While violence against LGBTI travelers is not common, widespread societal discrimination exists.See our LGBTI Travel Informationpage and section 6 of the Department of State's Human Rights report for further details.Due to the Caribbean Coast’s geographical isolation, we have limited ability to provide emergency services to U. If you are at a beach area when an earthquake occurs, move swiftly to higher ground (when safe to do so) to avoid any possible tsunami. Faith-Based Travelers: See our website for details LGBTI Travelers: There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events in Nicaragua.
Zika Virus: Zika virus is a mosquito-borne illness that can be spread from a pregnant woman to her unborn baby.
For the latest visa and entry requirements, visit the Embassy of Nicaragua or Nicaraguan Immigration websites (Spanish only). Find information on dual nationality, prevention of international child abduction and customs regulations on our websites. Vehicle burglaries, pick-pocketing, and occasional armed robberies occur in store parking lots, on public transportation, and in open markets like the Oriental and Huembes Markets in Managua. Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime. We are limited in what we can do to assist detainees, and your U. passport will not help you avoid arrest or imprisonment. If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials and friends or family to notify the U. If you travel to remote areas, hire a reputable local guide familiar with the terrain and area.
Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors to or foreign residents of Nicaragua. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. citizens, which can further delay notification and access. Even after we learn of an arrest, it may be several days or weeks before we can visit. Purchasing Property: Exercise extreme caution before investing in property. Warning signs are not posted, and lifeguards and rescue equipment are not readily available. Wear appropriate clothing and footwear and carry sufficient food, water, and communication equipment.
Students: See our Students Abroad page and FBI travel tips.
Women Travelers: See our travel tips for Women Travelers.
Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance: There is limited to no accessibility in public transportation, including few sidewalks and road crossings.
Nicaraguan law prohibits discrimination against persons with physical and mental disabilities, but in practice, such discrimination is widespread in employment, education, access to health care, and the provision of state services.
Street crime is also common in Puerto Cabezas, Bluefields, and the Corn Islands. Victims of Crime: Report crimes, including sexual assault, to the local police at 118 (Nicaraguan equivalent of “911,” in Spanish) or 101 (Tourist Emergency Hotline, English-speaking operators but only reachable from Claro cell phones) and contact the U. Furthermore, some laws are also prosecutable in the U. For examples, see our website on crimes against minors abroad and the Department of Justice website. According to Nicaraguan law, tourists require a local guide for several of Nicaragua’s volcanoes, including Volcan Maderas and Volcan Concepcion on Ometepe Island.
Police presence is extremely limited outside of major urban areas, including on the Pacific Coast and Nicaragua’s Caribbean Coast. Arrest Notification: Nicaraguan authorities frequently do not notify the Embassy when a U. citizen has been detained, especially if the arrestee has dual nationality. Disaster Preparedness: Nicaragua is prone to earthquakes, hurricanes, floods, and volcanic eruptions. citizens should contract well in advance of their visit with a recognized local customs broker for assistance; the Embassy is unable to assist with the customs or import process.
Retired Residents Law: Nicaragua promotes residency for retirees.
Retirees can apply for residency through the Nicaraguan Institute of Tourism, INTUR.