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 Uruguay - General Info

Time Zone

UTC -3

Yachting Essentials

Voltage: 220 V

Frequency: 50 Hz

Money

Uruguayan peso of 100 centesimos.

Communications

The international dialling code for Uruguay is +598.

The government-operated telephone service is efficient.

ANTEL is the major mobile phone operator and a GSM 1800 network is available with good coverage in urban areas.

Internet cafes are available in Montevideo and the main towns.

Diplomatic Missions

Events

Carnival: Monday and Tuesday before Ash Wednesday.

Easter Week: La Semana Criolla with rodeos and music. Few shops and offices are open.

Emergencies

Emergencies - Dial 911.

Publications

IMRAY AND ADLARD COLES PILOT BOOKS are available at a discounted price for Noonsite.com users via World Cruising Club

South Atlantic Circuit
By Tom Morgan
Publisher: South Atlantic Circuit 2002
ISBN 954190033X
South Atlantic Circuit is the comprehensive reference work for anyone wishing to travel the South Atlantic Ocean and explore the fascinating coastlines of Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina, the South Atlantic Islands, South Africa & Namibia. The preparations required for ocean cruising are covered. Strategies included are winds, currents and routes around the South Atlantic, communications, etc. There is pilotage for major destinations

Havens & Anchorages
By RCC Pilotage Foundation - (Tom Morgan)
Publisher: RCC Pilot Foundation
ISBN: 9780954190040
The companion to the South Atlantic Circuit covers the smaller and less well known havens and anchorages between the major stops of South Africa (Brazil,Uruguay and Argentina). The pilot includes details of Natal, Brazil to Caleta Horno, Argentina. There are 80 destinations and plans based on Argentinian and Brazilian charts. Country profiles include language (word and phrases), money, travel, food and drink, shopping etc.

Ministry of Tourism

Cibernautica. (Waypoints and charts for both Uruguay and Argentina).

Update History

July 2016: Formalities checked.
June 2015:Publications checked
February 2013: Immigration checked & updated.
May 2012: Importance of departure zarpe passed on by David Kory.

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Please E-mail noonsite with any new information, updates or corrections. Even just a short email confirming that the current data is accurate would be most helpful.

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Omar Sanchez
Omar Sanchez says:
Dec 13, 2017 05:58 PM

About: Chris de be Veyrac says: Sailing rio de la plata- unmarked hazard.
Seems to be the area West to the Pte Sarmiento shipwreck, which is well marked on the nautical chart, attached panoramic view and below with detail marked in red.
See: https://pbs.twimg.com/media/DQ8eMFaX4AIwrUq.jpg
Omar Sanchez, Wetdoc

Chris de be Veyrac
Chris de be Veyrac says:
Nov 04, 2017 09:09 PM

Sailing rio de la plata- unmarked hazard.
We sailed from Piriapolis to BA and back and had been warned of possible unmarked wrecks. Nothing on the way there following the Uruguayan coast to Colonia, however on the way back on the more direct route from Buenos Aires to Piriapolis we saw an unmarked wreck at approximate position s34”39.924’ W57”50.653’. It appeared to be a sunken barge , with the jig and hoist above water line. It was dusk , no light was visible, and the wreck was not on the last update I had obtained before departing.A collision would have had devastating impact, fortunately with so much exposed above water line the radar echo was very strong.Try to sail during light hours, particularly on the Argentinian side and use your radar! Chris, S/Y HaiYou

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Dec 20, 2016 04:20 PM

Getting a Permit to Malvinas/Falklands - from Omar Sanchez:

The bureaucracy in Argentina has unfortunately increased and now it takes about 40-45 days to get the permit to go to Malvinas/Falklands.
That is why this year some foreign sailors have preferred to return to Punta del Este in Uruguay and to make the dispatch to the Malvinas from there, without touching Argentine ports to Malvinas.
This does not invalidate the rule that establishes the daily position report in Argentine waters.

Omar Sanchez
Omar Sanchez says:
Jan 30, 2016 07:29 PM

Piriápolis: Works on the port are in the completion stage, the majority of marine have been enabled, with 100 new moorings.
The dry dock, and the travelift are are operational.
You should always inform Prefectura (Coast Guard) by VHF channel 16 at least 30 minutes before arrival.
The immigration office is located 50 meters from the port, and operates Monday to Saturday from 12: 30h to 16: 30h. The service is fee-based and paid in Uruguayan pesos,
Omar Sanchez, Wetdoc, from Buenos Aires.

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