Q&A – Immigration

Here you can find many questions and answers about immigration to Paraguay…

Immigrating to Paraguay – When is the right time?

You don’t know how long you will get out of Europe or other countries of the world. Coming to Paraguay will certainly be limited in time and successively more difficult. The time to emigrate to El Paraiso Verde has therefore come and one should not hesitate much longer. It is better to arrive one day too early than too late.

What do you need to immigrate to Paraguay?

You need a passport, an international birth certificate, an international certificate of criminal records and if necessary an international marriage or divorce certificate. Finally, all documents must be “legalized for legal transactions in Paraguay” once again in a Paraguayan embassy in Frankfurt or Berlin. For more details see below.

Do you have an immigration support service?

Yes, we take care of everything that has to do with immigration. You only have to apply for the documents on your own. We organize your accommodation, food, the trips to the offices, the translation of the documents, initiate everything and accompany you through the complete migration process.

What is this Info-Trip?

The Infotrip is a service we offer to take care of everything related to your immigration. The info-trip lasts 8 days, during which all the necessary points are fulfilled, with the result of obtaining a cedula and the permanent residence permit. Registration for the info trip must be made before arrival at El Paraiso Verde. This includes accommodation, meals, all trips to the offices, translation of documents for the Migration Office, presentation of documents to the official offices, a small blood sample, a short medical examination, data collection for Interpol, and much more. The condition to participate in this info trip is the acquisition of a refuge plot within El Paraiso Verde.

What if I don’t like El Paraiso Verde at all?

In this case, you can return the purchased escape plot within 14 days, after the start of the info trip, and you will get back your financial investment.

What is and how much is the deposit?

The current 4.200 Euros or 31.500.000 Guarani is a Deposit, which is deposited in a Paraguayan bank as a pledge in Paraguay itself when applying for the Cedula. As soon as the Cedula is received (after about 6 months), you get the full amount back. So it is only a security deposit, which still belongs to you. It is not an entrance fee to the country! It is best to bring 100 Euro bills to Paraguay for this purpose, not 200 or 500, and exchange them at Mr. Juan Buker. The deposit is to be paid per family. Unmarried couples have to pay the deposit individually.

Taking cash with you to Paraguay?

You are allowed to bring a maximum of 10.000 Euro per adult person. For higher amounts, please declare at the border. A declaration has no consequences or financial losses.

Take gold with you to Paraguay?

We advise against it, because gold is hardly traded in Paraguay. Otherwise, you are allowed to take up to 10 grams, anything above that must be declared at the border and will be subject to an import fee of 37%. So this is not really worth it.

Flight costs and info trip?

The flight costs are to be paid by you personally, also the flight booking you do yourself (e.g. via Swoodoo). Only transfer the money for the info trip (Cedula), which includes the 8 days (flight excluded). We do not recommend travel agencies.

Bank transfers to the account of El Paraiso Verde?

Before each transfer, please send us a bank statement so that we can check if your bank is accepted by the central bank here, which stands between your bank and our bank and issues authorizations. This bank statement must show: The total of your account balance and the name of the bank.

Many banks are unfortunately not accepted by the central bank here for fear of money laundering. It is also very important that you transfer exactly also from the bank from which you send this bank statement and the name is identical with the person who transfers. We need to know precisely when a transfer is coming, at least to the week. After that, the transfer must be made within 30 days at the latest.

So, please talk with our advisor if your bank will be accepted for a transfer to Paraguay.

One needs report cards of the children?

The last three report cards are occasionally required for children for the Cedula who attend/have attended school. One can have these over-certified at a state administrative office. For Switzerland and Austria the apostille is sufficient.

Is it possible to come oneway and apply for all documents for immigration in Paraguay?

Yes, this is possible. For this procedure, please ask your supervisor who will help you to get to El Paraiso Verde.

Photos for the Cedula?

You do not need to bring photos for the cedula. They will be taken on the spot, during the application for the cedula at the migration office, in Asuncion.

PCR test (valid only 72 hours)?

You have to have a PCR test to be allowed to board a plane at all. Therefore, many do it in Frankfurt before boarding the plane or at a trusted doctor. The following tests are allowed: LAMP, NAAT and RT-PCR for the final destination Paraguay.

PCR test possible in El Paraiso Verde?

Yes, you can do a PCR test in El Paraiso Verde.

Is it better to book a return flight?

You must always book the return flight from any country. Only outbound flight alone is not recognized if you want to enter Paraguay, since you are still considered a tourist before applying for the cedula.

Is travel insurance necessary for entry?

A travel insurance for the time of the stay in Paraguay is necessary to be allowed to fly there at all, otherwise you are not even allowed to get on the plane in Germany. The same applies to the return flight. (For such an insurance see e.g. insubuy.com). That Covid is covered must be on the photo you take of your travel health insurance confirmation, so you can show it at check-in/out, and for each person traveling with you.

Travel Health Care QR Code?

It is also important to note that you must fill out the Travel Health Care form at the airport at the latest in order to receive a QR code. Without this you will not get on the plane! The bureaucracy of many countries tries to make traveling more difficult, so that many do not even want to travel. This QR code is needed at check-in and check-out as a photo on the cell phone to show to each border official.

Who is responsible for container services in your country?

If you would like to rent/buy a container or have additional cargo shipped in a container to Paraguay to El Paraiso Verde, please contact: Peter Kunzmann, Email: cargoteam@web.de, for more information.

