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Nicaragua

Tourist Information About Nicaragua


Passport and Visas

The following information is subject to change and should be verified by contacting the nearest diplomatic or consular office of Nicaragua. Violations of entry and exit requirements may result in serious penalties.

i. United States Tourists
A valid U.S. passport is required for all citizens regardless of age in order to enter Nicaragua and to return to the U.S. A visa is not required for tourist visits of up to 30 days, though a tourist card much be purchased upon arrival for US$5.00. Though not necessarily an official requirement of Nicaragua, U.S. citizens should assure that their passports are valid for a period of six months after their expected date of departure from Nicaragua and are in good condition. If a second nationality passport was used to enter Nicaragua in the case of dual citizenship, all U.S. citizens must use a U.S. passport when returning to the U.S. Certificates of Naturalization, birth certificates, driver's licenses and photocopies are NOT accepted as alternative travel documents by authorities in the U.S. or Nicaragua.

All U.S. tourists traveling within Nicaragua should have in their possession at all times either the original passport or a photocopy of the information page as well as a photocopy of the visa stamp showing date of entry into Nicaragua.

Under the Central America Border Control Agreement (CA-4), U.S. citizens may travel to El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala in addition to Nicaragua without obtaining additional visas or tourist entry permits for the other three countries.

Tourists may remain in Nicaragua or any of the CA-4 countries for a total period of up to 30 days. Tourists may request a one-time extension with immigration officials should they desire to remain in the Nicaragua or the CA-4 countries for more than the originally permitted period. Alternatively, tourist may travel outside the CA-4 countries before their allowed stay expires and reapply for admission.

In order to prevent international child abduction, many governments require documentary evidence of relationship and permission for the child's travel from the parent(s) or legal guardian if not present. Though this may not be required in all countries, possessing such documentation may facilitate entry and departure.

ii. Canadian Tourists
A valid Canadian passport is required for all citizens regardless of age in order to enter Nicaragua and to return to Canada. A visa is not required for tourist visits of up to 30 days, though a tourist card much be purchased upon arrival for US$5.00. Though not necessarily an official requirement of Nicaragua, Canadian citizens should assure that their passports are valid for a period of six months after their expected date of departure from Nicaragua. If a second nationality passport was used to enter Nicaragua in the case of dual citizenship, all Canadian citizens must use a Canadian passport when returning to Canada. Certificates of Naturalization, birth certificates, Certificate of Canadian Citizenship, driver's licenses and photocopies are NOT accepted as alternative travel documents by authorities in Canada or Nicaragua.

All Canadian tourists traveling within Nicaragua should have in their possession at all times either the original passport or a photocopy of the information page as well as a photocopy of the visa stamp showing date of entry into Nicaragua.

Under the Central America Border Control Agreement (CA-4), Canadian citizens may travel to El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala in addition to Nicaragua without obtaining additional visas or tourist entry permits for the other three countries.

Tourists may remain in Nicaragua or any of the CA-4 countries for a total period of up to 30 days. Tourists may request a one-time extension with immigration officials should they desire to remain in the Nicaragua or the CA-4 countries for more than the originally permitted period. Alternatively, tourist may travel outside the CA-4 countries before their allowed stay expires and reapply for admission.

In order to prevent international child abduction, many governments require documentary evidence of relationship and permission for the child's travel from the parent(s) or legal guardian if not present. Though this may not be required in all countries, possessing such documentation may facilitate entry and departure.

iii. European Tourists
A valid European passport is required for all citizens regardless of age in order to enter Nicaragua and to return to Europe. A visa is not required for tourist visits of up to 30 days, though a tourist card much be purchased upon arrival for US$5.00. Though not necessarily an official requirement of Nicaragua, European citizens should assure that their passports are valid for a period of six months after their expected date of departure from Nicaragua and are in good condition. If a second nationality passport was used to enter Nicaragua in the case of dual citizenship, all European citizens may be required to use a European passport when returning to Europe. Certificates of Naturalization, birth certificates, driver's licenses and photocopies are NOT accepted as alternative travel documents by authorities in Europe or Nicaragua.

All European tourists traveling within Nicaragua should have in their possession at all times either the original passport or a photocopy of the information page as well as a photocopy of the visa stamp showing date of entry into Nicaragua.

Under the Central America Border Control Agreement (CA-4), European citizens may travel to El Salvador, Honduras, and Guatemala in addition to Nicaragua without obtaining additional visas or tourist entry permits for the other three countries.

Tourists may remain in Nicaragua or any of the CA-4 countries for a total period of up to 30 days. Tourists may request a one-time extension with immigration officials should they desire to remain in the Nicaragua or the CA-4 countries for more than the originally permitted period. Alternatively, tourist may travel outside the CA-4 countries before their allowed stay expires and reapply for admission.

