Lions Club of Leon

Remarks by Ambassador Dogu Leon, February 12, 2017 Estoy muy contenta de estar aquí nuevamente. Debido a que hay personas que no hablan español, voy a hablar en los dos idiomas. I am very happy to be here today. Because there are people here who only speak English or Spanish, I will speak in both languages. Ésta es la tercera

Nicaragua is not part of the Visa Waiver Program

Nicaragua is not currently part of the Visa Waiver Program.  Reports of new countries being added to the U.S. Visa Waiver Program (VWP) are false. The Department of Homeland Security, which administers the VWP in consultation with the Department of State, has not announced any new VWP entrants. The full list of countries whose citizens or nationals are currently eligible

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Message for U.S. Citizens January 24, 2017 On January 17, 2017 the Government of Nicaragua announced a new requirement for travelers entering Nicaragua from certain countries to present proof of yellow fever vaccination as a condition for being granted entry to Nicaragua.  This requirement is in response to a recent yellow fever outbreak in the Brazilian state of Minas Gerais.

Opening Ceremony Nicaragua Technology Summit 2017

Remarks by Ambassador Dogu Managua, January 21, 2017 Welcome all to the Nicaragua Technology Summit 2017. This summit is an exciting and unique platform and addresses a crucial topic. To advance, we all must embrace technology. I look forward to hearing from a distinguished lineup of speakers and panelists, both from the United States, Nicaragua, and beyond, about the infinite

Firefighters Visit Embassy

January 14, 2017 Ambassador Dogu met with a group of firefighters from San Francisco, California and Bend, Oregon, in Nicaragua, donating their time during vacations, to train Nicaraguan firefighters on extraction techniques, trauma evaluation and water rescue. Since 2007, these group of men and women have been coming to Nicaragua during vacation time to train and work with Nicaraguan firefighters.

Statement by the President on Cuban Immigration Policy

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 12, 2017 Statement by the President on Cuban Immigration Policy Today, the United States is taking important steps forward to normalize relations with Cuba and to bring greater consistency to our immigration policy. The Department of Homeland Security is ending the so-called “wet-foot/dry foot” policy, which was put

Statement by Secretary of Homeland Security on Cuban Inmigration

Statement by Secretary of Homeland Security [U.S. Department of Homeland Security seal] Press Office U.S. Department of Homeland Security Press Release January 12, 2017 STATEMENT BY SECRETARY JOHNSON ON THE CONTINUED NORMALIZATION OF OUR MIGRATION RELATIONSHIP WITH CUBA The United States is revoking the so-called “wet-foot/dry-foot” policy for Cuban migrants that has been in place since the mid-1990s. Effective immediately,

President Obama Presidential Proclamation – National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, 2017

Presidential Proclamation — National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, 2017 NATIONAL SLAVERY AND HUMAN TRAFFICKING PREVENTION MONTH, 2017 – – – – – – – BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA A PROCLAMATION Our Nation wrestled with the issue of slavery in a way that nearly tore us apart — its fundamental notion in direct contradiction

Remarks for the Ambassador at the UCC-Léon CDMC Opening

Remarks by the Ambassador León, January 4, 2017 Welcome to the students and personnel of Wake Forest University. The students and staff at Wake Forest University are both enthusiastic and capable partners, and I am excited to see their hard work bear fruit here.  And I know they have found an effective and strong partner here at UCC-Leon to support

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Remarks by Ambassador December 19, 2016 Good morning special guests, Access camp counselors from Nicaragua and from the United States, teachers and staff, and Access students. Welcome to the closing ceremony of the seventh edition of the English Access Camp in Nicaragua. I’d like to thank all the different organizations and individuals who supported this camp such as the Boy

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U.S. Embassy Managua will host the Foreign Service Officer Test on Saturday, January 28, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and on Tuesday, January 31, 2017, from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  Registration opens on December 15, 2016, and closes on January 25, 2017.  It is important to register and sign-up for a seat early since there are only

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens November 29, 2016 The U.S. Embassy informs U.S. citizens that demonstrations are expected to take place in Managua beginning at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, November 30 and at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 1. Wednesday, November 30:  The group Consejo Nacional de Defensa de la Tierra, Lago y Soberanía is organizing a march to protest

Hurricane Otto

Security Message for U.S. Citizens November 24, 2016 The U.S. Embassy alerts U.S. citizens that Tropical Storm (TS) Otto is currently forecast to become a hurricane on Thursday, November 24, 2016and is expected to make landfall near Bluefields, Nicaragua on the same day.  TS Otto may result in heavy rains, strong winds, flooding, and mudslides.  A National Hurricane Center (NHC)

Security Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy Warns of Potential Impact from Tropical Storm Otto

