U.S. Embassy Managua Update on Available Consular Services (July 8)

Routine Message — U.S. Embassy Managua Update on Available Consular Services

On July 6, 2018, the U.S. government ordered the departure of non-emergency U.S. government personnel from Nicaragua. U.S. Embassy Managua’s Consular Section will be open only for emergency U.S. citizen services and diplomatic, official, and life-or-death nonimmigrant visa requests. U.S. citizens and visa applicants may request all other services from U.S. embassies or consulates in other countries. There is no U.S. government-sponsored evacuation of U.S. citizens from Nicaragua at this time.

Services We Will Continue to Provide:

  • Assistance to arrested, detained, hospitalized, and destitute U.S. citizens in Nicaragua, as well as U.S. citizen victims of crime.
  • Consular Reports of Death Abroad.
  • Limited-validity, emergency passports for U.S. citizens with imminent travel plans who do not have a passport of a second nationality usable for departing Nicaragua and:
    – Don’t currently possess a valid U.S. passport, or
    Have a U.S. passport valid for less than three months.
  • Visitor visas for applicants seeking emergency life-saving treatment in the United States, and diplomatic or official visas.

Service Hours and What to Expect:

On business days for which we have not announced a closure (please check U.S. Embassy Managua’s operating status before coming for a service):

  • Emergency Passport Services: 7:30-10:00 a.m.
  • Consular Reports of Death Abroad: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.
  • Emergency visa applicants: contact the call center at 7877-7600 for instructions.

We’ll do our best to serve you efficiently, but you should expect:

  • Long waits,
  • Possibly being turned away once we’re full, or if you come for a non-emergency service,
  • No food or beverages available, and
  • First-come, first-serve treatment.

Important notes: Please do not arrive before 7:00 a.m. because the roads are less safe, and we can’t let you in so you will be required to wait outside at the edge of the road construction. Please check the passport services requirements to ensure you come prepared, making it quicker for us to assist you.

Services to Seek Elsewhere:

  • Routine U.S. passport renewals if you have no imminent travel plans, more than three months’ validity left on a valid U.S. passport, or you have a foreign passport that you can use to depart Nicaragua.
    • Instead, apply at another U.S. embassy or while you are in the United States (if you have a valid U.S. passport to get there).
  • All notarial services, including Nicaraguan residency-related documents, mortgage/loan documents, property or vehicle sales, and translator affidavits.
    • Instead, apply at another U.S. Embassy or use a notary public in the United States.


If you are a U.S. citizen seeking a non-visa-related service that is not clearly listed above, please email us at ACS.Managua@state.gov to ask if we can assist you.

For questions about immigrant visa cases pending at the U.S. Embassy in Managua, please see our most recent frequently asked questions about visa processing. Inquiries about visas sent to the above email address will not be answered.