There continues to be some sporadic unrest in Nicaragua, though it can be difficult to get a clear picture of what is happening on the ground. On Wednesday it was reported that police blocked a protest march that was demanding justice for the 43 people killed in recent weeks, though for the most part it seems to be much calmer than last week.
There is further advice from the US Embassy in Nicaragua and the UK’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office below. If you are in Nicaragua or are headed there shortly, make sure you have read as much advice as possible and know what you will do if the situation deteriorates again, including knowing who to contact and how.
The FCO continues to ‘advise against all but essential travel to Nicaragua.’ The advice goes on to say that ‘if you’re in Nicaragua, you should stay well away from all demonstrations and gatherings, even if apparently peaceful, as it is against Nicaraguan law for foreigners to join marches and participation risks arrest.‘
Travel advice for Nicaragua from the following governments –
New York Times correspondent for the Caribbean and Central America Frances Robles has been sharing updates from Nicaragua – click through here to read her tweets.
Headlines + News
- The Conversation: Outrage at state violence puts Nicaragua’s president on notice
- CBS News: Nicaragua undergoing “worst political crisis” in country’s history, journalist says
- New York Times: Bring the Rule of Law to Nicaragua
- Miami Herald: Rally for embattled Nicaraguan president shows he still has lots of support
- The Conversation: Nicaragua protests threaten an authoritarian regime that looked like it might never fall
— Miami Herald (@MiamiHerald) May 2, 2018
On Monday, President Ortega scrambled to organize a rally for his supporters in Managua. Following a weekend of enthusiastic and peaceful opposition demonstrations, some are questioning the sincerity of many participants at the government’s rally https://t.co/rMtOx44KpQ
— Latin America Center (@ACLatAm) May 2, 2018
— Vladimir Duthiers (@vladduthiersCBS) May 1, 2018
Nicaragua’s authoritarian model: The violent end of Daniel Ortega’s decade of quiet
Without Venezuelan aid, he can no longer buy the support of potential adversaries to enjoy near-absolute power without oppositionhttps://t.co/J8Wx1dfgGd
— Alfons López Tena #FBPE (@alfonslopeztena) May 1, 2018
Local human rights groups say between 42 and 58 people died in recent anti-austerity protests in Nicaragua, a country with fewer people than New York City. https://t.co/bjhVLxb3v8
— Charles Davis (@charliearchy) April 30, 2018
ICYMI: A look inside the student protest movement that has rocked Nicaragua. Students say they won’t release the Polytechnic University until their demands are met. https://t.co/3q3MgZ8fQ0
— Frances Robles (@FrancesRobles) April 30, 2018
?? Thousands march to demand justice as Nicaragua protest toll hits 43 https://t.co/hNGLP1r780
— AFP Photo (@AFPphoto) April 29, 2018
— World News Tonight (@ABCWorldNews) April 29, 2018
From the FCO
There has recently been a period of street violence in many areas in Nicaragua. This has involved the use of tear gas, rubber bullets and live ammunition, resulting in serious injuries and deaths. Major routes have become impassable at times due to disorder. The situation at present appears calm but remains volatile. There continue to be marches and demonstrations that, while currently peaceful, have the potential for further violence and disorder. If you’re in Nicaragua, you should stay well away from all demonstrations and gatherings, even if apparently peaceful, as it is against Nicaraguan law for foreigners to join marches and participation risks arrest.
There is no British Embassy in Nicaragua. If you need emergency consular assistance, you should contact the British Embassy, Costa Rica, tel +506 2258 2025.
Latest US travel advisory
Event: Civil unrest throughout Nicaragua continues to affect U.S. Embassy operations and hours. Until further notice:
All routine American citizen services (U.S. passports, reports of births abroad, notarials, etc.) are available now by appointment only at https://evisaforms.state.gov.
American citizens needing emergency U.S. travel documents (for imminent travel only) may visit the Embassy between 7:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Monday through Friday.
Visa operations have resumed but remain very limited. If your non-immigrant visa appointment was cancelled, you can reschedule a new appointment by contacting the call center at 7877-7600 or visiting http://www.ustraveldocs.com.
Travel by U.S. government personnel within Nicaragua is restricted to the hours between 5:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., with restrictions on driving on Carretera Masaya North from rotunda Centroamerica and near all universities.
Actions to Take:
- If you are safe, please inform your family and friends in the United States. The Embassy is receiving a high number of calls regarding people’s welfare.
- If you feel unsafe, make personal arrangements to leave the country; commercial flights are available. There are no plans for a U.S.-government assisted evacuation.
- Except in an emergency or to depart the country, restrict travel and remain in your homes as long as the area in which you live is impacted by demonstrations and you feel safe in your home.
- Maintain adequate supplies of food, potable water, and fuel if sheltering in place.
- Move to a safer location if demonstrations are nearing your area and you can safely move.
- Monitor local media for updates on the security situation in your area.
- Avoid the areas of the demonstrations.
- Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings or protests, and do not attempt to drive through any large groups and/or barricades encountered on the street.
- Keep a low profile.
- U.S. Embassy Managua, Nicaragua
(+505)-2252-7100 (for absolute emergencies only)
- State Department – Consular Affairs 888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
- Nicaragua Country Information
- Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates
- Follow us on Facebook and Twitter
Please click through here to read the US Embassy website.
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