PARAGUAY VISA APPLICATION IN FOZ DO IGUAÇU, BRAZIL
March 7, 2020
Filipinos, and many other nationalities will need a Paraguay visa before entering this landlocked country in Southern Latin America. I had a hard time planning for it at first because there is almost ZERO reliable information online. But worry not! Now I will share how I managed to do it. It was fast and easy, albeit expensive! Anyways, the details are in the next segments.
WHAT’S UP WITH PARAGUAY?
Paraguay is a destination often skipped by travelers who venture out in South America due to some obvious reasons; it doesn’t boast as much interesting natural wonders or cultural sites like its neighboring countries, plus it has a reputation of being economically poor and dangerous due to some shady notoriety often associated with it. Nevertheless, since I will be visiting Foz do Iguaçu in Brazil, I decided to visit Paraguay too since it is possible to reach it from this city. Aside from that, I haven’t heard any other Filipinos who visited this country, so I will be one of the very few Filipinos who will set foot here.
PARAGUAY VISA REQUIREMENTS
At first, I only planned to sneak into Ciudad del Este (the border town of Paraguay near Foz de Iguaçu) without passing by the immigration. However, I decided against it in the end because of all the horror stories I’ve heard, I would not want to be deported back to the Philippines for some stupid mistake!
So, I decided to get a visa to enter. I first asked the Consulate of Paraguay in Sao Paulo for the requirements, and they sent me this list:
- Passport copy, with 6 months of validity
- Brazilian Visa
- Visas to other countries (valid and expired)
- Two 2×2 picture – white background
- Photocopy of your RNE (If you are residing in Brazil)
- Bank Statement
- Comprobante de Residencia (if you are residing in Brazil)
- Antecedentes criminales del pais de origen (NBI clearance for Filipinos) – must be in Spanish or Portuguese
- Antecedentes Criminales (if you are residing in Brazil)
- Certificate of Employment
- Hotel Reservation
- Plane/Bus ticket to Paraguay
Filipinos – 312rs/65$ for single entry, 480rs/100$ for multiple entries
Americans – $160
Canadians – $150
Australians – $135
I know right? They asked for so many requirements. I can provide all these except the NBI clearance. There is no way I will get this here. Neither the Philippine consulate nor the embassy issue this; I will need to send a copy of my fingerprint authenticated here in Brazil, then send it to the NBI office back home, and send the document back to Brazil once approved. No way will I do this for just one visa application!
APPLICATION AT THE CONSULATE OF FOZ DE IGUAÇU
I gave up on it in Sao Paulo. But being hard-headed as I am, I researched other ways to get it. I discovered that there is a Paraguayan consulate in Foz do Iguacu, and according to some vague information online, they issue visas fast and without asking for many requirements. So I tried my luck once I arrived in the city.
I allocated a full day for visa application just in case. I went there really early (around 8:30 am) so that I will be first in line. The consul who assisted me was nice, he verified the requirement and the fee I need to pay for the visa application, and he only asked me for the following:
- Filled out application form – provided at the consulate
- Photocopy of my credit/debit card
- Two 2×2 picture – white background
- Brazilian visa – in my case, my stamp from when I renewed my visa in Belo Horizonte
Easy, right? At first, he only quoted the price for multiple entries, but I insisted I only need a single entry, in which he obliged. After paying the fee, he told me to return in the afternoon for my passport with the visa.
I went back to the consulate in the afternoon, and Mr. Consul informed me that there was a problem. The higher-ups in Asuncion didn’t allow my request for a single-entry; they can only grant me multiple-entries according to him. I didn’t have any choice but to pay the remaining balance since the visa is already pasted on my passport and I cannot say no anymore. I just think that at least I have the visa now, and I will just make my stay in Paraguay worthwhile!
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