Quick Overview

Capital: Asunción
Population: 6.81 million
Official language: Spanish, Paraguayan Guarani
Time zone: Paraguay Time, Paraguay Summer Time
Emergency #: 911
Vaccinations required: Yes
Risk of malaria: No
Climate Info

Paraguay: Travel Health Information

Paraguay is known for its wildlife, natural landscapes, and colonial architecture. Travellers can visit a range of waterfalls within the Iguaçu Falls area, or take in the Rio Paraguay, which divides the country between the Oriente and the Chaco.


The standards for patient care and medical services in Paraguay may differ from your home country. Paraguay has both public and private healthcare systems. Private medical care in Asunción generally meets international standards, but the quality of care in the rest of the country can be inadequate. Access to healthcare services is limited outside of major cities, and a shortage of doctors, nurses, and other healthcare personnel may lead to long wait times.

In the event of a medical emergency, contact your travel health insurance company immediately. Hospitals in Paraguay typically require upfront payment, regardless if you have travel health insurance. Evacuation to Brazil may be required for complex medical emergencies. Ensure that you have accessible funds to cover upfront fees and adequate travel health insurance, including evacuation. Before you depart, check with your insurer about the extent of their coverage in Paraguay.

Pharmacies and medications

Prescriptions for medicines must be obtained from a local doctor, but many medicines can be purchased over the counter. Always consult a licensed healthcare practitioner before starting a new medication. Access to many medications may be limited in certain areas.

If you are travelling with medication, check with Paraguay’s embassy, consulate, or Ministry of Health for details on medication allowances and restrictions. Note that these sources may provide incomplete or out-of-date information.

Road safety

Road quality in Paraguay varies by region. Some roads in major cities are paved, but most are cobblestone or unpaved. Traffic laws are inconsistently enforced and many people drive with little training, which may pose a risk to travellers. Seat belts are required for the driver and all passengers in vehicles at all times. Helmets are required for motorcycle drivers and passengers at all times.

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