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Last updated: 04/26/2021
*** Effective January 26, 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.
- 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 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 has issued a decree implementing new restrictions from April 27 to May 10. Some of the changes in the decree include the following:
- Curfew from 20:00 to 05:00 with exceptions for limited individuals.
- Private social gatherings are permitted only with members of the household.
- Restaurants and cafes can operate from 5:00 to 20:00, allowing up to 4 people per table by reservation.
- In person/hybrid classes may continue.
- For a complete list of permitted activities in each phase, please visit the Ministry of Health website.
- 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
- For information on limited humanitarian exemptions to CDC’s requirement that all U.S. bound travelers present a negative COVID test, please review the following page: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/covid-testing-required-us-entry.html. Humanitarian exemptions to this order will be granted on an extremely limited basis and will only be considered when the country of departure lacks adequate COVID-19 testing capacity. To submit information in support of an exemption, email firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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. Currently, the Paraguayan government is vaccinating individuals age 85 and above and allowing registration for individuals age 60 and above. To register, please visit the Ministry of Health website.
- Are vaccines available in Paraguay for U.S. Citizens? No.
- The Paraguayan government has announced that those with residence in Paraguay will be eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. Currently, the Paraguayan government is vaccinating individuals age 85 and above and allowing registration for individuals age 60 and above. To register, please visit the Ministry of Health website.
- 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
- A passport is required to enter Paraguay. Non-resident U.S. citizens arriving by air may obtain a “visa en arribo” (visa on arrival) at Silvio Pettirossi International Airport in Asuncion. Please visit the travel.state.gov Paraguay Country Information Page for more information.
- Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
- On November 16, the Paraguayan government ended mandatory quarantine for incoming travelers, with the exception of those entering from Brazil. 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.
- Those coming from Brazil are required to complete a 7-day quarantine at home, in a hotel, or in an albergue in addition to the pre-entry test.
- 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, and more.
- Within 24 hours of entering the country, all air travelers must complete the following Ministry of Health form.
- 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 Petirossi Airport.
- Is a curfew in place? Yes
- Curfew is from 20:00 to 05:00 every day of the week with the exception of activities specifically excluded in the decree. To see the decree click here.
- The Government of Paraguay has announced that as of March 18, all in-person classes will be suspended until April 4.
- Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No
- Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No
- On November 16, the Paraguayan government ended mandatory quarantine for all 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.
- Are commercial flights operating? Yes
- On October 21, 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.
- 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 Page and 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?
- 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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