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Risk Ratings  

    MEDIUM MEDICAL RISK for Nicaragua
    MEDIUM TRAVEL RISK for Nicaragua
    HIGH TRAVEL RISK for Managua and Masaya department

Risk Summary

Anti-government demonstrations against President Daniel Ortega, which in much of 2018 caused significant disruption throughout the country, have abated in the first months of 2019. This is the result of a heavy-handed government crackdown which drastically curtailed opposition protests and roadblocks, and led to a more stable security environment for travellers. Clashes between protesters and government security forces may occur, albeit infrequently. Government paramilitary groups still suppress opposition rallies with lethal force, but the more limited nature of protest activities has decreased the potential risks to bystanders. Police are still liable to carry out arbitrary detentions and searches of anyone suspected of participating or supporting protest activity.

The government's repressive response to the political crisis has exacerbated the country's economic problems. By the end of 2019, Nicaragua is anticipated to experience its worst economic crisis in 30 years. Already the resultant high levels of unemployment have fuelled rising crime, particularly in urban areas, though high unemployment also makes it a feature of rural areas.

Petty and opportunistic crime is the main risk to business travellers. Violent assaults on foreign visitors are rare, however female travellers have reported sexual assaults and violence against women is a concern. In the capital Managua, the main risks stem from crime and political violence. Occasional armed robbery occurs at open-air markets, shopping centres, and parking lots. Carjacking, assaults and stabbings have increased in the poorer neighbourhoods of Managua. Purse- and jewellery-snatching from motorists is known to occur at stoplights. Youth gang violence has been blamed for a significant portion of the high homicide and violent crime rate.

This information is intended as a summary of the travel security environment; however, the risks can change at short notice during a crisis or evolving situation. Please check our travel security alerts to ensure you are informed of the most recent developments.


Vaccinations For Nicaragua
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travellers and expatriates,
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Hepatitis BRecommended for most travellers and expatriates,
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RabiesConsider for certain travellers, especially: For
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Typhoid feverRecommended for all travellers and expatriates.
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Yellow feverA yellow fever vaccination certificate is
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Routine Vaccinations

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