The Canadian Government recently updated its travel advice for Uruguay, following some ATM robberies that involved blowing up the ATM to reach the money. You will find more crime advice on visiting Uruguay below.

From the Government of Canada’s travel warnings –

Street crime such as pickpocketing, armed robbery and muggings occur in the capital city, Montevideo, particularly:

  • 18 de Julio avenue
  • La Ciudad Vieja (the Old City)
  • Plaza Independencia)
  • Puerto de Montevideo (the port area)

Criminals may be on foot or on motorcycle.

Thieves will snatch and grab from and break into vehicles while driving. Be sure to keep bags and valuables out of sight in your vehicle.

  • Avoid Montevideo’s Villa del Cerro neighbourhood
  • Be cautious when walking downtown, including in well-travelled areas
  • Avoid showing signs of affluence
  • Carry only small amounts of cash
  • Carry a photocopy of your passport with you at all times and ensure that the original is stored in a safe location

During the summer (Canadian winter) months, the tourist police patrols the following Montevideo neighbourhoods, where most hotels are located:

  • El Centro
  • La Ciudad Vieja
  • El Cordón and El Parque Rodo
  • Pocitos, Punta Carretas

There is an increased presence of uniformed police officers on foot in areas where criminal activity is concentrated. Authorities have also increased the number of patrol cars in residential areas. The clearly marked patrol cars are equipped with cellular phones, and the phone numbers are painted on the vehicles.

Petty crime also occurs in towns bordering Brazil.


Several ATM explosions have taken place since the beginning of 2018. They occurred mainly in Montevideo and Canelones, but other cities have also been affected.

  • Be particularly cautious when using ATMs
  • Use ATMs located in well-lit public areas or inside a bank or business

Please click through here for the rest of the advisory, including contact information.


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