Security Alert: Possible Violence and Traffic Disruptions between Managua and Masaya (July 15)

Location:  Managua to Masaya, Carretera Masaya

Event:  There are calls for a caravan today, July 15, beginning at Rotonda Metrocentro and moving toward Masaya down Carretera Masaya.

U.S. government personnel have been advised to avoid Carretera Masaya from Rotonda Metrocentro south toward Pricesmart.

U.S. citizens should monitor local media, including social media, for planned routes and times, as they frequently change. U.S. government personnel must avoid Rotonda Metrocentro when there are incidents in the area, Rotonda Universitaria at all times, and the vicinity of all universities, particularly UNAN. Further, U.S. government personnel are not permitted to travel to the airport after 17:00.  Additional areas are placed off-limits as needed and vary frequently.

Events over the past several weeks 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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