Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Possible Protest on Masaya Highway (December 3, 2017)

The U.S. Embassy in Nicaragua informs U.S. citizens of a possible protest regarding police traffic fines in the area of the McDonalds on Masaya Highway in Managua starting at 10:00a.m. on Sunday, December 3, 2017. The Embassy advises avoiding the area of the proposed protest.  Large groups, an increased police presence, and traffic delays in the area are possible.  While it has not been announced officially, the protest may march to the National Police Headquarters (Plaza El Sol) or south on Masaya Highway to an unknown location.

U.S. citizens should exercise caution in that area.  Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.

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, 7:15 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 7:15 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on 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).