Paraguay covid-19 information hub
As governments respond to the pandemic by enacting emergency legislation that will affect all areas of society and doing business, we are providing a central information hub that contains the enacted legislation and other relevant official communication issued in relation to the crisis.
We have collated this information with the help of a group of leading firms from countries across the region: Argentina’s Beccar Varela, Mitrani Caballero & Ruiz Moreno and Pérez Alati, Grondona, Benites & Arntsen (PAGBAM); Brazil’s Demarest Advogados, Lefosse Advogados, Mattos Filho, Veiga Filho, Marrey Jr e Quiroga Advogados, TozziniFreire Advogados and Veirano Advogados; Central America’s Aguilar Castillo Love, Arias, BLP and Consortium Legal; Chile’s Carey, Cariola, Díez, Pérez-Cotapos and Claro & Cía; Colombia’s Brigard Urrutia and Posse Herrera Ruiz; regional law firm Philippi Prietocarrizosa Ferrero DU & Uría; the Dominican Republic's Pellerano & Herrera; Ecuador’s Ferrere (Ecuador) and Pérez Bustamante & Ponce; Mexico’s Creel, García-Cuéllar, Aiza y Enriquez SC, Hogan Lovells (Mexico), Galicia Abogados, Mijares, Angoitia, Cortés y Fuentes SC and Nader, Hayaux & Goebel; Paraguay's BKM | Berkemeyer and Ferrere (Paraguay); Peru’s Payet, Rey, Cauvi, Pérez Abogados and Rodrigo, Elías & Medrano Abogados; Ferrere (Uruguay); and Venezuela’s D'Empaire.
We believe that by coming together to provide this service we can help provide businesses around the region with crucial facts and legislative developments to help them through this challenging, rapidly evolving period.
We have tried to assemble the most pertinent official developments issued in relation to covid-19. Although we cannot guarantee this list is exhaustive, our editorial team will be adding to this resource regularly, as and when we are made aware of the latest updates.
Notice INAN No. 26/20.
SET notice - treasury establishes facilities for VAT payments.
Resolution No. 8116 of the President of the Supreme Court - modifies the Agreed No. 1373/2020 in Art. 13.
Resolution S.G. No. 212 – approves an orientation protocol for people who need to comply with quarantine or isolation.
Decree No. 3582 - the special commission of supervision and control of purchases is constituted to accompany the ministry of public health and social welfare and state agencies in the processes of acquisition of goods and needs necessary for the attention of the state of emergency declared by the law n° 6524/20 and establishes complementary transparency measures.
DNA Resolution No. 419/20 - temporarily suspends all the customs administrations of the Republic of Paraguay.
Notice INAN No. 25/2020. – applications to the food standards agency must be done electronically.
Notice INAN No. 24/2020. – guidelines for how to apply register as minor importer.
CONACOM Resolution No. 29/20 - establishes the application of preventive measures against the risk of expansion of covid-19 in compliance with resolutions 181/2020 and 187/2020 issued by the Secretary of the Public Service.
CONACOM Resolution No. 28/20 - Resolution No. 187 /2020 of the Secretariat of the Public Service is adopted approving the unified protocol of preventive and control measures to avoid the propagation of covid-19 in the public sector, established by Resolutions No. 146/2020, 151/2020, 154/2020, 163/2020 and 181/2020, in accordance with Decree No.3576/2020.
Resolution No. 8007 - The presidency of the Supreme Court modifies Agreed no. 1381/2020 in its article 3.
Notice INAN No. 23/2020. – programme for 4-13 May at the food standards agency following announcement to lift lockdown restrictions
MADES Resolution No. 149/20 – extends articles 1, 2, 3 and modifying articles 4 and 5 of Resolution No. 121, which establishes administrative measures in the Ministry of the Environment and Sustainable Development.
SET Resolution No. 52/20 - establishes administrative measures for the management of procedures in the sub-secretariat of state for taxation, reinitiating administrative deadlines and amending provisions of G.R No. 114/2017.
The Central Bank of Paraguay establishes new financial measures to support the economy and protect families and businesses.
