Travel in Uruguay

Uruguay – landmarks

According to thesciencetutor, one of the main attractions Uruguay is the cathedral in Montevideo on Plaza Constitucion. Exactly when the cathedral was built can no longer be traced today. Scholars estimate between 1790 and 1804. The Matriz Church in Colonia del Sacramento is probably even older. It is estimated that it was made between 1680 and 1810.
The Franciscan Convention in the same city was built in colonial style and also dates from this period.

Furthermore, Uruguay has many other places and buildings with historical significance, e.g. the old city gate Montevideos from the 18th century or the old city gate (1745) Colonias del Sacramento.

Museum lovers shouldn’t miss the Salto Art Museum.

Uruguay also has a rather rare monument to offer, which is located on the ocean floor directly off the coast of Montevideo. The Graf Spee, an ironclad from the German Reich, has been aground there since 1939. The sailors were forcibly interned on the coast, whose German descendants still live in Uruguay today. You can buy everything from T-shirts to ballpoint pens with the Graf Spee logo. Many residents of the area speak German. There is even a kind of Oktoberfest here.

A special building is the Casa Puebla in Punta Bella. This is an eight-story house that was built by the artist Carlos Paez Vilaro directly on the cliffs of the city. The special thing about the building is that you can hardly find straight lines or surfaces here.

Other buildings that should be seen in Uruguay are the lighthouse del Sacramento and the Salto Grande. The Salto Grande is a waterworks on the border with Argentina that is operated on a 39 meter high dam.

Uruguay has a lot of interesting buildings to offer, be it sacred buildings, palaces or theaters. Definitely worth exploring the country.

But nature lovers don’t miss out in Uruguay either, as there is a fantastic landscape and species-rich flora and fauna.

For beach holidaymakers, it is definitely a must to try out Punta del Este. This is a particularly exclusive lido at the mouth of the Rio de la Plata. The Aquas Dulces also has a wonderful bathing beach, where you can relax wonderfully.

Uruguay – entry requirements

is generally required. Of the passport must be valid for at least 6 months when entering Uruguay. A return or onward travel ticket must be available upon entry.

Visa :
For tourist and business trips citizens of EU countries, Switzerland and Turkey do not need a visa with a maximum stay of 3 months in Uruguay.

At the border you will receive an entry slip that you have to hand in again when you leave the country. You should keep this entry form carefully as it can take a relatively long time to reissue. If you are entering the country directly, especially from a neighboring country, you should make sure that the border guards hand out an entry slip and stamp your passport, otherwise an illegal one is suspected stay the border authorities could refuse to leave the country and / or impose a fine.

A lost passport must be reported to the nearest police station. This notification is required to issue the new German passport and to leave Uruguay.

There is no possibility of transit without a visa for travelers who otherwise require a visa. A transit visa is necessary for them.

Entry with children :
For accompanying children, the same visa requirements apply as for their parents.

Germany: The German child ID card and your own passport are accepted. Child ID cards are no longer issued in Germany, existing child ID cards remain valid until the expiry date.

Austria: up to the age of 12, it is possible to enter the child in the passport of an accompanying parent. Your own passport is also accepted.

Switzerland: Children need their own passport.

Sufficient funds:
Foreign visitors must have sufficient funds for their trip.


You can find detailed information on recommended and required vaccinations for traveling in Uruguay in the chapter Uruguay – Health and Diseases.

Entry with pets:

Birds are not allowed to enter Uruguay. A health certificate is required for the importation of dogs, cats and other domestic animals, which certifies that the animal to be imported is free from parasites. A rabies vaccination certificate is also required. The rabies vaccination must have been carried out at least 30 days and at most a year ago.
Quarantine is not possible in Uruguay, which means that animals that do not meet the current import regulations of Uruguay will be killed.

Uruguay – important addresses

Ministerio de Turismo : Rambla 25 de Agosto de 1825 esq.,

Yacaré, S / N (plano), Montevideo, Uruguay
Telephone: (02) 409 7399

Embassy of Uruguay in Germany : HE Mr. Pelayo Joaquin, Diaz Muguerza, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary (since 16.05. 2007)
Budapester Strasse 39, 3rd floor, 10787 Berlin
Telephone: (030) 263 9016, Fax: (030) 2639 0170
Opening times: Mon – Thu 9.30 a.m. – 1 p.m. and 2.30 p.m. – 5 p.m., Fri 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Uruguay maintains a consulate general in Hamburg with visa issuance (phone: (040) 4106542/41351064, email: and

Honorary consulates with visa issuance in

Düsseldorf (phone: (0211) 20056510, email:,

Bremen (phone: (0421) 1654112/1654100, email:,

Potsdam (phone: (0331) 864761, email:,

Munich (phone: (089) 591361, email:,

Frankfurt / M. (Telephone: (069) 518510, email: and

Stuttgart (phone: (0711) 6488491, email:

Embassy of Uruguay in Austria : Palais Esterhazy,

Wallnerstraße 4/3/17, 1010 Vienna
Telephone: (01) 535 6636, Fax: (01) 535 6618, Consular section: Tel: (01) 535 6618
Opening times: Mon – Fri 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Embassy of Uruguay in Switzerland : Kramgasse 63,

3011 Bern
Telephone: (031) 312 2226, Fax: (031) 311 2747, Consular section: Tel: (031) 312 1400, Fax: (031) 311 2747
Opening times: Mon – Fri 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. A.m., consular section: Mon – Fri 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. (by prior arrangement).

Uruguay maintains an honorary consulate in Basel without issuing a visa.

Embassy of Germany in Uruguay : Bernhard Graf von Waldersee, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary,
La Cumparsita 1417/1435, Plaza Alemania, UY-11200 Montevideo
Postal address: Embajada de la República Federal de Alemania, Casilla de Correo 20014, Montevideo, Uruguay
Telephone: (005 982) 902 5222, Fax: (005 982) 902 3422
email: or

Honorary Consulate General of Austria in Uruguay : Misiones 1381,

Oficina 102, 11000 Montevideo, Uruguay
Phone: (02) 915 5431, Fax: (02) 601 1489

Austria does not have an embassy in Uruguay, the responsible embassy is in Buenos Aires (see Argentina – important addresses).

Embassy of Switzerland in Uruguay: Calle Ing.Federico Abadie 2936/40,

Piso 11, UY-11300 Montevideo
Postal address: Casilla de Correo 12261, 11300 Montevideo-Pocitos, Uruguay
Telephone: (02) 711 5545, Fax: (02) 711 5031

Travel in Uruguay