Demonstration Alert: U. S. Embassy Managua, Nicaragua (September 6, 2018)

Location:  Announced locations of upcoming protests and demonstrations are:

  • A nationwide national strike (all day Friday, September 7)
  • A pro-Ortega march from Jean Paul Genie Rotonda to Hugo Chavez Rotonda (3:00 p.m. Saturday, September 8)

Event:  The U.S. Embassy has instructed non-essential personnel to remain home tomorrow, September 7, due to a national strike.  On Friday, September 7, the Embassy’s consular section will provide emergency services as it would during non-business hours, through the Embassy duty officer.  The majority of businesses will be closed for 24 hours in observance of the strike.

A pro-Ortega demonstration will begin at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 8.  Participants will march from Jean Paul Genie Rotonda to Metrocentro Rotonda to Hugo Chavez Rotonda.  Other demonstrations or protests may occur tomorrow or over the weekend.  The locations and timing of demonstrations are subject to change with little or no notice.  Please monitor local media for updates, and remember that 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.


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  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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