U.S. Citizens Prohibited from Shopping at La Riviera Chain

The American Citizen Services (ACS) Unit at the U.S. Embassy in Nicaragua would like to inform U.S. citizens that, as of May 5, 2016, U.S. persons are prohibited from engaging in transactions with the La Riviera chain of duty free stores that operate in the Managua International Airport and other airports throughout Central and South America; this includes, but is not limited to, a prohibition against selling goods, purchasing goods, processing transactions, and otherwise engaging in other activities of any kind with La Riviera.

The prohibition results from the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designating on May 5, 2016 eight individuals and 69 entities for their involvement in international narcotics trafficking-related activities.  One of these entities includes Grupo Wisa S.A., a holding company that controls the La Riviera chain of duty-free stores operating in the Managua International Airport and other airports throughout Central and South America.  As a result of this action, all assets of these individuals and entities that are under the jurisdiction of the United States or in the control of U.S. persons are frozen, and U.S. persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them.

For further information, please see the Department of Treasury’s press release. Additional information about these restrictions can be found at the OFAC website.

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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