ParaguayOfficial Name: Republic of Paraguay
Must be valid at time of entry
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One requested for entry stamp
TOURIST VISA REQUIRED:
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CURRENCY RESTRICTIONS FOR EXIT:
Embassies and Consulates
1776 Mariscal Lopez Avenue
Telephone: +(595)(21) 213-715
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: +(595)(21) 229-581
Fax: +(595)(21) 228-603
See the Department of State’s Fact Sheet on Paraguay for information on U.S. - Paraguay relations.
Entry, Exit & Visa Requirements
A passport is required to enter Paraguay. U.S. Citizens arriving by air may obtain a "visa en arribo" (visa on arrival) at Silvio Pettirossi International Airport in Asuncion. This is a multiple entry visa with a validity of up to 10 (ten) years. The current fee is $160, payable in U.S. Currency (credit cards are not accepted). If not arriving at Silvio Pettirossi International Airport, prior to traveling to Paraguay, you must apply for a visa in person or by secure messenger at the Paraguayan Embassy in Washington D.C. or the nearest Paraguayan consulate, and pay the fee. Minors must provide a notarized authorization from parent/guardian with their visa application.
To leave Paraguay by airplane, you must pay an airport departure tax. Some airlines include the Paraguayan airport departure tax in the cost of the airline ticket. It is recommended that you check with the airline in order to determine whether or not the departure tax has been included.
Visit the Embassy of Paraguay website for the most current visa information.
The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Paraguay.
Find information on dual nationality, prevention of international child abduction and customs regulations on our websites.
Safety and Security
Terrorism: The U.S. Embassy is not aware of any specific threat to U.S. citizens in Paraguay. Nevertheless, you should remain vigilant at all times while travelling. A small armed anti-government militant group known as the Ejercito del Pueblo Paraguayo (EPP) operates principally in the northern region of San Pedro and the southern region of Concepcion.
Crime: Illicit activities, including arms and narcotics trafficking, occur in the area of Ciudad del Este and along the tri-border area between Paraguay, Brazil, and Argentina. The U.S. Embassy in Asuncion requires U.S. government personnel and their family members to provide advance notice and a travel itinerary when traveling outside of the capital, particularly when traveling to Ciudad del Este, or to the regions of San Pedro, Concepcion, Amambay, and Canindeyu.
Several high profile kidnappings have occurred in the interior of the country, particularly in the region of Concepcion. Members of the Paraguayan business community and their family members have been targeted. It is generally believed that kidnappings are financially motivated and kidnappers have selected their targets based on the victims’ wealth and perceived willingness to pay ransom.
Street crime is prevalent in the cities and the number of pick pockets and armed assaults is increasing. A common tactic is the use of motorcycles by robbers to quickly approach victims by brandishing a weapon and then demanding a wallet or purse.
Thieves have been known to pose as service people (mailmen, reporter(s), water meter readers, electrical repairmen, delivery persons, as well as maintenance personnel) in order to gain access to your home. They sometimes wear uniforms and travel in official looking vans and automobiles. Do not let such people inside your residence unless you have contacted the service provider directly.
U.S. citizen victims of sexual assault should first contact the U.S. Embassy.
Report crimes to the local police at 911 and contact the U.S. Embassy at (+595) 021-213-715 and press 2210 (Dial (+595) (21) 229 581 after hours).
Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.
See our webpage on help for U.S. victims of crime overseas.
- help you find appropriate medical care
- assist you in reporting a crime to the police
- contact relatives or friends with your written consent
- explain the local criminal justice process in general terms
- provide a list of local attorneys
- provide our information on victim’s compensation programs in the U.S.
- provide an emergency loan for repatriation to the United States and/or limited medical support in cases of destitution
- help you find accommodation and arrange flights home
- replace a stolen or lost passport
Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the Embassy for assistance.
For further information:
- Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
- Call us in Washington at 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
- See the State Department's travel website for Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, and Travel Alerts.
- See traveling safely abroad for useful travel tips.
Local Laws & Special Circumstances
Criminal Penalties: You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. Penalties for possessing, using, or trafficking in illegal drugs in Paraguay are severe, and convicted offenders can expect long jail sentences and heavy fines.
Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the U.S., regardless of local law. For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website.
Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.
Faith-Based Travelers: See the Department of State’s International Religious Freedom Report.
LGBTI Travelers: There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events in Paraguay. See our LGBTI Travel Information page and section 6 of our Human Rights report for further details.
Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance. Paraguayan law prohibits discrimination against persons with physical and mental disabilities in employment, education, access to health care of the provision of state services, and the government seeks to enforce these prohibitions. Access to buildings, pedestrian paths and transportation is extremely difficult for persons with disabilities, as mandated accessibility requirements exist but are rarely enforced.
Women Travelers: See our travel tips for Women Travelers.
We do not pay medical bills. Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas.
Medical Insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage.
We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation.
If traveling with prescription medication, check with the government of Paraguay to ensure the medication is legal in Paraguay. Always, carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription.
The following diseases are prevalent:
- Diarrheal illness
- Zika Virus
- Dengue Fever
Vaccinations: Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Further health information:
Travel & Transportation
Road Conditions and Safety: U.S. citizens have been killed and injured in traffic accidents throughout Paraguay. Only minimal standards must be met to obtain a Paraguayan driver’s license, and a driver’s education prior to licensing is not common.
Traffic Laws: Driver’s throughout Paraguay routinely ignore traffic regulations. No vehicle insurance is required and many Paraguayans drive without insurance coverage.
Public Transportation: Public transportation is readily available for urban and inter-city travel. Buses vary in maintenance conditions and may not meet U.S. safety standards. Taxis are available and may be called using telephone numbers listed in newspapers. No passenger train service exists. Bicycle travel may not be safe because of traffic and other road hazards.
Most urban streets consist of cobblestones over dirt. Nearly all rural roads are unpaved, and during rainy periods and the rainy season (November-April), they may be impassable. Driving or traveling at night is not advisable outside Asuncion due to the presence of pedestrians, animals, or vehicles without proper lights often found on the roads.
See our Road Safety page for more information. Visit the website of Paraguay’s national tourist office and national authority responsible for road safety. The Touring and Automobile Club provides some roadside assistance to its members. The club may be contacted in Asuncion by visiting its offices at 25 de Mayo near Avenida Brazil or by calling 210-550 to 210-553. Intercity highway maintenance is not equal to U.S. standards. The privately maintained toll road between Caaguazu and Ciudade Del Este and the routes between Asuncion and Encarnacion and Asuncion and Pedro Juan Caballero are in good condition. The Trans-Chaco route is in fair condition except for the portion between Mariscal Estigarribia and the Bolivian border, which is unpaved and at times impassable.
Aviation Safety Oversight: As there is no direct commercial air service to the United States by carriers registered in Paraguay, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not assessed the government of Paraguay’s Civil Aviation Authority for compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.