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Risk Ratings  

    MEDIUM MEDICAL RISK for Nicaragua
    MEDIUM TRAVEL RISK for Nicaragua

COVID-19 Impact

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Travel): Low -

Inbound travel is broadly possible with some inconvenience; restrictions affect a limited range of travellers.

Restrictions in place for a limited range of originating countries / nationalities arriving in country.  Mandatory testing and quarantine in designated facilities may apply.

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Domestic Operations): Low -

COVID-related precautions and restrictions causing some inconvenience to business operations. Most businesses are operating.

Both essential and non-essential businesses are operating, though outbreaks may impact medical and/or logistic factors  and cause disruption, often at short notice. Pre-existing security risks likely to be exacerbated by COVID-19-related political and socio-economic concerns in the near/medium term, though these disruptions will not affect the stability of the overall security environment. Elective surgery may not be accessible at times and VERY HIGH and HIGH Medical Risk Rated countries will be under pressure. Basic elements of BCPs – such as reduced or staggered staffing, social distancing, limited face to face interaction – may be active, with clear escalation and de-escalation triggers as well as mitigation measures.

RestrictionsInboundNo official border closures have been announced for travellers. However, many air carriers have temporarily suspended commercial services.
(Until further notice)
Operations at Augusto Cesar Sandino International Airport (MGA) in the capital Managua have resumed.
(Until further notice)
All travellers entering or transiting the country must present a negative COVID-19 test carried out within 72 hours of travelling. Foreign nationals with any respiratory symptoms may be denied entry into the country.
(Until further notice)
Travellers with symptoms may be required to quarantine at home for 14 days.
(Until further notice)
The border with Costa Rica is open for commercial purposes only.
(Until further notice)
OutboundThere are currently no known restrictions on individuals seeking to depart the country.
(Until further notice)
Internal / DomesticThere are no known domestic restrictions in the country.
(Until further notice)

23 Jun 2021 (Updated Daily)

Risk Summary


Please see our:

Medical and Security Alerts for Nicaragua

COVID-19 information for Nicaragua

Dedicated COVID-19 website


Anti-government demonstrations against President Daniel Ortega, which in much of 2018 caused significant disruption throughout the country, have abated in 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.

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. Occasional armed robbery occurs at open-air markets, shopping centres and parking lots. Carjacking, assaults and stabbings take place 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 homicide and violent crime rates.

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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