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Currency exchange services in Uruguay

Your best option for travel money in Uruguay

About us

In 2004, Global Exchange started operations in Uruguay by offering foreign exchange services at Carrasco International Airport, located in the capital city of Montevideo. Now we also provide travel money services at Punta del Este International Airport, a very busy airport in the summer, and on board the ships «Francisco», which connects the cities of Buenos Aires (Argentina) and Montevideo (Uruguay) on a daily basis, and the «Atlantic III», linking Colonia (Uruguay) and Buenos Aires.

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About us

In 2004, Global Exchange started operations in Uruguay by offering foreign exchange services at Carrasco International Airport, located in the capital city of Montevideo. Now we also provide travel money services at Punta del Este International Airport, a very busy airport in the summer, and on board the ships «Francisco», which connects the cities of Buenos Aires (Argentina) and Montevideo (Uruguay) on a daily basis, and the «Atlantic III», linking Colonia (Uruguay) and Buenos Aires.

Our company is authorised by the Central Bank of Uruguay. You can find further information at their website. Our staff is well trained to offer efficiency, security and quickness in the transactions carried out, always looking for the complete satisfaction of our Customers.

According to the current legislation in force by the Central Bank of Uruguay, Global Exchange has Good Practice Guidelines as well as a standardised procedure to answer Customers, which can be checked here:

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We are currently the third most important company in the world in rendering currency exchange services at international airports and other important points of touristic flow. Nowadays, we have a network of 260 branches located at 57 international airports in 21 countries and 5 continents, where thanks to our staff of 2,000 employees we serve more than 5.5 million.

The Global Exchange Group is currently immersed in an ambitious strategic plan with which we intend to double the size of the company over the next 5 years. Our goal is to reach 2021 with presence in 42 countries through 400 offices that will serve 10 million customers a year. This will allow us to increase our workforce to 2,800 employees worldwide. This is a solid and sustained growth with will continue consolidating our leadership in Latin America and Caribbean and strengthening our growth in other continents such as Europe, North Africa, Asia and the Middle East, reaching any part of the world where the opportunity arises.

Good Practice Guidelines

Branches in Uruguay

Carrasco International Airport Ruta 101 km 19,950 - 14000 Montevideo (Montevideo) 0800-9500

International Arrivals - Landside

Carrasco International Airport

Ruta 101 km 19,950 - 14000 Montevideo (Montevideo)

0800-9500

24 hours open.

Comment:

Double-entry branch: one side in the public hall of international arrivals and the other side after customs control.

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International Arrivals - Airside

Carrasco International Airport

Ruta 101 km 19,950 - 14000 Montevideo (Montevideo)

0800-9500

24 hours open.

Comment:

In the area of international arrivals, airside, next to the baggage claim belts.

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International Departures - East Wing

Carrasco International Airport

Ruta 101 km 19,950 - 14000 Montevideo (Montevideo)

0800-9500

24 hours open.

Comment:

At the international departures public hall, in front of the check-in counters of the east wing.

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International Departures - West Wing

Carrasco International Airport

Ruta 101 km 19,950 - 14000 Montevideo (Montevideo)

0800-9500

24 hours open.

Comment:

At the international departures public hall, in front of the check-in counters of the west wing.

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Punta del Este International Airport Ruta 93 km 113 - 20100 Maldonado (Maldonado) 0800-9500

International Arrivals - Landside

Punta del Este International Airport

Ruta 93 km 113 - 20100 Maldonado (Maldonado)

0800-9500

On the same schedule that commercial flights.

Comment:

In the public arrivals hall, next to the passenger arrival gate.

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Port of Montevideo Rambla 25 de Agosto de 1825 - 11000 Montevideo (Montevideo) 0800-9500

Public hall

Port of Montevideo

Rambla 25 de Agosto de 1825 - 11000 Montevideo (Montevideo)

0800-9500

From 08:00 to 20:30 h.

Comment:

Double-entry branch: one side in the public hall in front of the check-in counters and the other side is located outside, next to the entrance to the terminal.

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Colonia del Sacramento General Flores 172 002 Bis, 70000 Colonia del Sacramento, Colonia 0800-9500

Gral. Flores 172

Colonia del Sacramento

General Flores 172 002 Bis, 70000 Colonia del Sacramento, Colonia

0800-9500

From 09:00 to 21:00 h.

