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Current

The spread of COVID-19 continues to lead to restrictions in international air and travel traffic and impairment of public life.

Before unnecessary, tourist trips to Paraguayis currently being warned.

Epidemiological situation

Paraguay is very badly affected by COVID-19. Paraguay was classified as an area with a particularly high risk of infection (high incidence area).
The World Health Organization (WHO) provides current and detailed figures.

entry

Upon entry, a PCR test must be presented, which must not be older than 72 hours. This does not apply to children under 10 years of age. If this test is negative, there is no quarantine requirement. If the test is not presented or if it is positive, travelers must go to a 10-day quarantine, which they can spend in their own home. Alternatively, collective accommodation and so-called "health hotels" are also available. Travelers must complete an online health form from the Paraguayan Ministry of Health within 24 hours prior to entry. When entering from Brazil and staying in Brazil for more than 24 hours, a seven-day quarantine must be observed. Foreigners from non-Mercosur and associated countries (Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay, Venezuela, Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Peru, Suriname) who do not have a residence permit in Paraguay and are only temporarily staying in the country must with Proof of valid health insurance coverage upon arrival, which also covers medical treatment in the event of COVID-19 illness.

Persons who were verifiably ill with COVID-19 within the last 14 to 90 days before entry are exempt from submitting a negative PCR test, but must prove this with appropriate laboratory results.

Paraguayan citizens and foreigners with a residence permit for the country can carry out a fee-based PCR test upon arrival at the airport in Asunción (approx. 60 euros). Until the test result is available, they have to go into quarantine. The quarantine is ended when the negative test result is presented; if the result is positive, a quarantine of a total of 10 days must be observed.

Transit and onward travel

Since the end of March 2020, restrictions have been placed on border traffic with neighboring countries. The following opening times apply to the three border crossings to Brazil that are already open:

- Puente Internacional de la Amistad (Ciudad del Este and Foz de Iguazú): 5 a.m. to 2 p.m., outside these times, entry is only possible for Paraguayan citizens and foreigners with a residence permit for Paraguay.

- Pedro Juan Caballero and Ponta Porã: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.

- Salto del Guairá and Mundo Novo: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Travel connections

The commercial air traffic at the international airport in Asunción takes place on a reduced scale.

Restrictions in the country

Depending on the epidemiological situation, a curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. will initially apply until May 10, 2021 for the parts of the country most severely affected by the pandemic (including the capital Asunción). For the rest of the country, the curfew applies from midnight to 5 a.m. Events, cultural, religious and private meetings are limited in time and only allowed with a limited number of people.
Hygiene requirements apply to hotels. Children are only allowed to be in public spaces when accompanied by an adult.

Hygiene rules

In public spaces, it is mandatory to wear mouth and nose protection and the usual hygiene rules in connection with COVID-19.

  • Make sure you comply with the AHA regulations and also follow the instructions from local authorities. High fines can be imposed if the hygiene regulations are violated.
  • If you have to travel absolutely necessary, find out about the current entry regulations of the Paraguayan authorities.
  • Find out about current developments at the Paraguayan Ministry of Health.
  • Stays in foreign countries can currently affect the possibility of entering other countries. Therefore, find out about the current regulations on entry, transit and quarantine in the respective travel countries via the travel and safety information before starting any trip.
  • When you return to Germany, note the valid entry restrictions such as registration, test and quarantine regulations, inquire about the current conditions of carriage at the responsible company or your tour operator, if necessary, and contact the health department at your place of residence or residence if you are entering from a risk area . Further information is available in our continuously updated info box on COVID-19 / Coronavirus.

security

terrorism

The operational area of ​​the Paraguayan guerrilla organization EPP (Ejército del Pueblo Paraguayo) is located in the northern part of the department of San Pedro and the southern part of the department of Concepción. In its attacks, the EPP mainly targets the police and the military, but civilians are also occasionally affected, again and again with fatal consequences.

  • Avoid unnecessary travel to these areas.
  • Be especially vigilant in busy locations and on special occasions.
  • Please note the worldwide safety information.

Domestic situation

The security situation in both urban and rural areas requires constant attention. In the border area between Paraguay and Brazil there has recently been an increasing number of armed clashes between drug cartels.

There can also be isolated protests and demonstrations, which can also lead to violent clashes and traffic obstructions such as road blockades.

  • Be especially careful in the border town of Pedro Juan Caballero.
  • Find out about the local media.
  • Avoid demonstrations and large gatherings of people in large areas.
  • Follow the instructions of local security guards.

crime

The crime rate and willingness to use violence are high. Raids are also carried out in the settlement areas popular with Germans. Offenders are often armed and sometimes use the weapon for minor reasons.

