Money and duty free for Uruguay
Currency and Money
Peso Uruguayo (UYU; symbol $U) = 100 centécimos. Notes are in the denominations of $U2,000, 1,000, 500, 200, 100, 50 and 20. Coins are in denominations of $U10, 5, 2 and 1 and 50 centécimos.
MasterCard, Visa, American Express, and Diners Club are the most commonly used credit cards. All are widely accepted in major tourist and business destinations including Montevideo, Punta del Este and Colonia del Sacramento. In rural areas, it's best to carry cash as many businesses will not accept credit cards.
ATMs marked with the green Banred or blue RedBROU logo are reliable and available in all cities, as well as some smaller towns. These serve all major international banking networks, including Cirrus, Visa, Link, MasterCard and Maestro.
Traveller's Cheques can still be cashed at some banks and exchange shops in major tourist hubs. US Dollar traveller's cheques are more widely accepted than those issued in Euros or Sterling.
Local currency and foreign currency may be imported and exported up to the equivalent of US$10,000; larger amounts must be declared.
Visitors are advised to buy local currency at banks and exchange shops, as hotels tend to give unfavourable rates. Inflation in Uruguay, though less severe than in other Latin American countries, leads to frequent fluctuations in the exchange rate.
Uruguay duty free
Prohibited items are vegetables, their parts and/or related products, fresh fruits and vegetables; seeds, seed crafts and plant products: flowers, ornamental plants and in vitro cultures; soil, fruit, horticultural and forage plants; forest products or parts thereof: Branches, poles, ears of corn, buds, bulbs or others; animals, products and by-products: Liquid milk - except preserved -, butter, eggs, cream and cheese; domestic animals, birds, exotic specimens, bees and others; all kinds of meat, cold cuts and sausages; animal feed and combustible biological or veterinary products; alkaloids, narcotics or pornographic materials.
Restricted items include firearms, plants, fruit, vegetables, seeds, flowers, and animals and their products.