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Paraguay is a constitutional democracy with a developing economy.  Tourist facilities are adequate in the capital city of Asuncion, but they vary greatly in quality and prices.  Travelers outside Asuncion should consider seeking travel agency assistance, as satisfactory or adequate tourist facilities are very limited in other major cities and almost nonexistent in remote areas.  Read the Department of State Background Notes on Paraguay for additional information.


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Country Name: Paraguay
Continent: South America
Capital City: AsunciĆ³n
Boundary Countries:

Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil

Recommended Hospitals in Capital:

Hospital de Clinicas- Asunción, Sanatorio San Roque (Asunción)

Main Cities:

Asunción, Fuerte Olimpo, Concepción, Doctor Pedro P. Peña, San Pedro, Villeta, Pilar, Encarnación, Villarrica, Salta de Guairá, Pedro Juan Caballero, Ciudad de Este.

Country Size: 406,750 sq km
Population: 6,669,086



Spanish (official), Guarani (official).

Currency: guarani (PYG)
Predominant Religions:

Roman Catholic 89.6%, Protestant 6.2%, other Christian 1.1%, other or unspecified 1.9%, none 1.1%

National Holidays: Independence Day, 14 May 1811 (observed 15 May)
Economic Status:

Landlocked Paraguay has a market economy marked by a large informal sector.


Army, National Navy (Armada Nacional, includes Naval Aviation, Marine Corps, General Naval Prefecture), Air Force (Fuerza Aerea Paraguay, FAP).

US Presence:
U.S. Embassy in Asuncion
1776 Mariscal Lopez Avenue
Asunción, Paraguay
Tel: 595 21 213-715, 595 21 248-3000
Document Requirements:

A passport and visa are required.  U.S. citizens traveling to Paraguay must submit completed visa applications in person or by secure messenger to the Paraguayan Embassy or one of the consulates and pay a fee.  Paraguay issues visas for one-entry or multiple entries up to the validity of the U.S. passport.  Applicants under 18 years of age traveling alone must appear with both of their parents or a legal guardian.  In case of a guardian, an original and one copy of proof of legal guardianship are required.  A document of authorization from parents/guardian will be accepted only if it is notarized and certified by the county clerk.  Travelers entering or departing Paraguay with regular U.S. passports will be fingerprinted.   Some airlines include the Paraguayan airport departure tax in the price 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.  If the tax is not included in the airline ticket then payment would be required upon departure in either U.S. or local currency (no credit cards or checks accepted). Visit the Embassy of Paraguay web site at http://www.embaparusa.gov.py for the most current visa information.

Information about dual nationality or the prevention of international child abduction can be found on our web site.  For further information about customs regulations, please read our Customs Information sheet.

Major Airports:

Airports: 838, Airports w/paved runways: 13

Asuncion – Silvo Pettirossi International Airport (ASU/SGAS)
Ausnción Airport, Paraguay, Presidente Gen. Stroessner Airport, CC 1752, Asuncion, PARAGUAY
Tel: +595 21 22-012/4
Fax: +595 21 213-406

Servicing Airlines:
Risks and Precautions:

As stated in the Dept of State's latest Worldwide Caution, US citizens overseas may be targeted by extremist groups and should maintain a high level of vigilance. The US Embassy is not aware of any specific terrorist threat to Americans in Paraguay.
In Asuncion, the following phone numbers exist for roadside/ambulance assistance:
Emergency Services, including police and ambulances: 911.
Fire Department, including rescue of accident victims: 131, 132.
US citizens traveling to or residing in Paraguay should be aware of their surroundings and security at all times. They should take common sense precautions including refraining from displaying expensive-looking cameras and jewelry, large amounts of money, or other valuable items. Resistance to armed assailants has often aggravated the situation and therefore is not advised.

Mortality Statistics:

Infant MR total: 26.45 deaths/1,000 live births
Life expectancy at birth: TOTAL 75.34 yrs (male 72.78/ female 78.02)

Immunization Indicators:

Required: None
Recommended: Yellow Fever, Malaria, Hep A & B, Typhoid, Rabies, Boosters: MMR, DPT, as needed

Infectious Disease Concerns:

Malaria risk area in Paraguay: Risk in the departments of Alto Paraná, Caaguazú, and Canendiyú.
Louse-borne typhus, a rickettsial infection is often found in mountain areas of Colombia and Peru.

Overall Quality of Medical Services:

Adequate medical facilities, prescription and over-the-counter medicine, supplies, and services are available only in Asuncion. Elsewhere, these are limited and may not exist.

Providers in Network:
Direct Payment: 0
Referrals: 15
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Recent Medical Threats/ Concerns/Warnings:

Malaria risk area in Paraguay: Risk in the departments of Alto Paraná, Caaguazú, and Canendiyú.

Louse-borne typhus, a rickettsial infection is often found in mountain areas of Colombia and Peru.Dengue, filariasis, leishmaniasis, onchocerciasis, and American trypanosomiasis (Chagas disease) are other diseases carried by insects that also occur in this region. Epidemics of viral encephalitis and dengue fever occur in some countries in this area. Bartonellosis, or Oroya fever (a sand fly-borne disease), occurs in arid river valleys on the western slopes of the Andes up to 3,000 meters (9,842 feet).

Communications Info:

Country Code: +595 
Internet Code: .py 


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