Summary for your Flight. You need…

  • A photo of the travel insurance confirmation to show at check-in and check-out, with visible indication that Covid is also covered.
  • Negative result of PCR test, on it is clearly visible that one is negative (Note: valid for 72 hours only).
  • Travel Health Care form to be filled out online and the QR code to be photographed. The QR code must be presented at the counter. At the airport, you can find out the website (ask fellow passengers) where the form to fill out this form is located. One then fills it out online and then gets the coveted QR code. This must be filled out and presented at most airports. Please inquire in time at the airport.
  • Passport – must be valid for at least 6 months.

When you arrive…

  • Then you will be accommodated in a hotel room or apartment. In these please do not throw paper in the toilet, otherwise it will smell strongly after some time.
  • The Paraguayans are a peaceful and open people, but many foreign languages sounds very hard for them. Therefore, speak as softly and friendly as you can.
  • In Paraguay, most people drive a moped or scooter. Therefore, pay attention to their way of driving, which does not always correspond to our usual traffic rules.
  • At El Paraiso Verde, the Paraguayan employees wear colored T-shirts: purple (kitchen), black (security), green (gardening), wine red (cleaning), dark blue (logistics), gray (internal administration), white (office) and others.

Paraguay’s quarantine?

Currently, there is a 5-day quarantine once you enter the country. You can wait this out at El Paraiso Verde. If someone at the border asks where you are spending the quarantine, show them the following address: El Paraiso Verde (Reljuv S.A.), Colonia Riachuelo, Tajy, Canada, 5600 Caazapa, Paraguay.

What is the Cedula?

The applicant’s cedula is sent to our Villarrica office approximately 4 weeks after the Admission Permanente (permanent residence permit) is issued. Thus, the process takes up to 6 months (it can be faster). With the Cedula you can enter and leave all Mercosur countries.

Is the Admission Permanente the Cedula?

No. The “Admission Permanente” is the lifetime permanent residence permit, which is a credit card sized photo ID that, after meeting the criteria and after a proper application process, is issued about 3-6 months after the personal appearance at the Immigration Office (Immigracion) and sent to our office in Villarrica.

Only with the Admission Permanente is an identity card issued, which is valid for 10 years and then renewed after 10 years upon presentation of the Admission Permanente. This identity card is called: Cedula.

If I have a Cedula, do I remain a citizen of my country?

Yes. The Cedula is just an identity card – valid for 10 years in all Mercosur countries and is renewed upon presentation of the Permanent Residence Permit. The permanent residence permit is another identity card valid for life. It is not a citizenship! Therefore, you keep your citizenship and the corresponding passport, unless you change your mind after 5 years and apply for Paraguayan citizenship. Without applying, one remains a citizen of the home country.

How does the repayment from the National Bank of Asuncion work?

Only in person, that is, during the next stay in Paraguay and after receiving the cedula, the amount can be collected again. To do this, you need the original certificate of receipt from the office, the cedula and the residence permit to pick up at the National Bank in Asuncion.

Do not leave deposit for 3-6 months?

This is partially correct. The Cedula takes 3-4 months from the time you apply at Immigration in Asuncion until it is issued. Once the cedula is issued, the money can be picked up. So the money sits at the National Bank for 3-6 months because proof of deposit must be provided when applying for the Cedula.

The application for the cedula is made in a single stay in Paraguay. The cedula and the permanent residence permit (2 photo IDs) can be picked up from the authorities with a power of attorney from us. Your deposited money can be withdrawn only by you.

The proof of purchase of a property does NOT replace the deposit of the 31.5 million Guarani! This is logical, since the 31.5 million guarani is supposed to be a guarantee that the immigrant has the means to provide for himself.

Take cash for deposit to Paraguay? Is it possible to transfer it?

It is necessary to take 31.5 million guarani (i.e. about 4,200 euros) in CASH per adult person or per family applying for a cedula (see Deposit). If applying at the same time as a minor child, the minor child does not need to deposit money. Instead, a declaration of provision is signed (in front of the notary).

If the child does not apply for the residence permit at the same time as the parents, he or she must also deposit 4,200 euros (actually 31.5 million guarani). The 4,200 euros must be taken in CASH (maximum 100 euro bills).

National Bank of Paraguay, Asuncion

The 4,200 Euros will be exchanged by us in Paraguay into 31.5 million Guarani for deposit at the National Bank in Asuncion. The rest will be paid out in Guarani. The rest can be used for shopping or for the minibar. Since the exchange rates fluctuate we always talk about 4,000-5,000 euros (or 5,000 dollars. or 3,600 pounds).

More than this amount is not to be taken in cash. This amount is independent from the properties, which have to be transferred extra.

Stay longer in El Paraiso Verde?

All costs are included in the info trip of 8 days (except supermarket shopping and café visits and similar private expenses). If you stay longer than 8 days, you will have to pay these expenses yourself, i.e. hotel room monthly without kitchen (about 320€), apartment with kitchen (about 460€), meals in the kitchen (about 4€ per meal).

What do I do with the taxes?

We recommend to deregister in your country and afterwards with the deregistration certificate also deregister at the tax office to avoid double taxation as long as possible. In Paraguay, only income made within Paraguay is taxed by the state (10% income tax). Foreign tax laws do not exist, i.e. whoever earns income outside Paraguay does not have to declare it in Paraguay. VAT, on the other hand, always has to be paid in the country where you have earnings anyway.

I have an online business. How do I pay VAT if I no longer live in Germany?

You can offer your services in Europe through Digistore24 or use another “payment provider”. These will automatically deduct the VAT, take care of the paperwork and no tax advisor is needed for the VAT deduction.

Apartment rentals in El Paraiso Verde?

Yes, you can also rent a private apartment in El Paraiso Verde, if one of the settlers living here has built an apartment and offers it for rent.