Event: The Embassy has directed personnel to avoid the Masaya highway between Centroamerica traffic circle and Plaza Alexis Arguello starting at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, April 6, due to a planned pro-democracy march at 2:00 p.m. There have also been calls on social media for pro-Ortega rallies at the Galerías and Metrocentro malls at 9:00 a.m. and the Centroamerica traffic circle at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 6. Additional demonstrations may occur in Managua or elsewhere in Nicaragua throughout the weekend of April 6-7 with little or no notice. Please monitor local media for updates, and remember that violence may break out at any demonstration.
Actions to Take:
- Avoid demonstrations and leave the area immediately if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.
- Do not participate in demonstrations. Foreigners, including U.S.-Nicaraguan dual nationals, risk arrest or expulsion if they participate in protests.
- Do not attempt to drive through large groups or barricades encountered on the street.
- Monitor local media for updates. Radio Corporación and Channel 10 can provide the most updated news. Online media including Confidencial, Articulo 66, and La Mesa Redonda are also useful resources.
- Please note the Department of State has issued a Travel Advisory urging U.S. citizens to reconsider travel to Nicaragua due to civil unrest, an increase in violent crime, and limited healthcare availability.
Please follow the links or call the numbers below for consular assistance.
- Contact the U.S. Embassy in Managua, located at Km 5 ½ C. Sur Managua, Nicaragua, by calling +505-2252-7104, 7:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 7:15 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Fridays. The American Citizen Services unit is also available by email during regular business hours at Managua@state.gov. For after-hours emergencies, call +505-2252-7100 and ask for the Embassy Duty Officer.
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