Decree No. 3576/20 – establishes measures corresponding to phase 1 of the plan for the gradual lifting of general preventive isolation (smart quarantine).
The Central Bank of Paraguay implements new measures adopted by the government to limit the attendance of the public to its facilities as much as possible.
Notice INAN No. 22/2020. - food standards agency inform that certain administrative process by paper are activated.
Notice Central Laboratory (MSPBS).
Resolution No. 1381 - modifies articles 1 and 2 of agreement No. 1373 and regulates the resumption of activities in the judicial power.
Notice from SENACSA.
Notice INAN No. 21/2020.
Decree No. 3572 - amends article 8 of Decree No. 3241/2020, regulating Act No. 6446/2019, establishes the administrative register of legal persons and structures and the administrative register of final beneficiaries of Paraguay, as amended by Decree No. 3486/2020.
MADES Resolution No. 144/20 - widens article 1 of Resolution No. 121 and establishing administrative measures during the state of health emergency in the Ministry of the Environment and Sustainable Development.
Municipality of Asuncion extends municipal holidays until 3 May 2020.
BCP establishes new financial measures to support the economy and protect families and businesses.
National Transport Directorate ("DINATRAN") extends suspension of the public transportation until 3 May 2020.
Presidency of the Supreme Court of Justice (“CSJ”) provides for the prolongation of the entry into force of Agreement no. 1373/2020 and the partial suspension of activities in the Judicial Power until 4 May 2020.
Decree No. 3564/20 – extends the general preventive isolation (quarantine) and restriction measures from 27 April 2020 to 3 May 2020.
General Directorate of Migrations – declares continuation of the closure of borders and airports until further notice.
National Service of Quality and Health of Vegetables and Seeds (SENAVE) informs that the Directorate of Agrochemicals operates normally and some procedures of the Technical Evaluation Commission and the Control and Evaluation Department will be carried out via email.
MADES Resolution No. 140/20 - widens articles 1, 2 and 3 and modifies articles 4 and 5 of Resolution No. 121; establishes administrative measures during the state of health emergency in the Ministry of the Environment and Sustainable Development.
Notice INAN No. 19/2020.
Notice INAN No. 20/2020.
National Animal Health and Quality Service (“SENACSA”) establishes essential prevention and biosecurity measures in the production chain to ensure the safety and quality of products of animal origin.
Decree No. 3546 - regulates article 46 of Act No. 6524 and declares a state of emergency throughout the territory of the Republic of Paraguay.
Communication from the DINAC.
Resolution No. 1058/20 - extends municipal holidays until 26 April 2020.
Nacional Institute of Food and Nutrition (“INAN”) statement.
The Asunción Bus Terminal (TOA) announces extension of temporary closure until 26 April 2020.
Resolution No. 177 of the MSPyBS - establishes health measures in the national territory, aimed at people coming from other countries, and repealing Resolution SG No. 173/2020.
Resolution No. 132 - extends and amends Resolution No. 121.
Communication from DINATRAN.
Decree No. 3537 – extends the general preventive isolation (quarantine) and restriction measures from 20 to 26 April 2020.
Resolution MSPyBS SG No. 15/2020 – establishes the extension of the expiration of the certifications of good manufacturing practices and good storage practices for household products, cosmetics, medical devices and medicines granted by the National Health Surveillance Directorate (DNVS).
DNA Resolution No. 340 - updates supplementary rules for the simplified clearance of goods brought into the customs territory under the assistance and salvage procedure.
The President of the Republic extends quarantine until 26 April 2020.
Resolution No. 015/20 – extension of expiry of the certificates of good manufacturing practices and good storage practices for household products, cosmetics, medical devices and medicines issued by the National Health Surveillance Directorate (DNVS).
Direccion Nacional de Aduanas or (“DNA”) Resolution No. 340/20 - updates supplementary rules for the simplified clearance of goods entering the customs territory under the assistance and rescue dispatch regime.
Decisions of the Plenary of the CSJ.
Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Security instructs employers and workers the use of masks in work environments is mandatory.
Decree No. 3536 – extends Decree no. 3506/2020, declares state of emergency and establishes administrative, fiscal and financial measures.
