Alert: Demonstrations on Saturday, August 25 (August 24)

Location: From Jean Paul Genie Circle in Managua to Granada; Plaza las Victorias to Rotonda Hugo Chavez.

Event: We have received reports of two demonstrations on Saturday, August 25. The first is a pro-democracy caravan leaving from Jean Paul Genie Circle in Managua at 11:00 a.m. and proceeding to Granada. The second is a pro-Ortega march departing from Plaza las Victorias at 3:00 p.m. and proceeding to Rotonda Hugo Chavez. U.S. Government personnel have been advised to avoid the affected areas.

Events over the past several months in Nicaragua have shown that locations, routes, times, sizes, and possible violence at demonstrations, roadblocks, and downtown areas of various cities throughout the country are all unpredictable. Although it appears that the greatest levels of violence occur between sundown and sunup, outbreaks of violence also have occurred during daylight hours. The Embassy has limited resources to assist U.S. citizens affected by violence and encourages those who fear for their safety to leave the area as quickly and safely as possible.

Until further notice:

  • S. citizens needing emergency passports (for imminent travel only) may visit the Embassy between 7:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Monday through Friday, when the Embassy has not announced a closure.
  • Embassy Managua is no longer providing routine nonimmigrant or immigrant visa services. Embassy Managua cannot provide services for immigrant visa petitions that have not yet been filed, approved, or sent to Embassy Managua for visa processing, and is currently not accepting new immigrant visa cases from the National Visa Center. Likewise, unless nonimmigrant visa applicants meet very strict expedited appointment requirements (life or death medical emergencies), they will not be able to have interviews in Managua for the foreseeable future. Additional information about where else to apply for nonimmigrant visas is available at, and applicants with pending immigrant visa cases can contact the National Visa Center to explore if other options are available. Answers to frequently asked questions about our visa operation status are available at

Actions to Take:

  • If you feel unsafe, make arrangements to leave the country; commercial flights are available. There are no plans for a U.S.-government assisted evacuation.
  • Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.
  • Avoid the demonstration areas. Monitor local media for information on routes. 100% Noticias (known also as Channel 15 or Channel 63 on cable) and Radio Corporación offer nearly 24/7 news coverage.
  • Do not participate in demonstrations. Foreigners, including U.S.-Nicaraguan dual nationals, may risk arrest or expulsion if they participate in protests.
  • Do not attempt to drive through any large groups and/or barricades encountered on the street.
  • Restrict unnecessary travel.
  • Remain indoors after dark. Violence increases after sundown.
  • If you are safe, please regularly inform your family and friends in the United States. The Embassy is receiving a high number of calls regarding people’s welfare.
  • Maintain adequate supplies of cash, food, potable water, and fuel if sheltering in place.