Coronavirus travel health

Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for Paraguay on the TravelHealthPro website.

See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.

International travel

Commercial flights are now operating to and from Paraguay on a limited number of routes. Check with your travel company for the latest information.

Entry and borders

See Entry requirements to find out whether there are restrictions on entry into Paraguay and what you will need to do when you arrive.

Returning to the UK

Travelling from and returning to the UK

Check what you must do to travel abroad and return to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.

If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting. If you will pass through a red list country, book your hotel quarantine package before travelling to the UK.

You are responsible for organising your own COVID-19 test, in line with UK government testing requirements.

Be prepared for your plans to change

No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.

If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.

Plan ahead and make sure you:

  • can access money
  • understand what your insurance will cover
  • can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned

Travel in Paraguay

As of 23 February 2022, the Paraguayan government has lifted its COVID-19 related restrictions. Nevertheless, facemask use is mandatory in open and closed (indoor) spaces where physical distance cannot be maintained (supermarkets, pharmacies, busy streets, etc).  All travellers must wear a mask to board public transport and enter indoor premises.

Healthcare in Paraguay

If you think you have COVID-19 symptoms, dial the Ministry of Health hotline at 154.

The public healthcare system varies across the country, and in some cities in Paraguay, the additional burden of treating COVID-19 patients might affect services such as accident and emergency care. Some private hospitals might not accept credit card payments for admissions and only accept patients with valid health insurance. Short-term foreign visitors are required to demonstrate proof of medical insurance before boarding their flight to Paraguay. Check with your airline carrier.

Check if your travel or health insurance has comprehensive cover for coronavirus and refer to official channels in your location for further details.

People with COVID-19 symptoms, that have recently come in contact with someone with COVID-19, or have recently travelled internationally are eligible for testing by booking an appointment by calling the Ministry of Health’s hotline at 154, but results from public laboratories may take up to a week to arrive.

For contact details for English speaking doctors, visit our list of healthcare providers. Your emotional and mental wellbeing is important. Read guidance on how to look after your mental wellbeing and mental health.

View Health for further details on healthcare in Paraguay.

See also the guidance on healthcare if you’re waiting to return to the UK.

COVID-19 vaccines if you live in Paraguay

We will update this page when the Government of Paraguay announces new information on the national vaccination programme. You can sign up to get email notifications when this page is updated.

The Paraguayan national vaccination programme started in February 2021 and has predominantly been using AstraZeneca, Covaxin, Pfizer-BioNTech, Sinopharm and Sputnik V. Other vaccines may available in limited supply. The Government of Paraguay has a dedicated website for their national vaccination programme (only available in Spanish). British nationals resident in Paraguay are eligible for vaccination, if they choose to join the programme. Vaccination is occurring in priority phases and is voluntary and free of charge. Resident British Nationals with a locally issued cédula de identidad (identity card) are eligible to register within the vaccination programme on the same basis as Paraguayan nationals, by using the Registro de Ciudadanía option. British Nationals who do not hold a cédula de identidad (identity card) are eligible to register within the vaccination programme, under the Registro de Extranjeros option. Information about priority group categories are included on the national vaccination programme website.

Find out more, including about vaccines that are authorised in the UK or approved by the World Health Organisation, on the COVID-19 vaccines if you live abroad.

If you’re a British national living in Paraguay, you should seek medical advice from your local healthcare provider. Information about COVID-19 vaccines used in the national programme where you live, including regulatory status, should be available from local authorities.

Further information

Further information is also available on the Paraguayan Ministry of Health website or official Twitter channel (both in Spanish). If you need urgent consular assistance, contact your nearest British embassy, high commission or consulate. All telephone numbers are available 24/7.