PGN Resolution No. 26/2020 - provides for the mandatory incorporation of the traveller’s health record within the national territory approved by the Ministry of Public Health and Social Welfare that affects shipping companies, maritime agencies and crew in general operating within the jurisdiction of the Naval General Prefecture.
The General Directorate of Migrations extends the validity of documents that have expired as of 13 March 2020.
Decree No. 3532 – amends Article 2 of Decree No. 3525 and extends general preventive isolation (quarantine) and restriction measures from April 13 to April 19 2020.
Decree No. 3533 - authorises modification of the estimate income of the Central Administration and extension of budgetary credits and the shares of income and expenses of the financial plan.
Decree No. 3535 - authorises transfer of credits and modification of expenditure quotas of the financial plan.
Resolution SG No. 166/2020 - establishes that people who have tested positive for coronavirus (covid-19) should isolate in designated shelters.
Decree No. 3529/20 – amends Decree No. 6655 and extends the list of products covered by Decree No. 3477 providing a special value added tax (VAT) regime for certain sensitive products in the context of the epidemiological emergency.
National Service of Quality and Health of Vegetables and Seeds (SENAVE) informs users that services provided by the institution will be guaranteed with the minimum number of officials.
Notice from National Animal Health and Quality Service (SENACSA).
Decree No. 3531 - regulates Article 18 of Act No. 6524/2020, establishing the creation of a trust to be administered by the Development Finance Agency (AFD) and authorising the Ministry of Finance to allocate additional resources to the trust.
Decree No. 3530 - authorises allocation of specific resources to a guarantee fund for micro, small and medium enterprises (FOGAPY).
Decree No. 3528 – temporal amendment of the current national tariff (ANV) for certain products listed in the annex to Decree No. 6655.
General Resolution No. 51/19 - extends the deadlines for the submission of financial statements and the inventory of agrochemicals.
The Central Bank of Paraguay implements new procedures for the reception and processing of documents.
Notice from Nacional Institute of Food and Nutrition (INAN).
The General Directorate of Migrations announces extension of closure of borders and airports until 19 April.
Central Bank of Paraguay (BCP) establishes financial measures to support the economy and protect families and businesses.
Decree No. 3526/20 – authorises the Ministry of Public Health and Social Welfare to set up shelters for the supervised isolation of persons who have tested positive for coronavirus (covid-19).
Decree No. 3525/20 - extends the general preventive isolation (quarantine) and restriction measures from 13 April to 19 April 2020.
Resolution No. 023-017 / 2020 - approves financial contingency measures for the payment of contributions to IPS.
Resolution No. 1373 - regulates the resumption of activities in the judiciary.
General Resolution No. 50/20 - simplifies registration with the RUC for sole proprietorships that choose to use the simplified scheme for small businesses.
Notice from SENACSA.
Resolution SG No. 163 del MSPyBS – provides preventive quarantine on the active ingredient ivermectin.
Ministry of Public Works and Communications (MOPC) issues list of companies that provide public transport during holy week observing sanitary measures.
Implementation of a platform by Ministry of Information and Communication Technologies which allows nationals to know in detail the use of public money on health emergency by covid-19.
National Service of Quality and Health of Vegetables and Seeds (SENAVE) establishes work related activities for week following.
Notice No. 4 by National Securities Commission.
Communication from the Superintendence of Insurance (SIS).
Decree No. 3512 – provides for new movement restriction measures during the general preventive isolation established until 12 April 2020.
Decree No. 3513 - the term established in Article 3 of Decree No. 3468 of March 18 2020 is extended for a period of 60 calendar days.
Ministry of Labor, Employment and Social Security provides citizens with a model of service order for personnel who perform functions during the quarantine.
Resolution No. 025-022 / 2020 - regulates the settlement and final payroll of beneficiaries of the economic compensation for suspension of work activities for covid-19.
Resolution No. 04, Minute No. 23 of the Board of Directors of the BCP – Central Bank provision of financial support to companies in certain sectors.
Resolution No. 104/20 - authorises the regulated entities stipulated in Resolution SEPRELAD No. 77/2020 to implement, on an exceptional and temporary basis, simplified identification procedures within the framework of the provisions of Act No. 6524/20.
