U.S. Embassy Informs of Government of Nicaragua and Embassy Closures

U.S. Embassy Informs of Government of Nicaragua and Embassy Closures, Public Protests, Passport Courier Delivery Service, Appointment Times, Registration, and Crisis Preparedness

Government of Nicaragua and U.S. Embassy Closures:  The Minister of Labor recently announced that all Nicaraguan government employees will be on vacation starting at noon on Friday, March 18, and will return to work on Monday, March 28.  The U.S. Embassy in Managua is closed to the public on March 24 and 25.  U.S. citizens with emergencies can reach an after-hours duty officer by calling (505) 2252-7100.

Public Protests:  The U.S. Embassy in Managua reminds U.S. citizens in Nicaragua that regular demonstrations organized by civil society and opposition groups continue to take place in front of the Supreme Electoral Council offices in the Metrocentro area of Managua every Wednesday morning and often result in road closures and/or traffic congestion in the area.  Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence.  You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

Passport Courier Delivery Service:  The U.S. Embassy in Managua has a courier delivery service to return issued U.S. passports and Consular Reports of Birth Abroad to applicants.  The company can accept payments in cash only, so please ensure you bring the appropriate amounts with you when you apply, as described on our webpage about passport services.

Appointment Times:  If you are coming for an appointment with the American Citizen Services unit, please note that we have begun calling people to be served by name in the order of their appointment times, so try your best to arrive on time, and you no longer need to take a number!  We hope this more personalized service will be well received and will result in shorter wait times for all of our customers.

Registration with the U.S. Embassy:  Are you reading this message on our website and wondering why you didn’t receive it in your email?  Or has a friend forwarded it to you and you’d like to be added to our email list?  Please double check your registration in STEP, if you are registered, to ensure you included an email address when you completed the form.  If you are not registered, please consider doing so – registering is the only way to ensure the U.S. Embassy can quickly and easily locate you in the event of an emergency.  Care about your friends and family in the country who are also U.S. citizens?  Encourage them to register, as well!  It is much more challenging for us to help or reach U.S. citizens with important information when we don’t know where they are.

Crisis Preparedness:  Have you felt any of the seismic activity in recent weeks?  Seen ash spewing from a volcano?  Please remember that it is your responsibility to make sure you and your family are prepared for whatever natural (or man-made) disaster might strike.  If you are not yet prepared, become informed and learn what protective measures to take before, during, and after an emergency.  Make a plan and practice it regularly.  Assemble a kit for disasters and make sure you have enough food and potable water stockpiled to get you through a crisis of at least 3-5 days.  Local resources could quickly become overwhelmed in the event of a crisis, so it is important to plan accordingly.  For more information on emergency preparedness, please visit the following sources:

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 24/7 at 011-505-2252-7100.  For emergencies (deaths, arrests, etc.) after hours, U.S. citizens can call this phone number and ask for the Embassy Duty Officer.  The American Citizen Services unit is also available by email during regular business hours at ACS.Managua@state.gov.

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.

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