Message for U.S. Citizens: Availability of COVID-19 Testing (January 19, 2021)

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Location: Nicaragua

Event: Effective January 26, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within three calendar days of travel. Alternatively, travelers to the United States may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel. Getting the COVID-19 vaccine does not exempt travelers from this requirement.

COVID-19 testing in Nicaragua is only available through the Nicaraguan Ministry of Health (MINSA) and costs $150. The U.S. Embassy does not provide COVID-19 tests.

All testing in Nicaragua is carried out at the National Center for Diagnosis and Reference (CNDR) from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Test results are returned the same day between 4:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.

Travelers wishing to be tested must present an identification card (cedula) or passport and their flight itinerary. The $150 fee must be deposited in either Banpro account 10010012253774 (U.S. dollars) or 10010002253784 (cordobas), both registered under TGR-MINSA. Cash payments can be made at Conchita Palacios National Health Complex.

Please contact the Ministry of Health or your airline for further information about testing requirements.

U.S. citizens who may not be able to satisfy testing requirements should depart Nicaragua immediately or prepare to be unable to return to the United States until such time as they can meet the requirements.

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