Alert: Multiple Protests on Monday, July 23 (July 23)

Location: Multiple, all passing near UCA

Event: On Monday, July 23, three student marches are planned in Managua, with routes that may converge or intersect. Due to these demonstrations, the U.S. Embassy is closing today at 12:15 p.m.

Two of the planned demonstrations are protesting the government and will begin at 2:00 p.m.: one from Jean Paul Genie circle and one from UdeM University. They both will end at the Central American University (UCA). The other march is in support of the government and will leave from the UNAN campus at 3:00 p.m. destined for Paseo de los Estudiantes. The planned routes cross near UCA at the ENEL traffic light, although the exact arrival time of each group is unknown.

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 http://www.ustraveldocs.com, 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 https://ni.usembassy.gov/visas/visas-frequently-asked-questions/.

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.

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