Summer in Punta del Este: benefits for foreign tourists

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Summer in Punta del Este: benefits for foreign tourists
Mon January 07, 2019

The most luxurious destination of the Uruguayan coast will offer during the summer season a wide variety of special rates for foreign tourists 


As every year, Punta del Este beats a great summer season. Hotel reservations and leases of houses and apartments already have a 75% occupancy according to the data provided by tour operators in Uruguay. The economic crisis that affects neighboring countries, especially Argentina, the main issuer of tourists during this time of year, was compensated with the battery of benefits and discounts proposed by the National Government, departmental and private operators who have worked for to make the destination more accessible.

The gastronomic sector will offer the return of 22% of VAT and in turn, several establishments will propose menus according to the current situation, as well as discounts with credit and debit cards. For example, restaurants located in the Port of Punta del Este offer a midday menu consisting of a green mix entrance, a main dish (catch of the day, entrecote or spaghetti), ice cream, tea or coffee for 540 Uruguayan pesos.

Regarding the hotel reservation during the month of January, the 3-star establishments range from USD 120 to USD 160. On the other hand, the 4 and 5 star establishments, which average USD 230, are the most chosen until the end of the year. moment for foreigners. The hotels do not pay VAT and to access the benefit the visitor must present an identity document issued abroad. When exonerated, this consumption is invoiced without VAT, therefore the tax would not be charged, not generating a refund.

On the other hand, foreign visitors will receive the return of 10.5% of the rental price of real estate for tourism purposes when they make it through registered real estate and the means of payment used is debit or credit card issued abroad. According to the data provided by the Real Estate Chamber of Punta del Este and Maldonado (ADIPECIDEM), the prices of real estate were "maintained and even decreased" with respect to last year.

Among other benefits, 24% of the IMESI was reduced for gas stations at service stations located at a maximum of 20 kilometers from the border crossings, as well as the imposition of the Tax Free regime for purchases of products made at the merchants attached. To the system. This will be done by completing the corresponding procedure at the time of purchase and as the country's exit occurs through one of the following border crossing points: Carrasco International Airport, Laguna del Sauce Airport, Port of Montevideo, Port of Colonia, Cruise Arrivals Terminal of Punta del Este, Puente Salto-Concordia, Paysandú-Colón Bridge, Fray Bentos-Puerto Unzué Bridge and Chuy. At the moment of leaving the country, the corresponding procedure for the reimbursement must be completed in the duly identified positions.

In this way, thanks to the efforts of the national, departmental and private governments, Punta del Este continues to be one of the most chosen destinations of the summer, offering visitors the best services, with appropriate infrastructure and an increasingly professional attention.

As every year, Punta del Este beats a great summer season. Hotel reservations and leases of houses and apartments already have a 75% occupancy according to the data provided by tour operators in Uruguay. The economic crisis that affects neighboring countries, especially Argentina, the main issuer of tourists during this time of year, was compensated with the battery of benefits and discounts proposed by the National Government, departmental and private operators who have worked for to make the destination more accessible.

The gastronomic sector will offer the return of 22% of VAT and in turn, several establishments will propose menus according to the current situation, as well as discounts with credit and debit cards. For example, restaurants located in the Port of Punta del Este offer a midday menu consisting of a green mix entrance, a main dish (catch of the day, entrecote or spaghetti), ice cream, tea or coffee for 540 Uruguayan pesos.

Regarding the hotel reservation during the month of January, the 3-star establishments range from USD 120 to USD 160. On the other hand, the 4 and 5 star establishments, which average USD 230, are the most chosen until the end of the year. moment for foreigners. 

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