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Updated: July 10, 2020
U.S. citizens sheltering-in-place should be prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period. For the provision of medical care, food, shelter, or other needs, you will need to rely on the Paraguayan system.
- Paraguay has confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders. The Paraguayan Ministry of Health states there is community transmission of the virus. The Paraguayan Ministry of Health website has information on how to protect yourself from COVID-19 and maintains a case counter.
- The Consular Section at the U.S. Embassy in Asuncion, Paraguay is closed to the public except for emergency services. Persons who need emergency consular services should visit the Visas and U.S. Citizen services pages for instructions on requesting an appointment.
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- The Paraguayan government has closed all international borders to travel by persons until further notice. Cargo is permitted to cross the borders.
- Commercial flights have been suspended at all Paraguayan airports until further notice, with limited exceptions for repatriation flights. Non-residents of Paraguay are not permitted to transit the airport in Asuncion.
- Paraguayan Immigration (Migraciones) has temporarily extended the period of lawful status in Paraguay for visitors or temporary residents in Paraguay whose visas or other travel authorizations expired on March 13, 2020 or later. This administrative action is due to the closure of some government facilities which has prevented foreign visitors to Paraguay from applying for an extension of their lawful status. If you are in Paraguay and your period of lawful stay has been expired please contact Migraciones for further information. You may need to file an application for extension of lawful status when Migraciones resumes offering public services.
- Multiple neighboring countries have also imposed border and travel restrictions – please see the webpages for the U.S. embassies in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Panamá, Peru, and Uruguay.
- The Paraguayan government entered Phase 3 of the Intelligent Quarantine Plan starting June 15, except in the Departments of Paraguarí and Concepción which remain in Phase 2.
- Phase 3 has been extended until July 19, however the Paraguay government has publicly announced that Phase 3 measures may be reversed if there is an increase in COVID-19 cases. For a complete list of permitted activities, please visit the Ministry of Health website. In addition to the activity permitted in Phase 1 and Phase 2, Phase 3 includes:
- The limited reopening of restaurants by appointment only.
- Indoor gyms by appointment only.
- Outdoor sports for up to two people.
- Drive-in cinema and other cultural activities with social distancing measures.
- Individual physical activity in sports clubs and private parks.
- Religious activities such as baptisms and weddings, in groups of up to 20 persons.
- Curfew is from 23:00 to 05:00 from Sundays to Thursdays, and from 00:00 to 5:00 from Friday to Saturday.
- The Departments of Paraguarí and Concepción will remain in Phase 2 of the Plan, with the Government controlling circulation at main access points to those Departments for 14 days.
- The Government of Paraguay has announced the total closure of the city of San Roque González de Santa Cruz for a period of 14 days. The city will return to phase 0 of the Intelligent Quarantine Plan.
- The existing isolation order for all persons in Paraguay to remain in their homes except for necessary travel to obtain food, medicine or cleaning supplies is otherwise still in effect.
- The Paraguayan government has authorized up to four persons to travel together in private cars and SUVs and two persons by motorcycle.
- Paraguay requires all persons arriving to Paraguay to remain in isolation at a government facility or designated hotel for 14 days, regardless of whether symptoms are present. For more information please visit the webpage of the Paraguayan Ministry of Health here.
- The Minister of Education has announced in-person classes will be suspended until December 2020.
- The Paraguayan government recommend the wearing of a face mask when in public, and requires it during visits to supermarkets, stores, pharmacies, gas stations, or any other place where people gather. All travelers must wear a mask to board public buses.
- If you were potentially exposed to COVID-19 and/or have a fever, cough, sore throat, or difficulty breathing, dial the Ministry of Health hotline at 154.