Current travel advisories for Nicaragua

Last Update: Friday, 15. February 2019 at 18:14

Please reconsider your need to travel to Nicaragua.


Travel warnings for this region [to world map].

Current situation : 3.7 / 5

Nicaragua is a country in North America (Central America) with around 6 million citizens and a land mass of 129,494 km². We detected travel advisories from 6 sources for this country.

Bordering countries: 2.4 / 5

Nicaragua shares land borders with Honduras and Costa Rica. For these countries, the individual warning index is 2.7 (Honduras) and 2.0 (Costa Rica). See danger map of the region.

Single advisories / travel warnings

Canadian government

National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
The Canadian goverment suggests: Exercise a high degree of caution.

Danger level: 3

Exercise a high degree of caution.

Maltese government

National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion (MFTP) all Maltese citizens to exercise a high degree of caution in Nicaragua due to the volatile security situation. Many areas of the country have experienced a period of unrest and street violence since April 2018. The situation is now calmer but underlying tensions could erupt into further violence and disorder without warning. Earlier in the crisis, heavily armed pro-government groups patrolled frequently. Whilst they appear to be less active, travellers should still ensure to research their destination thoroughly, to remain vigilant and to follow the advice of local authorities at all times.

Danger level: 3

Exercise high degree of caution.

Australian government

National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
Violent protests are ongoing in various parts of Nicaragua, including Managua and Leon, and have resulted in a number of deaths and injuries. The protests commenced on 18 April 2018 and may continue for some days in various areas, including near universities. Avoid all demonstrations as they may turn violent, and monitor the local media for further information and updates. The level of our advice has changed. We now advise Australians to reconsider your need to travel to Nicaragua.

Danger level: 4

Reconsider your need to travel.

US American government

National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
Reconsider travel to Nicaragua due to crime, civil unrest, limited healthcare availability, and arbitrary enforcement of laws. On September 12, 2018, the U.S. Department of State lifted the ordered departure of non-emergency U.S. government personnel and family members. The U.S. Embassy remains open to provide emergency services for U.S. citizens and will gradually return to normal operations. Throughout Nicaragua, armed and violent uniformed police or civilians in plain clothes acting as police (“para-police”) are targeting anyone considered to be in opposition to the rule of President Ortega.  The government and its affiliated armed groups have been reported to: Arbitrarily detain protestors, with credible claims of torture and disappearances. Systematically target opposition figures, including clergy members. Prevent certain individuals from departing Nicaragua by air or land. Seize privately owned land. Arbitrarily search personal phones and computers for anti-government content. Arbitrarily detain certain individuals with unfounded charges of terrorism, money laundering, and organized crime. These police and para-police groups often cover their faces, sometimes operate in groups numbering in the hundreds, and use unmarked vehicles. Rallies and demonstrations are widespread and occur daily around the country. Government forces, uniformed police and para-police have attacked peaceful demonstrators leading to significant numbers of deaths and injuries. Looting, vandalism, and arson often occur during unrest.  Road blocks, including in Managua and other major cities, may appear and limit availability of food and fuel. Government hospitals are understaffed and may deny treatment to suspected protestors. Some hospitals throughout the country may not be able to assist in emergencies.  Ambulances have reportedly refused to respond or have been denied access to areas with individuals needing emergency care. Violent crime, such as sexual assault and armed robbery, is common. The U.S. Embassy in Managua is limited in the assistance it can provide. U.S. government personnel in Nicaragua must avoid unnecessary travel and remain in their homes between 10:00 p.m. and sunrise. They are prohibited from traveling outside of Managua and are advised to avoid demonstrations. Additional restrictions on movements by U.S. government personnel may be put in place at any time, depending on local circumstances and security conditions, which can change suddenly. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.

Danger level: 4


New Zealand government

National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
Avoid non-essential travel to Nicaragua due to civil unrest and violent crime.

Danger level: 4

Avoid non-essential travel / High Risk.

Irish government

National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
Avoid non-essential travel

Danger level: 4

Avoid non-essential travel.

If there is more than one advisory/message of a single government for a given country, it indicates regional differences in means of security for your personal health and well-being. Single messages can indicate specific regions to be safer or less safe as mentioned in the main advisory. In these cases it's advisable to consult your own governments information.


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Basic facts

around 6 million
Covering landmass
129,494 km²
120V - 60Hz
Cordoba (NIO)
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Airports in Nicaragua (extern)


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Note of the displayed travel advisories
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