Foreign travel advice

Nicaragua

Important COVID-19 travel guidance

The Foreign & Commonwealth Office currently advises British nationals against all but essential international travel. Travel to some countries and territories is currently exempted.

This advice is being kept under constant review. Travel disruption is still possible and national control measures may be brought in with little notice, so check our travel guidance.

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Travel to Nicaragua is subject to entry restrictions

You will need a “negative for COVID-19” certificate to enter.

See Entry requirements for more information before you plan to travel.

Return travel to the UK is subject to self-isolation requirements

If you’re returning to the UK, you will need to:

  • provide your journey and contact details
  • self-isolate for 14 days

Check the guidance on entering or returning to the UK.

Check our advice on foreign travel during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic and sign up for email alerts for this travel advice.

If you’re planning travel to Nicaragua, find out what you need to know about coronavirus there in the Coronavirus section.

The Nicaraguan border may close at short or no notice. See Entry requirements.

There are currently no plans for further UK-organised special flights from Nicaragua. Options for leaving Nicaragua are limited. This travel advice will be updated when normal departure options become available. In the meantime the British Embassy sometimes receives information on special charter flights. Email <consular.costarica@fco.gov.uk. if you would like to receive details of these.

During the COVID-19 pandemic it is more important than ever to get travel insurance and check your cover. See the FCO’s guidance on foreign travel insurance.

You should follow precautionary measures and keep up to date with information from your tour operator, transport or accommodation provider and comply with any health measures introduced by the authorities.

Many areas of the country experienced a period of political unrest from April 2018, which resulted in hundreds of deaths and detentions according to UN reports. Protests led to violent clashes and use of tear gas, rubber bullets and live ammunition. The situation is now quieter but remains unpredictable. You should stay well away from all demonstrations and gatherings, even if apparently peaceful, as these could result in outbreaks of violence. See Political situation

There is no British Embassy in Nicaragua. Our consular support is therefore limited. If you need emergency consular assistance, you should contact the British Embassy in San Jose, Costa Rica at +506-2258-2025.

If you need to contact the emergency services, call 118 (police), 128 (ambulance) or 115 (911 from a mobile) (fire). The 24-hour hotline for COVID-19 related queries is 132.

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

Nicaragua is in a seismically active region. See Natural disasters for advice about what to do before, during and after an earthquake. You should seek reliable local advice before and during any tourist activity around volcanoes.

Dengue is endemic to Latin America and the Caribbean. Nicaragua has an elevated incidence of dengue and risk is particularly high during the rainy season (May to November). Cases of Chikungunya virus have been confirmed in Nicaragua. See Health

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.

Around 17,500 British tourists visited Nicaragua in 2017 but numbers have dropped since the 2018 protests. Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in Nicaragua, attacks can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism