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Paraguay

Capital
Asuncion
Time Zone
GMT + 5
Telephone Services
Country Code: 595
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.