Travel Advisory for Nicaragua

Some Facts about the Country Nicaragua in Central America

Capital City

Managua

Nicaragua airport

MGA – Augusto C. Sandino International Airport

Language

The official language is Spanish, however English is spoken as well at the Caribbean coast, bigger cities and on Corn Island.

Time Zone

GMT – 5

Nicaragua’s flag

It is composed of three horizontal lines in a pattern of blue-white-blue. In the middle of the stripe, the national coat of arms lies in the shape of a triangle.

Travel Documents

Your passport should be valid for at least six months after departure from Nicaragua. Please note that passport requirements can change in a short notice. Therefore, we advise you to check the passport requirements with the embassy or consulate of your country.

Visa

A visa is not required if your stay is shorter than 90 days in Nicaragua.
Please note that visa requirements can change in a short notice. Therefore, we advise you to check the visa requirements with the embassy or consulate of your country.

Airport Tax

Upon departure from Nicaragua you are required to pay a departure tax of around 35 dollars per person. The amount is subject to local changes.

Currency

Córdoba (NIO)

Bank Facilities

Bank cards are accepted at ATM’s with a Cirrus- or Maestrologo. Usually if you use your bankcard, it is less expensive than using your credit-card at an ATM. Credit-cards are accepted in the larger hotels and restaurant. American dollars are widely accepted.

Cuisine

The Nicaraguan cuisine is simple. Like most South-American countries, the main meal consists of beans, mais and rice. Chicken is also very popular as is it can be eaten in several ways for example in soup, breaded, grilled and fried. You can try out a typical native dish such as ‘gallo pinto’ and ‘quesillos’ on the streets. Gallo pinto consists of rice, beans, served with eggs. Quesillos are tortillas with cheese and unions. At the coast people mainly eat fish. In this area the food is prepared differently then in the rest of the country. The dishes are spicy and rice is usually cooked in coconut milk instead of water.

Vaccinations

Vaccinations against yellow fever are mandatory when traveling from a yellow fever infected area, seven days prior to your arrival in Nicaragua.

Furthermore, there are no vaccinations required to entry Nicaragua. However, you are being advised to take precautions against hepatitis A, diphtheria, tetanus and polio. Malaria occurs in some parts of the country, therefore precautions against malaria are also advised. Also, you are being advised to discuss your travel plans with a health- care provider to determine which vaccination you might need.

Health

While traveling in Nicaragua, you are being advised to avoid tap water, fountain drinks and ice cubes. Also try to avoid street-food and always wash your hands before eating.

Voltage

The electricity current is 120 volts; 60Hz. Nicaragua generally accepts the following plug:

  • Flat blade plug

Weather in Nicaragua

Nicaragua has a subtropical climate which means that the seasons are not distinct and there is not much of a difference in temperature throughout the year. Nicaragua has a dry and rain season. The rain season starts approximately in May until October. The most rainfall is in September and October.