The Nicaraguan government has introduced a pre-notification process for all non-tourist travel to Nicaragua. Nicaraguan officials have stated that the pre-notification process is highly recommended. They explained that travelers with pre-notification will pass through migration controls quicker than those without it. According to Nicaraguan officials, the pre-notification process allows them to properly allocate border control resources to align with the expected number of travelers at a given time, day, and location.
Pre-notification should occur at least seven days in advance of planned travel to Nicaragua, following the instructions provided in Spanish at https://www.migob.gob.ni/migracion/tramites/solicitud-de-ingreso-ordenado-y-seguro-de-visitantes-invitados-por-motivos-diferentes-al-turismo/. Nicaraguan officials stated that the form available on that webpage is a suggested format only, and that pre-notifications must at least include information from the middle two paragraphs of the four-paragraph form. Travelers do not have to wait for a reply before proceeding with their travel plans.
Registration requirements for volunteer groups remain the same. You should email both the Embassy of Nicaragua in the United States (email@example.com) and the Nicaraguan Ministry of Foreign Affairs (firstname.lastname@example.org) to inform them of your trip if you are leading one of the following types of trips, even if your group has worked in Nicaragua previously or has a local office:
• Volunteer mission,
• Charitable or medical brigade (the latter also need permission from the Nicaraguan Ministry of Health), or
• Assistance visit organized by NGOs, religious groups, schools, or any other group doing this type of work 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, 7:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Monday through Friday. The American Citizen Services unit is also available by email during regular business hours at ACS.Managua@state.gov. 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).