*Entry rules in response to coronavirus: Non-resident foreign nationals may enter Paraguay subject to compliance with health protocols. Foreign travellers must complete an online health declaration available on the Paraguayan Health Ministry website. All travellers must complete the health card at the time of entering the country at the immigration check informing the Paraguayan Ministry of Health of any potential issues or exposure.
Non-resident foreigners must present international medical insurance with complete health coverage to include attention to COVID-19 cases, PCR tests, laboratory studies, outpatient care, hospitalisation, and stays in the ICU. Children under 18 years old that have a mother or father with Paraguayan nationality are exempt from this requirement. Travellers over the age of 10 years that arrive with a negative PCR test result issued 72 hours before departure will not require isolation, however those without a test result should isolate for 14 days. Travellers under 10 years need not enter with a test. All people entering the country must comply with the sanitary measures imposed by the Ministry of Health, such as physical distancing, use of facemasks and frequent hand washing. Internal Restrictions:
*Travel in Paraguay: In March 2020, Paraguayan authorities declared a nationwide health-related State of Emergency, putting in place restrictions, which were relaxed in phases.
From 27 April to 10 May, local authorities have declared a restriction on free movement from 8pm to 5amin the following cities that are considered “red level” areas: Asunción, Ciudad del Este, Loma Plata, Coronel Oviedo, San José de los Arroyos, Caazapá, Curuguaty, Areguá, Capiatá, Fernando de la Mora, Guarambaré, Itá, Itauguá, J. Augusto Saldívar, Lambaré, Limpio, Luque, Mariano Roque Alonso, Ñemby, San Antonio, San Lorenzo, Villa Elisa, Villeta, Ypacaraí, Ypané, Concepción, San Lázaro, Altos, Atyrá, Caacupé, Emboscada, Eusebio Ayala, Itacurubí de la Cordillera, Piribebuy, San Bernardino, Villarrica, Bella Vista, Cambyretá, Capitán Miranda, Encarnación, Fram, Hohenau, Natalio, Obligado, Yatytay, Ayolas, San Ignacio, San Juan Bautista, Santa Rosa Misiones, Pilar, Carapeguá, Paraguarí, Pirayú, Yaguarón, Ybycuí, Benjamín Aceval and Villa Hayes.
For the rest of the country, the restrictions on free movement are in place between 11:59pm and 5am. There are exceptions to go to the pharmacy or hospital, and for essential workers. You should, therefore, stay at your accommodation unless necessary to go out. Wearing a facemask is mandatory at all times and observing sanitary measures (washing of hands and observing physical distance).
*Accommodation: Some accommodation options are open such as hotels, hostels and private rentals. Check with your accommodation provider what facilities, including restaurants, are available.
*Public spaces and services: Commercial activities: • Businesses can operate in well-ventilated environments between the permitted hours, with use of facemasks, work in crews to limit contact and promoting the sale of products on a delivery and pickup basis.
• Restaurants can operate promoting delivery and pickup services or on a reservation basis only with up to 4 people per table for red level cities and up to 6 people per table for the rest of the country. Attendees must be seated, use of facemasks is mandatory, and there must not be interaction between tables.
• Pharmacies and call centres can operate on a 24 hour basis.
• Delivery services can operate from 5am to 10pm
• In-classroom lessons will be virtual or hybrid.
• Higher education lessons will continue to be virtual.
• Social events in public and private venues are allowed for a maximum duration of 4 hours, with a person responsible for the event, with prior individual registration, mandatory use of facemasks and observing a 2-metre social distancing. No bars or dance floors are allowed.
*Red level cities:
• Social events can be carried out with up to 25 people in closed spaces with adequate ventilation, and up to 50 people in outdoor spaces. Events in open and closed spaces cannot be combined.
• Social events in private homes are not allowed with guests from outside the household.
Rest of the country:
• Social events can be carried out with up to 50 people in closed spaces with adequate ventilation, and up to 100 people in outdoor spaces. Events in open and closed space cannot be combined.
• Social events in private homes can take place with up to 5 people outside of those who live in the same home and observing sanitary measures. • Children and teenagers are allowed to circulate in the company of an adult family member.
Red level cities:
• Individual physical activities are allowed.
• Sports competitions are prohibited.
*Rest of the country:
• Physical activities, non-contact sports and group classes are allowed in academies, gyms and other sport related spaces, based on a reservation, registration of client details and observing a 4-metre social distancing.
• People over 60 years must have an exclusive area or time to perform physical activities.
• People over 60 years and people with disabilities that require assistance can be accompanied by another person over 18 years old.
• Children must be accompanied by an adult member of their family and interact only with those that are part of their family.
*Cultural and Religious activities:
Red level cities:
• Cultural activities can take place with up 25 people in closed spaces and up to 50 people in outdoors or open spaces, observing a 2-metre social distancing, mandatory use of facemasks, previous registration and in compliance with sanitary measures.
• Religious services with up to 25 people are permitted in closed spaces and up to 50 people in open spaces, observing a 2 metre social distancing, mandatory use of facemasks, with preassigned seating, previous registration and in compliance with sanitary measures.
*Rest of the country:
• Cultural activities can take place with up 75 people in closed spaces and up to 150 people in outdoors or open spaces, observing a 2-metre social distancing, mandatory use of facemasks, previous registration and in compliance with sanitary measures.
• Religious services with up to 75 people are permitted in closed spaces and up to 150 people in open spaces, observing a 2 metre social distancing, mandatory use of facemasks, with preassigned seating, previous registration and in compliance with sanitary measures.
*Further information: For exhaustive information, visit the Paraguayan Ministry of Health website (in Spanish). The Paraguayan government has announced that, if the circumstances require it, further localised restrictions may be put into place. You should follow local government guidelines stated on the Paraguayan Ministry of Health website (in Spanish).