Uruguay Healthcare and Money

By | May 9, 2022

Health care


Vaccination needed receipt required
yellow fever 1
cholera no
Typhoid & Polio 2
Eat Drink 3
malaria no


General medical care is good in Montevideo and adequate in the larger inland cities. In Montevideo there are hospitals and German-speaking doctors. However, the treatment costs are high. It is recommended to take out travel health insurance and travel repatriation insurance. Check findjobdescriptions for more information.

Notes vaccinations

[1] A vaccination certificate against yellow fever is required for all travelers arriving within 6 days of staying in the infected areas designated by the WHO. Excluded are travelers who have not left the transit area in the infected areas and transit passengers who do not leave the transit area in Uruguay. [2] Typhoid occurs, poliomyelitis does not. Typhoid vaccination is recommended for backpacking and long-term stays. [3] Because of the risk of possible intestinal infections, care must be taken to ensure careful drinking water and food hygiene. Drinking water is generally safe to drink. However, outside of the larger cities, it is not always sterile and should be sterilized or bought packaged. When buying packaged water, you should make sure that the original packaging has not been opened. Milk is pasteurized and, like raw milk products, meats, poultry, seafood, fruits and vegetables, is safe to consume.

Other risks

Chagas disease is caused by assassin bugs, which are mostly found in rural areas in the interior of the country. For overnight stays in simple huts and outdoors, insect protection with mosquito nets is recommended. Hepatitis A and hepatitis B occur. A hepatitis A vaccination is generally recommended. Vaccination against hepatitis B should be given during longer stays and close contact with the local population, as well as for children and young people in general.



1 Uruguayan peso = 100 centésimos. Currency code: $U, UYU (ISO code). Banknotes come in denominations of NU$2,000, 1,000, 500, 200, 100, 50 and 20; Coins in denominations of 10, 5, 2 and 1 NU$ and 50, 20 and 10 centésimos.

Credit cards

Major credit cards such as American Express, Mastercard, Diners Club and Visa are accepted. Details from the issuer of the relevant credit card. In Montevideo, numerous taxis can be paid for without cash using readers.


Bank cards With the credit card and pin number, money can be withdrawn from ATMs. The Girocard (formerly ec card) with the Cirrus, Plus or Maestro symbol is accepted worldwide. It can be used at ATMs with the Cirrus, Plus or Maestro symbol. To be on the safe side, travelers should always have an alternative source of money such as cash. Further information from banks and credit institutes. Attention: Travelers who want to pay with their bank customer card abroad and withdraw money should find out from their bank about the possibility of using their card before starting their journey.

Travelers cheques

Traveller’s checks are no longer available in Germany and Switzerland and are hardly available in Austria. Travelers checks can be cashed in Montevideo in Uruguay in a few banks and exchange offices.

Bank opening hours

Mon-Fri 1pm-5pm.

Foreign exchange regulations

The import and export of local and foreign currency is permitted up to an equivalent value of 10,000 US dollars.

Currency Exchange

The exchange should preferably be made in banks or exchange offices (Casas de Cambio), when exchanging in hotels the exchange rate is usually less favorable. Inflation is lower than most other South American countries, but exchange rates still fluctuate frequently.


Code Symbol Exchange rates (no guarantee)
UYU $U 1 EUR = 29.88 $U
1 CHF = 35.58 $U
1 USD = 28.73 $U

Uruguay Money