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Last Updated: 05/13/2021

***  Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the U.S. may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

*** Waivers to the testing requirement may be granted by the CDC on an extremely limited basis when extraordinary emergency travel (like an emergency medical evacuation) must occur to preserve someone’s health and safety, and testing cannot be completed before travel. There are no waivers available for individuals who test positive for COVID-19. Individuals – or air carriers seeking to allow boarding by potentially qualifying individuals – who believe they meet the criteria for a waiver should contact the U.S. Embassy in Nicaragua at ACSManagua@State.gov, and provide the information below. The U.S. Embassy will then submit the request to the CDC for consideration.

The following information must be provided for each passenger in the exact format below:

  1. Name (family name/surname, given name), passport number and country
  2. Cell phone number including country code of passenger or head of household if family unit
  3. Email address of passenger or head of household if family unit
  4. U.S. destination address
  5. Is U.S. destination home address?
  6. Departure date
  7. Flight itinerary
  8. Name of submitting entity if different from passenger
  9. Name of company submitting on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
  10. Name of point of contact submitting on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
  11. Phone and email address for POC submitting waiver request on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
  12. Purpose of travel to the U.S. (provide brief explanation of why urgent travel is needed and how travel will contribute to health and safety of passengers(s))
  13. Justification for testing waiver (e.g. no testing available, impact on health and safety)
  14. Documentation to support justification for test waiver, if available (e.g. medical records or orders for medical evacuation)

Country-Specific Information:

  • On May 11, Nicaragua’s Health Ministry confirmed Nicaragua’s 184 death due to COVID-19. The Nicaraguan government has yet to officially impose any domestic travel restrictions or national quarantine policies.
  • The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas.  Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Click here for a list of private companies offering medical evacuation of COVID-19 patients from Nicaragua to the United States. U.S. citizens seeking information about medical evacuation of COVID-19 patients should contact these private companies directly.
  • For Nicaraguan citizens traveling in the United States who cannot return to their country due to current COVID-19 travel restrictions, visit the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) website for information on extensions.
  • Inquiries about stimulus checks should be directed to the Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service. Visit IRS.gov for more information.
  • Current official COVID-19 reporting by the Nicaragua Ministry of Health includes 7,086 confirmed cases (with 184 resulting in death.)
  • Independent health organizations estimate the number of cases to be much higher, with one civil society group estimating nearly 12,000 suspected cases. Government hospitals are also reported as understaffed and struggling to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • Nicaragua’s health ministry continues to report that they are monitoring the situation. The health ministry has created a 24/7 hotline to call regarding COVID-19 in Nicaragua. To reach this hotline, you can call +505-8418-9953.
  • On September 28, the U.S. Department of State issued a Level 3 Travel Advisory for Nicaragua due to the impact of COVID-19.
  • Due to reduced staffing, the American Citizen Services Unit is open from 7:15 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 7:15 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Friday. The American Citizen Services unit is also available by email during regular business hours at ACSManagua@state.gov. For after-hours emergencies, please call +505-2252-7171 and ask for the Embassy Duty Officer.
  • Most commercial airlines have suspended service from Nicaragua. U.S. citizens planning to leave Nicaragua should contact the airlines directly for updates on flight cancellations and suspension of services. See most up-to-date information and contact details below:
  • – Delta Airlines service suspended indefinitely
    delta.com
    +505 2254 8130
    +1 800 221 1212
    – United Airlines expected to resume operations October 2021*
    united.com
    +505 2255 5007
    +1 800 864 8331
    +1 800 421 4655
    – Avianca Airlines resumed services September 2020
    avianca.com
    +505 2276 9922
    +1 800 284 2622
    – AeroMexico no resumption date set
    aeromexico.com
    +1 800 237 6639
    – American Airlines expected to resume operations August 2021*
    aa.com
    +505 7877 7920
    – Spirit Airlines no resumption date set
    – Copa Airlines resumed service on January 2021
    – Eastern Airlines plans to operate charter flights every Saturday
    https://goeasternair.com/
    +1-855-216-7601 or Whatsapp +52-1-800-953-1800

* Dates subject to change

COVID-19 Testing

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Nicaragua? PCR tests are available through the Nicaraguan Ministry of Health.
  • If so, are test results reliably available within 72 hours? Yes
  • All testing in Nicaragua is carried out at the National Center for Diagnosis and Reference (CNDR) from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  Test results are returned the same day between 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
  • Travelers wishing to be tested must present an identification card (cedula) or passport and their flight itinerary.  The $150 fee must be deposited in either Banpro account 10010012253774 (U.S. dollars) or 10010002253784 (cordobas), both registered under TGR-MINSA.  Cash payments can be made at Conchita Palacios National Health Complex.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information

  • Has the government of Nicaragua approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes
  • Are vaccines available in Nicaragua for U.S. citizens to receive? The Government of Nicaragua is currently offering vaccination to residents of Nicaragua and will continue to prioritize individuals who are in appropriate age groups or at risk of serious illness. Proof of residency consists of your Nicaraguan cedula. For more information, contact your local health authorities.
  • Which vaccines are available in Nicaragua? Sputnik V, AstraZeneca, Covishield.
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
  • The United States Government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas. Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.
  • Information from the CDC regarding COVID-19 vaccination.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
  • When arriving from a country with known yellow fever risk, one must demonstrate vaccination against yellow fever at least 10 days prior to entering zone of risk.
  • Airport and immigration officials in Nicaragua have required travelers to report if they have visited any of the countries significantly affected by COVID-19 and have requested negative coronavirus tests.
  • U.S. citizen visitors and residents in Nicaragua should contact Nicaraguan Immigration directly regarding visa extensions and residency processes:
    Direccion General de Migracion y Extranjeria, Dirección: Semáforos de la Tenderí 300 metros al lago, Teléfonos: 22512271 – 22512272, relacionespublicas@migob.gob.ni – https://www.migob.gob.ni/migracion/

Movement Restrictions

  • Is a curfew in place? No
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel? No

Quarantine Information

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? No

Quarantine Information:

  • The Nicaraguan government has not officially imposed any quarantine policies.

Transportation Options

  • Are commercial flights operating? Yes
  • Is public transportation operating? Yes

Consular Operations

Non-emergency services for U.S. citizens are available by appointment Monday through Friday. For emergency services please contact us here. The embassy is closed on Nicaraguan and U.S. holidays. An appointment is required for all services except emergency services. Click here to make an appointment. Due to the ongoing #COVID19 crisis, the U.S. Embassy has extended the suspension of most routine nonimmigrant visa appointments until further notice. Emergency visa applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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