Security Message for U.S. Citizens November 22, 2016 The U.S. Embassy cautions U.S. citizens that Tropical Storm (TS) Otto is currently forecast to become a hurricane on Wednesday, November 23, 2016, and is expected to make landfall near Bluefields, Nicaragua on Thursday, November 24, 2016, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).  The Nicaraguan government has issued a hurricane watch

241st Marine Corps Birthday Ball

Remarks by the Ambassador Managua, November 18, 2016 Good evening ladies and gentlemen. Thank you for joining us tonight as we celebrate the 241st birthday of the United States Marine Corps. Let me begin by reading a message from Secretary of State John Kerry: On behalf of the Department of State and all our employees serving overseas and at home,

Lunch with Nicaraguan Women Entrepreneur Network

Remarks by Ambassador Managua, November 18, 2016 I am honored to speak to you today, and pleased that you have welcomed me back for a second year to celebrate Women’s Entrepreneurship Day with you.  I am so impressed by your dedication, determination, and persistence to build your businesses, create new opportunities, and realize your potential by following your passions.  That

Alumni Association Launch

Ambassador Dogu met with over 250 nicaraguan Alums to celebrate the launch of the U.S. Embassy Alumni Association (ANIUSA.) Several different generations of Alums participated in the event where they met the Board of Directors, had the opportunity to do some networking, and  to know more about the Association. Congratulations!

Peace Corps Volunteers Swearing In Ceremony

Remarks by Ambassador Laura F. Dogu Managua, November 10, 2016 Good Morning I feel extremely fortunate to have been assigned to Nicaragua for many reasons, and one of those reasons is because Nicaragua has a Peace Corps Program. Peace Corps Volunteers are such interesting people – they come from all over the United States willing to support the prosperity of

Statement by the White House Press Secretary on Elections in the U.S.

Press Release November 9, 2016 From the White House residence, the President phoned Donald Trump to congratulate him on his victory early this morning. The President also called Secretary Clinton and expressed admiration for the strong campaign she waged throughout the country. The President will make a statement on Wednesday at the White House to discuss the election results and

Statement By The President on Elections

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Election Night at the CCNN

Remarks by Ambassador Laura F. Dogu Managua, November 8, 2016 Good afternoon everyone. I’m very pleased to be here with you all on U.S. Election Day! U.S. presidential elections only come once every four years and it is always an exciting time for U.S. democracy. The American democratic process is one of the most transparent and fair in the world.

Statement by Mark Toner, U.S. State Department Deputy Spokesperson on Elections in Nicaragua

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Nicaraguan Presidential and National Assembly Elections on Sunday

Security Message for U.S. Citizens November 6, 2016 Nicaragua is conducting Presidential and National Assembly elections on Sunday, November 6, 2016, and there is a possibility of election-related disturbances. During past elections, protests and political rallies were staged throughout greater Managua to include Granada and Masaya. Violence escalated in some rural communities, and confrontations between political parties erupted along main

Voting; New Passport, Visa Photo Policy; Request for Public Comments

Message to U.S. Citizens November 1, 2016 Don’t wait, return your voted ballot right away! Remember U.S. embassies and consulates are not polling places; same-day in-person voting is not available outside the United States.  The majority of states require voted ballots to reach local election officials by the close of polls on Tuesday, November 8.  U.S. citizens who want to

Important Information on Voting Registration and Privately-hosted Voting Assistance Event

Message to U.S. Citizens September 20, 2016 The U.S. Embassy Notifies of Important Information on Voting Registration and Informs of Privately-hosted Voting Assistance Event Important Information on Voting Registration and Ballot Submittance Absentee Voting Week is September 26-October 3 Be an Active Voter by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2016 U.S. elections and participating in Absentee Voting

Planned Protests to the Canal and Increased Border-Crossing Controls

Message to U.S. Citizens August 25, 2016 Embassy Notifies of Planned Protests to the Canal and Increased Border-Crossing Controls Increased Security at Borders and a Reminder of the Notification Policy for Religious and Humanitarian Travelers:  The Embassy has been informed that Nicaraguan land border controls are intensifying in an effort to prevent criminal acts associated with organized crime, gangs, and

Update to Earlier Notice

Message to U.S. Citizens Aug. 15, 2016 Update to Today’s Earlier Notice on the Dissemination of Routine Messages As an update and change to our notice earlier today regarding the dissemination of routine messages involving demonstrations, strikes and weather-related events, please note that, due in part to comments from the public, the Embassy will continue to send out email notifications

Dissemination of Routine Security Messages

Message to U.S. Citizens August 15, 2016 Important Message for U.S. Citizens Regarding the Dissemination of Routine Security Messages Please note that the Embassy will no longer send routine security messages relating to demonstrations, strikes, and weather-related events via email.  In an effort to disseminate information more expeditiously, the Embassy will post these types of security messages directly on our

Potential Cyclone or “Tropical Disturbance”

