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September 16, 2020

Country-Specific Information:

  • On September 8, Nicaragua’s Health Ministry confirmed Nicaragua’s 144th death due to COVID-19.  The Nicaraguan government has yet to officially impose any domestic travel restrictions or national quarantine policies. 
  • If you are a U.S. citizen interested in being added to a list for any potential U.S. government-organized flight, please submit this online form.
  • 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.
  • On March 30, The Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service announced that distribution of economic impact payments will begin in the coming weeks. Visit IRS.gov for more information.
  • Current official COVID-19 reporting by the Nicaragua Ministry of Health includes 4,818 confirmed cases (with 144 resulting in death). 
  • Independent health organizations estimate the number of cases to be much higher, with one civil society group estimating nearly 10,000 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 August 6, the U.S. Department of State issued a Level 4 Travel Advisory for Nicaragua due to the impact of COVID-19.
  • The Embassy has advised employees and family members who may be vulnerable due to COVID-19 to consider leaving Nicaragua.
  • 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.
  • All 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 service suspended until October 1, 2020
    united.com
    +505 2255 5007
    +1 800 864 8331
    +1 800 421 4655
    Avianca Airlines service suspended until September 19, 2020
    avianca.com
    +505 2276 9922
    +1 800 284 2622
    AeroMexico service suspended until October 1, 2020
    aeromexico.com
    +1 800 237 6639
    American Airlines service suspended until October 7, 2020
    aa.com
    +505 7877 7920
    Spirit Airlines service suspended until October 2020
    Copa Airlines service suspended until October 2020

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter? Yes
  • Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCS and/or serology) required for entry? Yes
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
  • While the Nicaraguan government has not officially imposed any restrictions as a result of the worldwide outbreak, borders and airports are effectively closed.
  • Officially, travelers do not need any particular documentation to enter/exit Nicaragua. Unless arriving from a country with known yellow fever risk, then 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.nihttps://www.migob.gob.ni/migracion/

Quarantine Information:

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

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Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating? No
  • 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. o Due to the ongoing #COVID19 crisis, the U.S. Embassy has extended the suspension of routine visa appointments until further notice. This suspension includes appointments for immigrant and non-immigrant visa applications. Emergency visa applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

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