COVID-19 Information

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COVID-19 Information 

Last updated: September 23, 2020 

 Upcoming flight opportunity to depart Paraguay:

  • On September 25, 2020 LATAM Airlines will offer a flight from Asuncion to Miami with one stop in Santiago, Chile. Ticket price is $789 (Taxes are included). Tickets may be purchased calling Veronica Ayala (0976-534087), Mónica Costa (0981-403711) or Luis Rodríguez (0972-236678). Passengers are allowed at least one bag at 50 lbs (23 kg). Please contact the airlines for details on baggage and pet fees.
  • On October 3 and October 20, 2020 Eastern Airlines will offer a direct flight from Asuncion to Miami. Ticket price is $600. Tickets may be purchased directly from Eastern Airlines at www.goeasternair.com. Pets may travel for a fee. Passengers are allowed at least one bag at 70 lbs (31 kg). Please contact Eastern Airlines for further details on their baggage and pet fees.
  • This charter flight is operated by a commercial company and remain available subject to Paraguayan government permissions and ability to meet minimum passenger loads.

 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 Consular Section at the U.S. Embassy in Asuncion, Paraguay has resumed some emergency and mission critical services. Persons who need emergency consular services should visit the Visas and U.S. Citizen services pages for instructions on requesting an appointment. 
  •   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 has imposed new restrictions on activity and extended Phase 3 of the Social Quarantine Plan in Asuncion, Central and Alto Parana departments until October 4. Phase 4 has extended for the rest of the country until October 4 as well.
  •   For a complete list of permitted activities in each phase, please visit the Ministry of Health website.
  •   The Paraguay government has publicly announced that Phase 3 or 4 measures may be reversed if there is an increase in COVID-19 cases. 

Entry and Exit Requirements: 

  • The Paraguayan government has closed all international borders to  travel. 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.  
  • The Government of Paraguay requires all persons arriving to Paraguay to remain in isolation at a government facility or designated hotel for 14 days and submit to a COVID-19 test, regardless of whether symptoms are present.  For more information please visit the web page of the Paraguayan Ministry of Health here. 
  • 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. 

 Movement Restrictions:  

  • Curfew is from 20:00 to 05:00 every day of the week with the exception of activities specifically excluded in the decree (restaurants, emergency services, essential services, etc.)
  • Non-essential business operating hours limited to 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.

 Quarantine Information: 

  • The Government of Paraguay requires all persons arriving to Paraguay to remain in isolation at a government facility or designated hotel for 14 days and submit to a COVID-19 test, regardless of whether symptoms are present.  For more information please visit the web page of the Paraguayan Ministry of Health 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. 
  • The Paraguayan government has authorized up to four persons to travel together in private cars and SUVs and two persons by motorcycle.  

 Consular Operations:  

  •   The Embassy has resumed some services for U.S. citizens, including passport renewals and notaries on an emergency and mission-critical basis. To arrange emergency services, 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. 
  •   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. The U.S. Embassy in Asuncion can now issue visas on an emergency and mission-critical basis. As local conditions permit, the Consular section will begin providing additional 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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