“El Repliegue” July 03, 2015

On Friday, July 03, the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) will commemorate the 36th anniversary of “El Repliegue.”   “El Repliegue” was a tactical retreat of the FSLN from Managua to Masaya during the Nicaraguan revolution.

The rally and march are scheduled to begin on Friday, July 03 in Managua and use various routes until the marchers reach Carretera a Masaya.  From Carretera a Masaya, they will march towards the city of Masaya.  In the past, concurrent groups have approached Masaya from the city of Granada as well.

The principal impact will likely be disruption of traffic along the length of Carretera a Masaya and on roads leading to or from it.  All rotundas may be affected in Managua.  Public transportation will also likely be severely limited.  Preparations on Carretera a Masaya will likely commence a few days before July 3, so traffic could be impacted before the actual day of the event.

We wish to remind U.S. citizens that even political rallies intended to be peaceful can possibly escalate into violence.  U.S. citizens are therefore urged to exercise caution.

The Embassy’s Regional Security Office has advised Embassy personnel not to drive through barricades encountered on the street, to keep windows up and doors locked in their vehicles, and to carry a cell phone at all times.

The U.S. Embassy will be closed on July 03 due to the U.S. Independence Day Holiday.  In the event of a life or death emergency involving a U.S. citizen, please call 2252-7171.  For all other matters related to American citizen services, please send an email to ACS.Managua@state.gov.

The U.S. Embassy in Managua is located at Km 5 ½ C. Sur Managua, Nicaragua.  The U.S. Embassy in Managua can be reached during regular business hours at 011-505-2252-7100.  The American Citizen Services unit is also available by email at ACS.Managua@state.gov 

For emergencies (deaths, arrests, etc.) after hours, U.S. citizens can call 011-505-2252-7171 and ask for the Embassy Duty Officer.

General information regarding consular services is available by calling 011-505-2252-7104.  Routine services such as passports and notarial services require an appointment; you can schedule an appointment online.

For the latest security information, Americans traveling abroad should regularly monitor the U.S. Embassy’s website and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs’ website, where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information can be found.

The U.S. Embassy also encourages U.S. citizens to review “A Safe Trip Abroad“, which includes valuable security information for those both living and traveling abroad.  In addition to information on the Internet, travelers may obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the U.S. and Canada, or outside the U.S. and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444. These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays). You can also download our free Smart Traveler App, available through iTunes and the Android market, to have travel information at your fingertips.