WHAT SHOULD YOU KNOW TO TRAVEL TO NICARAGUA?
Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required to enter?
Yes. To enter Nicaragua, citizens and foreigners must present a negative COVID-PCR/SEROLOGY test at the Augusto C. Sandino International Airport taken a maximum of 72 hours prior to entry. The COVID-19 test results should be sent electronically to the airline prior to the date of travel.
Note: For citizens arriving from Asia, Africa, and Oceania, the test must be taken a maximum of 96 hours prior to their arrival in Nicaragua.
Are land borders open?
Yes. To enter through any one of our land borders a negative PCR COVID-19 test is also required.
Note: Citizens of the CA4 member countries (Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras), may enter Nicaragua using an original and valid identification card and are exempt from paying immigration tariffs.
Are there health check procedures at the airport and other ports of entry?
Yes. All of Nicaragua’s ports of entry have biosafety protocols and procedures to detect suspected COVID-19 cases. Travelers who present a negative COVID-19 PCR test will be able to move about the country freely but follow up calls from the Ministry of Health personnel should be expected throughout their visit.
What happens if a traveler shows signs of a fever or respiratory symptoms?
International tourists who have fever or respiratory symptoms upon arrival will not be allowed to enter the country.
Nicaragua nationals who have a fever or respiratory symptoms will be allowed to enter the country and be sent to observe a strict quarantine, in keeping with to the biosafety 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, entering by air or land, must fill out an online form issued by the Ministry of Interior to provide an agile, orderly, and secure application for admission into the country. The form must be submitted a minimum of seven days prior to arrival in Nicaragua.
What you need to know to schedule and receive your Covid-19 test results online in Nicaragua
On March 16th, The Nicaragua Ministry of Health (MINSA), launched an online system that allows travelers to electronically schedule PCR-Covid-19 tests prior to travel outside of Nicaragua.
During the launch of the online system, the Secretary-General of the Nicaragua Ministry of Health, Carlos Sáenz explained that the test is administered at the Concepción Palacios Healthcare Complex in Managua
7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
Tel: 2264-7630 ; 2264-7730, ext: 1388
When will the results be delivered?
COVID-19 test results are delivered from 3:00pm to 5:00pm the day the test was administered. Test results can be obtained electronically through the Ministry of Health COVID-19 testing system or in person at the Concepción Palacios Healthcare Complex in Managua.
What is the online link to schedule and view results of a COVID-19 test in Nicaragua?
Process to schedule a COVID-19 test:
STEP 1: Select the icon that says, “Registration for a COVID-19 test” (REGISTRO PARA PRUEBAS COVID-19) this will take you to a lab registration intake form.
STEP 2: Fill in the registration form with general information of the traveler (name and surname, travel document number, telephone number, date of birth, address, or hotel)
STEP 3: Select the date that you would like to schedule your COVID-19 test.
Note: All COVID-19 tests must me taken a maximum of 72 hours prior to traveling.
STEP 4: After filling in the registration form save it and you will receive a confirmation message stating that you have successfully scheduled your COVID-19 test.
Note: Once saved the traveler must download or print his or her registration form and present it at the Concepción Palacios Healthcare Complex in Managua the day of the test.
STEP 5: On the day that the test will be administered please present a valid travel document (ID or passport) copy of the online registration form and the COVID-19 test payment voucher.
Note: COVID-19 tests can be paid online through an electronic bank transfer, at any branch of BANPRO bank or at the Concepción Palacios Healthcare Complex.
Process to download COVID-19 test results:
STEP 1: Using the Nicaragua Ministry of Health COVID-19 online testing system select the icon that says “Results” (RESULTADOS).
STEP 2: Enter the number of the travel document you used to schedule your test as well as the sample code you were given when the test was administered.
STEP 3: Select the language and click download.
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.
Process to validate COVID-19 test results:
STEP 1: Using the Nicaragua Ministry of Health COVID-19 online testing system select the icon that says “validation” (Validación).
STEP 2: Enter the Unique validation Number (Bar code) located at the bottom of your test results and click the validate button.
Are there commercial flights to Nicaragua?
Are there commercial flights to Nicaragua?
Yes. You can fly to Managua 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.
Note: In Nicaragua you can fly locally using La Costeña airlines.
Does Nicaragua have biosafety protocols?
With the new COVID-19 reality, the Nicaraguan Tourism Board (INTUR) in alliance with private entities has designed and implemented a series of biosafety protocols that seek to support the continued functioning of the tourism sector, provide quality tourism services, and promote safe travel habits.
Why is it safe to travel to Nicaragua?
“Nicaragua awaits you with open arms and we encourage you to implement the biosafety measures, such as constant hand washing use of an alcohol-based hand sanitizer and of course social distancing”.