Exercise increased caution in Uruguay due to crime. Please read the entire Travel Advisory.
Violent crimes, such as homicides, armed robberies, carjacking and thefts have increased throughout the country and occur in urban areas frequented by U.S. government personnel, day and night. Criminals commonly travel in pairs on motorcycles to approach unsuspecting victims with a weapon and demand personal belongings. Armed criminals also target grocery stores, restaurants, financial centers, and small businesses, in which innocent bystanders are often victimized. Please read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.
If you decide to travel to Uruguay:
- Be aware of your surroundings especially when traveling to tourist locations or poorly lit areas.
- Call 911 if you encounter a crime in progress. Do not physically resist any robbery attempt or try to stop a robbery in progress.
- Be vigilant when visiting banks or using ATMs during non-daylight hours or in remote locations; criminals often target ATMs and businesses in the early morning hours.
- Do not leave valuable objects in parked vehicles or in plain sight when driving.
- Do not display signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive jewelry or watches.
- Review your personal and residential security plans.
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
- Review the Crime and Safety Report for Uruguay.
- U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations; review the Traveler’s Checklist.
Last Update: The Travel Advisory was updated to Level 2 due to an increase in crime.