In order to prevent international child abduction, many governments require documentary evidence of relationship and permission for the child's travel from the parent(s) or legal guardian if not present. Though this may not be required in all countries, possessing such documentation may facilitate entry and departure.

Airport Taxes and Customs
There is an international airport tax of US$32 that is collected upon departure of Nicaragua. This fee may or may not be included in the price of your airline ticket. Be sure to consult your airline for more information.

Health and Vaccinations
All tourists should be sure that their routine vaccinations are up to date whether traveling or not. This information can be found on the Centers for Disease Control website.

Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, Typhoid, and Rabies vaccinations are recommended, but not required, for all those traveling to Nicaragua. For more information visit the Centers for Disease Control website.

Rural areas of Nicaragua and outskirt areas of Managua are at risk areas of Malaria infection. In the case of infection, the antimalarial drug chloroquine is recommended for use. For more information about Malaria visit the Centers for Disease Control website.

To avoid infection of any diseases transmitted by mosquitoes, it is recommended that you wear long sleeves or pants or have in your possession mosquito repellant, especially in rural, low altitude areas where infection of Malaria is possible. Additionally, the use of bed nets is recommended in these areas.

Safety and Security
Nicaragua is a developing country, and travelers should exercise caution as criminal activity continues to be an active problem. Tourists should avoid carrying with them valuables that may jeopardize their safety.

Clothing and What to Bring
Because Nicaragua has both a rainy and dry season you will want to decide your wardrobe based on when you will be arriving. The dry season is generally cooler, and you will want something warm for the evenings or in the higher altitude areas. During the wet season, you will want to have something to protect from the rain. Also be sure to bring appropriate footwear for any excursions you may partake on such as hiking, etc.

Currency, Banks, Credit Cards
The currency in Nicaragua is called the Cordoba (NIO). In the past, the exchange rate has been roughly 17 to 19 Cordobas for every US$.

A good option is to bring US$ into Nicaragua as they can be exchanged in banks. Upon departure, any surplus may be exchanged back. Canadian dollars may be difficult to exchange in Nicaragua and US$ are preferred.

In addition, international debit and credit cards may be used to withdraw money from local ATMs. Also, most major credit cards are accepted in Nicaragua, especially in tourist destinations. It is always a good idea to check with your credit card companies to find out what, if any, foreign exchange fees exist.

Bringing US$ traveler's checks to Nicaragua for exchange is also another viable option. Canadian dollar traveler's checks may be difficult to exchange and US$ traveler's checks should be used.

Taxes and Tips
A service charge is generally added to all bills of roughly 10% percent, but be sure to check the bill. In some cases, good service may deserve an additional discretionary gratuity.

Time Zone
The time zone used in Nicaragua is six hours before Coordinated Universal Time, or (UTC-06:00). This means that during summer (daylight savings time) Nicaragua is two hour behind New York City and one hour ahead of Los Angeles.

Telephone Calls
When calling from Nicaragua to the United States or Canada visitors must dial the following: 001 City Code Local Number.

When calling from Nicaragua to another international country visitors must dial the following: 00 Country Code City Code Local Number.

Electricity and Voltage
Electricity in Nicaragua is 120V at 60Hz and uses the standard two prong flat blades. These sockets will most likely not have a third hole for the round ground pin. This means that standard North American devices may still require an inexpensive prong adapter to get around the third ground prong.

Local Newspapers
• 7 Dias
• Barricada Internacional (In English)
• Bolsade Noticias
• Confidencial
• El Nuevo Diario (Managua)
• La Prensa
• The Nica Times (In English)
• Tiempos del Mundo (Managua)

Transport
i. Cars
Car rental is another good option for traveling through the country. Do not expect the same road conditions as in North America as they can be somewhat rough at times.

ii. Taxis
Taxis are a very good option for affordable travel through the city, though you will want to be sure and negotiate a price before hopping in. Some taxis may be unsafe, which is why using hotel taxis may sometimes be a good idea though generally more expensive.

iii. Buses

The bust system in Nicaragua is affordable and generally quite efficient. This is a good system for traveling through the country though the buses may be quite warm depending on the time of year.

iv. Planes

Domestic flights are also a good option if you are planning to travel to the coast right away upon arrival and would rather not spend hours in a bus getting there. Local airlines offer various flights throughout the day to numerous destinations throughout the country.

Business Hours
Business hours in Nicaragua are generally from 8:00AM to 6:00PM. Most retail stores are open from 10:00AM until 8:00PM. Restaurants may not open until 11:00AM but will generally stay open quite late until 11:00PM. Government offices are open from 8:00AM until 4:00PM and banks are open from 8:30AM until 4:30PM. There are always some places around the country such as hotels and various that will be opened 24 hours a day.

Call Latin America Collection Toll Free from the USA or CANADA toll free
USA:
1-866-256-2765
or
(800)-807-7952
CANADA:
(800)-807-7952

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