Emergency Messages for U.S. Citizens
Emergency Messages issued by the Embassy are an integral part of keeping American citizens living in Paraguay informed. The Embassy often issues Emergency Messages about important safety and security information. “Wardens” are American citizens who have volunteered to help disseminate such messages to the American community. In this section you will find information that has been sent out to the American community in Paraguay. If you are interested in becoming a warden, please write to ParaguayACS@state.gov.
- Law Enforcement Operations in Paraguay (Nov 27, 2013)
- Demonstration in Dowtown Asuncion (Nov 23, 2013)
- March in Downtown Asuncion (Nov 20, 2013)
- Protest Near National Congress (Nov 15, 2013)
- Protest Near National Congress (October 28, 2013)
- Demonstration in Downtown Asuncion (Oct 23, 2013)
- Anniversary of September 11 (Sep 5, 2013)
- Electoral Security Awareness (April 18, 2013)
- March in Asuncion (March 20, 2013)
- Worldwide Caution (Feb 19, 2013)
- New Years Eve Safety Precautions (December 31, 2012)
- Protests and Roadblocks in Paraguay (June 27, 2012)
- Protests in Asuncion (June 21, 2012)
- Crime Increase in Asuncion (June 1, 2012)
- Recent Criminal Tactics Used in Asuncion (March 22, 2012)
- Crime and Security in Asuncion (March 6, 2012)
- Worldwide Caution (January 25, 2012)
- Disruption of Plot (October 12, 2011)
- Protests (October 7, 2011)
- Potential Retaliation (October 3, 2011)
- Road Congestion and Protests (June 27, 2011)
- Department of State - Worldwide Travel Alert (May 2, 2011)
- Dengue Fever in Paraguay (April 6, 2011)
- Airport Strike (March 17, 2011)
- Department of State - Worldwide Caution (Feb 12, 2010)
- Crime Increase (Oct 30, 2009)
- Influenza A(H1N1)-Warden Message (Oct 29. 2009)
- Influenza A(H1N1)- Warden Message (Jul 15, 2009)
- Planned Demonstration - Warden Message (May 12, 2009)
- Bomb threats Information - Warden Message (May 6, 2009)
- Security Incidents in Asuncion (May 6, 2009)
- Influenza A(H1N1)- Warden Message (Apr 30, 2009)
- Dengue Information (February 5, 2009) (PDF - 258kb)
- Dengue in Paraguay (January 27, 2009)
- Extortion Scam Message - April 22, 2008
- Personal Safety at Work, at Home, and on the Street - April 3, 2008
- Carjacking, Don’t be a Victim – March 04, 2008
- Warden Message from the American Embassy Regarding Yellow Fever - February 21, 2008
- Temporary travel flexibility for Americans
Law Enforcement Operations in Paraguay
According to local media reports, the Paraguayan government began conducting law enforcement operations on November 27 at various border crossings throughout the country. Civil disturbances have been reported in some of these areas.
The border crossing points affected by the operations include:
- Remanzo Bridge Port
- Ita Enramada Port
- Pedro Juan Caballero
- Saltos del Guaira
- Friendship Bridge, Ciudad del Este
- Encarnacion-Posadas Bridge
You are encouraged to use caution in these areas. You should also avoid areas of demonstrations and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.
Gatherings can be mobile and their locations can change quickly. Review your personal security plans; remain aware of your surroundings, including local events; and monitor local news stations for updates. Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.
We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Paraguay enroll in the State Department's Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates and makes is easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency. If you don’t have internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.
Regularly monitor the State Department's website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution. Read the Country Specific Information for Paraguay. For additional information, refer to "A Safe Trip Abroad" on the State Department's website.
Contact the U.S. embassy or consulate for up-to-date information on travel restrictions. You can also call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free from within the United States and Canada, or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). Follow us on Twitter and Facebook, and download our free Smart Traveler App, available through iTunes and the Android market, to have travel information at your fingertips.
The U.S. Embassy in Asuncion is located at 1776 Mariscal Lopez Avenue.
U.S. Embassy Asuncion contact information:
Tel: 011-595 21-213-715
Emergency after hours: 011-595 21-213-715 extension 2210