Uruguay is a small town that has been under the shadows of the other larger South American nations. The country offers experiences outside the everyday tourist activity for its visitors, which makes it an appealing destination. Tourists can find themselves caught up in a cow-and-gaucho traffic jam or strolling with mate-toting locals. Visitors need not worry as there are national parks and beach resorts which offers a lot of exciting activities for them to partake in. Surfing and sunbathing are just some of the activities to enjoy on the relaxed beaches in the country. At the various national parks, wildlife like lions, seals, and penguins can be seen. There is also the addition of seeing a football match between Nacional and Penarol, the two most followed football teams in the nation.
The tourism industry is one of the most important parts of the country’s economy. In 2012, the industry was estimated to account for 97,000 jobs and 9% of GDP. About 2.8 million tourists visited Uruguay in 2013 which was a significant increase from the number of tourist visits.
The maximum amount that can be carried by a foreigner on entry and exit from the country is $10,000, any amount that exceeds this has to be declared with the customs authority of Uruguay.
Nationals from about 72 countries can gain entry into Uruguay without a visa. Some of these countries are; Argentina, Armenia, Belgium. Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Denmark, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Portugal, Russia, South Africa, Spain, United Kingdom, United States, etc. Citizens of India have to apply for tourist visas but they are not charged for it.