URUGUAY

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Country Description: Uruguay is a medium-income nation with a developing economy. The quality of facilities for tourism varies according to price and area.

Passport and/or Visa Requirements: A passport is required. U.S. citizens do not need a visa for a three-month stay. For current information concerning entry and customs requirements for Uruguay, travelers can contact the Uruguayan Embassy at 1918 F Street N.W., Washington, D.C. 20006, tel: (202) 331 1313 or the nearest consulate in Los Angeles, Miami, Chicago, New Orleans, or New York.

Medical Facilities: Facilities for medical care are limited. Doctors and hospitals often expect immediate cash payment for health services. U.S. medical insurance is not always valid outside the United States. The Medicare/Medicaid program does not provide payment of medical services outside the United States. In some cases, medical insurance with specific overseas and medical evacuation coverage has proved to be useful. For additional health information, travelers can contact the Centers for Disease Control's international travelers' hotline at (404) 332-4559.

Travel Warnings, Advisories and Areas of Instability: Street crime, including pickpocketing, is on the increase. Persons carrying items of value in open display have been victimized by teenage muggers in the downtown area of Montevideo and near the old city and port. While criminals often have weapons at their disposal, to date foreigners have remained relatively free from assault.

The loss or theft of a U.S. passport abroad should be reported immediately to the local police and the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate. Useful information on guarding valuables and protecting personal security while traveling abroad is provided in the Department of State pamphlet, "A Safe Trip Abroad". It is available from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, Washington, D.C. 20402. Also available from the same address is the Department of State's publication, "Tips for Travelers to Central and South America."

Drug Penalties: U.S. citizens are subject to the laws of the country in which they are traveling. Penalties in Uruguay for possession, use and trafficking in illegal drugs are strict, and convicted offenders can expect lengthy jail sentences and fines.

Civil Aviation Oversight: In September 1993, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration assessed Uruguay's civil aviation authority as not in compliance with international aviation safety oversight standards for Uruguay's carriers operating to and from the U.S. Typically, the same level of safety oversight is applied to operations to other destinations. For further information, travelers may contact the Department of Transportation at 1-800-322-7873.

Embassy Location/Registration: Americans who register with the Consular Section of the U.S. Embassy in Montevideo at Lauro Muller 1776, telephone: (598-2) 23-60-61, may obtain updated information on travel and security within Uruguay.

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