Nicaragua Vaccinations and Travel Advice
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.
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 virus, Chikungunya and Dengue fever warning|
|Risk level||AVOID NON ESSENTIAL TRAVEL|
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)
De Los Pipitos, 2 Blocks West, El Nogal Street No.
25, Bolonia, Managua, Nicaragua
Tel.: 505-2268-0433 or 505-2268-3323
Email: [email protected]
Canadian Embassy to Costa Rica (SAN JOSÉ)
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.