Comment:

Located on the main avenue of the city center, meters from the historic center and the yacht pier.

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Centro Comercial Oh! La Barra Avda. Eduardo Victor Haedo, 20001 Maldonado, (Maldonado) 0800-9500

Oh! La Barra

Maldonado

Avda. Eduardo Victor Haedo, 20001 Maldonado, (Maldonado)

0800-9500

Open all year. From 10:00am - 00:00am.

Comment:

The branch is located in Local 221 of the Shopping Center, on the first floor next to the Ferrari store.

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Buque "Francisco" Departures in the Port of Montevideo, Rambla 25 de Agosto de 1825 - 11000 Montevideo (Montevideo) 0800-9500

Buque "Francisco" branch

Buque "Francisco"

Departures in the Port of Montevideo, Rambla 25 de Agosto de 1825 - 11000 Montevideo (Montevideo)

0800-9500

The opening hours depend on vessel activity schedules.

Comment:

Departures in the port of Montevideo. Francisco Papa vessel connects Montevideo to Buenos Aires by sea in a two-hour trip, a time you can use to buy your travel money at our onboard branch. Information about schedules and departures.

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Buque "Silvia Ana L" Departures in the Port of Colonia del Sacramento, Avda. Buenos Aires y Odriozola - 70000 Colonia del Sacramento (Colonia) 0800-9500

Buque "Silvia Ana L" branch

Buque "Silvia Ana L"

Departures in the Port of Colonia del Sacramento, Avda. Buenos Aires y Odriozola - 70000 Colonia del Sacramento (Colonia)

0800-9500

The opening hours depend on vessel activity schedules.

Comment:

Departures in the port of Colonia. "Silvia Ana L" vessel connects Colonia to Buenos Aires by sea in a one-hour trip, a time you can use to buy your travel money at our onboard branch. Information about schedules and departures.

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Buque "Eladia Isabel" Departures in the Port of Colonia del Sacramento, Avda. Buenos Aires y Odriozola - 70000 Colonia del Sacramento (Colonia) 0800-9500

Buque "Eladia Isabel" branch

Buque "Eladia Isabel"

Departures in the Port of Colonia del Sacramento, Avda. Buenos Aires y Odriozola - 70000 Colonia del Sacramento (Colonia)

0800-9500

The opening hours depend on vessel activity schedules.

Comment:

Departures in the port of Colonia. "Eladia Isabel" vessel connects Colonia to Buenos Aires by sea in a three-hour trip, a time you can use to buy your travel money at our onboard branch. Information about schedules and departures.

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Buque "Atlantic III" Departures in the Port of Colonia del Sacramento, Avda. Buenos Aires y Odriozola - 70000 Colonia del Sacramento (Colonia) 0800-9500

Buque "Atlantic III" branch

Buque "Atlantic III"

Departures in the Port of Colonia del Sacramento, Avda. Buenos Aires y Odriozola - 70000 Colonia del Sacramento (Colonia)

0800-9500

The opening hours depend on vessel activity schedules.

Comment:

Departures in the port of Colonia. "Atlantic III" vessel connects Colonia to Buenos Aires by sea in a one-hour trip, a time you can use to buy your travel money at our onboard branch. Information about schedules and departures.

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Currencies

Available currencies

The currencies that we buy / sell in our exchange branches in Uruguay are the following:

Costa Rican colon
CRC
Nicaraguan cordoba
NIO
Danish krone
DKK
Norwegian krone
NOK
Swedish krona
SEK
US dollar
USD
Australian dollar
AUD
Bolivian boliviano
BOB
Canadian dollar
CAD
Euro
EUR
Swiss franc
CHF
Honduran lempira
HNL
British pound
GBP
Israeli new shekel
ILS
Peruvian nuevo sol
PEN
Argentine peso
ARS
Chilean peso
CLP
Colombian peso
COP
Dominican peso
DOP
Mexican peso
MXN
Uruguayan peso
UYU
Guatemalan quetzal
GTQ
Brazilian real
BRL
Japanese yen
JPY
Chinese yuan
CNY
Czech koruna
CZK
Arab Emirates dirham
AED
Moroccan dirham
MAD
Hong Kong dollar
HKD
New Zealand dollar
NZD
Singapore dollar
SGD
Taiwan dollar
TWD
Paraguayan guarani
PYG
Croatian kuna
HRK
Romanian leu
RON
Turkish lira
TRY
South African rand
ZAR
Russian ruble
RUB
Polish zloty
PLN
Tailand Baht
THB

The Uruguayan Peso

The Uruguayan peso is the legal tender in Uruguay and the institution in charge of issuing currency is the Central Bank of Uruguay.

