Foreign travel advice

Uruguay

Summary

On Friday 15 April a tornado hit Dolores, Soriano causing 5 deaths, multiple injuries and extensive damage to property. Heavy rain and intense storms have caused flooding in many areas, particularly in Colonia and Canelones departments, with roads and bridges impassable. Take care if you’re driving and follow the advice of local authorities. Check the SINAE (national emergency centre) Twitter feed on: @sinae_oficial for latest updates on road closures.

From 8 January 2016, there will be a zero tolerance limit for driving under the influence of alcohol. See Safety and security.

Most criminal incidents occur in Montevideo, where opportunistic street crime is on the rise. Take care of your personal belongings at all times and be aware of your surroundings. Take particular care in and around the downtown and port areas. Don’t walk through these areas alone or at night; consider taking a taxi if necessary. See Crime

Carry a photocopy of your passport and keep the original document in a safe place.

Around 20,000 British nationals visit Uruguay every year. Most visits are trouble-free.

There is a low threat from terrorism. See Terrorism

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.