Here you will find everything you need to know about planning for your trip to the Festival.

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November 6 - Day Zero

Please note that the three events below which will take place on Day Zero are now full and no longer taking registrations.

Peer exchange: Making invisible populations visible through Citizen Generated Data

Organizer: Kenya National Bureau of Statistics

Date and time: Monday November 6, 9.30 - 12.30pm

Capacity: 70 people


  • Sarah Omache, KNBS
  • Jessica Mayberry, Video Volunteers
  • Carlos Ramírez, DANE Colombia
  • Gilberto Viera, Data Labe
  • Poncelet Ileleji, Jakkolabs Banjul
  • Geoffrey Kariuki, KNBS
  • James Ng'ang KNBS

Peer exchange: Systems of integrated administrative registers: population, businesses and cadaster/real estate

Organizer: Instituto Nacional de Estadística Uruguay

Date and time: Monday November 6, 2.00 - 5.00pm

Capacity: 70 people


  • Federico Segui, INE Uruguay
  • Antonella Vignolo, INE Uruguay
  • María José González Fernández, Ministerio de Trabajo y Seguridad Social Uruguay
  • Fredy Rodríguez, Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data
  • Vebjørn Aalandslid, Statistics Norway
  • Rosa Cordero, INEC' Costa Rica
  • Andrés Felipe Ortiz, DANE - Colombia
  • Ketso Makhumalo, Statistics Botswana
  • Leesha Delatie-Budair, Statistical Institute of Jamaica (STATIN)
  • Daniela Moraga, INE-Chile

Workshop: Youth4Data Impact Workshop

Organizer: Datasphere Initiative

Date and time: Monday November 6, 9.00 - 11.30am

This interactive workshop will provide an interactive session for participants to learn about and contribute to a Datasphere Initiative Youth4OurDataFuture project working to amplify youth experiences and insights on how data is shaping their lives. 

The workshop will outline engagement opportunities and offer a “hands-on session” where participants will co-design strategies to leverage youth participation in policy dialogues on data.

Collect your Festival badge early

You can collect your badge already on November 6 at the Enjoy Hotel resort and casino in Punta del Este. Come to the hotel and Festival signage will guide you to the right place.

You can also collect it at the Festival venue on November 7.


Together with our event organizers, Grupo Ellis, we can offer exclusive rates for six hotels in Punta del Este.

Through the link below, you can see the hotels and make your selection. Grupo Ellis is the point of contact for this process and will confirm any bookings with you.

Please note that hotel registration through this link is only available to those who have already registered to attend the Festival.

Hotel sign

Travel information

Find out all you need to know about getting to and around Uruguay by expanding the sections below. 

Please note that the application window for travel support is now closed.

Getting to Punta del Este

There are 4 ways to get there:

  • By plane: Flying there means that you'd be arriving either to Carrasco international airport in Montevideo or to Laguna del Sauce International Airport in Punta del Este.
  • By boat: Another common way of travelling there if you are coming from Buenos Aires (Argentina) to Sacramento, Colonia or Montevideo (Uruguay) is The ferry service. Some of them continue to Punta del Este.
  • By bus: International bus services are available from Chile (Santiago de Chile) , Brazil (Sao Paulo, Rio de Janeiro and Porto Alegre) Paraguay (from Asunción) and Argentina (from most provinces) and are considered very safe options.
  • By car: if you are coming from Brazil or Argentina you may also drive there through any of their linked cities. If it is Argentina, through Entre Ríos or Buenos Aires. If it is through Brazil, through the cities of Chuy, Bella Unión, Artigas, Rivera, Cerrillada, Aceguá, and Río Branco.

Transportation from Montevideo to Punta del Este

The transportation options are hiring vans or private transfers, or one of the multiple daily bus frequencies that depart from the Tres Cruces Terminal in Montevideo (and can also be taken from multiple stops along the way). Travel time is between 2 hours and 2:30 hours, depending on whether the service is direct or with intermediate stops.

To get tickets to Punta del Este you can choose a frequency and buy the corresponding ticket at the ticket offices of the terminal itself, or buy it in advance on the websites of the companies COPSA or COT, or in the app Urubus. In case of choosing to take the bus at a stop on route instead of the terminal, it is possible to follow the units in real time with the app Seguí tu Bus.

To book transfer reservations, this can be organized through our accommodation booking process. Simply click on the provided link. If you did not book accommodation through this link, you can either organize transfers yourself or contact our event company for support with booking this on

It is recommended to contact the bus companies, such as Hauret & Reyes and Carrasco Transportation, to inquire about accessible trips or use transfers with accessible transportation services.

Getting around Punta del Este

As Punta del Este is a small city, the most practical way of getting around is walking or using public transportation. There are bus stops every two blocks approximately and with a 15-minute frequency. Keep in mind that you will need to exchange to the local currency and pay by cash to be able to take the bus.

You may also want to rent a bike. Prices start at $8 for 2 hours and go to up to $19 for the day. There are over 60 cycling routes in Punta del Este and it is considered a very safe place for tourists looking for this type of activity.

Transportation during the Festival

During the Festival there will be a free shuttle service from the selected hotels in Punta del Este to the Conference Venue.

Entry requirements and visa information

Wondering if you need a visa and how to get it? Find all the information and support about this here:

Entry requirements

The information in this section is current as of August 4, 2023, but should be used as a guide only and confirmed on a case-by-case basis by individuals planning to travel. The guidance includes links to primary sources of information.

