Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Managua, Nicaragua (April 29, 2018)

Location:  Throughout Nicaragua 

Event: Civil unrest throughout Nicaragua continues to affect normal Embassy operations.  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. A demonstration is expected near La Plaza de las Victorias in Managua tomorrow, Monday, April 30 at 3:00 p.m., and U.S. government personnel may not travel after 3:00 p.m on this date.

Embassy operations and hours: The Embassy will open for limited operations on Monday, April 30, and the Consular Section will assist only American citizens who already have an appointment or who have emergency needs for U.S. travel documents from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  The Embassy will be closed due to a local holiday on Tuesday, May 1.  Security situation permitting, the Embassy will open on Wednesday, May 2 with the same schedule and operations as Monday.

Information regarding Embassy hours and operations for future dates will be sent in a separate message.

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 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.


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