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The Uruguayan peso

The Uruguayan peso is the legal tender in Uruguay and the institution in charge of issuing currency is the Central Bank of Uruguay.

Origins and history

On the 23rd June 1862 a monetary system is set out in the country, based in gold and silver. This is how the silver peso was defined, equalling to three quarters of ounces of silver, replacing the old peso or "peso corriente".

With regard to the authority responsible for issuing the currency, the Bank of the Eastern Republic of Uruguay was created in 1896, but later on this power was given to the Central Bank of Uruguay, founded in 1967. Since then, the Central Bank of Uruguay has been the one in charge of minting the Uruguayan peso.

Today, the Uruguayan peso is minted in coins and banknotes of the following values:

  • Coins of 1, 2, 5 and 10 pesos.
  • Banknotes of 20, 50, 100, 200, 500, 1,000 and 2,000 pesos.
1 peso coin
Coins and notes

Notes

Coins

FAQs

How much money I can exchange in your branches?
There is no minimum amount to perform a foreign exchange transaction. Top limit is set out in 10,000 dollars per month, as set out by internal corporate policies based on Anti-Money Laundering Regulations.
Which currencies do you accept at your branches located in the airports of Uruguay?
We want to provide with an integral service to our Customers, so we offer foreign exchange services in a wide range of currencies: Arab Emirates dirham, Argentine peso, Australian dollar, Bolivian boliviano, Brazilian real, British pound, Canadian dollar, Chilean peso, Chinese yuan, Colombian peso, Costa Rican colon, Croatian kuna, Czech koruna, Danish krone, Dominican peso, Euro, Guatemalan quetzal, Honduran lempira, Hong Kong dollar, Israeli new shekel, Japanese yen, Mexican peso, Moroccan dirham, New Zealand dollar, Nicaraguan cordoba, Norwegian krone, Paraguayan guarani, Peruvian nuevo sol, Polish zloty, Romanian leu, Russian ruble, Singapore dollar, South African rand, Swedish krona, Swiss franc, Taiwan dollar,Tahiland Baht, Turkish lira, Uruguayan peso and US dollar.
Which is the exchange rate of the Uruguayan peso to the US dollar?
Exchange rates are constantly changing, so it is advisable to check prices at the screens in our branches.
Is it advisable to travel to Europe with Uruguayan pesos?
It is highly advisable to exchange Uruguayan pesos to euros before departing from Uruguay, as they can be hard to exchange in Europe.
Is it necessary to submit any document to perform a foreign exchange transaction in Uruguay?
Legislation from the Central Bank of Uruguay does not require showing an ID neither keep a registry of Customers' details carrying foreign exchange transactions of low amounts. Nevertheless, our anti-money laundering regulations require a valid identification of all our Customers.
Do you accept traveller cheques at your branches?
Yes. We accept American Express traveller cheques in different amounts, as long as they are provided with a valid ID and the requirements are met.
What payment methods do you accept at your branches in Uruguay?
We only accept cash to pay for your travel money at our branches in Uruguay and MasterCard cards only at the airports and Montevideo port (credit or debit card is not accepted at the ships with currency exchange service).
Which are the opening hours of your branches at Uruguay Airport?
Our branches are open while flights are operating in the airport, so that no passenger is left unattended in their foreign exchange needs.

For specific information on the opening times of any of our branches, go to the Branches section in this web page.
I've been given a 15% off voucher in my transaction, how does it work?
You can use this voucher in your next currency exchange transaction, at any of our branches within the same country. This discount is applicable on the exchange margin and it does not expiry.

If you still have doubts, you can ask any of our agents at the Customer Service Department.

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Phone us at 0800-9500, message us via WhatsApp Message us via WhatsApp +598 92 001 115 or fill out this form to submit your questions or comments

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