Resolution No. 375/20 – suspends surcharges on payment of taxes.
Resolution No. 380/20 - temporarily suspends the second period of vaccination against foot-and-mouth disease and bovine brucellosis for the year 2020.
DNA Resolution No. 318 - provides for the acceptance of the digital certificate of origin, with exceptions, from the Mercosur member states and third party states, regarding import clearance, applicable by the competent customs administrations of the Republic.
Ministry of the Interior - measures to restrict the transit of people and vehicles.
Decree No. 3506 - declares a state of emergency in all the territory of the Republic of Paraguay.
General Directorate of Migrations declares the closure of borders for foreign and national citizens until April 12.
MTESS Resolution No. 539/2020 – measures to simplify administrative process for MSMEs in relation to MTESS resolution No. 500/20.
General Resolution No. 49/20 – extends deadline for the submission of affidavits and payment of tax obligations.
Ministry of the Interior establishing alternative mechanisms for certain administrative processes.
General Resolution No. 48/20 – extends Resolution No.43/2020 and modifies administrative measures.
Resolution No. 1, Minute 21 from the Board of Directors of the BCP – Enabling special credit for banks and financial companies.
Resolution No. 2, Minute 21 of the Board of Directors of the BCP – Modification of existing law to facilitate credits.
Resolution No. 3, Minute 21 of the Board of Directors of the BCP – Establishing regulation related to use of national monetary deposits by financial institutions.
Resolution No. 4, Minute 21 of the Board of Directors of the BCP – Establishing regulation related to use of foreign monetary deposits by financial institutions.
Notice from the Monetary Policy Committee – Interest rate reduction to 2.25%
Resolution DINAPI N° 4/20 – extends the deadline for renewal of industrial property agent.
Resolution N°157/20 of the DINATRAN – suspends public transportation from 5 April to 12 April.
MTESS Resolution No. 598/2020 - declares a state of emergency throughout the territory of the Republic of Paraguay and establishes administrative, fiscal and financial measures.
Resolution 24/20 – extends term of suspension of time limits established in Resolution D/AD No. 20/2020.
Notice of the Municipality of Asuncion – permits only public transportation with capital permit.
Decree No. 3490/20 - amends Article 1 of Decree No. 3478/20 in relation to the general preventive isolation measures established due to health emergency in the national territory.
Resolution No. 156/20 – establishes contingent guidelines in the vehicle technical inspection regime (I.T.V.).
Resolution No. 175/20 - establishes withdrawal of pending judicial files in case of sentence or being resolved.
Resolution No. 3, Minute 20 of the Board of Directors of the BCP – The application to block the use of current accounts is exempted.
Resolution SS.SG. No. 101/20 – sets forth measures for registration and renewal of registrations for agents, brokers and claims adjusters.
Resolution SS.SG. No. 105/20 – extends validity of the registration of foreign reinsurance companies.
RES. CNV CG N°12/20 – establishes a regime, title-33 in the issuance of short-term bonds in general regulation of stock market.
Law 6524/20 – various measures including formalisation of micro, small and medium-sized enterprises, extension of tax maturity periods and exemption from the consequences of non-payment of rent.
MTESS Resolution No. 526/20 extends the deadline for filing labour sheets for the 2019 financial year.
Decree No. 3486/20 – modifies calendar of deadlines for complying with communications to the Administrative Registry of Legal Entities and Ultimate Beneficial Owners.
DNA Resolution No. 295/20 – sets forth rules for the clearance of goods brought into the customs territory.
Decree No. 3488/20 – amends Decree No. 1490/14 and establishes penalties for breach of duty in cooperating to national competition commission.
Resolution No. 1370 of the CSJ extends the suspension of judicial activity.
SEDECO starts monitoring prices of fruit and vegetables in supermarkets in Asuncion and the Metropolitan Area.
Communication N° 9/20 of the DINAVISA - information to pharmacies and the general public about prescriptions.
RES. CNV CG N°11 /20 – extension of deadlines for the payment of tariff for maintenance of audit for financial year 2020.
DINANC statement – cancels all commercial or private flights from abroad.
