Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Managua, Nicaragua (May 13, 2018)

Location:  Throughout Nicaragua

Event: Civil unrest throughout Nicaragua continues to affect U.S. Embassy operations and hours.

The Embassy will resume operations on Monday, May 14, and the Consular Section will assist individuals who already have a scheduled appointment. American citizens who have emergency needs for U.S. travel documents and do not have a scheduled appointment may visit the Embassy from 7:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.  Due to planned demonstrations throughout Managua, U.S. government personnel have been advised to remain in their homes and must not travel after 1:00 p.m. on Monday, May 14.

Until further notice:

  • All routine American citizen services (U.S. passports, reports of births abroad, notarials, etc.) are available by appointment only at
  • 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.
  • Visa operations remain very limited. If your non-immigrant visa appointment was cancelled, you can reschedule a new appointment by contacting the call center at 7877-7600 or visiting
  • Travel by U.S. government personnel within Nicaragua is restricted to Managua only and to the hours between 5:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m., with restrictions on driving on Carretera Masaya North from Rotunda Centroamerica, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua (UNAN) and university rotunda 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 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.