Celebration of the 36th Anniversary of the Sandinista Revolution of 1979 and Ongoing Demonstrations Near the Supreme Electoral Council in Managua

The U.S. Embassy in Nicaragua advises U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to Nicaragua that a celebration commemorating the 36th anniversary of the Sandinista Revolution of 1979 will be held on Sunday, July 19, 2015.  July 20 has been declared a national holiday in Nicaragua and the Embassy will be closed. Emergency consular services for U.S. citizens will be available (see contact information below). 

Official anniversary celebration preparations have started and heavy traffic around Managua is expected beginning on Friday, July 17, and continuing through Sunday, July 19.

During these events, much of downtown Managua will be closed to vehicles, causing heavy traffic and congestion. Traffic will be heavy on all roads to Managua and access to public transportation will be limited.

Additionally, local press is reporting that regular demonstrations organized by civil society and opposition groups will continue to take place in front of the Supreme Electoral Council offices in the Metrocentro area of Managua every Wednesday.  According to press, the demonstration on July 8 turned violent and resulted in injuries and arrests.

The Embassy reminds U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  Avoid areas where demonstrations are taking place and exercise caution when in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

Review your personal security plans, remain aware of your surroundings, including local events, and monitor local news stations for updates.  Be vigilant and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security.

In the event of a life or death emergency involving a U.S. citizen please call 2252-7171.  For all other matters related to American citizen services, please send an email to ACS.Managua@state.gov.

The U.S. Embassy in Managua is located at Km 5 ½ C. Sur Managua, Nicaragua.  The U.S. Embassy in Managua can be reached during regular business hours at 011-505-2252-7100.  The American Citizen Services unit is also available by email at ACS.Managua@state.gov 

For emergencies (deaths, arrests, etc.) after hours, U.S. citizens can call 011-505-2252-7171 and ask for the Embassy Duty Officer.

General information regarding consular services is available by calling 011-505-2252-7104.  Routine services such as passports and notarial services require an appointment; you can schedule an appointment online.

For the latest security information, Americans traveling abroad should regularly monitor the U.S. Embassy’s website and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs’ website, where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information can be found.

The U.S. Embassy also encourages U.S. citizens to review “A Safe Trip Abroad“, which includes valuable security information for those both living and traveling abroad.  In addition to information on the Internet, travelers may obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the U.S. and Canada, or outside the U.S. and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). You can also download our free Smart Traveler App, available through iTunes and the Android market, to have travel information at your fingertips.