Security Alert: U.S. Embassy Managua, May 29, 2018

Location: Throughout Nicaragua

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

The U.S. Embassy in Managua will be closed to the public on May 30, 2018 due to large anticipated demonstrations in Managua on that day and associated traffic disruptions. The U.S. Embassy will provide limited emergency consular services by telephone only. Regular appointments will be rescheduled as quickly as possible.

The U.S. Embassy in Managua reminds U.S. citizens in Nicaragua that several Nicaraguan laws could be construed to prohibit foreigners from participating in demonstrations, marches, and protests. Article 1 of the Nicaraguan Constitution prohibits foreign interference in Nicaragua’s internal affairs. Likewise, the Migration and Foreigners Law lists two different activities that could render a foreigner’s lawful residence in Nicaragua invalid: participation in national politics and/or participation in activities that aim to destabilize Nicaragua economically or politically. Nicaraguan authorities may enforce these laws against foreigners who participate in public protests. Additionally, we are aware of Nicaraguans with a second nationality who have received threats from Nicaraguan government officials due to their foreign nationality combined with their participation in recent demonstrations. We ask that you keep these factors in mind when deciding whether to participate in demonstrations.

U.S. Government personnel in Nicaragua continue to be advised to remain in their homes and avoid unnecessary travel, and, when commuting to and from work on days when the U.S. Embassy is open to the public, are advised to avoid Rotunda Metrocentro, Rotonda Universitaria, the vicinity of all universities, and a growing area near UNAN based on ever-expanding roadblocks and concerns of violence.

Events over the past several weeks in Nicaragua have shown that locations, routes, times, sizes, and possible violence at demonstrations are all unpredictable. The U.S. Embassy is also aware of roadblocks causing difficult access to and from Matagalpa, Granada, Leon, and other locations around the country, as well as transportation difficulties within Managua. The Embassy has limited resources to assist U.S. citizens affected by these circumstances.

Until further notice:

  • All routine American citizen services (U.S. passports, reports of births abroad, notarials, etc.) are available by appointment only at https://evisaforms.state.gov.
  • American citizens needing emergency U.S. travel documents (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 visa services. Additional information is available at http://www.ustraveldocs.com/ni.

Actions to Take:

  • If you are safe, please inform your family and friends in the United States. The Embassy is receiving a high number of calls regarding people’s welfare.
  • If you feel unsafe, make personal arrangements to leave the country; commercial flights are available. There are no plans for a U.S.-government assisted evacuation.
  • Except in an emergency or to depart the country, restrict travel and remain in your homes as long as the area in which you live is impacted by demonstrations and you feel safe in your home.
  • Maintain adequate supplies of food, potable water, and fuel if sheltering in place.
  • Move to a safer location if demonstrations are nearing your area and you can safely move.
  • Monitor local media: For those of you unfamiliar with news sources inside of Nicaragua, 100% Noticias (known also as Channel 15 or Channel 63 on cable) is the only 24/7 television news channel in the country. For radio, Radio Corporación and Radio Ya are both the closest to 24/7 news stations.
  • Avoid the areas of the demonstrations.
  • Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests, and do not attempt to drive through any large groups and/or barricades encountered on the street.
  • Keep a low profile.

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