Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Managua, Nicaragua (May 15, 2018)

Location:  Throughout Nicaragua

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

Demonstrations are planned in Managua today, May 15, 2018 with advertised start times of 4:00 p.m.  The marches will start at individual schools, and will all end at Jean Paul Genie Rotonda.  However, recent days’ events have shown that locations, routes, times, sizes, and possible violence at demonstrations are all unpredictable.  Due to the planned demonstrations, U.S. government personnel have been advised to avoid Jean Paul Genie Rotonda and surrounding areas  starting today at 3:00 PM until tomorrow, May 16 and must not travel after 2:00 p.m. for today, May 15.

We also regret to announce that the U.S. Embassy in Managua is closing for all routine visa services, effective May 16th until further notice.  Additional information is available at http://www.ustraveldocs.com.

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.
  • Travel by U.S. government personnel within Nicaragua is restricted to Managua only and to the hours between 5:00 a.m. and 2:00 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 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.

Assistance: 

  • State Department – Consular Affairs
    888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444