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COVID-19 Information 

Last updated: 02/23/2021

*** 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. 

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’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. 

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.  The government has not yet announced a timeline for availability of the vaccine or determined which vaccine will be available. Please continue to closely monitor the Ministry of Health Website for updates. 
  • 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, 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. 
  • 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. 
  • Paraguayan Immigration (Migraciones) hastemporarily extendedthe 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 contactMigracionesfor further information. 

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place? Yes 
    • Curfewisfrom 00:00 to 05:00 every day of the week with the exception of activities specifically excluded in the decree.  To see the decree click here. 
  • 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. 

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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