Planned Protests to the Canal and Increased Border-Crossing Controls

Message to U.S. Citizens
August 25, 2016

Embassy Notifies of Planned Protests to the Canal and Increased Border-Crossing Controls

Increased Security at Borders and a Reminder of the Notification Policy for Religious and Humanitarian Travelers:  The Embassy has been informed that Nicaraguan land border controls are intensifying in an effort to prevent criminal acts associated with organized crime, gangs, and trafficking. To coordinate visits from the United States contact the Embassy of Nicaragua in Washington, DC, via email to asistente.emb@embanic.org.  To coordinate visits from Nicaragua, contact the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MINREX), at enlace@cancilleria.gob.ni.   Please note that the Government of Nicaragua recently advised some parties that they must wait to receive an approval notice before traveling to Nicaragua, and that they are now requiring pre-notification from some individuals traveling for humanitarian and religious purposes, as well as groups.  Some U.S. citizens have been denied entry for failing to comply.

Planned Canal Protests:  Local press is reporting upcoming protests to the construction of the canal, scheduled to take place on August 31.  We are currently aware of protests planned for the following communities, but there may be others elsewhere, as well:  La Fonseca, La Unión, Puerto Príncipe, Nueva Guinea, Acoyapa, Muelle de los Bueyes, El Ayote, Matiguás, Ocotal, El Almendro, Teustepe, El Jícaro, El Tule, La Quezada, Juigalpa, Boaco, and Isla de Ometepe.  Please take necessary precautions in and around these areas, and throughout the country on this day.

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, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  The American Citizen Services unit is also available by email during regular business hours at ACS.Managua@state.gov.
  • 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).