COVID-19 Information

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COVID-19 Information 

Last updated: November 23, 2020

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 website has information on how to protect yourself from COVID-19 and maintains a case counter.
  • The Minister of Education has announced in-person classes will be suspended until December 2020.
  • The Paraguayan government recommends 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.
  • The Government of Paraguay’s current decree on COVID-19 related restrictions is available on the Ministry of Health website here.  Paraguay has generally re-opened non-essential businesses and small-scale events provided specific health protocols are followed.  The health protocols are broken down by activity.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • 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.
  • On October 21, the Government of Paraguay reopened Silvio Pettirossi International Airport. Regular commercial flights are expected to resume in early November. 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.
  • On November 16, the Paraguayan government ended mandatory quarantine for incoming travelers, regardless of length of stay.  Those entering Paraguay must present a negative COVID-19 (RNA tests: RT-PCR, NAAT, or NAAT) test taken no more than 72 hours prior to entering the country.  Antibody tests will not be accepted.  Minors under the age of ten are not required to take a test.  Those with COVID-19 in the last 14-90 days also may enter with documentation and without a current test.
  • In exceptional circumstances, Paraguayan citizens and foreigners with residency in Paraguay may enter without testing, on the agreement that they will enter quarantine in a home, hotel, or albergue, take a RT-PCR test at their own expense within 24 hours, and remain in quarantine until negative results are received.  If positive results are received, the individual must remain in home quarantine for ten days.
  • All persons entering the country must comply with the sanitary measures imposed by the Ministry of Health (physical distancing, use of masks and frequent hand washing) and other measures that may be available.
  • Foreigners not residing in the country or within another MERCOSUR country must present international medical insurance with complete health coverage to include attention to COVID-19 cases, RT-PCR tests, laboratory studies, outpatient care, hospitalization, and stays in the ICU.
  • The traveler must complete the health card online at the Ministry of Health webpage (https://www.mspbs.gov.py/covid-19.php) by selecting “Ficha de Salud del Viajero” 24 hours before their trip.  Once the form is submitted, there will be an option to print the submitted form.  The printed version contains a barcode that will let passengers pass through the Ministry of Health checkpoint on leaving the airplane.  Airlines and ground transport companies are required to check the QR code on this form prior to boarding passengers.
  • To read the complete notice, please click here.

Entry under the free transit regime: 

  • The free transit regime is established for the entry and exit of people who reside in border cities of Ciudad del Este, border with Foz de Iguazu, Pedro Juan Caballero, border with Ponta Pora, and Saltos del Guaira, border with Mundo Novo, and who carry out its activities within a 30-kilometer perimeter of the aforementioned border crossings with Brazil.
  • People who enter the country under this regime must leave the country within 24 hours.
  • Admission will require mandatory use of a mask.
  • The entry hours established for this regime are:
    • International Friendship Bridge: From 5:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (After that time, the bridge will close to entrances)
    • Pedro Juan Caballero: From 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    • Saltos del Guairá: From 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Curfew is from 05:00 to 00:00 every day of the week with the exception of activities specifically excluded in the decree. To see the decree click here.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • There are public health centers and also sampling stations for patients with symptoms in different parts of the country at no cost. For more information about testing for COVID-19 in public places visit the website of the Ministry of Health. Some private laboratories offer COVID-19 tests at a cost that varies on average between 90 to 110 US dollars.

Transportation Options:

  • Public transportation is operating. All travelers must wear a mask to board public buses.

Consular Operations:

  • 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 Page and follow the instructions.  To make an appointment for a Consular Report of Birth Abroad and Passport, please email ParaguayACS@state.gov. Persons who need emergency consular visas services should visit the Visas page for instructions on requesting an appointment.
  • 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.
  • The Department of State suspended routine visa services worldwide in March 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This suspension was lifted on July 15, 2020. Please see our Nonimmigrant and Immigrant Visa web 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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