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General information on Uruguay

 

How to get to Uruguay

Most international airlines fly to Montevideo Carrasco Airport (MVD) and some regional airlines arrive in Punta del Este local airport.   Montevideo airport is 120 km from Punta del Este, one hour by bus or car from the airport. Direct flights arrive daily from Europe, the United States and the Caribbean region, Iberia, Air Europa, American airlines, LATAM, COPA, AZUL,  AVIANCA and others as well with connections through Sao Paulo, Santiago or Buenos Aires airports.

Direct daily ferry connections are from Buenos Aires to Montevideo port or from Buenos Aires to Colonia connecting by bus to Montevideo and then to Punta del Este. 

 

Conference Venue

The Conference will be held at the Convention Center in Punta del Este.  A state of the art Convention Center with all facilities for an international event, With an area of more than 12 hectares, "Punta del Este Convention & Exhibition Center" offers a unique infrastructure for holding events of all kinds. Its rooms with capacity for more than 4,000 delegates and its 6,700 m2 exhibition pavilion, added to the 60,000 m2 of open space for holding outdoor events, offer possibilities that have not existed until now in Uruguay.
Find more information here: https://centrodeconvenciones.com.uy/

Punta del Este is the top international seaside resort of South America, located on the Atlantic coast.  It is a peninsula which divides the River Plate and the Atlantic Coast, with beautiful golden sandy beaches surrounding the peninsula.  It is a heaven for tourists from the region and from northern hemisphere countries during the summer time.  For some reason it is called the St. Tropez of Uruguay.due to the many jet set tourists arriving every summer:
Find more information here: https://discoverpuntadeleste.com/en/
 
Montevideo is the capital city of Uruguay, founded in 1724 by the Spaniards.  A cosmopolitan city with beautiful European architecture and 1.500.000 inhabitants.   Half of the total population of Uruguay lives in Montevideo city.    The city is located on the River Plate coast, surrounding   a natural bay and port, entrance of goods to the whole country and the region.  Montevideo lies on the coast alongside 30  km of beautiful golden sandy beaches. It is centrally located in the region, only 1 hour from Buenos Aires by plane, 2 hours from Sao Paulo, Santiago and Asunción.   
Find more information here: https://turismo.gub.uy/index.php/en/places-to-go/south-central-region/cities/montevideo

 
Colonia: UNESCO World Heritage since 1995 - Colonia del Sacramento is a city in southwestern Uruguay, on the coast across the Río de La Plata from Buenos Aires. It's known for its cobblestoned historic quarter, lined with buildings from its time as a Portuguese settlement founded in 1630 and then taken by the Spaniards.  Portuguese and Spanish architectures from the time of the Colonies melt in the historic old city. Set above the historic district is the 19th-century Colonia del Sacramento Lighthouse, offering sweeping river views. Nearby lies the Portón de Campo, remnants from the old city walls.
Find more information here: https://turismo.gub.uy/index.php/en/places-to-go/south-coast/cities/colonia-del-sacramento

 

COVID-19 travel requirements

 

Requirements regarding Covid-19 in Uruguay since 1 April 2022:

 

No PCR test is required to enter Uruguay for travelers that have been fully vaccinated in their country of origin.

 

For unvaccinated or not fully vaccinated travelers, a PCR or Antigen test taken 72 hours prior to boarding their flight is required.

 

Wearing masks is required in close proximity to others while traveling and upon arrival in Uruguay.

 

All foreigners who want to enter Uruguay must complete a health declaration, before travelling and embarking.  The form is to be completed online.

 

The form requests health data, travel and contact information. The declaration is personalized and minors must also present it.

 

The following documents must be attached:

  • Vaccination certificate (if you are over 18 years old).

  • Certificate of diagnosis (in case of having had the disease).

  • Non-immunized travellers must show proof of reason and they will enter this certificate or reason in the web link and they will receive a message to continue if approved – reasons for special illnesses having had COVID recently etc, please note that the approval process may take several weeks.

  • If you are not vaccinated, the negative result of the COVID-19 PCR Test IS REQUIRED. This test must be carried out a maximum of 72 hours prior to the trip (document necessary only for people over 6 years old).

 

This test must be done in a licensed laboratory in the country of origin or transit. People who had the disease are exempt from this test, they must accredit it by means of a positive test result by molecular biology technique PCR-RT or molecular detection test, carried out between a maximum of 90 (ninety) days and up to 10 (ten) days prior to boarding or arrival in the country

Those who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 or have had symptoms of the disease within the last 7 (seven) days prior to arrival will not be able to enter Uruguay.   

 

Sanitary regulations may change according to developments and the Uruguayan Ministry of Health may at any time adapt the regulations so always follow the instructions in the links provided below to enter your Sanitary Declaration form.

 

Please read instructions and enter your form through this link:

https://www.gub.uy/comunicacion/publicaciones/immunized-foreigners-and-minors-under-18-years-age-who-want-enter

 

Sanitary measures at the conference venue

The conference organizers will request proof of vaccination. Masks will be mandatory at the conference venue. 

Additional information:

Uruguay is going towards 4th vaccination dose – it is not compulsory but government goes towards “self consciousness” and freedom – masks are not mandatory but must be worn in public places as well as trying to maintain certain distance.

Suggestion: It is recommended you check with your airline or travel agency the countries you may be having stopovers and spend long transit times and may need you fill in a sanitary declaration form also for their country, also if you need a transit visa,

Medical insurance: It is recommended that participants bring their own medical insurance covering not only medical aspects but also extra stay or travelling change costs if any problems with COVID-19 arise which prevents them from flying back home.

Climate in Uruguay: Uruguay has four seasons and May is in the autumn season, with temperatures ranging from 14 to 25 degrees. You may experience sunny and warm autumn days but also cold, rainy or windy days, therefore we suggest you bring a jacket and autumn mid-weather warm clothing.

Exchange rate: The exchange rate is standard with not much variation and 1 USD is $ 44 pesos as of March 2022.   You may pay transport or accommodation as well as other facilities in US dollars as it is common to use both currencies, especially at international hotels and restaurants in Punta del Este, Montevideo or Colonia.   International credit cards (AMEX, VISA, MASTERCARD)  are widely accepted and ATM machines are common to find at most locations.

Power in Uruguay:   220 v – European sockets (Schuko style as in Italy and Spain) – if you bring electrical appliances or your laptop, please bring your own international adaptors.  Mac laptops may need to have special adaptors as well.

Links of interest:
https://turismo.gub.uy/index.php/en/things-to-do
https://turismo.gub.uy/index.php/en/uruguay-is
https://turismo.gub.uy/index.php/en/places-to-gohttps://turismo.gub.uy/index.php/en/places-to-go

Emergency contact while in Uruguay:   +598.99.693234 -  Gabriela Rohr – Local Committee 
Police for emergencies:  911