Nicaragua Vaccinations and Travel Advice

Nicaragua Vaccinations and Travel Advice

While traveling to Nicaragua, please keep in mind some routine vaccines such as Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, etc.

Despite the turmoil and wars that ravaged the country, Nicaragua has lost none of its wonders. Virgin pristine beaches, vast plains, lakes and lagoons, tropical forest, volcanic landscapes and colonial architecture, this place has managed to preserve its charm. From the calm crystalline waters of the Caribbean Sea to the mighty waves of the Pacific, water sports enthusiasts will surely be thrilled. For a great adrenaline rush, hit the slopes of an active volcano, try diving in underwater caves or defy the mountain ranges of Nicaragua. Although the country has decided to focus on its future, the remains of its colonial past remain such as the cathedral of Managua or the one of Leon. The splendid city of Granada is also full of interesting architectures.

While traveling to Nicaragua, please keep in mind some routine vaccines such as Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, etc.
A stunning view in Nicaragua

What vaccines do I need for Nicaragua in 2021?

The Government of Canada and CDC recommend the following vaccinations for travelling to Nicaragua in 2021: MeaslesHepatitis ATyphoidHepatitis BMalariaRabies, Flu, COVID-19.

Recommended travel vaccinations for Nicaragua

VaccineDisease Transmission
Traveler’s diarrheaContaminated water/food
Hepatitis A
Hepatitis BContaminated body fluids
(blood, sex, razors, needles, etc.)
RabiesInfected Animals
InfluenzaAirborne Droplets

Recommended Medication for Travelling to Nicaragua

MedicationAdditional Information
Ciprofloxacin, Azithromycin or SupraxAntibiotic in case of traveler’s diarrhea
Malarone, Doxycycline or MefloquineRecommended anti-malaria medication

Medical Care in Nicaragua

Medical care is limited in Nicaragua, especially outside of city centers. If you require hospital treatment, it is advisable to use Hospital Metropolitano Vivian Pellas and Bautista Hospital, which provide all types of care.

Pharmacies are plentiful but note that drugs come from Mexico or El Salvador and are available with or without a prescription. If you use prescription drugs, it is safer to bring your medications with you.

The number to dial for an ambulance is 128, and you will be transported to a local public hospital. You can also request to be taken to a private medical center.

Is Nicaragua Safe for Travel?

Safety and Security Descriptive
Crime Risk of violence
Protests High risk of violence
Armes conflicts Avoid the Northern Caribbean Autonomous Region
Road safety Carjack risk; Avoid areas near Bonanza, La Rosita and Siuna
Demonstrations Risk of violence
Public transportation Avoid public transportation; Unsafe and unreliable
Women’s safety Risk present
Health Zika virusChikungunya and Dengue fever warning
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Do I Need a Visa to Visit Nicaragua?

Prior to travel, make sure you check with your transportation company about any passport requirements. This is important as in some cases their regulations on passport validity may be more strict than those of the destination country.

Only a passport is required to enter Nicaragua for tourist trips under 30 days as well as for business trips. Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the date of departure.

Longer trips require a tourist card, similar to a visa, which can be bought in Nicaragua for 10$ US.

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Embassy of Canada to Nicaragua information

When travelling to another country, it is important to know where the Canadian embassy is located in the event of:

  • A legal problem
  • A lost passport
  • The need to report a crime

It is advisable to make a copy of your original passport in case you lose it.

Canadian Embassy to Nicaragua (MANAGUA)
Street Address:
De Los Pipitos, 2 Blocks West, El Nogal Street No.
25, Bolonia, Managua, Nicaragua

Tel.: 505-2268-0433 or 505-2268-3323
Fax: 505-2268-0437

Email: [email protected]

Canadian Embassy to Costa Rica (SAN JOSÉ)
Street Address:
La Sabana Executive Business Centre, Building No. 5, 3rd Floor, behind the Contraloría General de la República, San José, Costa Rica

Tel.: 506 2242-4400
Fax: 506 2242-4410

Email: [email protected]

Please note that this is the website for the Canadian Embassy in Costa Rica.

Click here to access the embassy’s website