Message to U.S. Citizens August 2, 2016 U.S. Embassy Warns of Potential Cyclone or “Tropical Disturbance” According to the National System for Prevention, Mitigation and Attention to Disasters (SINAPRED), the Nicaraguan Northern Caribbean coast could be affected in the next days by a cyclone, registered by Nicaraguan experts as a “Tropical Disturbance”.  SINAPRED estimates the storm to hit sometime between

Press Statement from the State Department

Press Release United States Department of State Press Statement John Kirby Assistant Secretary and Department Spokesperson Bureau of Public Affairs August 1, 2016 Concerns Regarding Nicaraguan Democracy and Elections Estados Unidos se encuentra profundamente preocupado por las acciones del Gobierno de Nicaragua y de la Corte Suprema de Justicia que han cerrado los espacios democráticos previo a la realización de

Entrepreneurship Night

Remarks by Ambassador Laura F. Dogu Managua, July 29, 2016 The word entrepreneur comes from French and its original meaning was akin to “adventurer.” Entrepreneurs truly are adventurers, explorers building products and services never before seen, creating new companies in uncertain environments, and pushing the boundaries of what we thought possible. There is often little guarantee of reward, but the

VI Access English Microscholarship, Managua Program Graduation

Remarks by Ambassador Laura F. Dogu July 15, 2016 – 10:00am Centro Cultural Nicaragüense Norteamericano Que alegría estar aquí con ustedes en este día tan especial. Es un honor estar con estos estudiantes sobresalientes, los docentes, y la institución anfitriona del programa Access, y muy especialmente con las familias de estos estudiantes. He estado en muchas ceremonias de Access y

240th Anniversary of the Independence of the United States

Remarks by Ambassador Laura F. Dogu Managua, July 30, 2016 Good evening. Thank you for joining us tonight to celebrate the 240th anniversary of the United States.  I want to especially thank all of our sponsors, and the Managua municipal band for welcoming us in tonight!  We generally celebrate the Fourth of July with baseball games, grilled burgers, cold beer,

Travel Alert for U.S. Citizens Residing in or Visiting Nicaragua

Travel Alert June 29, 2016 U.S. Department of State Issues Travel Alert for U.S. Citizens Residing in or Visiting Nicaragua The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens about increased government scrutiny of foreigners’ activities, new requirements for volunteer groups, and the potential for demonstrations during the upcoming election season in Nicaragua.

Facebook Live Entrepreneurship Event

Remarks by Ambassador Laura F. Dogu Managua, June 27, 2016 Hello, good afternoon to all our fans.  The Embassy is trying live events to discuss useful topics for our fans. I am glad to address you and welcome you to this live session about the usage of social networks to market your business. Social networks, especially Facebook, have become today

Calls for Demonstrations

Message to U.S. Citizens June 9, 2016 In light of calls for demonstrations in response to recent Supreme Court decisions about upcoming elections, the U.S. Embassy in Managua reminds U.S. citizens that even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. You should avoid areas of demonstrations and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any

Risks of Volcano Tourism, Notice on Adoptions in Nicaragua, Continued Threat of Zika Transmission

Safety and Security Messages May 27, 2016 U.S. Embassy Advises Of Risks Of Volcano Tourism; Alerts U.S. Citizens Of New Department Of State Notice On Adoptions In Nicaragua; And Suggests Increased Precaution To Prevent Spread Of Zika Risks of Volcano Tourism: The U.S. Embassy in Nicaragua would like to advise all U.S. citizens of the risks of volcano tourism.  Several

Webinar on Overseas Filing for U.S. Taxpayers, Occurring May 25, 2016

Message for U.S. Citizens May 24, 2016 The American Citizen Services Section at the U.S. Embassy in Managua would like to inform you that the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) will host a webinar on “Overseas Filing for U.S. Taxpayers” on May 25, 2016, from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EDT.  To register and attend this webinar, use the Overseas Filing for U.S. Taxpayers

Dr. Jill Biden to Travel to Central and South America

Press Release THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Vice President FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 19, 2016 DR. JILL BIDEN TO TRAVEL TO CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICA Dr. Jill Biden will travel to Nicaragua, Peru, Argentina and Panama from June 19 through June 27, 2016, where she will engage government and civil society partners on issues related to economic empowerment and

U.S. Citizens Prohibited from Shopping at La Riviera Chain

The American Citizen Services (ACS) Unit at the U.S. Embassy in Nicaragua would like to inform U.S. citizens that, as of May 5, 2016, U.S. persons are prohibited from engaging in transactions with the La Riviera chain of duty free stores that operate in the Managua International Airport and other airports throughout Central and South America; this includes, but is

Women Entrepreneur Congress

Remarks by Ambassador Laura F. Dogu Managua, May 5, 2016 Good morning, What a pleasure it is for me to be with this group of businesswomen.  I want to give a special welcome to the businesswomen coming from North Caribbean Coast region with whom I had the pleasure to meet last week during my trip to Puerto Cabezas and also

