Risks of Volcano Tourism, Notice on Adoptions in Nicaragua, Continued Threat of Zika Transmission

Safety and Security Messages
May 27, 2016

U.S. Embassy Advises Of Risks Of Volcano Tourism; Alerts U.S. Citizens Of New Department Of State Notice On Adoptions In Nicaragua; And Suggests Increased Precaution To Prevent Spread Of Zika

Risks of Volcano Tourism:

The U.S. Embassy in Nicaragua would like to advise all U.S. citizens of the risks of volcano tourism.  Several volcanos in the country are currently open to tourists and all visitors should be aware of the risks and unpredictability involved in visiting them.  Specifically, there has been recent micro-seismic activity at the Telica Volcano, which resulted in the Government of Nicaragua declaring on April 7, 2016 a 5-kilometer area “no-go” zone around the crater.  U.S. citizens should note that, although private tour operators continue to allow tourists to overnight near the rim of the crater, they are doing so in violation of the Nicaraguan Government’s declaration.  In the event of a volcanic eruption, or other potential natural disasters, U.S. citizens should pay close attention to local media reports, follow the guidance of local authorities, and monitor the websites of the Nicaraguan Institute for Territorial Studies (INETER) and the Nicaraguan Emergency Alert System (SINAPRED).

Department of State Notice on Adoptions in Nicaragua:

The Department of State is aware of recent Nicaragua media reports alleging inconsistencies in Nicaraguan procedures for finding children eligible for intercountry adoption. Prospective adoptive parents and adoption service providers should be aware that the Government of Nicaragua’s efforts to investigate these allegations may result in delays in Nicaragua’s adoption process.  The Department seeks to ensure that all adoptions or grants of legal custody in Nicaragua by U.S. citizens are carried out in an ethical and transparent manner, in accordance with Nicaraguan law, and are in the best interests of the child.  Nicaraguan children who were adopted by, or are in the process of being adopted by, U.S. citizens are eligible to apply for a U.S. immigrant visa only after completing the adoption process in the Nicaraguan courts.  We encourage all individuals involved in the Nicaraguan adoption process to follow Nicaraguan laws and procedures.  Please continue to monitor travel.state.gov for updated information on adoption in Nicaragua.

Continued Threat of Zika Transmission:

Rainy season has arrived to much of Nicaragua, along with an increase in mosquitos and mosquito-transmitted illnesses.  The U.S. Embassy in Nicaragua would like to remind all U.S. citizens in and traveling to Nicaragua to take appropriate precautions and follow CDC guidance to prevent the transmission of Zika.  For general information about Zika, please visit the CDC website.  To obtain Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) travel notices, call the CDC at 1-800-CDC-INFO (1-800-232-4636) from within the United States, or 1-404-639-3534 from overseas or visit the CDC website.

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The U.S. Embassy in Managua is located at Km 5 ½ C. Sur Managua, Nicaragua.  The U.S. Embassy in Managua can be reached 24/7 at 011-505-2252-7100.  For emergencies (deaths, arrests, etc.) after hours, U.S. citizens can call this phone number and ask for the Embassy Duty Officer.  The American Citizen Services unit is also available by email during regular business hours at ACS.Managua@state.gov

General information regarding consular services is available by calling 011-505-2252-7104.  Routine services such as passports and notarial services require an appointment; you can schedule an appointment online.

For the latest security information, Americans traveling abroad should regularly monitor the U.S. Embassy’s website and the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Consular Affairs’ website, where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information can be found.  The U.S. Embassy also encourages U.S. citizens to review “A Safe Trip Abroad“, which includes valuable security information for those both living and traveling abroad.  In addition to information on the Internet, travelers may obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the U.S. and Canada, or outside the U.S. and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.

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