Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Managua, Nicaragua (April 26, 2018)

Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Managua, Nicaragua (April 26, 2018)

Location:  Throughout Nicaragua

Event: Civil unrest throughout Nicaragua continues to affect normal Embassy operations. On Friday, April 27, the Embassy will open for limited operations, and the Consular Section will continue to assist only American citizens with emergency needs for U.S. travel documents from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. No appointment is needed, but services are only for people with imminent travel plans. Other routine American citizen services such as notarials as well as all visa operations are still unavailable until further notice. The Embassy will send a separate message by April 29 with information regarding its operations and hours for the week of April 30 – May 4, 2018. Note that the Embassy will be closed on May 1, 2018, due to a local holiday.

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.

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 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 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 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