Visit to PCI’s POSsibilities Project

Remarks by Ambassador Laura F. Dogu Bilwi, April 28, 2016 Good morning, everyone. Titam Yamni [“good morning” in Miskito]. I am very pleased to be here in Puerto Cabezas for the first time.  The U.S. Embassy is working with you to make your communities safe from violence, drug abuse and crime. We appreciate the efforts of everyone involved in the

Fundación Fenix Drug Prevention Campaign Event

Discurso de la Embajadora Laura F. Dogu Managua, 21 de abril del 2016 Good morning everyone! It is a pleasure to be here in Ciudad Sandino with all of you to celebrate Fundación Fenix’s drug prevention campaign and the “Schools for Parents.”  Thank you to Fundación Fenix who organized this event for so many parents, mentors, special guests, and young

CAFTA-DR: Challenges and Opportunities after 10 Years of Success

Remarks by Ambassador Laura F. Dogu Managua, April 19, 2016 Thank you for the opportunity to speak with you today.  I am pleased that we are having this conversation on CAFTA’s 10th anniversary. During a visit to the Port of Miami last week, I had the opportunity to see many cargo vessels filled with products that are traded between the

U.S. Embassy Informs of Government of Nicaragua and Embassy Closures

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English for Journalists Program’s Third Graduation

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Thriive Awards Reception

Remarks by Ambassador Laura F. Dogu Managua, February 4, 2016 We are so grateful for the opportunity to help sponsor this event with Thriive in honor of the social entrepreneurs and innovators here in Nicaragua. And while tonight we will especially recognize one person who has provided a particularly meaningful and innovative impact to Nicaraguan society, I also want to

Message For U.S. Citizens – U.S. Embassy: Warns of Zika Virus Transmissions in Nicaragua

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United States Begins Implementation of Changes to the Visa Waiver Program

Press Release January 21, 2016 Washington—The United States today began implementing changes under the Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 (the Act).  U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) welcomes more than a million passengers arriving to the United States every day and is committed to facilitating legitimate travel while maintaining the highest standards of security

Fact Sheet: The United States and Central America: Honoring Our Commitments

Fact Sheet January 14, 2016 The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release Fact Sheet: The United States and Central America: Honoring Our Commitments On the occasion of the Vice President’s attendance at the inauguration of President Jimmy Morales in Guatemala City, the Obama administration reaffirms its commitment to a multiyear effort to assist the governments of

Message for U.S. Citizens – Registration Open for February 6 Foreign Service Exam

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20 high school students selected from Nindiri, Masachapa, and Ciudad Sandino attended the opening of the eighth edition of College Horizons Outreach Program (CHOP VIII) at UNAN-Managua.   CHOP is an educational opportunity for economically disadvantaged Nicaraguan high school students of indigenous and African descent.  The scholarship program is for two and a half years and provides English language classes on

Strengthening English Language Teaching

17 teachers from the Chichigalpa area completed the Pilot English Language Program (PELP) This program initiated with the idea to strengthen English skills for English language teachers, especially in rural areas of Nicaragua. After many months of intense training on grammar improvement, pronunciation exercises, focused learning techniques and hard work, these teachers received their completion certificate at the U.S. Embassy

Closing of NicaTESOL Conference

Good afternoon all. Thank you Chris and Franklin for the introduction, and congratulations to you all for another successful  NicaTESOL. It seems that NicaTESOL, through the efforts of ANPI and a group of committed volunteers, grows stronger each year. Congratulations also to you all on the ANPI election that you went through yesterday.  It is fitting that this election took

Food Safety Congress

Managua, December 10, 2015 Good morning. I am pleased to see our countries work together to improve Nicaragua’s competiveness and its economy as part of our commitment to assist Nicaragua engage in the global economy and benefit from the CAFTA-DR trade agreement. The purpose of this workshop is to address the recent rules of the Food Safety and Modernization Act

U.S. Government Raises Drug and Violence Awareness

As part of their anti-violence campaign, The Foundation for the Autonomy and Development of the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua (FADCANIC) held 44 lively high school debates over the past three months, focused on the topics of violence and drug prevention. The debates are part of FADCANIC’s three-year anti-violence and drugs media campaign “Change Now. Let’s Do It!” in the North

Security Message for U.S. Citizens – Recent Heightened Activity at Momotombo Volcano

The U.S. Embassy in Managua advises all U.S. citizens currently in or planning visits to Nicaragua that the Momotombo Volcano, located between Managua and León on the northwest shore of Lake Managua, has become active with lava flow and emission of ash, gas, and rock.  According to media reports, Nicaraguan officials are monitoring the activity and have recommended that people

