Area: 406,752 sq km
Climate: subtropical to temperate; substantial rainfall in the eastern portions, becoming semiarid in the far west
Population: 6,459,058 (July 2011 est.)
Languages: Spanish (official), Guarani (official)
Government type: constitutional republic
Independence Day: 14 May 1811 (from Spain)
Currency: Guarani (PYG)
GDP: $33.27 billion (2010 est.)
GDP - per capita (PPP): $4,900 (2010 est.)
Information for Foreign Students in Paraguay
Obtaining a Visa
We recommend travellers to check visa requirements contacting the Paraguayan Embassy in their home country or going on its website.
- Embassy of the Republic of Paraguay in the UK
Third Floor, 344 Kensington High Street, London W14 8NS, UK
Tel: (020) 7610 4180. Website: www.paraguayembassy.co.uk
- Embassy of the Republic of Paraguay in the USA
2400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20008, USA
Tel: (202) 483 6960
Tap water is drinkable. Health insurance is essential. There is no British Embassy in Paraguay.
ATMs are widespread; many accept Cirrus, Maestro and Visa cards. American Express, MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted (though not in smaller hotels), while Diners Club has more limited use. ID is required, such as a passport, when making a purchase with a credit card.
Public transports are well organized in the country.
Roaming agreements exist with international mobile phone companies. Coverage is limited to urban areas. Internet cafés are available in main urban areas.