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Paraguay

If you’re travelling to Paraguay, our travel advice and updates give you practical tips and useful information.

Security Status

  • Normal precautions
  • High degree of caution
  • Avoid non-essential travel
  • Do not travel
  • Overview
  • Safety and Security
  • Local Laws and Customs
  • Natural Disasters and Climate
  • Additional Information
  • Embassy Contact

Overview

General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation

For the latest update please read the General COVID-19 Travel Advisory >

Overview

Security Status

Avoid non-essential travel.

Security Status Last Updated: 15 March 2020

COVID-19

As of 15 January 2021, the Irish Government advises against all travel to and from countries in South America including Paraguay.

Travel from Paraguay to Ireland

From 16 January, all passengers arriving into Ireland are required to have a negative / not detected result from a pre-departure COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours before their arrival in Ireland. This is a mandatory requirement. Passengers will be asked to present evidence of their negative/‘not detected’ result before boarding their airplane or ferry and will be denied boarding if they cannot produce such evidence. Further information is available here.  

If you must travel to Ireland, you are required to fill out a COVID-19 Passenger Locator Form online before you travel.

If a citizen has a genuine humanitarian emergency requiring urgent travel, they should contact the Embassy immediately for advice and consular assistance before commencing their journey.

A legal requirement to quarantine has been introduced for all passengers arriving in Ireland from 4 February 2021.  If you travel to Ireland for essential reasons from Paraguay:

• 14-day quarantine period must be undertaken at the address specified on the Passenger Locator Form

• you must complete the full 14 days of quarantine - regardless of whether you have a negative test result

If you do not fulfil the legal requirement for mandatory quarantine you are committing an offence, and can be fined up to €2,500 or get a prison sentence of up to 6 months, or both. Further information on essential travel to Ireland from abroad is available on the gov.ie website

Preventive measures and restrictions are in place in Paraguay, including a nationwide curfew from midnight until 5 a.m. We continue to advise short-term visitors to Paraguay to leave as soon as possible. Moreover, we very strongly advise against any further travel into the region until COVID-19 has been contained.

Non-resident foreign nationals may enter Paraguay at present subject to compliance with certain requirements such as completing an online health declaration available on the Paraguayan Health Ministry website, presenting a negative PCR test result issued in the last 72 hours and international health insurance providing COVID-19 coverage.

While commercial flights have resumed, the frequency and routes available are reduced. Check specific requirements with your airline and/or the Paraguayan authorities based on your circumstances.

There are restrictions on non-essential movement nationwide at present, however, restrictions at national and local level vary significantly making both internal and external travel complex. It is currently mandatory to wear facemasks in public throughout Paraguay. You should follow the advice of Paraguayan authorities and comply with these measures.

Measures may be imposed at short notice and specific details may change rapidly, including where and to whom they apply to and for how long. All passengers should stay informed of measures being taken by authorities in the areas they are travelling to. We recommend contacting your airline or tour operator and following the advice of the Paraguayan Ministry of Health.

If you are in Paraguay, you should monitor developments regularly and follow the advice of local authorities.

Check with your doctor well in advance of travelling to see if you need any vaccinations for Paraguay.

Additional information on COVID-19 can be found via the following links:

Paraguayan Ministry of Health

HSE

HPSC

ECDC

World Health Organisation

Emergency assistance

The best help is often close at hand so if you have problems, try talking to your local contacts, tour operator representative or hotel management.

You can contact the emergency series in Paraguay by dialling (911).

There is no Irish Embassy in Paraguay, we’re limited in the help we can offer you in an emergency. However, if you need assistance, you can contact the Honorary Consulate in Asuncion or the  Irish Embassy in Buenos Aires in Argentina.

If you phone outside of working hours, leave us a message giving:

  • Your name
  • The nature of your problem
  • Where you are now
  • Your contact details (mobile phone number or phone number of where you’re staying)

We regularly monitor these messages and one of our staff members will be in contact with you.

EU Directive on Consular Protection

Under the EU Consular Protection Directive, Irish nationals may seek assistance from the Embassy or Consulate of any other EU member state in a country where there is no Irish Embassy or permanent representation.

Our tips for Safe Travels:

  • Purchase comprehensive travel insurance which covers all your intended activities.
  • Register your details with us so that we can contact you quickly if there’s an unforeseen crisis like a natural disaster or a family emergency.
  • Follow us on twitter @dfatravelwise for the latest travel updates.
  • Read our ‘Know Before You Go’ guide.

Safety and Security

Safety and security

Terrorism

Although the threat from terrorism in Paraguay is low, there is still a global risk of indiscriminate terrorist attacks, which could be against civilian targets, including places frequented by tourists and expatriates.