Telephone System Technical Difficulties

Due to an unanticipated technical difficulty, the U.S. Visa Call Center number for Nicaragua, 2229-1999, is currently unavailable.  We are working closely with our Call Center to get a replacement number as soon as possible. In the meantime, for assistance with non-immigrant and immigrant visas, please visit this website, where you will find information to answer most questions about the

AMCHAM School Entrepreneurship Fair

Good morning, everybody. It is a real pleasure for me to be with you today for this School Entrepreneurship Fair.  I want to thank the American Chamber of Commerce and its members for once again lending their support to this important event.  They recognize that the young people here today are the business leaders of tomorrow, and that events like

Messages for U.S. Citizens – Coffee with U.S. Ambassador in Esteli, new worldwide travel alert, and Embassy Newsletter

Coffee with Ambassador Dogu in Esteli Ambassador Dogu will be in Esteli on December 4, 2015, and is inviting U.S. citizens in the area to come join her for coffee and conversation from 7:45 a.m. until 8:30 a.m. in the restaurant of the Hotel Arcos.  Our new American Citizen Services officer, Karen Bettencourt, will also be on hand to take

CHOP IX Signing Ceremony

I am delighted to be here today to sign, together with Fr. Idiáquez, the ninth agreement for the College Horizons Outreach Program in Nicaragua. This week is International Education Week and I can think of no better way to mark this occasion than by celebrating our joint commitment to preparing underserved Nicaraguans for higher education. I have been in your

Border Crossing Closures and Delays

Embassy Managua informs U.S. citizens living and traveling in Nicaragua of media reports of temporary border crossing closures and delays between Nicaragua and Costa Rica, as well as increased police and military presence along the border. U.S. citizens planning to enter or depart Nicaragua over a land border should closely monitor local media before attempting to travel. Given the potential

Cacao Forum

In my first month in Nicaragua, I have met with many political leaders, business executives, educators, and civil society groups.  They have told me about Nicaragua’s challenges and opportunities for development.  But I have been looking forward especially to being with this audience today and having the opportunity to share my thoughts and learn from you about one of the

Ambassadors’ Funds for Cultural Preservation

The Embassy of the United States of America Offers Funds for the Nicaraguan Cultural Preservation AFCP – Period 2015-2016 The Embassy of the United States of America in Managua is accepting project proposals for the U.S. Ambassadors’ Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) 2016 competition. This program has the purpose to support projects to protect and preserve the Nicaraguan culture and

Opening of Environmental Summit Nicaragua COP21 2015

Dr. Medina, Thank you for that introduction.  It is a pleasure to be at this event and to talk about this important issue. Last year in Indonesia, Secretary of State John Kerry called climate change “the world’s most fearsome weapon of mass destruction.”  It has the potential to change where we live, what crops we can grow, and even what

Subgrants Signing Ceremony for the USAID/PrevenSida Projects

It is a pleasure for me to be here with you today to learn about the great work achieved by civil society organizations working with key populations on HIV/AIDS and to participate in the signing of the Sixth Round of Grants. For the past five years, civil society organizations in Nicaragua have received financial support from the U.S. President’s Emergency

Building Bridges to the Future

Remarks as Delivered before AMCHAM Good afternoon and thank you to AmCham for organizing this event.  It is an honor and a pleasure to be here. I am glad to see that everybody was able to get here despite de traffic problems. I hope this is a peaceful day for everyone. It’s an honor and pleasure to be here.  My

Embassy Early Closure October 27, 2015

This is to inform U.S. citizens that the Embassy will be closing at 2:00 p.m. on October 27 due to road closures connected to demonstrations throughout the city and limited public transportation. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any

Rocky Mountain Institute Showcases Embassy Managua’s

Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC October 26, 2015 The Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), a world-renowned research organization dedicated to the efficient and restorative use of natural resources, showcased U.S. Embassy Managua’s Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC) along with five other federal projects in their most recent report for the General Services Administration (GSA) that focused on innovative

U.S. Government Supports Training of 100 journalists in “Communication, Journalism and Citizen Security”

The U.S. government, together with NGO Project Concern International (PCI), is supporting the POSsibilities Project (Peace, Opportunity, and Security), which focuses on improving citizen security.   Forty-five journalists and communication professionals received accredited diplomas in “Communication, Journalism and Citizen Security” from the University of Commercial Sciences Saturday, October 17.  The training included recommended measures for journalists when covering a potentially dangerous

United States Announces FAA Aviation Safety Rating for the Republic of Nicaragua

The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) today announced that the Republic of Nicaragua complies with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) safety standards and has been granted a Category 1 rating.  U.S. Ambassador Laura Dogu met with the Instituto Nicaragüense de Aeronáutica Civil (INAC) at INAC offices to inform them of the positive rating. “This rating that demonstrates

You’re invited: Meet Ambassador Laura Dogu!