  • Citizens not from Mercosur, Latin American and Caribbean countries must enter with a valid passport. Please ensure to check the visa requirements for your country here. Please note that this page is in Spanish. We recommend viewing it in Google Chrome and using the browser’s translation functionality for alternative languages.
  • Most Latin American and Caribbean citizenscountries do not require visas, but it is recommended in all cases to confirm in the official list of the National Direction of Migration. Find the list of countries and visa requirements here.
  • Citizens of Mercosur countries and associated states do not require visas to enter Uruguay, and may enter with an identity card or passport (it is recommended to confirm in each case).
  • For entry of minors, documentation and permits from the country of origin will be required.
  • Previously, it was a requirement for foreigners entering by any means to have health coverage or medical insurance. As of June 2023, this is no longer a requirement.
  • COVID- 19: As of February 16, 2023, travelers will not be required to present a certificate of vaccination against covid-19 or test results. It is also not necessary to present the affidavit of entry to Uruguay.

If you require a visa

Exclusively for attendees of the Festival, we will facilitate the application process for exceptional visa-free entry to Uruguay.

The organizing committee of the Festival de Datos, together with the National Institute of Statistics of Uruguay - INE and the Visa Department of the Directorate of Consular Affairs, in a joint mechanism between the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Uruguay and the National Directorate of Migration of Uruguay, will support with processing visa exemption letters for our attendees.

Note! Before proceeding, please find out if you need a visa to travel to Uruguay here.

How do I get a visa exemption letter?

  1. Request your visa exemption letter by sending an email to Note that we have extended the visa exemption letter application to October 1, 2023. After that date, we will not be able to help, and you should continue with the regular procedure. We will respond with a form for you to complete.
  2. Complete the form and prepare any attachments, and send these back to us.
  3. Wait for our response. Staff of the Festival Organizing Committee will contact you to send you your visa exemption note for your entry into Uruguay, which you must show at the airport before boarding. 
  4. IMPORTANT: passengers must travel with the two printed notes; the National Migrations Uruguay Office Resolution and the individual official Letter for visa exemption.

Important information about the visa exemption process

  • Participants are encouraged to submit their application as early as possible to ensure that they receive their visa well ahead of the Festival.
  • Applications are considered on a case-by-case basis based on the information submitted by the applicant. It is up to the applicant to demonstrate that they meet the requirements to obtain their visa waiver notification. Even if registered, this does not automatically offer any advantage to the applicant, in terms of a positive visa outcome. The applicant must meet all eligibility criteria to receive a visa waiver letter.
  • Entry is for one time only, and multiple entries are not allowed.
  • There is no "on arrival" visa in Uruguay.
  • The Global Partnership cannot intervene in any visa application process which is fully managed by the Uruguayan Immigration services before mentioned.

Local information

Here is some useful information about Uruguay and Punta del Este to help you plan for your trip.

Key information

  • International phone code: +598
  • Emergency: 911
  • Time zone: UTC -3
  • Opening hours: 9:00-18:00 offices, 9:30-20:00 stores, 13:00-17:00 banks, 10:00-22:00 shopping malls, 20:00-1:00 pubs.
  • Voltage: 220v, 50Hz
  • Connector: Type C , F and L 
  • Public Wifi: In public spaces and central area
  • 3G/4G chips: In kiosks and supermarkets or eSIM online
  • Currency: Uruguayan Peso
  • Exchange: Free in exchange offices, payment stores and banks (official exchange rates)
  • ATMs: In banks, exchange offices and payment stores (App Dónde Está el Cajero )
  • Cards: Almost universally accepted
  • Tipping: Optional, 10% is customary 
  • Hospitals

Weather and temperature

  • Weather: Temperate and humid
  • Historical average November: 20º Celsius
  • Historical minimum temperature Nov.: 5º
  • Historical maximum temperature Nov.: 35º
  • Rainfall: Historical average Nov.: 6 days
  • Relative Humidity: Historical average Nov.: 65%

Frequently asked questions

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Why Uruguay?

This gathering is organized by the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data and hosted by the Government of Uruguay, spearheaded by the national statistical office, Instituto Nacional de Estadística.

With a telecommunications network that is 100% digital and one of the highest internet penetration rates in Latin America, Uruguay is demonstrating critical leadership on connectivity. We are keen to further energize Latin America and elevate the national statistics offices of smaller countries in the region to become champions in data values.

In which languages will the Festival be conducted?

There will be sessions and networking opportunities conducted in Spanish and English. Other languages may be available based on attendee demographics and needs.

Why do tickets become more expensive closer to the event?

We encourage you to register early to secure your place and receive a 40% early bird discount on the full price. Ticket prices are discounted the earlier you buy them, because early registration saves us costs on planning meals, local transportation, meeting rooms and securing favorable hotel rates and locations for our delegates.

We use ticket revenue principally to support participation from non-profits and governments in low-income countries who would not otherwise be able to participate. We want Festival de Datos to be inclusive and rich in dialogue and exchange.

Can I participate online?

Attending the Festival in person will allow you to find new partners, share your innovations, and crowdsource solutions across the network. With a global audience, we understand that attending the Festival in person is not possible for everyone—you can still be part of the community.

Every plenary will be livestreamed and recorded for both live and post-event viewing online. There will also be opportunities to participate asynchronously through social media discussions, blogs, and more. To get updates on virtual participation, join our mailing list here.

Any other questions?

For more information, please email