Around 20,000 British nationals visit Uruguay every year. Most visits are trouble-free.
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.
There’s a zero tolerance limit for driving under the influence of alcohol. See Safety and security.
Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in Uruguay, attacks can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism
Uruguay has recently legalised the sale of marijuana by registered pharmacies for recreational use. However, this is only available to Uruguayan nationals in possession of a licence. Tourists aren’t allowed to buy marijuana.
You can contact the emergency services by calling 911.
If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.
Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.