Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Managua, June 5, 2018

Location:  Throughout Nicaragua

Event:  Continued civil unrest throughout Nicaragua impacts U.S. Embassy operations

The U.S. Embassy in Managua will announce future closures to the public on our webpage (https://ni.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/embassy-operating-status/) and on our Facebook page, as well as via a Security Alert email to U.S. citizens enrolled with the Embassy. Please check the above webpage to ensure the Embassy is open before traveling for services. Even when the Embassy is open to the public, hours may be limited due to the security situation, and the on-site wait time for service may be longer than usual. Outside working hours, we are available by phone for U.S. citizens with emergencies.

There has been a significant increase in unpredictable violence. In recent days, Granada, Managua, Masaya, and Matagalpa have been particularly affected by violence. There are reports of attacks by armed masked individuals in vehicles without license plates, arson, live ammunition, and the continued use of roadblocks in Granada, Leon, Masaya, Matagalpa, and other locations around the country. The roadblocks may prevent transit between cities and have resulted in fuel and gasoline outages in Rivas, San Juan del Sur, and other locations.

Events over the past several weeks in Nicaragua have shown that locations, routes, times, sizes, and possible violence at demonstrations, roadblocks, and downtown areas of various cities throughout the country are all unpredictable. Although it appears that the greatest levels of violence occur between sundown and sunup, outbreaks of violence also have occurred during daylight hours. The Embassy has limited resources to assist U.S. citizens affected by violence and encourages those who fear for their safety to leave the area as quickly and safely as possible.

U.S. government personnel in Nicaragua must remain in their homes and avoid unnecessary travel outside of work hours. They must avoid Rotonda Metrocentro when there are incidents in the area, Rotonda Universitaria at all times, and the vicinity of all universities, particularly UNAN. Additional areas are placed off-limits as needed and vary frequently.

Until further notice:

  • All routine U.S. citizen services (U.S. passports, reports of births abroad, notarials, etc.) are available by appointment only at https://evisaforms.state.gov.
  • U.S. citizens needing emergency passports (for imminent travel only) may visit the Embassy between 7:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. Monday through Friday, when the Embassy has not announced a closure.
  • Embassy Managua is no longer providing routine nonimmigrant or immigrant visa services.  Embassy Managua cannot provide services for immigrant visa petitions that have not yet been filed, approved, or sent to Embassy Managua for visa processing, and is currently not accepting new immigrant visa cases from the National Visa Center.  Likewise, unless nonimmigrant visa applicants meet very strict expedited appointment requirements (medical emergencies or students and exchange visitors with impending report dates), they will not be able to have interviews in Managua for the foreseeable future.  Additional information about where else to apply for nonimmigrant visas is available at http://www.ustraveldocs.com/ni, and applicants with pending immigrant visa cases can contact the National Visa Center to change the location of their interviews.

Actions to Take:

  • If you feel unsafe, make arrangements to leave the country; commercial flights are available.  There are no plans for a U.S.-government assisted evacuation.
  • Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.
  • Do not participate in demonstrations. Foreigners, including U.S.-Nicaraguan dual nationals, may risk arrest or expulsion if they participate in protests.
  • Do not attempt to drive through any large groups and/or barricades encountered on the street.
  • Restrict unnecessary travel.
  • Remain indoors after dark. Violence increases after sundown.
  • If you are safe, please regularly inform your family and friends in the United States.  The Embassy is receiving a high number of calls regarding people’s welfare.
  • Maintain adequate supplies of cash, food, potable water, and fuel if sheltering in place.
  • Monitor local media. 100% Noticias (known also as Channel 15 or Channel 63 on cable) and Radio Corporación offer nearly 24/7 news coverage.

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