U.S. Citizen Town Hall Meeting in Managua: October 28, 2015 – RSVP required The U.S. Embassy will be holding a “Welcome to Ambassador Dogu” American Town Hall meeting at the U.S. Embassy in Managua on October 28, 2015, from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM. All U.S citizens who RSVP by October 21st are invited to attend this event. Representatives from

Statement to the Press

Good afternoon everyone. Thank you for coming here today for my first press conference in Nicaragua.   It is an honor and a pleasure to be here.  I hope to have frequent and open communication with the media during my tenure as ambassador, and I look forward to seeing you often. My husband and I arrived in Managua last week and

Increase in Violent Crime in Managua

The Embassy has received reports of increasing violent crime throughout Managua occurring in both commercial and residential areas.  Armed robbery has been the violent crime most frequently reported.  The most common tactic of these robberies has been one or more individuals on a motorcycle stopping in front of individuals walking or standing in the street, brandishing a weapon, usually a

Fadcanic Mass Media Campaign re-launching in Bilwi, RACN

On July 24, 2015, the Foundation for the Autonomy and Development of the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua (FADCANIC), with the support of the U.S. Embassy’s Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, will launch in Puerto Cabezas the second phase of their mass media campaign titled: “Change Now, Let’s Do It!”, “Cambia ahora, Solo hazlo. ¡Detengamos la Violencia!”, “Madi

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

Incidents at Consejo Supremo Electoral

We are concerned by the reports of violence surrounding scheduled demonstrations in front of the Consejo Supremo Electoral (CSE) in Managua. The United States supports the rights of all Nicaraguans to assemble peacefully, and freely express their views and opinions, including with respect to the importance of free, fair, and transparent elections.

“El Repliegue” July 03, 2015

On Friday, July 03, the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) will commemorate the 36th anniversary of “El Repliegue.”   “El Repliegue” was a tactical retreat of the FSLN from Managua to Masaya during the Nicaraguan revolution. The rally and march are scheduled to begin on Friday, July 03 in Managua and use various routes until the marchers reach Carretera a Masaya. 

Fadcanic Mass Media Campaign Launch in Waspam, RACN

On July 8, 2015, the Foundation for the Autonomy and Development of the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua (FADCANIC), with the support of the U.S. Embassy’s Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, will launch a second phase of the Mass Media Campaign titled: “Change Now, Let’s Do It!”, “Cambia ahora, Solo hazlo. ¡Detengamos la Violencia!”, “Madi wak bungpah, Yamtah”,

New Fulbrighters

A group of Nicaraguan Fulbright Scholarship recipients visited the Embassy June 17 for their pre-departure briefing.  This talented and gifted group of students will be doing Master’s degrees in U.S. universities for 2 years.  They are fantastic “ambassador” for Nicaragua and for their fields of study. They will be going to different states and we look forward to hearing updates

Technical Problems with Overseas Passport and Visa Systems

The Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs is currently experiencing technical problems with our overseas passport and visa systems. This issue is not specific to any particular country, citizenship document, or visa category. We apologize for the inconvenience and are working urgently to correct the problem and restore full operability. Passport applications accepted overseas or after May 26, 2015

Capacity Building for Community Leadership in Bilwi and Siuna

With the support of the U.S. Embassy – Managua, the Institute for Strategic Studies and Public Policy (IEEPP), in partnership with the University of the Autonomous Regions of the Nicaraguan Caribbean Coast (URACCAN), continues to strengthen local capacity for governance and community leadership in Bilwi and Siuna.  Since April 27, 2015, fifty community leaders have been participating in a comprehensive

You’re invited: American Town Hall Meeting in Managua: July 6, 2015 – RSVP required!

The U.S. Embassy will be holding an Independence Day Town Hall meeting at the U.S. Embassy in Managua on July 6, 2015, from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM.  All U.S citizens, including children, who RSVP by June 25th are invited to attend this event hosted by Ambassador Phyllis M. Powers. Representatives from the Consular Section will be available to assist

Possible Volcanic Activity – Volcán Concepción, Ometepe

The U.S. Embassy alerts U.S. citizens that the Nicaraguan Institute of Territorial Studies (INETER) recommends against any attempt to climb Concepción volcano in Nicaragua, due to recent increased emissions of gases and volcanic material that could pose a danger.  Due to the unpredictable nature of volcanoes, we urge U.S. citizens to avoid hiking or climbing on or around the volcano

Information on Medicare for U.S. Citizens Overseas

his message informs U.S. citizens about their Medicare benefits coverage while traveling or living overseas. U.S. citizens currently receiving Medicare benefits, or eligible to receive them, should be aware that in nearly all circumstances their coverage does not extend outside of the U.S.  Specific information on overseas coverage can be found through this official Medicare publication. Nicaraguan hospitals and clinics

