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Paraguay Health Care and Vaccinations

Title Special precautions
Yellow Fever Sometimes*
Typhoid Sometimes
Tetanus Yes
Rabies Sometimes
Malaria Sometimes
Hepatitis A Yes
Diphtheria Yes

* Vaccination is not usually necessary, but is recommended for travellers visiting Iguazú Falls. A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers arriving from an infected area.

Health Care

Health insurance is essential. There is no British Embassy in Paraguay. The British Embassy in Buenos Aires now has overall responsibility for Paraguay and all enquiries should be directed to them at the contact details given below. British Honorary Consul in Asunción: Dr Guillermo F Peroni; Address: Eulogio Estigarribia, 4846 C/Monseñor Bogarin, Asunción, Paraguay; Tel: (595) (21) 210405; Fax: (595) (21) 600448; Email: or

Food and Drink

Mains water is normally chlorinated, and whilst relatively safe, may cause mild abdominal upsets. Bottled water is available. Drinking water outside main cities and towns could be contaminated and sterilisation is considered essential. Milk may be unpasteurised and, if so, should be boiled. Avoid dairy products made from unboiled milk. Only eat well-cooked meat and fish, preferably served hot. Vegetables should be cooked and fruit peeled.

Other Risks

Vaccinations against tuberculosis and hepatitis B are sometimes recommended.

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