Security Alert – U.S. Embassy Managua, Nicaragua (May 16, 2018)

Location:  Throughout Nicaragua 

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

The U.S. Embassy in Managua will be closed to the public on May 16, 2018 due to anticipated demonstrations and traffic disruptions at the Enacal intersection near the U.S. Embassy. The U.S. Embassy will provide limited emergency consular services by telephone only. Regular appointments will be rescheduled as quickly as possible.

U.S. Government personnel have been advised to remain in their homes and avoid unnecessary travel.

Recent days’ events have shown that locations, routes, times, sizes, and possible violence at demonstrations are all unpredictable. The U.S. Embassy is aware of roadblocks around the country causing difficult access to and from Matagalpa, Granada and other locations around the country. The Embassy has limited resources to assist U.S. citizens affected by these circumstances.

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.
  • Embassy Managua is no longer providing routine visa services.  Additional information is available at http://www.ustraveldocs.com.

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