The Canadian Government has warned visitors to Nicaragua to remain aware of the potential for future protests and violent clashes. While the country has largely returned to calm following the unrest of last year, protests still occur.

Travel advice

  • Avoid demonstrations and large crowds. Be aware violence could occur without warning.
  • Review your travel risk management plan, so you know what to do in an emergency.
  • Make sure you have the contact information of your travel insurance company and your local embassy stored in a secure offline location.
  • Monitor local media. If you are using Twitter to search, add the term ‘filter:verified’ to the search bar to see results from verified accounts only.
  • If possible, set aside some supplies of food and bottled water.
  • Keep your devices charged.
  • Check in with friends and family.
  • If something does happen, contact the local embassy as soon as it is safe to do so.

Official travel advice

From the Canadian Government’s Travel Advice website

In 2018, major protests broke out throughout the country following the announcement of cuts to pension and social security programs. These protests led to violent clashes, which caused hundreds of casualties.

Although the situation has since returned to a relative calm, it remains unpredictable. Political demonstrations, civil unrest and outbreaks of violence may occur at any time.

Demonstrations occur regularly, particularly in Managua. Periodic violence occurs on the streets as a result of protests.

This can lead to disruptions to traffic and public transportation. Access to the Augusto C. Sandino International Airport and to the area of Carretera a Masaya in Managua may be affected.

According to the Nicaraguan constitution, it is illegal for foreigners to participate in Nicaraguan political affairs, including demonstrations and protests. Participation may result in detention and/or deportation.

Even peaceful demonstrations can turn violent at any time.

  • Avoid areas where demonstrations and large gatherings are taking place
  • Follow the instructions of local authorities
  • Monitor local media for information on ongoing demonstrations

More about mass gatherings (large-scale events)

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