Consular Section Closed Friday, July 8

Message To U.S. Citizens
July 06, 2016

The U.S. Embassy’s Consular Section Will Be Closed To The Public All Day On Friday, July 8 Due To Potential Impact On Public Transportation And Traffic Due To El Repliegue.

The U.S. Embassy’s Consular Section will be closed to the public all day on Friday, July 8 due to potential impact on public transportation and traffic due to El Repliegue.  El Repliegue is an annual rally and march during which the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) will commemorate the 37th anniversary of “El Repliegue” – the tactical retreat of the FSLN from Managua to Masaya during the Nicaraguan revolution.  The rally and march are scheduled to begin in the city of Managua.  Marchers will use the Carretera a Masaya as the principal route to march towards the city of Masaya.  Marchers will arrive at the Carretera a Masaya from many different routes within Managua.  In the past, concurrent groups have approached Masaya from the city of Granada as well.  During the U.S. Embassy’s Consular Section’s closure, 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 principal impact of El Repliegue will likely be disruption of traffic along the length of the Carretera a Masaya and on roads leading to or from it.  All rotundas may be affected in Managua.  Public transportation will also likely be severely limited.  Preparations on the Carretera a Masaya will likely commence a few days before July 8, so traffic could be impacted before the actual day of the event.

We wish to remind U.S. citizens that even political rallies intended to be peaceful can possibly escalate into violence.  U.S. citizens are therefore urged to exercise caution.

The Embassy’s Regional Security Office has advised Embassy personnel not to drive through barricades encountered on the street, to keep windows up and doors locked in their vehicles, and to carry a cell phone at all times.

Unusually High Waves on the Pacific Side of Nicaragua: 

The U.S. Embassy also advises that local media have reported strong waves more than eight feet high hitting the West Coast of Nicaragua, particularly the areas of Poneloya and Las Peñitas.  Local experts have advised against entering the water during these periods of high waves.  Drownings have occurred during similar phenomena in the past in Nicaragua.  U.S. citizens are encouraged to monitor local media reports and follow guidance and instructions from local authorities.

Please monitor http://www.sinapred.gob.ni/ for the latest information from the Nicaraguan emergency alert system.

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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 24/7 at 011-505-2252-7100.  For emergencies (deaths, arrests, etc.) after hours, U.S. citizens can call this phone number and ask for the Embassy Duty Officer.  The American Citizen Services unit is also available by email during regular business hours at ACS.Managua@state.gov

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.

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