Crime

While most visits to Paraguay are trouble-free, violent crime is increasing in areas frequented by tourists and you should take sensible precautions. 

  • Don’t carry your credit card, travel tickets and money together - leave spare cash and valuables in a safe place. 
  • Don’t carry your passport unless absolutely necessary and leave a copy of your passport (and travel and insurance documents) with family or friends at home.
  • Avoid wearing expensive jewellery, carrying handbags or showing large sums of money in public and don’t use ATMs after dark, especially if you are alone. Check no one has followed you after conducting your business.
  • Keep a close eye on your personal belongings and hold on to them in public places such as internet cafes, train and bus stations.
  • Avoid dark and unlit streets and stairways, arrange to be picked up or dropped off as close to your hotel or apartment entrance as possible.
  • In Asunción, avoid walking near the Presidential Palace or Congress at night, as both are near a slum where foreigners have been victims of assault.
  • Be careful in the north-eastern provinces of Amambay and Canindeyu where smuggling is common and violent incidents take place from time to time.

Driving

If you’re planning to drive in Paraguay, be aware that while some of the county’s principal roads are paved, the quality of the surface varies. Most minor roads are unpaved rough tracks, which can be impassable at times. If you want to drive:

  • Bring your full Irish driving licence and international driving permit and make sure you have adequate and appropriate insurance
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is against the law and you risk being detained, fined or banned from driving if caught
  • Keep your vehicle doors locked and your bags kept out of sight to prevent opportunistic bag-snatching if you’re stopped at traffic lights

Hiring a vehicle

If you’re hiring a vehicle, we advise you not to hand over your passport as a form of security. If you’re allowing your passport to be photocopied, keep it in your sight at all times.

Check that you have adequate insurance and read the small print of the vehicle hire contract (particularly any waiver that will come into effect if the vehicle is damaged).

Local Laws and Customs

Local laws and customs

Illegal drugs

There are very harsh penalties for anyone caught trafficking or in possession of drugs. Be very careful with your luggage and belongings and avoid any contact with prohibited drugs.

Natural Disasters and Climate

Natural disasters and climate

Climate

Paraguay has a subtropical climate in the Paraneña region and a tropical climate in the Chaco. The Paraneña region is generally humid, with plenty of rain throughout the year and only moderate seasonal changes in temperature.

During the summer, the dominant influence on Paraquay’s climate is the warm sirocco winds blowing out of the northeast. During the winter, the dominant wind is the cold pampero from the South Atlantic, which blows across Argentina and is deflected northeastward by the Andes in the southern part of that country.

Additional Information

Additional information

Entry requirements (visa/passport)

If you’re unsure of the entry requirements for Paraguay, including visa and other immigration information, ask your travel agent or contact the nearest Embassy or Consulate of Paraguay.

You can also check with them how long your passport must be valid for.

Passports

It is advisable to take a number of photocopies of your passport with you. During your stay you should carry a photocopy of your passport at all times.

Health

There is a risk of Zika Virus (a dengue-like mosquito-borne disease) in Central and South America and the Caribbean. Irish Citizens especially those with a weakened immune system or women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant are advised to follow guidance available on the website of the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) at http://www.hpsc.ie/A-Z/Vectorborne/Zika/.

Yellow fever

We recommend yellow fever vaccination for everyone over the age of one who is visiting rural and forested areas of Paraquay, including Iguaçu Falls.

Malaria

Malaria is a risk in the southeastern departments of Alto Paraná, Canindeyú, Caaguazú, Caazapá, and Guaira. Before travelling, get up-to-date medical advice as to whether you will need anti-malarial medication. When you arrive, avoid being bitten by mosquitoes by using bed nets and repellents, and wearing closed shoes, long sleeves and trousers.

Dengue fever

Dengue is a serious risk in Paraguay, particularly during the warmer months (November to April) and especially in urban areas. Take sensible precautions against mosquito bites.

 

Embassy contact

Embassy Contact

Outside office hours, for genuine emergencies involving Irish citizens, which cannot wait until the next working day, please call +54 9 11 5945 7483.

You may also wish to contact the Duty Officer at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin on +353 1 408 2000

Embassy of Ireland
Edificio Bluesky
6th Floor
Avenida del Libertador 1068
Recoleta
Buenos Aires
Argentina

Tel: +54 11 5787 0801
Fax: +54 11 5787 0802

Monday to Friday 09:00-13:00

Contact us

Honorary Consulate Contact

Mr. Conor McEnroy
Plaza Center Santa Teresa, 6th Floor
2351 Avenida Aviadores del Chaco
Asunción 1771, Paraguay

Tel: +595 (0) 21 608 255
Fax: +595 (0) 21 608 256

Email: Email us