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.  

Some Visa card holders are experiencing difficulties withdrawing cash from certain ATMs while they are being upgraded to meet the latest chip and pin safety standards. This may continue until November 2014. In the meantime, cash machines at larger Banco de la Republica (the REDBROU network) are working normally.