HOW TO APPLY FOR A PARAGUAY VISA IN FOZ DO IGUAÇU, BRAZIL

Filipinos and many other nationalities will need a visa before entering Paraguay, a landlocked country in Southern Latin America. I had a hard time planning for it because there is almost ZERO information available online on how to apply for a Paraguay visa. 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.

Ciudad del Este - The shopping haven of Paraguay
Ciudad del Este – The shopping haven of Paraguay

WHAT’S UP WITH PARAGUAY?

Most travelers who venture to Latin America skip Paraguay for apparent reasons; it doesn’t boast as many fascinating natural wonders or cultural sites as its neighboring countries. It has a reputation of being economically poor and dangerous due to some shady notoriety. Nevertheless, since I will be visiting Foz do Iguaçu in Brazil, I decided to see it too since it is possible to reach it from this city. Besides 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.

Palacio Lopez - perhaps the most well-known building in Asuncion
Palacio Lopez – perhaps the most well-known building in Asuncion


HOW TO APPLY FOR A PARAGUAY VISA – REQUIREMENTS IN DIFFERENT CITIES

At first, I only planned to sneak into Ciudad del Este (Paraguay’s border town 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!

Jesuit Ruins in Encarnacion - closed due to the Coronavirus scare.
Jesuit Ruins in Encarnacion – closed due to the Coronavirus scare.

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 six 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
Panteon de los Heroes
Panteon de los Heroes

VISA FEE:

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!

Itaipu Dam, the second largest in the world
Itaipu Dam, the second largest in the world

APPLICATION AT THE CONSULATE OF PARAGUAY IN 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 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.

Itaipu Dam
Itaipu Dam

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 friendly, 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 permit in Belo Horizonte

Easy, right? At first, he only quoted the price for multiple entries, but I insisted I only need single access, to which he obliged. After paying the fee, he told me to return in the afternoon for my passport with the visa.

Friendship bridge between Brazil and Paraguay
Friendship bridge between Brazil and Paraguay

I went back to the consulate in the afternoon, and Mr. Consul informed me that there was a problem. According to him, the higher-ups in Asuncion didn’t allow my request for a single-entry; they can only grant me multiple-entries. Well, no choice but to pay the remaining balance since they pasted the visa on my passport, and I cannot say no anymore. In the end, I just promised to make my stay in Paraguay worthwhile!

Guards in the Mausoleum
Guards in the Mausoleum
Sip Terere, the national drink of Paraguay
Sip Terere, the national drink of Paraguay

Easy right? So now you know the most straightforward way on how to apply for a Paraguay visa. If you have any questions or think I´ve missed something, please comment below!

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