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Time and Holiday Schedule

  • What time zone is used in Uruguay?Abrir o Cerrar
    The international standard that is used to tell the time is UTC (Universal Time Coordinated). All time used in Uruguay from March to October is UTC-3, while the months that span from the first Sunday in October until the second Sunday in March use UTC-2. Changing an hour in summer is done in order to take advantage of natural light and save energy.

  • What time do businesses open?Abrir o Cerrar

    Businesses are generally open Monday to Friday from 9:30 until 19:30 and on Saturdays from 9:00 until 13:00.  The commercial centers, such as shopping malls, are open from 10:00 until 22:00 every day including Saturday and Sunday. Public Services generally attend to the public Monday to Friday from 9:00 until 17:00. The majority of banks are open to the public from 13:00 until 17:00.

  • What are the holidays in Uruguay?Abrir o Cerrar

    1st of February
    New Year
    Businesses Closed

    6th of January
    Day of Kings
    Businesses Open

    February / Date Changes
    Carnival
    Businesses Open

    February / Date Changes
    Tourism Week
    Businesses Open

    19th of April
    Landing of the 33 Orientals
    Businesses Open*
    1st of May
    Labor Day
    Businesses Open

    18th of May
    Battle of the Stones
    Businesses Open
    19th of June
    Birthday of Jose Artigas
    Businesses Open and immovable

    18th of July
    Pledge of the Constitution
    Businesses Closed

    25th of August
    Declaration of Independence
    Businesses Closed

    12th of October
    Race Day
    Businesses Open

    2nd of November
    Day of the Dead
    Businesses Open and immovable

    25th of December
    Christmas
    Businesses Closed

    *Business Open. If the holiday falls on a Saturday, Sunday or Monday it is celebrated on that date. If it falls on a Tuesday or Wednesday it is celebrated on the previous Monday. If it falls on a Thursday or Friday is it celebrated the following Monday.