Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Avoid Crowds and Particular Areas July 17-19, 2017

Beginning the afternoon of July 17, 2017, numerous small gatherings will be held in neighborhoods around the city of Managua and throughout the country in celebration of the anniversary of the Sandinista revolution on July 19. The Embassy believes the largest gatherings will take place in the following areas in Managua:

–          Monday, July 17:  Beginning at 2:00pm, traffic disruptions and heavy police presence are expected in Managua, especially around the Pellas Building and Plaza de las Victorias (intersection of the Hilton Hotel).  Avoid the area from the rotunda Hugo Chavez to the Malecon.

–          Tuesday, July 18:  Heavy traffic disruptions are expected as a result of marches and large gatherings in Managua on the Bolivar Avenue, Rotonda Hugo Chavez, the Malecon area, and Plaza de las Victorias.  Public bus transportation will be extremely limited, causing congestion and long wait times at bus stops.

–          Wednesday, July 19:  Numerous celebrations will take place throughout Managua.  Participants are expected to gather all day around the same areas of the Malecon, Plaza de la Revolución (Plaza de la Fe), and the Simon Bolivar Avenue.

Other large gatherings may also develop more spontaneously in other areas.  Road closures and traffic disruptions are expected. The Nicaraguan National Police will deploy to maintain public order.

While the Embassy does not expect these gatherings to be violent, we advise avoiding these areas due to the traffic and transportation issues and general unpredictability of events involving large numbers of people, the use of firecrackers or “morteros,” and other celebratory activities.  Pickpockets and other criminals will be on the lookout for targets of opportunity among crowds and at congested points around the city and country.

The Embassy advises everyone to maintain a high level of security awareness. Exercise caution when moving around the country and avoid large crowds or gatherings. Do not attempt to drive through any traffic barricade. Use caution near motorcades, as they do not always follow traffic regulations or posted signs. Avoid contact with individuals who may be under the influence of alcohol as well as those firing “morteros” as they move through the country. Travelers should keep their windows up, doors locked, and a cell phone in the car when traveling.

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Nicaragua Country Specific Information.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler-Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Nicaragua located at Km 5 ½ C. Sur Managua, Nicaragua, at 011-505-2252-7100, 7:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Monday through Friday. The American Citizen Services unit is also available by email during regular business hours at ACS.Managua@state.gov. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is also 011-505-2252-7100.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).