Resolution No. 967/20 – extends municipal holidays until 12 April.
General Resolution No. 47/20 – financial intermediation entities and cooperatives shall require the CCT, Certificate of Compliance in Dispute and the Certificate of Not Being a Taxpayer only for new credits or renewal of credits that amount at least US$22,500.
Security agencies extend restrictive measures
Minister of the Interior, Euclid Acevedo, announces more severe controls.
Communication from the Paraguayan Arbitration and Mediation Center – suspension of activities from March 23 to March 27.
Decree No. 3.480/20 – extension of expiry date of corporate income tax (IRE) payment.
Resolution No. 120/20 – sets forth new routes for public buses to enter the capital till 12 April.
Resolution DNCP No. 1236/2020 – establishes provision of transferring physical records digitally.
Resolution No. 315/20 - provides for the extension of 60 calendar days of the validity of all ratings, certificates and/or authorisations granted by the Dirección Nacional de Aeronáutica Civil (DINAC) until 12 April 2020.
BCP Release – financial institutions urged to make the necessary measures to avoid crowding of people
GVMT Resolution No. 22/2020 – establishes new schedule for public transport.
Notice from the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development – urges citizens to dispose solid waste correctly, taking appropriate precautions.
Notice BVPASA 21/03/2020 – Board of BVPASA (Paraguay stock exchange) establishes measures within the framework of the declared health emergency of covid-19.
General Resolution No. 46/20 – all deadlines for administrative processes and procedures carried out by the SET are suspended from March 23 to March 31.
Decree No. 3477/20 – provides a special VAT regime for the import and sale of basic products set forth in the covid-19 prevention protocols.
Resolution DGM No. 152/20 – limits the hours for entry by land of Paraguayan citizens and foreign citizens that reside in Paraguay.
Decree No. 3478/20 – extends Decree No. 3456/20 and modifies preventive isolation measures.
ASOBAN Communication – Paraguay's Banking Association reports that debt refinancing will be applied automatically.
ABAFI release – Individual clients and medium and small enterprises will be able to access to an extension of their installments for March, April and May.
DINAPI/RG/No. 03/2020 Resolution – suspends procedural deadlines of all case filed before the National Directorate of Intellectual Property (DINAPI).
Consumer protection authority Secretaria de Defensa del Consumidor y del Usuario (SEDECO) starts carrying out interventions in commercial facilities to monitor complaints of non-compliance with Resolution MSPyBS No. 96.
Communication from the Directorate of Legal Entities and Structures and Final Beneficiaries – suspends deadlines for procedures to amend company bylaws for the conversion of shares.
Provision of the Directorate-General for Merchant Marines (DGMM) No. 10/20 – establishes 90-day period for vessels to operate without having to go to the offices for administrative procedures in order to avoid crowding of people.
Resolution No. 151/20 of the Paraguayan immigration authority (Direccion Nacional de Migraciones or DGM) – Paraguayan citizens who reside in another country and who are currently in Paraguay, must comply with 14 days of home isolation before returning to their country of residence.
Resolution No. 4 Minute 18 of the Board of Directors of the BCP – until 31 December, the formalisation of capital renewals, refinancing or restructurings will interrupt the calculation of default interest of those loans granted to individuals or legal entities for any purpose.
Resolution No. 286/20 of the Paraguayan civil aviation authority (Direccion Nacional de Aeronautica Civil or DINAC) – forbids the arrival of foreigners that are non-residents.
Resolution No. 5 Minute 18 of the Board of Directors of the BCP – applies legal reserve rates to deposits in national currency from 23 March to 31 December.
Decree No. 3468/20 – until 26 March, airlines operating domestic and international commercial flights are exempted from paying fees for flight protection service, operations and aircraft parking.
Decree No. 3471/2020 – adjusts import tariffs on medical supplies useful for the prevention and control of covid-19.
Resolution DNCP No. 1220/2020 – establishes preventive measures in the process of hiring goods/services to mitigate the risk of corona virus.
Resolution No. 23/20 – establishes preventive measures in private and state ports.
Decree No. 3465/20 – restricts departure of nationals and foreign citizens living in Paraguay.
