Living in Paraguay

How to obtain criminal records, residence permits, identity cards and other local procedures for British nationals living in Paraguay.


This guide sets out essential information for British nationals residing or planning to reside in Paraguay, including quick links to local and UK official websites for advice on residence requirements and more. We are unable to provide any guidance on general lifestyle enquiries apart from the information and links listed below. See our information on what consulates can and cannot do for British nationals.

Entry and residence requirements

Entry requirements

Residence requirements and information on obtaining an identity card known as Documento Nacional de Identidad (DNI):


For information on whether you are able to work and requirements to work in Paraguay please visit the Paraguayan Consulate in London website.

Criminal Records

When applying for residency in Paraguay you might be asked to obtain a certificate from the Embassy with information about criminal records which might be held about you. The British Embassy cannot issue any type of certificate in relation to personal information which might be held about you in the UK. You should contact the following UK based agencies for advice on how to apply for this type of information:

Once you have obtained this information you should get it legalised by the Legalisation Office in the UK before submitting it to the Paraguayan Authorities.


For information on whether you can continue to or apply for benefits whilst living abroad please visit the following links:

Driving licences and vehicles

For information on how to obtain a Paraguayan driving license please contact the City Hall’s town where you will be residing to find out about the requirements as it varies from one city to other.

For a confirmation certificate of your UK driving licence you need to get in touch with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency.

Bringing Pets with you

For information on entering with pets to Paraguay, please contact the Paraguayan Consulate in London website.


For Paraguayan Customs related information please visit the National Custom’s website.


This information is provided as a general guide and is based upon information provided to the embassy by the relevant local authorities and may be subject to change at any time with little or no notice. The FCO and the British Embassy will not be liable for any inaccuracies in this information. British nationals wishing to obtain any further information must contact the relevant local authority.

Published 29 January 2014