Demonstration Alert: U. S. Embassy Managua, Nicaragua (August 31, 2018)

Location:  Announced locations of demonstrations today through Sunday are:

  • Universidad Centroamericana (Friday, 4:00 p.m.)
  • Holiday Inn near Periodista Rotonda (Saturday, 7:00 a.m.)
  • March from Centroamerica Rotonda to Metrocentro Rotonda to Chavez Rotonda (Saturday, 3:00 p.m.)
  • March from Cristo Rey Rotonda to Metrocentro Rotonda to Periodista Rotonda (Sunday, 10:00 a.m.)

Event:  A pro-democracy protest will take place at 4:00 p.m. today, August 31, at the Universidad Centroamericana.  On Saturday, September 1, a pro-democracy protest will occur at 7:00 a.m. in front of the Holiday Inn located near Periodista Rotonda.  A Pro-Ortega march will begin at Centroamerica Rotonda at 3:00 p.m. on September 1, proceed to Metrocentro Rotonda, and end at Hugo Chavez Rotonda.  On Sunday, September 2, a pro-democracy march will start at 10:00 a.m. at Cristo Rey Rotonda, go to Metrocentro Rotonda, and end Periodista Rotonda.  U.S. Government personnel have been advised to avoid the affected areas.  Violence may break out at any demonstration.  Police, parapolice and other government controlled groups have frequently responded to pro-democracy demonstrations with violence.   Security remains precarious with significantly increased criminal activity in the country, especially after dark.  Embassy personnel are not permitted to travel outside of Managua, or to certain areas within Managua, which limits the Embassy’s ability to assist U.S. citizens.

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. 100% Noticias, also known as Channel 15 or Channel 63 on cable, and Radio Corporacion offer nearly 24/7 news coverage.
  • The Embassy encourages those who fear for their safety to leave the area as quickly and safely as possible, and to consider departing from Nicaragua.
  • 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.

Assistance:

Although the situation in Nicaragua has not returned to normal, the Embassy continues to provide U.S. citizen services and will gradually resume visa processing.  Updates and instructions for the resumption of visa processing will be posted on this webpage.  Please follow the links or call the numbers below for additional service-related information.

  • 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.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).
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