Travelling to Paraguay? Need Vaccinations?
Paraguay is a land of extremes and contrasts. Visit the capital, Asunción, and discover beauty at its centre, with ultra modern buildings, colonial architecture, fine restaurants, and friendly citizens. Head to the northeast, and visit Cerro Cora national park, to get closeup with wildlife, nature, and explore pre-Colombian caves. The former Jesuit mission in Trinidad, Encarnación, is a top attraction. Your vacation in Paraguay should begin with a visit to our Travel Health Clinic, four to eight weeks before departure, so that you will be completely safe and up-to-date with the Travel Vaccinations you need for Paraguay.
What Vaccinations do I need for Travel to Paraguay?
Make sure that you are up-to-date with your routine vaccinations before heading off. The following vaccinations are recommended for most travellers to Paraguay.
In addition, depending upon your itinerary, where you are travelling, length of travel and your occupational and lifestyle risks, you may also require vaccinations for the following:
Have a look at our pricing table for information about the cost of the travel vaccinations required for Paraguay. If you are travelling around in the region, have a look at the vaccination requirements for the other countries that you intend to visit as recommendations differ from country to country.
Dengue Fever in Paraguay
There are reports of outbreaks of Dengue Fever in Paraguay, and we do advise taking care to protect yourself with insecticide sprays and protective clothing.
Heat and Humidity in Paraguay
Extreme heat is rare in Paraguay, and the climate is generally temperate. Between October and March, warm winds blow down from the Amazon. In the hottest month, January, temperatures can reach into the mid eighties.
Drinking Water in Paraguay
The water in Paraguay is not safe to drink. It is recommended that you drink only bottled water, or spring water, and also use these for brushing your teeth, no matter which area you visit. Avoid using ice cubes.
Food and Drink
The staples of Paraguayan cooking are cassava and corn. These are used to make flour and are cooked as part of a meal. There is a huge Spanish influence, with Latin and Brazilian overtones. Meat is combined with eggs and cheese, and Mandioca, a local crop takes the place of potatoes. The National drink is tertere, which is a type of bitter tea.
Seeking Treatment in Paraguay
It is recommended that you use only private clinics in Paraguay. It goes without saying that available health care services would not be as good in remote locations, so do check before travelling to outer regions. Arrange in advance to have enough money with you to pay for any health care you might need.
Travel and Health Insurance
Protect yourself, and your family, with comprehensive travel health insurance which will cover your intended itinerary and any potentially risky activities.
Do take precautions when travelling anywhere in Paraguay, as there is always a risk of violence and street crime, particularly in city centres. Be cautious, and leave your valuables at home before your trip. Keep your cash and travellers’ cheques secure.