How to Get to Paraguay

By | November 7, 2021

Paraguay arrival

Airplane: the national airline in Paraguay is TAM – Mercosur. There are no direct flights to Paraguay from Germany, Austria or Switzerland.
Iberia flies from Madrid to Paraguay (stopover in Sao Paulo, Brazil).
VARIG flies from Munich, Frankfurt and Paris to the capital of Paraguay, Asunción (stopover in Rio de Janaeiro or Sao Paulo).

According to oxfordastronomy, there are only direct international flights to Asuncion from neighboring countries of Paraguay: Argentina (Buenos Aires), Bolivia (La Paz and Santa Cruz), Brazil (Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro) and Chile (Iquique and Santiago).

Airpasses
The South American Airpass is offered by the airlines TAM and TAM Mercosul and is in Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Chile (exception: Easter Island), Peru, Paraguay, Venezuela andUruguayValid on all routes offered by these airlines. The South American Airpass is available for stays between 7 and 45 days, buyers must be outside of South America and have international round-trip travel. The Airpass must be purchased for a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 5 countries, a maximum of 8 flight coupons are allowed (if a destination is Iguazú, the maximum number is 9). A maximum of 2 flight interruptions are allowed per country traveled. The flight route must be determined and reserved in advance. Flights may be rebooked, but the flight route cannot be changed after purchasing the Airpass. For children younger than 12 years there is a discount of 25%, for toddlers younger than 2 years without their own seat 90%.

From British Airways,American Airlines, Finnair, Cathay Pacific, LAN, Iberia and Qantas, the Oneworld Visit South America Pass is offered. It is valid in Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Chile, Peru, Paraguay, Venezuela and Uruguay on all routes of the participating airlines. The pass is only issued to people outside ofSouth Americalive, sold and is valid for a maximum of 6 months after arrival in South America. The minimum number of flight coupons for this Airpass is three, there is no maximum number. Infants younger than 2 years travel free of charge, but they are not entitled to a seat. The entire route must be determined before purchasing the Airpass. Change of route or flight date changes are chargeable. Cancellations before the start of the trip are subject to a fee, after the start of the trip there is no refund of the price.

Airports: Paraguay’s only international airport is Silvio Pettirossi (ASU). It is located 16 km from Asunción. Airport buses (travel time around 20 minutes) and taxis drive into the city, and rental cars are also available.
Guarani Airport (AGT) is located near Ciudad del Este.

Ship: About 2,500 km of the rivers in Paraguay are navigable. Boats go to Argentina from Asunción and Encarnación. The formalities are a little more tedious when entering / leaving the country by boat. The connection between Posadas in Argentina and Encarnacion in Paraguay is over 300 km shorter than the connection via Buenos Aires (Argentina).
With patience and perseverance, a river trip from Concepción to Isla Margarita on the Brazilian border is also possible.

Rail: A passenger train runs once a week between Encarnacion and Posadas in Argentina. There are connections from Posadas to Concordia and Buenos Aires.

Car: the asphalt road between Rio de Janeiro (Brazil), Sao Paulo (Brazil) and Asunción also leads past the Iguazu Falls, which are well worth seeing. Argentina is also connected to Paraguay by good roads, the most important routes running from Buenos Aires to Asuncion and over the bridge San Roque González de Santa Cruz in Encarnacion.

Bus: From Asuncion there are daily buses to Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo (Brazil), Buenos Aires, Rosario, Santa Fe and Cordoba (Argentina) and Montevideo in Uruguay.

Paraguay – entry requirements

Passport:
is a general requirement for traveling to Paraguay. The passport (or the temporary passport) must be issued at least during theStaybe valid in Paraguay. If a visa is required, the passport must be valid for at least 6 months when entering Paraguay. A return or onward ticket is required for entry by plane.

If you use the border crossings Puerto Falcon (Argentina west of Asunción) in the west of Paraguay, Encarnación / Posadas (Argentina) in the south, Ciudad del Este / Foz do Iguaçu (Brazil) in the east of the country, make sure that you use the land route get an entry stamp in your passport. Without an entry stamp, a fine of 160,000 PG (about 31 euros) can be levied during controls in the country and when leaving Paraguay.

Visa: Citizens of EU countries (except Bulgaria), Switzerland and Turkey do not need a visa
for tourist trips with a maximum stay of 90 days in Paraguay.

When entering Paraguay, in addition to your passport, you will need an “International Entry Card” (issued by the airlines before landing) and a form for the affidavit, in which you assure that you do not have any plants, animal foods or foreign currency equivalent to import more than $ 10,000.

For business trips in Paraguay citizens need a business visa of Germany, Austria and Switzerland.

Transit:
Visitors who require a visa who have the necessary onward travel documents, fly on within 6 hours and do not leave the transit area do not need a transit visa.

Extension of stay: An extension of the stay can be requested during the first 90 days in Paraguay at the Dirección General de Migraciones (Eligio Ayala esq. Caballero, telephone: 446 066 and 492 908).

Residence Permit:
Applications for residence permits must be submitted to the Immigration Service of the Ministry of Interior of Paraguay.

Entry with children:
Every child needs their own travel document. The same visa requirements apply to accompanying children as to their parents.

If a child who does not live permanently in Paraguay is traveling alone or with only one parent who has custody, a birth certificate for the child and the consent of the custodian (s) not traveling with a certified signature are required when leaving Paraguay.

German birth certificates must be certified by the Paraguayan embassy and translated into Spanish by a recognized translator before the trip. The consent must also be legalized by the Paraguayan embassy in Berlin and recognized by a Paraguayan judge / justice of the peace in the form of a “permiso de menores”.

Germany: the German child ID card with photo or your own passport is accepted. Child ID cards are no longer issued in Germany, existing child ID cards remain valid until the expiry date.

Austria: Children need their own passport.

Switzerland: children need their own passport.

Sufficient funds:
Foreign visitors must have sufficient funds for their trip. Vaccinations: You can find detailed information on recommended and required vaccinations for traveling in Paraguay in the Paraguay – Health and Diseases chapter. Entry with pets: All pets that are to be imported into Paraguay require a certified health certificate from the responsible Paraguayan embassy.

Paraguay arrival