As the November 5th elections approach in Nicaragua, the Embassy reminds all U.S. citizens that even protests intended to be peaceful can quickly turn confrontational and escalate into violence.
During past elections, protests and political rallies were staged throughout Managua. Violence escalated in some rural communities and confrontations between political parties erupted along main thoroughfares and locked down Managua for brief periods.
The Embassy advises avoiding areas where demonstrations or protests might be taking place and to exercise caution within the vicinity of any large gathering. Do not attempt to drive through any large groups and barricades encountered on the streets. The Embassy recommends driving with windows closed and doors locked and remaining vigilant and aware of your surroundings at all times. The Embassy has also requested all of its employees to remain in the greater Managua area during the election weekend for accountability purposes.
For further information about security in Nicaragua:
- 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).