Dramatized Radio Series on Violence Prevention in the Caribbean Coast

The Foundation for the Autonomy and Development of the Atlantic Coast of Nicaragua (FADCANIC), with the support of the U.S. Embassy’s Office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, recently began the second phase of a three-year grant project titled “Prevention of Youth Violence and Drug Abuse through Mass Media”. The project aims to create awareness and mobilize public opinion

Volcanic Activity; Reminder about Pacific Waves: May 8, 2015

The U.S. Embassy alerts U.S. citizens of local reports of increased seismic and volcanic activity from the Telica and Concepción volcanoes in Nicaragua. The Telica volcano is approximately 82 kilometers northwest of Managua near the city of Leon.  Local press is currently reporting visible ash coming from the Telica volcano. The Concepción volcano is located on the island of Ometepe

Strong Waves along Pacific Coast

The United States Embassy in Managua, Nicaragua alerts U.S. citizens to an announcement from the Nicaraguan emergency alert system (SINAPRED) issued on Monday, May 4, that warns of strong waves along the Pacific coast of Nicaragua for the next 72 hours. SINAPRED’s announcement recommends that visitors to the Pacific coast avoid entering the water and recommends against commercial and recreational

Water Filter Donations

Between 20 and 22 April 2015, LTC Cris Simon and the Non-Governmental Organization Waves for Water went to rural communities in Chinandega (including Los Zorros, El Manzano and Padre Ramos) to distribute water filters and teach local residents in those communities how to use them. The filters were donated through a combined effort of the United States Southern Command and

Baseball Clinics

Ambassador Powers threw out the first pitch in Managua to inaugurate the US Embassy, Fabretto, Cal Ripken Sr. Foundation and 4H leadership training for youth through sports program in Nicaragua.  The trainings took place in Managua, Somoto and Cusmapa.  The youth enjoyed learning about Quickball, a faster version of baseball that emphasizes teamwork rather than skill, to develop their leadership

NASA Hackathon

A group of university students and other guests representing Nicaraguan universities and the private sector were dozens of the more than 12000 participants in NASA’s annual Space Apps Challenge.  The event, sponsored by UAM and the US Embassy, and held at the Centro Cultural Nicaraguense Norteamericano highlighted the importance of science for education. The International Space Apps Challenge is a

Protests/Road Blocks in Puerto Cabezas/Bilwi

U.S. Embassy Managua advises U.S. citizens living or traveling in Nicaragua of pop-up road blocks and protests in the area of Puerto Cabezas/Bilwi in the North Caribbean Coast Autonomous Region (RACCN) on the Atlantic Coast.  Embassy personnel have been instructed to avoid the area through April 28. Because even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can escalate into violence, U.S. citizens

Search and Secure Training

Six officials from the United States government’s National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) are in Managua this week to train Nicaraguan government officials on how to search for and secure low-level radioactive materials. The team is here as part of the Radiological Security Program, which has partners in more than 100 countries and whose mission is to reduce and protect vulnerable

U.S. Embassy supports youth development in Puerto Cabezas, RACN

With the support of the U.S. Embassy – Managua, the Institute for Strategic Studies and Public Policy – IEEPP, in partnership with the Nicaraguan Development Institute (INDE) Young Entrepreneurs Program, is educating and strengthening the leadership skills of 40 at-risk youth from Puerto Cabezas’s semi-urban communities.  The youth began an 8-month training program on topics of personal development, youth leadership,

Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) – April 15th is Tax day!

This message informs U.S. citizens about FATCA and provides information for tax payers while living overseas. The Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA) is an important development in U.S. efforts to improve tax compliance involving foreign financial assets and offshore accounts. Under FATCA, U.S. taxpayers with specified foreign financial assets that exceed certain thresholds must report those assets to the

Safety Precautions and Service Hours During Holy Week 2015

March 31, 2015 This message advises U.S. citizens of special conditions during the Holy Week (Semana Santa) holiday this week.  Semana Santa is a religious holiday during which thousands of people leave Managua to visit beaches and other tourist sites across Nicaragua.  During Semana Santa, the Nicaraguan National Police traditionally operate checkpoints on all major roads and intersections.  Traffic can be

Education Fair USA 2015

On March 20 fifteen U.S. higher education institutions visited Nicaragua to promote their academic programs for undergraduate and postgraduate studies, summer courses, English classes, and semester based exchange programs. The visiting commission highlighted their commitment to increasing international student enrollment and for furthering exchanges and alliances between Nicaraguan and U.S. universities.  Currently there are over 3000 students from Honduras, El

The Embassy Hosts Regional Anti-Gang Working Group Meeting

The Embassy hosted a three day meeting to discuss anti-gang and INL programming in the region. The office of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) hosted the other members of the Regional Anti-gang Working Group from Central America and Mexico. The workshop included a visit to the Fenix Foundation, an INL partner working with the community on drug prevention

