cajero automático in Uruguay.

Germany Tour Vintage retro glass jar with hemp rope tie tip box tag and few coins inside on wood counter


While tipping is not always expected, it is quite common especially in the major tourist destinations of Uruguay. It is perfectly alright to tip 10% of the bill at restaurants however, if you are particularly pleased with your meal, you can always tip more!

from the blog
Estancias In Argentina
By: Jen
10 min

Our top 10 Haciendas and Estancias in Argentina, Chile and Uruguay

Discover why a tour in Argentina, Uruguay and Chile is incomplete without a stay in the charming estancias and haciendas that these countries are known for.


Top 5 Festivals in South America You Need to See!
By: Saon
4 min

Top 5 Festivals in South America You Need to See!

Festivals in South America are known for their sheer extravagance. Just being in the vicinity of any of these carnivals can fill you with a sense of euphoria so strong that you are bound to keep coming back for more.



Safe & Secure

Our global network of partners on the ground are able to share the most up-to-date advice and recommendations on COVID-19. We only offer hotels and vehicles with the highest health and safety standards.

Financial Protection & Flexibility

We believe in complete transparency. We are bonded members and license holders of all leading travel organizations. Your booking is flexible and completely secure with us.

Fully Supported Travel

Your dedicated and personal trip coordinator is available around-the-clock throughout your trip to accommodate requests, take care of the details, and handle any unforeseen situations.

Authentic & Unique

Go off the beaten track. Our award-winning, licensed local guides provide incredible insights and insider tips, passionately bringing alive unique and exclusive experiences for you.

Personalized & Private

Discover our enchanting world your way. Our experts completely customize your private tour to match your interests and preferences through their comprehensive knowledge of each destination.

High Quality Experiences

All our accommodations and services are personally tested by our team. Tell us your travel dream and we will create an itinerary packed with the best experiences your destination has to offer.


Enchanting Travels is very knowledgeable about the areas they coordinate travels for. The consultants and coordinators are very easy to work with to arrange and coordinate what you want to see and do.

Rating 5/5
Enchanting Travels Guest - Traveled to Argentina, Ecuador/Galapagos, Peru

Glenn FrankUSA

Enchanting Travels is very accommodating and helpful to you when planning a custom design trip and provide all the support and backup that you will need to complete a wonderful experience.

Rating 5/5
Enchanting Travels South America Tours Magic light of sunset

William CaseyUSA

We absolutely loved every aspect of our trip to Chile. From the well thought out itinerary, to the choice of hotels, to the timely and smooth transfers, every detail was perfect.

Rating 5/5
Enchanting Travels Guest - Traveled to Chile, South America

Fazal ManejwalaUSA

Do you have a vacation in mind? Personalize your itinerary with our Trip Builder.