Hepatitis A vaccination is recommended for visitors to Uruguay,
and visitors are advised to take precautions against mosquito bites
because of a high risk of dengue fever. Medical facilities in
Uruguay are adequate for general problems, with 24-hour emergency
care available at the British Hospital in Montevideo. Most doctors
and hospitals expect payment in cash. Serious medical problems
require air evacuation to a country with better medical facilities,
therefore travel health insurance is strongly recommended.
Pharmacies supply most drugs and medications imported from the USA
or Europe, many of which are available without a prescription.
Visitors are advised to take sensible precautions regarding the
consumption of food and water; bottled or purified water should be
used, and food should be eaten washed, peeled and/or well