Visit of His Holiness Pope Francis

The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release Statement by the Press Secretary on the Visit of His Holiness Pope Francis The President and the First Lady will welcome His Holiness Pope Francis to the White House on Wednesday, September 23.  During the visit, the President and the Pope will continue the dialogue, which they began during

Safety Precautions and Service Hours during Holy Week 2015

This message advises U.S. citizens of special conditions during the Holy Week (Semana Santa) holiday this week.  Semana Santa is a religious holiday during which thousands of people leave Managua to visit beaches and other tourist sites across Nicaragua.  During Semana Santa, the Nicaraguan National Police traditionally operate checkpoints on all major roads and intersections.  Traffic can be heavy on principal

DCM Visits Nicaragua Navy Boat Repair Facility

Marta Youth, Deputy Chief of Mission, and RADM Marvin Corrales, Chief of the Nicaraguan Navy, visited the Eduardoño boat repair facility located in Managua on February 6, 2015. The facility was recently awarded a three-year contract to refurbish up to eight 38-foot Eduardoño-type boats for the Nicaraguan Navy. The NIC Navy confiscated these boats from narco-traffickers while conducting CN operations.

Donation of Water Filters to Caribbean Coast Communities

In February, the Embassy teamed up with U.S. NGO Waves for Water to donate 170 water filter systems to the Monkey Point, Rama Cay and Brown Bank communities in the Caribbean coast. Members of the Defense Attache Office and the Office of Security Cooperation flew out to Bluefields and then traveled the rest of the way by panga to make

Business Leaders from Bilwi Engaged to Address Citizen Security

With the support of the U.S. Embassy – Managua, the U.S. NGO Project Concern International (PCI) is implementing a comprehensive program addressing education, capacity building, and community development.  As part of their POSsibilities program (Peace, Opportunity, Security), PCI partnered with the Nicaraguan Union for Corporate Social Responsibility (uniRSE) to train PCI’ staff and a group of local business leaders from

Martin Luther King Day

The Embassy partook with 140 college students of the Universidad Evangelica Nicaraguense Martin Luther King honoring the life and achievements of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr., (1929–1968). The students learned of King’s activism and how his legacy is still alive today. The audience later engaged by signing “We Shall Overcome” before visiting the school library’s photo exhibit on King

Charting a New Course on Cuba

Today, the United States is taking historic steps to chart a new course in our relations with Cuba and to further engage and empower the Cuban people. We are separated by 90 miles of water, but brought together through the relationships between the two million Cubans and Americans of Cuban descent that live in the United States, and the 11

Ambassador Powers presented the Thriive Social Impact Entrepreneur of the year award

Ambassador Powers presented the Thriive Social Impact Entrepreneur of the year award. Thriive provides micro-loans to small businesses. Unlike with traditional loans, however, entrepreneurs must repay their loan through providing a social good to their community.  As a result, those loans help small businesses grow and create jobs and strengthen their communities. Since Thriive began helping small businesses in Nicaragua

Ambassador Powers and Fundacion Fenix Celebrate Successful Drug Prevention Campaign in Managua

U.S. Ambassador Phyllis M. Powers joined Fundacion Fenix to celebrate their drug prevention program in Managua today at an event that involved remarks by the Ambassador, awarding of certificates to participants, a tour of Fundacion Fenix’s farm, and a press conference given by the Ambassador alongside the President of Fundacion Fenix, and two youth participants. With the support of the

Earthquake Off Pacific Coast of Nicaragua

This message is to alert U.S. citizens residing and travelling in Nicaragua that the U.S. Geological Survey reports that an earthquake measuring 7.3 on the Richter scale struck 67 kilometers west-southwest of Jiquilillo, Nicaragua on October 13 at 9:51 p.m. The Nicaraguan Government has issued an extreme “yellow” alert for the pacific coastal region of Nicaragua and a tsunami alert

American Citizen and Federal Benefits (Social Security) Services – By appointment ONLY

To better serve our customers, effective October 6, 2014, the American Citizen Services Unit, including the Federal Benefits Unit (Social Security), will provide all services by appointment only.  This will help provide more efficient service, minimize the time our customers have to sit in the waiting room, and eliminate unnecessary trips to the Embassy. U.S. Citizen Services (passports, Reports of

Absentee Voting Week is September 29-October 6

Be an Active Voter by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2014 U.S. elections and participating in Absentee Voting Week! In many states, the voter registration deadline for the November 2014 elections is October 6.  For some voters this might mean their paper voter registration and absentee ballot request must reach their local election officials by October 6. 

Pathways to Prosperity Innovation Challenge Announces 12 Finalists for USD 2 Million Competition

The U.S. Department of State, in partnership with the World Environment Center (WEC), announced twelve (12) finalists of the Pathways to Prosperity Innovation Challenge today. The Challenge was created to discover existing local, high-impact solutions that empower small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Latin America and the Caribbean to advance economic development and prosperity. These finalists have been selected because

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