MSPyBS Resolution No. 99/20 – imposed isolation from 8pm to 4am until 24 March.
MTESS Resolution No. 499/2020 – exceptionally and temporarily removes requirement for workers to give 15 days’ notice for holiday applications
Resolution D/AD 20/2020 – suspends deadlines of all files processed before the national antitrust authority (Comision Nacional de la Competencia).
Resolution D/AD 21/2020 – sets forth the provision of public services related to competition law externally.
MTESS Resolution No. 500/20 – regulates new Labour Codes.
Resolution DGPPPP. 02/2020 – suspension of deadlines of the projects under evaluation.
Resolution No. 180/20 from the National Service of Quality and Health of Vegetables and Seeds (SENAVE) – extends the expiration date of all registrations granted by SENAVE
Resolution 26/20 issued by the Road Patrol – sets forth that driving licenses and permits that expire on 31 March will expire on 30 April.
Resolution No. 8 Minute 17 of the Board of Directors of the BCP – provides for the application certain legal reserve rates on foreign currency deposits.
Resolution No. 10 Minute 17 of the Board of Directors of the BCP – extends deadlines for financial institutions to sell real estate or property obtained as payments or in the execution of court judgments.
MTESS Resolution No. 471/2020 – entrusts shops, industries and other entities with employees to temporarily apply home office contracts
Decree No. 3458/20 – land borders closed for non-resident foreign nationals
Decree No. 3456/20 – declares health emergency to mitigate the spread of covid-19.
General Resolution No. 45/20 – validity periods of tax compliance certificates (CCT) issued between 18 March and 30 June extended for 90 days.
Decree No. 3457/20 – established exceptional and transitory regime for personal income tax payments.
Communication from the Superintendence of Insurance – establishes new procedures for submitting documents digitally.
Notice CNV/DIR No. 013/2020 – extension of expiration of periodic information for stock market agents.
Notice DNCP No. 09/2020 – restriction of access to the opening act envelopes of people effected with covid-19.
MSPyBS Resolution No. 96/20 – sets maximum referential prices for consumer products used to fight covid-19 (gel alcohol, masks and gloves).
Decree No. 3455/20 – the Register of Exporters is in charge of the export of alcohol in gel, unwoven fabric mouths, filter mouth caps etc.
Notice SS. SG No. 030/2020 – urges supervised insurance sector entities to carry out operations by telematic means.
DNA Resolution No. 245/20 – suspends deadlines of proceedings in the national customs service.
Notice DNCP No. 08/2020 – urges to follow the provisions established in Decree No. 3451/2020.
General Resolution No. 43/20 – office of the Paraguayan tax authority (Subsecretaria de Estado de Tributacion or SET) closed until 26 March
Decree No. 3451/20 – sets out exceptional working schedule for executive branch agencies and institutions.
Resolution No. 1366 of the Supreme Court of Justice – suspends judicial activity from March 12 to March 26.
DINAC Resolution 274/20 – suspension of the entry of flights from Europe to Paraguay from 14 March to 26 March.
Resolution DNCP No. 1092/2020 – establishes health measures to mitigate the risk of corona virus.
Notice CNV/DIR No. 012/2020 – adoption of preventive measures by national government to avoid spread of covid-19.
Resolution DNVS DG N°13/20 – deregulating the processes to produce hand sanitisers and other anti-bacterial products.
DNA Resolution No. 219/20 – establishes security measures for goods entering the country.
DINAPI/RG/No. 02/2020 Resolution – suspension of procedural deadlines for intellectual property during the emergency period established by the MSPyBS.
Notice DNCP No. 06/2020 – urges to suspend public hearings in public contracts agency DNCP and other parts of the country.
Communication No. 2/20 of the National Directorate of Health Surveillance (“DINAVISA”) - Ministry of Public Health and Social Welfare orders institutions to receive consultations through e-mail.
MSPyBS Resolution No. 90/20 – health measures to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus to be initially applied to for 15 days.
Decree No. 3442/20 – all executive branch institutions, the armed forces, national police and other dependencies of the central administration ordered to collaborate with the national health authority.