Carrasco Gral. Cesáreo L. Berisso International Airport is the main airport of Montevideo, where international flights are operated. It is 21.1 km from the event venue. Taxis, remises and rental car companies are easy to find at the airport. There are also foreign exchange bureaus. It is an small airport; the information centre is on the first floor, and you can request for help in Spanish, Portuguese and English.
Punta del Este Airport
The international airport C/C Carlos A. Curbelo is located 20km from Punta del Este (the main coastal recreational area in Uruguay, and an important business district). It is 117 km away from the venue. International flights are operated from this airport, and it is an important hub for private flights.
Direct flights from Europe to Montevideo:
From Paris: AIR FRANCE
From Madrid: AIR EUROPA / IBERIA /LUFTHANSA
Airlines with connecting flights to Montevideo:
From Berlin: AIR FRANCE / SWISS INTERNATIONAL AIR LINES
From Brussels: AIR EUROPA / IBERIA
From Copenhagen: AIR FRANCE / SWISS INTERNATIONAL AIR LINES / BRITISH
From Helsinki: IBERIA
From Rome: ALITALIA /IBERIA
Conditions of entry in the country
In order to enter Uruguay, citizens from the European Union countries only need a valid passport (it is the identification document needed during their stay). No visa is required for stays in the country up to 90 days. Whereas Mercosur citizens may enter the country with the identification document from their countries of origin, and as EU citizens, no visa is required to enter the country. Please check here for other nationalities.
If you are travelling with underage children, Uruguay only requires the children’s valid passport.
Customs formalities in Uruguay are simple and expeditious. They are carried out upon arrival to the national airport, at the customs offices before exiting to the arrival area. Passengers cannot take some articles into the country (except if they are imported and subject to the required veterinary and sanitary controls), most of these articles are animal or vegetal products. When entering the country with high value assets, these should be declared. When travelling to Uruguay, unlike some other Latin-American countries, it is not necessary to be vaccinated against any kind of fever, plague or disease. For more information, please visit Uruguay Customs.There is in Uruguay (until 21st April 2017) a system to claim value added tax refunds (VAT) for foreigners’ purchases paid by electronic means.
There is only one authorised company by the airport to provide taxi and shuttle services. When leaving the arrivals area, you will see the offices of this company, they have a very descriptive name in Spanish “Taxi Aeropuerto de Carrasco” Carrasco Airport Taxis). You can hire a taxi here, and it will take you to your destination, or the service can be booked in advanced calling to this phone number: +598-2604-0323, or by emailing email@example.com. Two kinds of transport are available: taxis for up to 4 people, approximated cost from the Airport to the event venue UYU 1480 (approx. €49), and a shuttle van service for up to 17 people, the cost for the same distance would be UYU 400 per person (approx. €13.24). Rides are not metered, so we would suggest you to ask for the price to your exact destination in advance.
Remises (cars with driver service) are another option, they are similar to taxis but more professional like, and you can ask the company to send you a driver who can speak your language. For instance, you can hire one remise for one hour at approximately UYU 16 (€15 approx.).
Several bus companies operate in Montevideo, serving the entire metropolitan area. There is a bus stop at the airport, outside arrivals. The main metropolitan bus terminal is Baltasar Brum (also known as Río Branco Terminal), it is located at the south of the port promenade, 1 km from the event venue. A single ticket costs UYU 55 (approx. €1.82)
Another possibility for travelers who are heading to Montevideo from nearby Buenos Aires is to take the high-speed ferry operated by Buquebus. A single ticket, economy class, costs about UYU 3000 (€99 approx.) and takes around two hours. There are several boats a day. The ferry arrives to the Ciudad Vieja district of Montevideo, 2 km from the Radisson Hotel.
The Uruguayan Peso ($) (ISO Code: UYU) is the official currency. Bank notes are available for the following values: $2,000; $1,000; $500; $200; $100; $50; $20 while coins come in the following: $10, $5, $2 $1 and $50. Uruguay imposes no restrictions on import / export of any local or foreign currency. Cash and traveler’s cheques are best exchanged at banks or at foreign exchange offices. Some hotels also provide currency exchange services, though rates are not always favourable. Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) may be found throughout the country.
Participants are strongly recommended to have cash in the local currency (Uruguayan pesos) for their personal expenses as well as a credit card for use in emergencies.
The exchange rate for the Uruguayan Peso is approximately €1 = UYU30.
During the Forum first day, on 21st June, there will be Spanish and English simultaneous interpreting both ways. This service is offered so every participant can access all the contents in the beginning of the different activities.
The climate in Uruguay is mild, moderate and rainy. It is the only South-American country completely located in the temperate zone. The annual average temperature is around 62.6 ºF, while highs and lows may vary widely. Highest temperatures are in January and February, and lowest in June and July. Rapid temperature changes are common any time during the year.
Winter begins on 21st June, unlike in the Northern hemisphere. This season is the coldest, with lowest temperatures (between 39.2 ºF and 59ºF) and highest humidity rates.
There are several recommended travel agencies, both for international travel and local tourism services.
Ministry of Tourism of Uruguay: Offers sightseeing recommendations, tourist information and brochures.
Address: Rambla 25 de Agosto de 1825 s/n (corner Yacaré pedestrian street), Montevideo
Telephone: +598 2188 5100