Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Managua, Nicaragua (March 19, 2020) 

Location:  Nicaragua  

Event:  On March 18, Nicaragua’s Health Ministry confirmed the first case of COVID-19 within the country’s borders.  As of March 19, the Nicaraguan government has not imposed any travel restrictions or national quarantine policies.  Please visit Nicaragua’s Health Ministry website for updates on Nicaragua’s response to the spread of COVID-19.

On March 14, the Department of State authorized the departure of U.S. personnel and family members who are at higher risk of a poor outcome if exposed to COVID-19.  The Embassy has also advised U.S. citizen employees and family members who may be vulnerable due to COVID-19 to consider leaving Nicaragua.

U.S. citizen tourists should strongly consider advancing their departure plans from Nicaragua before the Nicaraguan health system becomes overwhelmed and flights become unavailable.

The Department of State has issued a Global Level 3 Health Advisory for COVID-19. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has also issued a Level 2 Global COVID-19 Outbreak Notice.

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