About Nicaragua2023-04-21T18:02:38+00:00

Data of interest

The name Nicaragua comes from an aboriginal word, of Nahuatl root, with which the narrow territory that today separates Lake Cocibolca from the Pacific Ocean was called during the Spanish conquest. It was taken from the cacique who dominated that territory at the arrival of the first conquerors: Nicarao. The term also came to be applied, by extension, to the tribe that occupied that region: Los Nicaraguas or Niquiranos.

  • 15 Departments and 2 Autonomous Regions

  • Spanish is the official language of the State. The languages ​​of the Communities of the Caribbean Coast of Nicaragua will also have official use in the cases established by law.

  • Nicaragua is a secular country.

  • Córdoba (exact exchange rate consult in https://www.bcn.gob.ni/). US dollars are accepted in all commercial establishments.

  • Tropical climate, there are two seasons: dry (November – April) and rainy (May – October). The average climate is warm, oscillating around 31 °C.

  • Time zone is: GMT–‐6:00

  • Electricity is 110V 60 Hz, using the same type of plug with two horizontal lines.


What are the immigration requirements to enter the country?2022-06-17T22:34:36+00:00

To enter the country you must:

  1. Enter through an authorized border control post.
  2. Present a passport valid for more than 6 months or a migratory document recognized by Nicaragua.
  3. Carry entry visa if required or residence card.
  4. Comply with the procedures and tariffs established for immigration clearance.


Category A: visa-exempt.

Category B: consular visa, without consultation or border visa. Cost of USD$ 50.00.

Category C: consulted visa, the requirements for the granting of the visa, must be presented by the foreign citizen before the diplomatic and/or consular representation of Nicaragua abroad.

It is recommended to fill out the online form, for an agile and secure entry, seven days before entering the country.


The General Health Law and its reforms, for the control and prevention of diseases, establishes for entering the country in relation to the International Certificate of Vaccination against Yellow Fever, that all travelers from a country with risk of transmission of the disease, According to the list of the World Health Organization, WHO, it is required to present a yellow fever vaccination certificate or card.

They will not present an international yellow fever vaccination certificate:

  • Travelers transiting through a country at risk of transmission
  • People from countries without risk of transmission, who stay in Panama for no less than 24 hours
  • Under 1 year old or over 60 years old
  • Supported by medical evidence pregnant women, lactating women, people with allergies to eggs and with impaired immunity


Tourist fee:

Every foreigner upon entering the country must pay an amount of  $10.00 dollars or its equivalent in national currency in tourist card concept. Citizens of the CA-4 Agreement countries (Honduras, El Salvador, Guatemala and Nicaragua) are exempt from this fee.

When entering the country through the land border posts, they must pay:

  1. $5.00 dollars or its equivalent in national currency in concept of entry of a vehicle.
  2. $10.00 dollars or its equivalent in national currency in concept of entry of a microbus.
  3. $15.00 dollars or its equivalent in national currency in bus entry concept.


No, as of June 16, 2022, Nicaragua eliminated the negative PCR test requirement to enter the country, being replaced by a complete vaccination schedule against covid-19, which must be presented by travellers, passengers and crew at any of the border posts (air, land or sea).

The year of application of vaccines will not be an impediment and the complete schedule corresponds to two doses that can be of the same vaccine or combined, and in the case of Sputnik Light and Janssen/Johnson & Johnson, one dose. The vaccination card or certificate may be presented physically or digitally, says the Ministry of Health.

The country accepts all vaccines approved by the World Health Organization, WHO, or registered in Nicaragua: Sputnik V, Sputnik Light, Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Covishield, Soberana 02, Abdala, Janssen, Sinopharm and Coviran.

Those people who do not comply with the complete vaccination schedule must present a negative result of RT-PCR for covid-19 (nasopharyngeal swab), with 72 hours from the sampling to the entry of the country.

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Is a PCR test required to enter the country?2023-07-26T21:39:18+00:00

No, as of July 21, 2023, it will no longer be necessary for tourists and nationals entering the country, through any of the border posts, to present evidence of vaccination or refusal for the virus.

Are our borders open?2022-03-01T20:13:45+00:00

Yes, all our country borders are open for entry.

Is it necessary to fill out a form to enter the country?2022-03-02T14:32:11+00:00

Citizens who enter the country by air must fill out the entry/exit card, duly completing the required information, especially the contact in the country.

Due to the pandemic, to avoid crowds, and to guarantee an agile and safe entry, it is recommended that you fill out the online Form before entering the country.


What are the health control procedures used at the different border posts?2022-06-17T22:24:10+00:00

At all border control posts in the country, there are established protocols to guarantee the safety of all those who visit the country. Temperature controls are carried out on all those who enter and follow-up by telephone by the Ministry of Health.

What happens if a traveler has a fever or respiratory symptoms?2022-02-17T19:55:22+00:00

Those citizens of other nationalities who present a temperature or any respiratory symptoms upon arrival in the country will not be allowed to enter. Nationals will be able to enter and will go to home shelter, according to the protocol established by the Ministry of Health (MINSA).


If you are in Nicaragua and need help, do not hesitate to dial the following telephone lines 

  • White cross: 128

  • Firefighters:115

  • Police: 118

  • International Airport: 2276-9180

  • minsa : 2264-7630, 2264-7730, Ext: 1388

  • Migration and Foreign Affairs: 2251-2271 / 2251-2272

  • National Port Company: 2222-2059 / 2268-0252

  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs: 2244-8000 / 2244-8007

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