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Paraguay Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance Overview

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Paraguay is definitely not a popular tourist destination but the South American country is worth every cent you spend on tourism. There are so many must-visit attractions in Paraguay from Ita Letra and Itaipu Dam to Bella Vista’s terere plantations and Ybycui National Park.

Besides, Canada shares a bilateral relationship with Paraguay. The relationship between the two countries is in terms of trade relations, international assistance, and education.

Canadians travel to Paraguay for various purposes ranging from trade to tourism. Your provincial plan will not be effective when you travel outside Canada. Before traveling out of Canada, you need to ensure that you have the right Paraguay travel insurance or private medical plan to cover you against medical emergencies, hospitalization, injury or accidents abroad.

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Basic Information About Paraguay

Some important information on Paraguay Travel Insurance that we think you’ll want to know before you travel.

Name Value
Currency Paraguayan guaraní
Most common languages spoken Spanish and Paraguayan guaraní
Capital Asunción
Continent South America
Population Approx. 6.811 million
Plug type Plug type C
Driving side Right-hand side
  • Summer – October to March
  • Winter – May to August
Laws Local laws and customs

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Paraguay Security Measures for travelers

The decision to travel to Paraguay is your choice and you are also responsible for your personal safety abroad. But since we care about your security and safety, we provide you reliable and relevant information in our Travel Advice to help you to make well-informed decisions as you travel to the South American country.

Risk Level

Paraguay – Exercise a high degree of caution

Due to increasing crime, exercise a high degree of caution in Paraguay.

Travel Health Notice – Zika virus

The Public Health Agency of Canada advises travelers to practice special health precautions in Paraguay due to the Zika virus. Pregnant women and would-be pregnant women are advised to avoid traveling to affected countries.

Entry / Exit requirements

Like other countries, Paraguay decides who enters or exits its borders. The Government of Canada cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet the country’s entry or exit requirements.

The information on this page was obtained from the Paraguayan authorities; however, it can change at any time. Moreover, you can verify the information with foreign diplomatic missions and consulates in Canada.


The entry requirements applicable to you depend on the type of passport you have. Check with your transportation company to find out about passport requirements before you travel.

  • Regular Canadian Passport – You must hold a passport valid for your duration of stay in Paraguay. If you are entering Paraguay by land, make sure that the passport is stamped by an immigration official, else you might be required to pay a heavy fine when leaving the country.
  • Passport for official travel – Different rules may apply. Learn more about official travel here.
  • Other travel documents –
  • Different entry rules may apply if you are traveling with an emergency travel document or a temporary passport. Find out about entry rules from the closest diplomatic mission for Paraguay before you leave.

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Paraguay Healthcare

Paraguay has both public and private hospitals and healthcare facilities. The healthcare facilities in Paraguay may not be up to Canada’s standard but medical treatment could be expensive. Some hospitals may require you to make cash payments, so, you need to travel with enough money to cover potential cost and adequate Paraguay travel insurance coverage to cover unexpected costs and medical emergencies.

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Paraguay Travel Insurance News

Not until the mid-January 2018, Anneliese Demos thought she was a Canadian. Anneliese is a 39-year-old Winnipeg woman; she has been married for 19 years, has four children, pays taxes every year and works two full-time jobs. But on Friday, January 12, 2018, she got a mail that proved that she is a “Lost Canadian”.

My life is here, said Anneliese. Demos came to Canada when her parents moved from Paraguay to Steinbach, Manitoba in 1980, she was only two-years-old. Till now, she still has her government-issued citizenship card issued then.

But according to the mail, the Government told Anneliese that she is not a Canadian citizen and the certificate was also cancelled. A letter from the Citizenship and Immigration Canada dated December 22, 2017, reads “I have determined that you are not entitled to hold a Canadian citizenship certificate”.

Due to a law that requires second-generation Canadians born outside Canada to re-apply for citizenship before they reach the age of 28, Anneliese was labelled as a “Lost Canadian”. The law was repealed by the Harper government in 2009 but it was not made retroactive.

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Paraguay Travel Insurance FAQ

Do you need a Visa for travelling to Paraguay?

You are required to hold a valid visa to enter Paraguay, no matter your purpose for traveling to the South American country. If you land at the Asunción Silvio Pettirossi International Airport, you may obtain a visa on arrival, however, you will be required to pay US$150 in cash. The Paraguay visa will be valid until your passport expires.

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Can I buy multiple travel insurance policies?

If you are not satisfied with the benefits and features offered by a single policy, you can buy more than one travel insurance policy. However, you are not allowed to double dip when doing so.

Does travel insurance cover doctor visits?

Your Paraguay travel insurance policy covers the cost of outpatient services including doctor visits.

Can I buy travel insurance the day I leave?

You can buy Paraguay travel insurance the day you leave. Some insurers now offer usage-based policies that can be purchased on the go and even managed seamlessly.

How long does a travel insurance claim take?

The length of time it takes to receive an outcome for your claim depends on the type of claim involved but if you provide necessary documents to your insurer, you should get an outcome in 10-14 business days.

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