Foreign travel advice

Paraguay

Important COVID-19 Travel

Under current UK COVID-19 restrictions, you must stay at home. You must not travel, including abroad, unless you have a legally permitted reason to do so. It is illegal to travel abroad for holidays and other leisure purposes.

Check the rules that apply to you in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

If you intend to travel to the UK from abroad, including UK nationals returning home, you must provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test result taken up to 3 days before departure. If you do not comply (and you do not have a valid exemption) your airline or carrier may refuse you boarding and/or you may be fined on arrival.

Before you return to the UK you must provide your journey and contact details. You must self-isolate when you enter the UK from any foreign country except Ireland, unless you have a valid exemption.

When you enter England from abroad (except Ireland), you must follow the new requirements for quarantining and taking additional COVID-19 tests. For those travelling from a country on the banned travel list you will be required to quarantine in a hotel. Different rules apply for arrivals into England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

If you are legally permitted to travel abroad, check our advice on your country of destination. Some other countries have closed borders, and may further restrict movement or bring in new rules including testing requirements with little warning.

Summary

The FCDO advises against all but essential travel to:

  • the whole of Paraguay based on the current assessment of COVID-19 risks.

From 4am on 15 January, visitors who have been in or transited through Paraguay in the previous 10 days cannot enter England. British and Irish nationals, and third country nationals with residence rights in the UK arriving in England from Paraguay will be required to quarantine in a hotel. Different rules apply for arrivals into Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

From 1 January onwards people with residence rights include: holders of Indefinite Leave to Remain; holders of existing leave to enter or remain (i.e those with biometric Residence permits) or an entry clearance/visa that grants such leave e.g. students, workers, etc (excluding visit visas); holders of EU Settlement Scheme (“EUSS”) leave; those who have rights of entry under the Withdrawal Agreements (including returning residents with a right of residence under the EEA Regulations and EEA frontier workers); family members of EEA nationals with rights under the Withdrawal Agreement.

Travel to Paraguay is subject to entry restrictions

Anyone travelling to Paraguay must present the following upon arrival:

  • Evidence of a negative PCR test for COVID-19 taken within 72 hours of departure.
  • Evidence of valid medical insurance including coverage for COVID-19 related medical costs.
  • A completed online health declaration available on the Paraguayan Health Ministry website.

See Entry requirements for more information before you plan to travel.

Preparing for your return journey to the UK

If you’re returning to the UK from overseas, you will need to:

If your return journey to the UK transits another country, you should check whether it is subject to a travel ban or any other additional requirements. If so, contact your travel provider.

Check our advice on foreign travel during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and sign up for email alerts for this travel advice.

If you’re planning travel to Paraguay, find out what you need to know about coronavirus there in the Coronavirus section.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check it provides sufficient cover. See the FCDO’s guidance on foreign travel insurance.

For information about COVID-19 vaccines, see the Coronavirus page.

Land border crossings with Brazil are open and international commercial flights are operating to certain locations in Latin America and to Europe (Madrid). There are no direct commercial flights to the UK.

Temporary entry restrictions for non-resident foreign nationals that had visited the UK since 7 December 2020 expired on 4 January 2021. However, entry by air is subject to compliance with health protocols. See Entry requirements

The British embassy in Paraguay is open, with in-person appointments limited to essential business. If you have an urgent consular issue – such as a request for an Emergency Travel Document – you will need to pre-book an appointment online. We are not able to respond to British nationals who visit without a pre-booked appointment.

A small number of British tourists visit Paraguay every year. Most visits are trouble-free, but violent crime is increasing. See Crime

Demonstrations take place frequently in the downtown area of Asunción, particularly in the proximity of government buildings and offices, often without warning. You should avoid large gatherings, monitor local media and follow the guidance of local authorities. See Demonstrations

UK health authorities have classified Paraguay as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. For more information and advice, visit the website of the National Travel Health Network and Centre and check the recommendations for vaccination. For information and advice about the risks associated with Zika virus, visit the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.

There are reported cases of dengue fever. The most affected regions are Asunción and the Central department, although there is a risk of dengue fever throughout the country. See Health

Due to an increase in reported cases of yellow fever in Brazil, you should follow the necessary requirements for vaccination if you’re arriving from Brazil, including making sure you’re vaccinated 10 days prior to arrival. See Entry requirements

Terrorist attacks in Paraguay can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

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