Travelling to Uruguay? Need Vaccinations?
Although Uruguay is perhaps a less popular destination for U.K. tourists, the more than two million visitors landing here each year tells us that Uruguay is a well-kept secret. Montevideo, the capital, beautifully situated on the Rio Plata, combines towering modern buildings with relics from its colonial past, as well as an inviting beach along its Esplanade. Travel up Uruguay’s Atlantic shore to Punta del Este, one of the most popular resorts in South America, or head west along the Rio Plata to explore the old Portuguese settlement at Colonia del Sacramento. While making preparations for your trip, keep in mind that a visit to our Travel Health Clinic, will ensure that you are completely safe and up-to-date with the vaccinations you need for Uruguay.
What Vaccinations do I need for Travel to Uruguay?
Make sure that you are up-to-date with your routine vaccinations before heading off. The following vaccinations are recommended for most travellers to Paraguay.
In addition, depending upon your itinerary, where you are travelling, length of travel and your occupational and lifestyle risks, you may also require vaccinations for the following:
Have a look at our pricing table for information about the cost of the travel vaccinations required for Paraguay. If you are travelling around in the region, have a look at the vaccination requirements for the other countries that you intend to visit as recommendations differ from country to country.
Heat and Humidity in Uruguay
High season in Uruguay is from December through April, when temperatures can reach 30 or higher, and the climate is mostly humid, especially in coastal areas. Protect yourself from the sun at all times, and remember to drink plenty of water.
Drinking Water in Uruguay
It is recommended that you drink only bottled water, and also use bottled water for brushing your teeth, no matter which area you visit.
Food and Drink in Uruguay
The parilla, pronounced parizsha, is the traditional Uruguayan method of spit roasting meats on a grill, including everything from beef to pork, sausages, poultry and ribs, and you will find parilla style restaurants throughout the country. For a very hearty lunch, you might try the popular Chivito, an overstuffed sandwich filled with meat, olives, eggs, peppers, tomatoes, cheese and other fillers. Uruguayans prepare a sweet milk based sauce known as Dulce de Leche which is poured over desserts, and even served just with bread. Maté, an herbal tea particular to South America, is a part of everyday life.
Seeking Treatment in Uruguay
Uruguay has both a National health care system, and good Private clinics. Health care standards are high in Uruguay, but be sure that you have enough money with you to pay for any health care you might need.
Travel and Health Insurance
Protect yourself, and your family, with adequate travel health insurance which will cover your intended itinerary while visiting Uruguay.
Uruguay is generally safe for tourists, however it is recommended that you carry a photocopy of your passport and keep the original in a safe place. Most criminal incidents occur in Montevideo, in the downtown area. It is safer to use taxis at night in the capital. Be aware, and leave your valuables at home before your trip.