WHAT SHOULD YOU KNOW TO TRAVEL TO NICARAGUA?

Nicaragua Location

Central America, between the Caribbean Sea (East), the Pacific Ocean (West), Honduras (North) and Costa Rica (South). Geographic coordinates: 13:00 North, 85:00 West.

Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required to enter?

Yes. To enter Nicaragua by air, both national and foreign citizens must present a negative PCR test at the Augusto C. Sandino International Airport with a validity period of no more than 72 hours, the one that was previously sent electronically to the airline that transfers it.

In the case of citizens from Asia, Africa, and Oceania, the test should not be longer than 96 hours.

Are land borders open?

Yes. To enter through any one of our land borders it is also necessary to present a negative PCR test.

Nationals of the CA4 member countries (Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras), may enter Nicaragua presenting an original and current identity card, being exempt from immigration tariffs.

Are there health check procedures at the airport and other ports of entry?

Yes. All ports of entry in the country have security protocols and procedures to detect suspected cases of Covid-19. Travelers who present a negative PCR result will be able to move freely around the country and will be followed up by telephone.

What happens if a traveler has a fever or respiratory symptoms?

International tourists who present fever or respiratory symptoms at the time of their arrival will not be able to enter the country and nationals will be able to enter and be put to quarantine, according to the protocol established by the Ministry of Health.

Is it necessary to fill out a form to enter the country?

Yes. People who wish to visit Nicaragua, both by air and land, must fill out an online form from the Ministry of Interior; an agile, orderly, and secure application for admission, which must be submitted at least seven days before entering Nicaragua.

https://solicitudes.migob.gob.ni/

What you need to know to request and to see online your Covid-19 test result

The Ministry of Health, Minsa, unveiled on March 16th, the online system that allows Nicaraguans that will travel, to request the Covid-19 test and obtain the results by this same route.

Carlos Sáenz, Secretary-General of the Nicaraguan Ministry of Health, clarified that this test can be made at the Concepcion Palacios Health Complex in Managua, from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. from Monday to Saturday.

When will the results be delivered?

The Ministry of Health, Minsa, unveiled on March 16th, the online system that allows Nicaraguans that will travel, to request the Covid-19 test and obtain the results by this same route.

Carlos Sáenz, Secretary-General of the Nicaraguan Ministry of Health, clarified that this test can be made at the Concepcion Palacios Health Complex in Managua, from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. from Monday to Saturday.

What is the address to apply online?

The online system is active since March 16th, 2021, and you can access here from your computer, tablet, or mobile device.

Once you go online, click on the icon that says Laboratory, and there will appear three options: registration for Covid-19 tests, results, and validation.

In the first option, you will be requested to fill in the information that you will see on your screen (name and surname, travel document, telephone number, date of birth, address of where you live, department and municipality) and finally select the day that you will make the Covid-19 test, which must be done no longer than 72 hours before your trip.

When filling all these requirements you must save all the information, immediately you will be receiving a message confirming that you have successfully completed everything and at the same time you will be shown all your registration data, which you can download and print to take it on the day of your test if you want to or you can present it virtually.

Once you have your online registration, your travel document (ID or passport), and after paying for the test at the bank or at the cashier of the Concepción Palacios Complex, you must arrive in the morning to take the sample and present these three requirements.

To download the results online, you need to enter the Minsa website and go to the option of laboratory/result. There you will be asked for the travel document number and the sample code provided at the time of taking the sample, select the language and click on the download option.

To view or download the validation of the document, click on Validation, add the unique validation code that is found at the bottom of the document, that way the result of the person who took the test will be shown.

Are there movement restrictions within the country?

In Nicaragua, there is no curfew and there is free mobilization throughout the country. You can travel to all departments and regions through public transport.

Travelers who present a negative PCR result will be able to move freely around the country and will be followed up by telephone.

Are there commercial flights to Nicaragua?

Yes. You can enter the country via Miami, San Salvador, and Panamá with Avianca and Copa airlines.

Flights schedules are as follow:

 

Monday: 09:00 a.m. – 04:00 p.m. and 09:00 p.m.

Tuesday: 09:00 a.m. – 04:00 p.m.

Wednesday: 09:00 a.m. – 04:00 p.m. and 09:00 p.m.

Thursday: 09:00 a.m. – 04:00 p.m.

Friday: 09:00 a.m. – 04:00 p.m. and 09:00 p.m.

Saturday: 09:00 a.m. – 04:00 p.m.

Sunday: 09:00 a.m. – 04:00 p.m.

 

Wednesday: 11:00 a.m.

Thursday: 11:00 a.m.

Friday: 11:00 a.m.

Once in the national territory, you can fly internally through La Costeña.

Are there biosafety protocols?

The Nicaraguan Tourism Board (INTUR), to promote and encourage safe travel at the national level according to the new reality, in alliance with private entities has created a series of biosafety protocols aimed at supporting this sector, providing them with inputs, tools, and support on health security to offer better care for travelers and tourists in general.

Why is it safe to travel to Nicaragua?

Nicaragua recently obtained the Safe Travel Stamp, awarded by The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC).

We await you with open arms and remind you to implement the safety measures, such as constant hand washing, the use of masks and sanitary gel, and of course social distancing.

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