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August 15, 2020
- On August 11, Nicaragua’s Health Ministry confirmed Nicaragua’s 128rd 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 4115 confirmed cases (with 128 resulting in death).
- Independent health organizations estimate the number of cases to be much higher, with one civil society group estimating over 9,000 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 March 19, the U.S. Department of State issued a Global Health Advisory Level 4 for COVID-19, recommending that U.S. citizens who reside in the United States arrange for immediate return to the United States as soon as possible, unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period of time. U.S. citizens still in Nicaragua must be prepared to shelter in place.
- 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 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
+505 2254 8130
+1 800 221 1212
– United Airlines service suspended until September 5, 2020
+505 2255 5007
+1 800 864 8331
+1 800 421 4655
– Avianca Airlines service suspended until September 19, 2020
+505 2276 9922
+1 800 284 2622
– AeroMexico service suspended until October 2020
+1 800 237 6639
– American Airlines service suspended until October 7, 2020
+505 7877 7920
– Spirit Airlines service suspended until September 1, 2020
– Copa Airlines service suspended until October 2020
Entry and Exit Requirements:
- 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.
- The Nicaraguan government has not officially imposed any quarantine policies.
- View U.S. Embassy Managua most recent alerts.
- Health Ministry website
- Managua Airport website with airline contact information.
- COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov
- CDC page on COVID-19
- Nicaragua Country Information
- Nicaragua Travel Advisory page