Message for U.S. Citizens: Nicaraguan Police Security Plan for Central American Games

The U.S. Embassy informs American citizens in Nicaragua that the Nicaraguan National Police (NNP) have issued the following information regarding the security plan for the XI Central American Games scheduled to occur between December 3 and 17, 2017. The games will be held primarily in Managua, but some activities are scheduled for Estelí, Granada, and San Juan del Sur. The security measures include heightened security in area hotels, sports venues, airports, and border crossings. These may include road closures and increased police presence which may result in traffic congestion and other issues.

The NNP will enforce security perimeters and other countermeasures around the following locations in Managua: Malecón, Polideportivo Alexis Argüello, Metrocentro Mall, Estadio Nacional Dennis Martinez, American Nicaraguan School, and Estadio de Fútbol de Nicaragua.

The U.S. Embassy advises that American citizens not attempt to drive through any large groups and/or barricades encountered on the streets at any time. For further information about security in Nicaragua:

·        See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Nicaragua Country Specific Information.

·        Enroll in the Smart Traveler-Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.

·        Contact the U.S. Embassy in Nicaragua located at Km 5 ½ C. Sur Managua, Nicaragua, at 011-505-2252-7100, 7:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:15 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Friday. The American Citizen Services unit is also available by email during regular business hours at After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is also 011-505-2252-7100.

·        Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).