COVID-19 Information

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COVID-19 Information 

Last updated: 10/13/2021

*** Effective January 26, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel.  Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. 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:

  • It is the policy of the United States that to the extent feasible, travelers seeking to enter the United States from a foreign country shall be required to produce proof of a recent negative COVID-19 test prior to entry.  It is also the policy of the United States that such travelers be required to comply with other applicable CDC guidelines concerning international travel, including recommended periods of self-quarantine or self-isolation after entry into the United States.
  • 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.  
  • Are test results reliably available within 72 hours? 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
  • As of October 8, Paraguay implemented new entry/exit protocols, available here.  Travelers entering Paraguay must meet the following requirements:
    • Negative RT-PCR, LAMP, or NAAT COVID-19 taken within 72 hours prior to embarkation, or an antigen test 24 hours before embarkation, for anyone twelve years old and older.  Those who have had COVID in the last 14-90 days may enter without a current test if they have documentation from their health care provider and laboratory results showing positive antigens. Children under twelve are not required to test.  Even those who are fully vaccinated are required to present a negative COVID-19 test.
    • Within 24 hours of entering the country, all air travelers must complete the following Ministry of Health form.
    • 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, tests, and more.
    • 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. 
  • Other Links: