Current travel advisories for Nicaragua

Last Update: Thursday, 03. December 2020 at 08:31

Please reconsider your need to travel to Nicaragua.


Travel warnings for this region [to world map].

Current situation : 4.2 / 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: 3.8 / 5

Nicaragua shares land borders with Honduras and Costa Rica. For these countries, the individual warning index is 3.8 (Honduras) and 3.7 (Costa Rica). See danger map of the region.

Current informationen on Covid-19

The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control currently reports 5,838 cases of COVID-19 (infection with SARS-CoV-2 or Coronavirus).

There are 161 reported deaths associated with the disease in Nicaragua.


Single advisories / travel warnings

Finnish government


National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
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Danger level: 3

Travel with higher caution..

US American government


National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
Reconsider travel to Nicaragua due to COVID-19,  civil unrest, crime, limited healthcare availability, and arbitrary enforcement of laws. Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 4 Travel Health Notice for Nicaragua due to COVID-19.   Nicaragua has resumed most transportation options (including airport operations and re-opening of borders) and business operations (including day cares and schools). Other improved conditions have been reported within Nicaragua.  Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Nicaragua. Throughout Nicaragua, armed and violent uniformed police or civilians in plain clothes acting as police (“para-police”) continue to target 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 pro-democracy protestors, with credible claims of torture and disappearances. Systematically target opposition figures, including clergy, human rights advocates, and members of the press. Prevent certain individuals from departing Nicaragua by air or land. Seize private property. 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 in opposition to the rule of President Ortega have been declared unlawful, but nevertheless have occurred. Government forces, uniformed police, and para-police have attacked peaceful demonstrators leading to significant numbers of arrests, injuries, and deaths. Looting, vandalism, and arson have occurred  during unrest. Government hospitals are understaffed. 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. Travelers should be alert to the risks of violent crime, such as sexual assault and armed robbery. Poor infrastructure in parts of the country limit the Embassy’s ability to assist U.S. citizens in emergencies. U.S. government personnel must 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 country information page.

Danger level: 4


Australian government


National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
Commercial flights out of Nicaragua have resumed. Where flights do become available, book directly with the airline. If you plan to enter Nicaragua, you must present a negative COVID-19 test (PCR) taken within 72 hours of entry or 96 hours before entry if you're travelling from Asia, Africa, Australia or the Pacific region. If you're granted entry, you'll be monitored by phone by health officials for 14 days. You'll be denied entry if you have respiratory symptoms or a fever. We advise: Do not travel to Nicaragua.

Danger level: 5

Do not travel.

Canadian government


National warning: This advisory covers the whole country.

Brief summary:
The Canadian goverment suggests: Avoid all travel (with regional advisories).

Danger level: 5

Avoid all travel (with regional advisories).

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. Additional Disclaimer: Since the evaluation is an automated process, it can only provide first steps for your own research. Please make sure to consult the sources.


Country information

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Basic facts

around 6 million
Covering landmass
129,494 km²
120V - 60Hz
Cordoba (NIO)
ISO 2-Letter Code
Phone prefix
Top Level Domain
Mobile frequencies (MHz)

Airports in Nicaragua (extern)


Frequently asked questions

This section gives some brief answers to common questions regarding travel safety in Nicaragua.

Is Nicaragua safe to travel in 2020?

There are some travel advisories for Nicaragua. With a risk index of 4.2 out of 5 possible point, we suggest you consult your local authorities before booking a flight.

How many countries have issued advisories for Nicaragua?

We currently know of 6 countries having issued advisories for Nicaragua.

What countries does Nicaragua share land borders with?

Nicaragua shares land borders with Honduras and Costa Rica. For these countries, the individual warning index is 3.8 (Honduras) and 3.7 (Costa Rica). See danger map of the region.

Note of the displayed travel advisories
These travel advisories are automatically gathered. We use the RSS Feeds of the corresponding authorities of the single countries. In some cases, we analyse the website itself. Since the information originates from different countries and different countries have different understanding of danger and danger levels. Thus, the information displayed is an automized and normalized representation with no right to completeness and correctness. If a country is not shown, it doesn't necessarily mean it's safe. The information shown is a first indicator. Additional remark: the websites address does not endorse the situation of a 'Reisewarnung' (with its name). Often, it's just formal notifications by other countries. These can be the reason a country reaches scores of aorund 2.0 and still be a generally safe country to visit. Lower risk grades are usually no sign of a immanent threat!