How to get to Uruguay?
The world’s main airlines reach the country’s international airports, with regional flights from and to Buenos Aires, Porto Alegre, Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Asuncion, Panama City, Santiago de Chile and Lima. In addition, international flights connect us with the United States and Europe. The main airports include the Carrasco International Airport (18 kilometers from downtown Montevideo), the Laguna del Sauce International Airport in Punta del Este (Maldonado) and the Colonia de Sacramento International Airport (Laguna de los Patos International Airport). The new Carrasco International Airport was inaugurated in 2009 and is considered one of the most modern and attractive in the world. From there you have easy access with direct buses to Punta del Este. It is also possible to hire a transfer, take a taxi or rent a car at some of the rental companies at the airport.
Frequent ships and ferries connect Buenos Aires with Colonia, Carmelo and Montevideo, enabling the transit of both people and cars, while numerous marinas provide access to private vessels. The companies Buquebus and Colonia Express arrive at the port of Colonia from Buenos Aires and offer packages with a bus transfer to Montevideo or Punta del Este. The former (Buquebus) also travels to Montevideo directly from Buenos Aires. The company Cacciola connects Tigre (Argentina) and Carmelo (Uruguay), and also combines packages that complete the Buenos Aires-Montevideo trip by land.
Weather, Religion, Lenguage
Climate in Uruguay is temperate and humid (average 17 °C), with warm summers and quite even rainfalls throughout the year. Owing to the country’s latitude (between 30ºS and 35ºS), there are four clearly cut seasons. However, there is a clear difference between the north and the south of the territory. The country’s furthest northwest region (Artigas, Salto, Rivera) is considerably warmer, with average temperatures ranging between 18-19°C and an average annual rainfall of about 1400 mm (the northernmost area has a typical “temperate subtropical” behavior). Instead, the South and East (Montevideo, Maldonado, Rocha, Lavalleja) are cooler, with an average temperature of around 16° C and annual rainfalls around 1000 mm (these areas have more characteristics in common with the “temperate maritime”).
The Uruguayan State is secular and ensures freedom of worship. State separation from the catholic church was enshrined in the national 1919 Constitution. Although the vast majority of Uruguayans (47.1%) are catholic, not all of them practice regularly. Other religions followed in Uruguay include Protestantism and Judaism, as well as syncretism between Catholicism and other religions, with their own places of worship.
The language spoken in Uruguay is Spanish; on the borders, local people may be heard speaking Portuñol – a mixture of Spanish and Portuguese.
What papers do I need to travel to Uruguay?
Foreign travelers do not need to go through any special immigration procedures; they can enter the country just with a valid passport. Citizens of neighboring countries are only required to present their national identity cards. The papers of minors traveling on their own will be specifically checked to ensure compliance with the emigration rules of the country of origin, which usually include the written permission signed by both parents. To be on the safe side, you are recommended to check it at the country’s diplomatic representations.
Do I need any vaccines to enter the country?
The country’s sanitary conditions are very good. Being there no epidemics or endemic diseases, no special vaccines are needed or required to enter the country.
What do I need to bring my pet along into Uruguay?
If you come from any country of MERCOSUR, the Americas or Europe and you want to bring your dog or cat, you will be required to bring a health certificate issued by the Ministry of Livestock of your country of origin, showing the animal’s health status, together with the rabies vaccine certificate. Upon entering the Uruguayan territory, the animal and its appropriate sanitary certification shall be presented before the Animal Health Control Office, dependent on the Ministry of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries.
From other countries: before entering any dogs or cats into the country, you should obtain an authorization from Uruguay, which states the sanitary conditions to be met by the country of origin. If you wish to learn about the current requirements for the transport of animals on regional and international flights, please contact the Uruguayan Ministry of Livestock, Agriculture and Fisheries.
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