Foreign travel advice

Nicaragua

Summary

On Friday 8 September 2017 there was an earthquake of magnitude 8.2 off the coast of Chiapas, Mexico. If you’re in the area, you should follow the advice of the local authorities. See Natural disasters

UK health authorities have classified Nicaragua as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. For more information and advice, visit the website of the National Travel Health Network and Centre.

If you need to contact the emergency services, call 118 (police), 128 (ambulance) or 115 (911 from a mobile) (fire).

There’s no British Embassy in Nicaragua. If you need emergency consular assistance, you should contact the British Honorary Consul in Managua by calling via the British Embassy, Costa Rica, tel +506 2258 2025.

There has been an increase in seismic activity in recent years. See the Natural disasters section for advice about what to do before, during and after an earthquake. In 2015, there has also been significant volcanic activity, particularly at the Telica Volcano. You should seek reliable local advice before and during any tourist activity around the area of the Telica Volcano.

The rainy season normally runs from May to November. Hurricanes can affect Nicaragua during this period. See Natural disasters

Around 17,000 British tourists visited Nicaragua in 2016. Most visits are trouble free.

Dengue fever is endemic to Latin America and the Caribbean and there has been a recent significant increase in the number of reported cases. Cases of Chikungunya virus have been confirmed in Nicaragua. See Health

Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in Nicaragua, attacks can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.