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 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 ( and the Nicaraguan Ministry of Foreign Affairs ( 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 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).