  • Keep your money, ID, driver's license, air tickets and other important documents safe.
  • Prefer cashless payments and only take the cash you need for the day and no unnecessary valuables.
  • Refrain from wearing flashy clothing, jewelry and valuable watches
  • Be particularly vigilant in large crowds such as at the airport, in markets and on public transport and watch out for your valuables.
  • Avoid unaccompanied walks after dark and night trips overland.
  • Pay attention to the consistent implementation of security measures (window bars, fixed doors, alarm systems, etc.)
  • Do not resist attacks. Be skeptical of unfamiliar e-mails, profit notifications, offers and requests for help from alleged acquaintances. Do not disclose any data about yourself; if necessary, make sure yourself personally or contact the police.

Nature and climate

There is a tropical to subtropical climate.

In the rainy season from November to April there are regular floods and landslides and as a result significant traffic obstructions due to impassable roads and bridges, especially in the Chaco region.

Especially in the summer months, especially in the northeast and the Chaco region, there are frequent bush and forest fires due to the prevailing climatic conditions. Impairment of the infrastructure must be expected in these cases.

  • Always observe prohibitions, signs and warnings as well as the instructions of local authorities.

Travel info

Infrastructure / traffic

Traffic routes may be impaired due to measures related to COVID-19 containment, see Current.

The country's tourist infrastructure is modest, but coaches are available to all tourist destinations in addition to rental cars.

The roads are often in poor condition and there are many, even larger, potholes.
During and after heavy rain, many roads are only restricted and can be used at risk, even in urban areas.
The number of accidents is significantly higher than in Central Europe.

There is no statutory insurance requirement for motor vehicles. In the event of an accident, damage incurred will not always be reimbursed due to the lack of sufficient financial means on the part of the cause.

  • Always drive carefully and defensively.
  • Be particularly careful as a pedestrian.
  • Avoid driving overland at night.

Driver's license

The international driving license is recognized for a period of 90 days and is only valid in conjunction with the national German driving license.

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Real estate business

Particular caution is advised when doing real estate deals in Paraguay. Time and again, cases become known in which land has been sold several times, or land is offered by people who are not owners.

The enforcement of legal claims before Paraguayan courts is often laborious and rarely successful.

  • Find out more from various sources and compare land prices.
  • Don't buy anything that you haven't seen before.
  • Check the ownership structure sufficiently before buying and have the current property title presented to you.
  • Involve a lawyer or notary in real estate matters.

Legal specifics

In recent years, Paraguay has been increasingly used by drug couriers as a transit country. The Paraguayan anti-drug agency SENAD has had internationally recognized search successes for a long time; Europeans are also being held in Asunción prisons for drug smuggling.

In the event of arrest, the German embassy in Asunción should be informed immediately.

Criminal proceedings in Paraguay are lengthy and often do not meet German standards. Long pre-trial detention and harsh prison conditions must be expected. In the event of a conviction, the prison sentence is generally to be served in Paraguay.

  • Never leave your luggage unattended and do not transport packages for strangers.

Money / credit cards

The local currency is the guaraní. Withdrawing cash from ATMs and paying with credit cards are possible in large parts of the country. The maximum limit for cash withdrawals is usually 1,500,000 - 3,000,000 Guaranies (around 220 - 440 EUR) per day.

Entry and customs

Entry and transit regulations may currently differ due to measures to contain COVID-19, see Current.

Entry and import regulations for German citizens can change at short notice without the Foreign Office being informed beforehand. You can only obtain legally binding information and / or information that goes beyond this information on the entry and customs regulations for importing goods directly from the representatives of your destination country.
You can find the customs regulations for Germany on the website of German customs and via the “Customs and Travel” app, or you can inquire about them by telephone.

Travel documents

Entry is possible for German citizens with the following documents:

  • Passport: Yes
  • Temporary passport: Yes
  • Identity card: No
  • Provisional identity card: No
  • Children's passport: Yes

Comments / minimum remaining validity:
Travel documents must be valid for the duration of the stay.

visa

German citizens do not need a visa to enter the country and stay for up to 90 days as a tourist.

The stay can be extended once for 90 days with the approval of the Paraguayan Migration Authority (Migraciones).

If you plan to stay in Paraguay for a longer period of time, you must first obtain information about the residence regulations from the Paraguayan embassy in Berlin.

