Civil unrest throughout Nicaragua continues to affect normal Embassy operations, and the Embassy is currently available by phone for emergencies only. Until further notice, travel by U.S. government personnel within Nicaragua is restricted to the hours between 5:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., with restrictions on driving on Carretera Masaya North from rotunda Centroamerica and near all universities. Restrictions on movements by U.S. government personnel are subject to change depending on local circumstances and security conditions, which can change suddenly.
Security situation permitting, the Embassy Consular Section will open with a limited staff Wednesday, April 25 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. to assist only American citizens with emergency needs for U.S. travel documents. No appointment is needed, but services are only for people with imminent travel plans. On Thursday, April 26, the Embassy as a whole will resume limited operations, and the Consular Section will continue to assist only American citizens with emergency needs for U.S. travel documents from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Other routine American citizen services such as notarials as well as all visa operations are still unavailable until further notice.
Actions to Take:
- If you are safe, please inform your family and friends in the United States. The Embassy is receiving an extremely high number of calls regarding people’s welfare.
- If you feel unsafe, make personal arrangements to leave the country; commercial flights are still 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 continues to be 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 updates on the security situation in your area.
- 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.
- State Department – Consular Affairs: 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
- Nicaragua Country Information
- Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates
- Follow us on Facebook and Twitter
# # #