COVID-19 Information

COVID-19 Information 

Last updated: 1/18/2022

***  Effective December 6, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one calendar day of travel.  Alternatively, travelers to the United States may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Country-Specific Information:  

  • Paraguay has confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders.  The Paraguayan Ministry of Health states there is community transmission of the virus.  Their websitehas information on how to protect yourself from COVID-19 and maintains a case counter. 
  • The Paraguayan government recommendsthe 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.
  • The Government of Paraguay issued Decree # 6085, dated 10/12/2021, in effect from Wednesday, October 13 to Tuesday, November 2, 2021. Per Decree #. 6085, authorized activities include:
      • No Curfew
      • Schools may continue to provide in-person and/or virtual classes.
      • Restaurants must maintain 1.5 meters between tables.
      • Cultural events and religious ceremonies are permitted with up to 50% of the space capacity of the venue.
      • Public social events are permitted with up to 200 participants in closed environments and 350 in open areas.
      • Private social events are permitted with up to 25 participants.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Paraguay? Yes  
    • COVID-19 testing in Paraguay is available through both public hospitals and private labs.  Those who have symptoms of COVID-19, have recently come in contact with someone with COVID-19, or have recently traveled internationally are eligible for testing at the following locations on the Ministry of Health website.  Please note that results from public laboratories may take up to a week to arrive.  
  • If so, are test results reliably available within one calendar day? Yes
  • Several private laboratories are also offering COVID-19 testing for a fee. Patients have the option of scheduling the test be administered at home or from inside their vehicle at the lab.  Tests cost between 500,000 to 600,000 Guaranies and there are no requirements to be eligible for testing.  Generally, results are delivered by email within 24 hours. 
  • The following is a non-exhaustive list of private labs in the Asuncion area providing testing:
    • Laboratorio San Roque : Manuel del Castillo esq/Cruz del Defensor 5320 WhatsApp :  +595974404666.
    • Meyer Lab : Mariscal Estigarribia esquina Tte. Coronel Irrazabal WhatsApp: +595985134688.
    • Diaz Gill Lab : Pai Perez 218 entre Eligio Ayala y Mcal. Estigarribia. Phone: (595-21) 2174204  WhatsApp : +595986132683.
    • Laboratorio Curie : Juan de Salazar 728 casi Washington. Phones: (595-21) 200447, (595-21) 200772  WhatsApp : +595974889082.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information: 

  • Has the government of Paraguay approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes 
    • On December 29, 2020, the President of Paraguay signed a law authorizing the emergency use of vaccines approved by the US, EU, and other regional health authorities.  Those with residence in Paraguay are eligible to receive the vaccine. For more information about who is eligible to receive the vaccine and the registration process, please visit the Ministry of Health website.
    • The Ministry of Health website is also allowing registration for individuals age 18 and above.
    • Are vaccines available in Paraguay for U.S. Citizens? Yes.
      • The Paraguayan government has announced that all foreigners in Paraguay will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Those with cedulas may register here using the Registro Ciudadania button. Those without cedulas should use the Registro Extranjeros button. People with underlying medical conditions associated with high risk for severe Covid-19 should fill out this form which must be signed and stamped by the certifying physician.
  • The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas.  Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination. 

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes 
    • U.S. citizens need a valid passport to enter Paraguay. U.S. citizens with expired or damaged passports may not be allowed to enter and could be sent back to the United States at their own expense. Private U.S. citizens do not need a visa for visits of up to 90 days for tourism or business.
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
  • On January 10, 2022, the Paraguayan government updated their entry and exit requirements. Unless otherwise noted, previous entry/exit requirements remain in effect. 
    • Within 24 hours of entering the country, all air travelers must complete the following Ministry of Health form.
    • Travelers aged 12 and up must present a negative RT-PCR/LAMP/NAAT COVID-19 test result taken no more than 48 hours before departure or a negative antigen test result taken in a time not exceeding 24 hours prior to boarding.
    • Travelers aged 12 and up must take another RT-PCR/LAMP/NAAT  COVID-19 test on day 5 after entering the country (counted from the day of taking the sample of the test presented upon entering the country). Travelers from Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay and Bolivia are exempt from this requirement, unless they show symptoms of the disease.
    • Foreign travelers not residing in Paraguay, aged 18 and over, must present a complete vaccination record* as to enter the country. *The Paraguayan Ministry of Health considers someone “fully vaccinated” for six months after receipt of the initial series of vaccine.  After six months, a booster shot is required to maintain this designation.
    • Individuals traveling from MERCOSUR States Parties (Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay), as well as those from countries bordering Paraguay (Argentina, Brazil and Bolivia) are exempt from performing the RT-PCRn or antigen tests, regardless of whether they arrive by air or land and regardless of their nationality.
    • Individuals who enter the country under a neighbor-transit agreement must prove that they reside in a border city. They do not have any health requirements for entry. (For stays up to 72 hours and must live within 30 kilometers from the border of Paraguay)
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
    • Air passengers will be subjected to temperature screening upon arrival at the Silvio Pettirossi International Airport. 

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? No.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No 

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No.
  • As of October 8, travelers (regardless of vaccination status) will not have to quarantine upon arrival. More information available here
  • After arrival in Paraguay all individuals over the age of 12, regardless of vaccination status, should take a RT-PCR test from a public or private lab authorized by the Central Laboratory of the Public Health on the fifth day after their pre-departure test.
  • In the event of a positive RT-PCR test on the fifth day, individuals should quarantine for seven days. Individuals may leave quarantine in the event of a negative test.
  • Minors under the age of 12 are not required to take a test.

Transportation options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes 
    • On October 21, 2020, the Government of Paraguay reopened Silvio Pettirossi International Airport.  Regular commercial flights ​have resumed for the time being.  We recommend you consider refund policies when booking flights as airlines have planned flight schedules that may not be able to meet anticipated passenger loads.  In order to find available flights, please contact your local travel agency. 
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes 
    • Public transportation is operating.  All travelers must wear a mask to board public buses. 
  • Paraguayan authorities will enforce regulations related to COVID-19, and U.S. citizens could be subject to detention, fines, or arrest if out of compliance. 

Consular Operations:

  • What ACS services are being offered? 
    • The Consular Section at the U.S. Embassy in Asuncion, Paraguay has resumed limited routine services for U.S. citizens in Paraguay, including passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad, as well as notarial services.  These services are offered by appointment only. To make an appointment for a passport or notary, please visit the Embassy’s U.S. Citizen Services Pageand follow the instructions.  To make an appointment for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad and Passport, please email ParaguayACS@state.gov.  For life or death emergencies, please call 021-213-715 and follow the prompts if you are calling from Paraguay, or 1-888-407-4747 if you are calling from the United States. 
  • What visa services are being offered? 
    • As of November 17, 2020, U.S. Embassy Asuncion is offering limited regular appointments to Paraguayan citizens and residents for certain types of nonimmigrant and immigrant visas.  Please see our Nonimmigrant and Immigrant Visaweb pages for the latest status of those services. 

Local Resources:

  • 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. 
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