How to get to Uruguay

You can arrive by air, by sea or by bus (from neighboring countries – Argentina and Brazil). There are two international airports, one in Montevideo (Carrasco International Airport) and another one in Punta del Este (Laguna del Sauce Airport).

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Most international airlines have direct flights or connections to Carrasco International Airport in Montevideo (22 km awayfrom downtown)and 120 kmfrom Punta del Este.

Airlines arriving at Carrasco International Airport:

Aerolíneas Argentinas
BQB Líneas Aéreas
Latam (Lan and Tam)
Taca/Avianca
Gol
Copa
American Airlines
Iberia
Air Europa
Air France

Regionalconnecting airports in case of non-direct flights are: Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, Buenos Aires and Santiago de Chile.

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Laguna del Sauce Airport is located 20 km away from Punta del Este’s downtown, for flights arriving from Buenos Aires and with less frequency.

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There are two ports of arrival, one in Montevideo and another one in Colonia del Sacramento (west of Uruguay) to arrive by ferry from Buenos Aires.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

GOVERNMENT – Uruguay has arepublican and democratic Presidential system, divided in: Executive, Legislative and Judicial. Every five years the Uruguayanpopulation electsthe officials who will govern the country.

RELIGION - The Constitution of the Republic guarantees freedom of worship, there are several religions coexisting. However, the Catholic religion is the prevalent one among people in Uruguay.

EDUCATION – The formal education system of Uruguay is Secular, Free and Compulsory. Since 1877 this applies to primary education. A few years later Secondary Education was declared compulsory too and the public University is free. The secular official system does not prohibit religious education in private institutes. The literacy rate is over 94% in children over10 years old.

SECURITY – Uruguay is a safe country for visitors. However, we suggest taking the usual precautions in order to avoid unpleasant incidents.

LANGUAGE– The official language is Spanish, English is the second foreign language.

CURRENCY – The local currency is the Uruguayan Peso.  Exchange houses are found easily and change any major currency (American Dollars, Euros or other).   ATM machines are also spread out around the country.

ELECTRICITY – The electric power is 220 volts / 50 htz.