Minors

For tourist stays of up to 90 days, minors traveling alone or with only one parent who has custody no longer require a travel permit from the custodian (s) who are not traveling with them. It is sufficient to present the birth certificate.
A travel permit is still required for German minors living in Paraguay. The travel authorization (“permiso del menor”) must be submitted to a justice of the peace (“juzgado de paz”) and is valid for a maximum of 90 days.
In addition to the travel authorization, the presentation of the birth certificate is also required. German birth certificates must be legalized by the Paraguayan embassy and translated into Spanish by a recognized translator.
The Paraguayan Migration Authority provides a detailed overview of the entry and exit regulations for minors in Spanish.

Entry and exit by land

Travelers by land must make sure that at the border crossings of Ciudad del Este / Foz do Iguaçu (Brazil) in the east, Encarnación / Posadas (Argentina) in the south and in Puerto Falcón (Argentina across from Asunción) in the west of the country Your passport is stamped by the Paraguayan immigration authorities. Vehicles are generally not stopped at the Ciudad del Este / Foz do Iguacu border crossing, so you need to take the initiative to get this stamp. Otherwise, a fine of currently around 240,000 Gs. (Approx. 35 EUR) must be paid for checks on interurban roads and when leaving the country.
In order to avoid delays in departure, the fine should not be paid at the airport, but at the migration authority (Migraciones) 1-2 days before departure.

Entry from and on to Brazil

For entry from the regions of Brazil affected by yellow fever as well as for exit there, an international yellow fever ID card is required at passport control.

According to the Paraguayan Ministry of Health, the yellow fever vaccination and the international yellow fever ID are available from the state regional hospitals and the “Décimo Octavo Región Sanitaria” in Asunción (Avda. Brasil e / Manuel Domínguez y Fulgencio R. Moreno, Tel. 021-204 758).

Import regulations

Cash can be imported up to a sum of 10,000 USD.

Pets

The responsible SENACSA ​​can provide information on the importation of animals into Paraguay.

health

Current

The World Health Organization (WHO) has declared the disease COVID-19, which is triggered by the novel coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, a pandemic.

Due to the increase in cases of dengue fever, a health emergency was declared for the city of Asunción in early 2020.

  • Note the information in the section Dengue fever.

measles

In January 2019, WHO declared delaying or skipping vaccinations as a threat to global health. In particular, the lack of vaccination against measles poses a high risk when the number of cases increases internationally.

  • As part of your travel preparations, check your and your children's vaccination protection against measles and have this supplemented if necessary.

Vaccination protection

No compulsory vaccinations are required for direct entry from Germany. When entering from yellow fever endemic areas, a yellow fever vaccination is compulsory for all travelers from the age of one. If you plan to stay, especially in the southern parts of the country, a yellow fever vaccination is also medically advisable.

  • Make sure that you and your children have the standard vaccinations according to the Robert Koch Institute's vaccination calendar up to date.
  • Vaccinations against hepatitis A are recommended as travel vaccinations, and in the case of long-term stays or special exposure also against hepatitis B, typhoid and rabies.
  • Please note the instructions for use and help for the indication in the travel vaccination recommendations leaflet.
  • The DTG offers up-to-date, detailed travel vaccination recommendations for specialist groups.

Zika virus infection

The predominantly diurnal AedesMosquito-borne infection with Zika viruses can lead to malformations in children during pregnancy and neurological complications in adults.

Dengue fever

Dengue viruses are nationwide by diurnal Aedes- Mosquitoes transmitted. The disease is usually associated with fever, skin rash and pronounced pain in the limbs and is increasingly affecting travelers as well. In rare cases, especially in children, serious complications, including possible death, occur. Overall, however, complications for travelers are rare. There is neither a vaccination norChemoprophylaxis another specific therapy against dengue fever, see leaflet Dengue fever.

  • To avoid dengue fever, protect yourself consistently against mosquito bites as part of exposure prophylaxis, especially during the day.

Chikungunya fever

Chikungunya viruses are diurnal Aedes- Mosquitoes transmitted. The disease is characterized by a high fever and possibly prolonged joint and muscle pain. The symptoms can often not be clearly distinguished from other mosquito-borne diseases. Chikungunya fever does not always heal without consequences; long-term rheumatoid-like symptoms rarely occur. There is neither a vaccination nor chemoprophylaxis nor a specific therapy, see leaflet Chikungunya fever.

  • To avoid chikungunya fever, protect yourself consistently against mosquito bites as part of exposure prophylaxis, especially during the day.

malaria

There is a low risk in the border provinces of Canindeyú, Alto Paraná, Caaguazú.
The rest of the country and cities are considered malaria-free.
Taking emergency medication with you can make sense, depending on your travel style, after consulting a travel / tropical medicine specialist.

