Travel Advice for Paraguay
Paraguay
Capital: Asuncion

Time Zone GMT + 5
Telephone
Services
Country Code: 595
IDD: International Direct Dialling is available
Emergency
Telephone
Numbers
All services - 00.
Tourist
Information
Direccion General de Turismo, Ministerio de Obras, Pulicas Y Communicaciones, Palma 468, Asuncion, Paraguay .Tel: (21) 441530 or 441 620 Fax: (21) 491230.
Passport
Information
Valid passport required by all except nationals of Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay with valid ID cards entering as tourists directly from their own country. Return Ticket Required. Requirements may change at short notice. Contact the embassy before departure.
Visa
Information
Required by all except for the following entering as tourists for stays up to 90 days: Nationals of Australia, Japan, and the USA. Nationals of EU countries (except France, Greece and Portugal who do require visas) Nationals of Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Columbia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Israel, Norway, Peru, South Africa, Switzerland, Israel and Uruguay.
Health
Information
Polio, Typhoid: Vaccination recommended.
Malaria : Exists in the Vivax variety in some rural areas from Oct - May.
Yellow Fever: A vaccination certificate is required for visitors arriving from endemic areas. A certificate is also required from travellers leaving Paraguay to Endemic areas.
Other Health Risks: Rabies.
Food
& Drink
Water is untreated and not safe to drink.
Currency Guarani (G) Exchange.
Many of the expensive hotels will accept credit cards and exchange travellers cheques. US$ are preferred to sterling travellers cheques. Major credit cards are widely accepted, although Diners Club has a more limited acceptance.
ATM availability: Over 26 locations.
Cost of
Living
Accommodation is limited to the city and needs to be booked, in writing, well in advance. Other commodities tend to be moderately expensive.
Languages Spanish. Guarani.
Weather Sub tropical climate. Hottest and wettest period is Dec - Mar.
Electricity 220 Volts AC, 50 Hz.
Post 5 days by airmail.
Transport FLIGHTS: Several visitor flights operate providing a popular view of local sites.
RAIL : Services are unreliable and irregular.
ROAD: Roads serving the main centres are in good condition. Approx. 10% of roads are unsurfaced and therefore impassable in poor weather.
DOCUMENTATION: IDP and national driving licences are all accepted. BUS: The cheapest method of transport
NOTE: for longer distances advance booking is necessary. Express links to major cities operate.
Special
Information
Beware of poisonous snakes. Paraguay is generally safer than its nearby neighbours but common sense precautions should be followed.