According to physicscat, Paraguay is a country in South America bordering Bolivia, Brazil and Argentina. Paraguay has been independent from Spain since 1811. The capital of Paraguay is Asunción. A number of large cities in Paraguay are: Ciudad del Este, San Lorenzo, Luque and Concepción.
Paraguay is known for its beautiful nature. There are rainforests, National Parks, rivers and waterfalls. In the forests of Gran Chaco there are still some rare animal species such as the giant anteater and the navel pig. There are also many bird species, including 21 different parrot species. The population of Paraguay is poor and often lives in slums. The country is also known for the production of ceramics and the Jesuit missions in the south of the country (Jesuits = Roman Catholic religious order). See computerdo for South America tourism.
Where is Paraguay located?
Travel information of Paraguay
Official name: Republic of Paraguay
Continent: South America
Area: 406,752 km²
Country code: PY, PRY
Population: 7,191,685 inhabitants (2020)
Form of government: Republic
Highest point: 842 m (Cerro Peró)
Distance (Amsterdam – Asunción): 10,520 km
Flight time: approximately 13 hours
Current status: Attention, safety risks.
Current color code: Yellow.
Due to the coronavirus (COVID-19), there may be (temporary) measures in Paraguay that you as a tourist may have to deal with. For the most up-to-date corona travel advice, please refer to our special coronavirus travel advice page. For the number of current corona infections, number of deaths and various corona-related graphs of Paraguay, please visit Countryaah.
On our travel offer page you will find an overview of reliable travel organizations that offer complete trips and holidays to Paraguay. In addition, you will find an overview of separate travel components (car rental, hotels and airline tickets) with which you can compose your ideal trip yourself.
Travel guides and maps
Are you looking for a travel guide, map, walking map, cycling map, book or DVD about Paraguay?
Weather and climate
Paraguay has a tropical climate. In the summer months the temperatures are around 15 to 25 degrees and in the winter months around 25 to 35 degrees. The summer and winter months are opposite to those in the Netherlands.
The current weather (weather forecast) and a weather forecast for Paraguay can be found on our extensive weather page.
Detailed information about the climate of Paraguay can be found at Climate info.
April, May, June, July, August, September and October are the best months to travel to Paraguay. This avoids the extremely hot and wet summer period.
Spanish and Guaraní are both official languages in Paraguay.
You must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months upon arrival in Paraguay.
A visa is not necessary if you stay in Paraguay for less than 90 days.
Embassies and consulates
Below is an overview of relevant diplomatic representations, including addresses and contact details.
Netherlands Embassy in Argentina (also for Paraguay):
Dutch consulate in Paraguay:
Embassy of Paraguay in Belgium (also for the Netherlands): rijksoverheid.nl.
For urgent assistance, you can contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs 24/7 on +31247247247.
Before visiting Paraguay, it is advisable to get one or more vaccinations.
For extensive vaccination advice and to make a vaccination appointment at home, please visit Thuisvaccinatie.nl. You can also see here whether your health insurance reimburses the vaccination(s).
Malaria occurs in Paraguay (with the exception of Asunción). Malaria is an infectious disease transmitted by malaria mosquitoes. This infectious disease can lead to death if not treated in time and/or incorrectly.
For prevention and control of malaria, please visit our malaria page.
Money and Currency
In Paraguay, people pay with the Paraguayan guaraní (PYG).
The current position of this currency (currency, currency) can be found on our exchange rate page.
An overview of all ATMs in Paraguay can be found on our ATMs page.
Prices in Paraguay are much lower than in the Netherlands. The price difference with the Netherlands is -53% on average. Some examples are: restaurants (69% cheaper), food (48% cheaper), imported beer in catering (66% cheaper), cigarettes (73% cheaper) and public transport (86% cheaper). Please note that the price difference in tourist areas, especially during high season, may vary.
In Paraguay it is customary to give a tip of approximately 10%.
During our summer time it is 6 hours earlier in Paraguay.
During our winter time it is 4 hours earlier in Paraguay.
The summer and winter time in Paraguay is opposite to that of the Netherlands.
The local time, date, time zone and exceptions for Paraguay can be found on our time difference page.
Traffic and route
In Paraguay you have to drive on the right.
You do not need an international driver’s license to drive and/or rent a motor vehicle in Paraguay.
With the Google route planner you can compile a route description from, to or within Paraguay.
In Paraguay the same plugs and sockets are used as in the Netherlands.
More information about electricity in Paraguay can be found on our electricity page.
If you need help from the police, fire brigade and/or ambulance in an emergency, you can use the emergency numbers below.
– Police: 911
– Fire: 911
– Ambulance: 911
It is not recommended to drink water from the tap.
If you are unable to buy bottled water, use a water purifier to purify the water or boil the water for 5 minutes. After this you can safely use it as drinking water and for things like brushing teeth, cleaning lenses and washing vegetables and / or fruit. More information about drinking water and/or the purchase of water purification products can be found on our drinking water page.
News and newspapers
The latest news related to Paraguay can be found on Google news.
An overview of the newspapers from Paraguay can be found on Abyznewslinks.
Websites from Paraguay end in.py.
Paraguay’s official website: senatur.gov.py.
The country code (international access code) to call someone in Paraguay is 00595 or +595.
Do you want to call the Netherlands from Paraguay? Then use the Dutch country code 0031 or +31.
(If using a country code, omit the leading 0 of the number to be called.)
All Paraguay area codes can be found on Wikipedia.
Phone numbers can be found in the Paraguay Telephone Directory.
Company details can be found in the Yellow Pages of Paraguay.
Photos and videos
On Flickr you will find a nice collection of photos from Paraguay.
On Youtube you will find a nice collection of videos from Paraguay.
An overview of all public holidays in Paraguay can be found on Beleven.org.
Reviews and travel experiences
On Zoover and TripAdvisor you will find reviews from travelers about accommodations (eg hotels and holiday homes), restaurants and destinations in Paraguay, supplemented with photos, videos and places of interest.
Are you looking for a travelogue about Paraguay?
Here you will find travel reports and experiences of travelers who have previously visited Paraguay. It is also possible to keep a free diary of your trip for family and/or friends.
Nature and World Heritage
An overview of the protected nature areas (including national parks, reserves and wildlife parks) in Paraguay can be found on Protected Planet.
An overview of the world heritage sites in Paraguay can be found on the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Do you want to know how much you are allowed to import and export when traveling to Paraguay? On the IATA website you will find an overview with the maximum quantities of cigarettes, alcohol, money and perfume, among other things. If you stick to these quantities, you don’t have to declare anything to customs. You will also find the laws and regulations regarding the entry of pets on this website.
Below you will find relevant legislation and regulations that you may encounter during your visit to Paraguay.
– Alcohol: Buying and/or drinking from the age of 20.
– Alcohol and traffic: Maximum allowed alcohol content is 0.
– Tobacco: Buying and/or smoking from the age of 18.
– Smoking ban: In public places.
– Homosexuality: Allowed
Did you know that…
…Houses in Paraguay don’t have doorbells?
…Paragauy is one of the two countries in South America that is not by the sea?
…Football is the most popular sport in Paraguay?
…Paraguay does not border any sea?
…Paraguay was ruled by dictators for the 60 years after liberation from the Spaniards?