Event: U.S. Government personnel have been advised to shelter in place until further notice due to violent events occurring in areas of Managua on June 30, 2018.
Events over the past several weeks in Nicaragua have shown that locations, routes, times, sizes, and possible violence at demonstrations, roadblocks, and downtown areas of various cities throughout the country are all unpredictable. Although it appears that the greatest levels of violence occur between sundown and sunup, outbreaks of violence also have occurred during daylight hours. The Embassy has limited resources to assist U.S. citizens affected by violence and encourages those who fear for their safety to leave the area as quickly as possible when they are able to do so safely.
Until further notice:
- All routine U.S. citizen services (U.S. passports, reports of births abroad, notarials, etc.) are available by appointment only at https://evisaforms.state.gov.
- S. citizens needing emergency passports (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 nonimmigrant or immigrant visa services. Embassy Managua cannot provide services for immigrant visa petitions that have not yet been filed, approved, or sent to Embassy Managua for visa processing, and is currently not accepting new immigrant visa cases from the National Visa Center. Likewise, unless nonimmigrant visa applicants meet very strict expedited appointment requirements (medical emergencies or students and exchange visitors with impending report dates), they will not be able to have interviews in Managua for the foreseeable future. Additional information about where else to apply for nonimmigrant visas is available at http://www.ustraveldocs.com/ni, and applicants with pending immigrant visa cases can contact the National Visa Center to explore if other options are available. Answers to frequently asked questions about our visa operation status are available at https://ni.usembassy.gov/visas/visas-frequently-asked-questions/.
Actions to Take:
- If you feel unsafe, make arrangements to leave the country; commercial flights are available. There are no plans for a U.S.-government assisted evacuation
- Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests.
- Do not participate in demonstrations. Foreigners, including U.S.-Nicaraguan dual nationals, may risk arrest or expulsion if they participate in protests.
- Do not attempt to drive through any large groups and/or barricades encountered on the street.
- Restrict unnecessary travel.
- Remain indoors after dark. Violence increases after sundown.
- If you are safe, please regularly inform your family and friends in the United States. The Embassy is receiving a high number of calls regarding people’s welfare.
- Maintain adequate supplies of cash, food, potable water, and fuel if sheltering in place.
- Monitor local media. 100% Noticias (known also as Channel 15 or Channel 63 on cable) and Radio Corporación offer nearly 24/7 news coverage.
State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
Nicaragua Country Information
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