- Normal precautions
- High degree of caution
- Avoid non-essential travel
- Do not travel
- Safety and Security
- Local Laws and Customs
- Entry requirements
- Embassy Contact
General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation
Avoid non-essential travel.
Security Status Last Updated: 15 March 2020
Although airports in Nicaragua have reopened, most commercial airline services are still suspended. You are advised to contact the relevant airline (Delta, United Airlines, Avianca Airlines, AeroMexico, American Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Copa Airlines, Eastern Airlines) directly for further information.
A negative COVID-19 test certificate is required for entry to Nicaragua, and immigration officials may ask if you have recently visited countries significantly affected by COVID.
If you cannot leave Nicaragua due to these restrictions, we recommend you find safe accommodation suited to your requirements, follow the advice of the local authorities and confirm your health/travel insurance cover arrangements.
You are advised to follow official government sources for updates on any measures taken to control the spread of COVID-19. Ministry of Health: http://www.minsa.gob.ni/
Additional information on the Coronavirus can be found via the following links:
Because there is no Irish Embassy or Consulate in the Nicaragua, we are limited in the help we can offer you in an emergency situation However, if there is an emergency, or if you need help and advice, you can contact the Embassy of Ireland in Mexico on +52 55 5520 5803.
EU Directive on Consular Protection
Under the EU Consular Protection Directive, Irish nationals may seek assistance from the Embassy or Consulate of any other EU member state in a country where there is no Irish Embassy or permanent representation.
Our tips for safe travels
A number of protests resulting in unrest and street violence were held across Nicaragua from April 2018 to early 2019. The situation has now calmed, but underlying tensions may remain. Further protest and disorder may occur with little warning. Avoid all demonstrations and follow the advice of local authorities. Monitor local media for updates. Exercise caution when planning travel.
- Purchase comprehensive travel insurance which covers all your intended activities
- Register your details with us so that we can contact you quickly in an emergency, such as a natural disaster or a family emergency
- Follow us on twitter @dfatravelwise for the latest travel updates
- Read our Topical ‘Know Before You Go’ guide
Safety and Security
Safety and Security
Safety and security
The rate of crime has risen in Nicaragua in recent years. Street crime can be common in Managua and in large towns throughout the country.
The Embassy would advise you to be cautious when using public transport, including taxis. Always be vigilant, particularly after dark and take sensible precautions:
- Don’t carry your credit card, travel tickets and money together - leave spare cash and valuables in a safe place
- Don’t carry your passport unless absolutely necessary and leave a copy of your passport (and travel and insurance documents) with family or friends at home
- Avoid showing large sums of money in public and don’t use ATMs after dark, especially if you’re alone. Check no one has followed you after conducting your business
- Avoid dark and unlit streets and stairways, and arrange to be picked up or dropped off as close to your hotel or apartment entrance as possible
- Make sure that your accommodation has adequate security
- Keep a close eye on your personal belongings and hold on to them in public places such as internet cafés, train and bus stations
- If possible, use radio-dispatched taxis. You should ensure any taxi you take is authorised (red plates, with the driver’s identification number, name and photograph clearly visible on the dashboard). Avoid sharing taxis.
If you’re a victim of a crime while in Nicaragua, report it to the local police immediately. You can also contact our Embassy in Mexico on +52 55 5520 5803
If you’re planning to drive in Nicaragua, you should follow these basic guidelines:
- Bring your full Irish driver’s licence and your international driving permit and make sure you have adequate and appropriate insurance
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is against the law and you risk being detained, fined or banned from driving if caught
- Keep your vehicle doors locked and your bags kept out of sight to prevent opportunistic bag-snatching if you’re stopped at traffic lights
Hiring a vehicle
If you’re hiring a vehicle, we advise you not to hand over your passport as a form of security. If you’re allowing your passport to be photocopied, keep it in your sight at all times.
Check that you have adequate insurance and read the small print of the vehicle hire contract (particularly any waiver that will come into effect if the vehicle is damaged).
The hurricane season in the Caribbean normally runs from July to October. You should pay close attention to local and international weather reports and follow the advice of local authorities. Always monitor local and international weather updates for the region by accessing, for example, the Weather Channel, or the US National Hurricane Centre website.
Seismic and volcanic activity
Nicaragua is prone to significant seismic and volcanic activity. If planning to visit Nicaragua, you should familiarise yourself with what to do in an earthquake, remain on alert, particularly in the event of aftershocks, follow the advice of local authorities and monitor local news and websites for updates.
Political Demonstrations in Nicaragua have been known to turn violent. You are strongly advised to stay away from any demonstrations or gatherings. It is illegal for foreigners to be involved in local politics and participation may result in arrest.
Local Laws and Customs
Local Laws and Customs
Local laws and customs
Remember, the local laws apply to you as a visitor and it is your responsibility to follow them. Be sensitive to local customs, traditions and practices as your behaviour may be seen as improper, hostile or even illegal. Nicaragua has strict enforcement policies regarding illegal drugs. We advise that you do not become involved with drugs of any kind, in any way.
Check with your doctor well in advance of travelling to see if you need any vaccinations for this country.
There may be a risk of Zika virus in Nicaragua. Irish Citizens especially those with a weakened immune system or women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant are advised to follow guidance available on the website of the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) at http://www.hpsc.ie/A-Z/Vectorborne/Zika/.
Note that there may also be a risk of other viruses including Dengue and Cikungunya, as well as Malaria. Risks tend to be higher during rainy season (May – November)
If you are unsure of the entry requirements for this country, including visa and other immigration information, ask your travel agent or contact the country’s nearest Embassy or Consulate.
You can also check with them how long your passport must be valid for.
The Embassy operates an out of hours service for Irish citizens requiring emergency assistance on weekends and public holidays. If you are in need of emergency assistance during these times, you should leave a message on the emergency message system by calling +52 55 5520 5803. The emergency message system is checked regularly outside of office hours and a member of the Embassy staff will contact you as soon as possible.
When you leave a message, remember to state your name, the nature of the problem, where you are now, and the details of how the Duty Officer can contact you (e.g. leave your mobile phone number, or the phone number of the hotel/hostel where you are staying).
Alternatively, you may contact the Duty Officer at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin at +353 (0)1 408 2000.
Embassy of Ireland
Cda. Blvd. Avila Camacho, 76-3
Col. Lomas de Chapultepec
11000 México D.F.
Monday to Friday 09:30 to 13:30
Get travel and medical insurance
Before travelling, the Department strongly recommends that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains and legal costs. You should check any exclusions and, in particular, that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.