HIV / AIDS

There is always a high risk of HIV transmission through sexual contact, drug use (unclean syringes or cannulas) and blood transfusions.

  • Always use condoms, especially on casual acquaintances.

Diarrheal diseases

Diarrheal illnesses are common travel illnesses, see information sheet on diarrheal illnesses. However, most diarrheal diseases can be avoided through appropriate food and drinking water hygiene. Therefore, to protect your health, please observe the following basic information:

  • Only drink water of safe origin, never tap water. A previously opened bottle can be identified more easily by purchasing carbonated bottled water.
  • If possible, use drinking water to wash dishes and brush your teeth when you are out and about.
  • If bottled water is not available, use filtered, disinfected, or boiled water.
  • Cook or peel food yourself.
  • Make sure you keep flies away from your food.
  • Wash your hands with soap as often as possible, but always before preparing and eating.
  • If possible, disinfect your hands with liquid disinfectant.

Loan maniasis

In Paraguay, the visceral (generalized) leishmaniasis and less rarely the cutaneous form (restricted to the skin) is very rarely transmitted by sand flies.
It is important to note, among other things, that the time between an insect bite and the appearance of symptoms can be very long (weeks to several months).

Trypanosomiasis ("Mal de Chagas")

In Paraguay, American trypanosomiasis (Chagas) can be transmitted through excretions from predatory bugs that live in cracks in simple dwellings in rural areas. These can be ingested through the bite of infected bedbugs or, less often, through contaminated fruit or sugar cane juices. In the acute phase of the disease, flu-like symptoms and possibly swelling of the eyelids are in the foreground. Serious organ changes in the heart and digestive tract can occur up to years after the infection. Overall, the risk for travelers to get sick with Chagas is very low.

  • Use correctly attached bed nets to protect against bites.

Air pollution

Medical supplies

With the exception of the capital Asunción, the range of health and emergency care is inadequate, especially in many rural areas, i.e. generally not comparable with European technical and hygienic standards.

  • Take out travel health and repatriation insurance for the duration of your stay abroad. The German Liaison Office for Health Insurance - Abroad provides detailed information.
  • Take your individual first-aid kit with you and protect it against high temperatures when you are out and about, see the first-aid kit leaflet.
  • Before you go on a trip, seek personal advice from tropical medicine advice centers, tropical doctors or travel doctors and adjust your vaccination protection, even if you have already experienced the tropics from other regions. Corresponding doctors can be found e.g. B. via the DTG.

In addition to the general disclaimer, please note:

  • All information is intended for the information of medically trained. They are not a substitute for the consultation of a doctor.
  • The recommendations are tailored to direct entry from Germany to a travel destination, especially for longer stays on site. For shorter trips, entries from third countries and trips to other areas of the country, deviations may apply.
  • All information is always dependent on the individual circumstances of the traveler and may require medical advice.
  • In spite of the best possible efforts, the medical information is always just a consultation offer. They cannot cover all medical aspects, eliminate all doubts or always be completely up-to-date. You stay responsible for your healthy.

Country information about your travel destination

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Further information for your trip

The global threat of terrorist attacks and kidnappings remains unchanged.

Since September 2014, the terrorist organizations “Al Qaeda” and “Islamic State” (IS) have been threatened with attacks against various countries and their nationals. There were a number of attacks with firearms, explosives, kidnappings and hostage-taking.

Even if there are currently no specific indications of a threat to German interests abroad, it cannot be ruled out that German nationals or German institutions abroad will also become targets of acts of terrorist violence.

Places with a symbolic character come into question as possible targets. These include well-known sights, government and administrative buildings, transport infrastructure (especially airplanes, trains, ships, buses), economic and tourism centers, hotels, markets, religious meeting places and generally larger gatherings of people.

The level of terrorist threat differs from country to country. There is a particular risk of an attack in countries and regions in which attacks have already been carried out repeatedly or can be carried out relatively easily due to a lack of effective security measures, or in which terrorists have the support of the local population.

More detailed information about the terrorist threat can be found in the country-specific travel and safety information. These are checked regularly and adjusted if necessary.

The risk of falling victim to an attack is still comparatively low compared to other risks that travel abroad entails, such as accidents, illness or ordinary crime. Nevertheless, travelers should be aware of the risk.

The Federal Foreign Office strongly recommends that all travelers behave in a safety-conscious and appropriate manner. Before and during a trip, travelers should carefully inform themselves about the conditions in their country of travel, behave appropriately, follow the local media and report suspicious incidents (e.g. unattended baggage in airports or train stations, suspicious behavior by people) to the local police or security authorities .