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Nicaragua: Civil Unrest

There has been a prolonged period of political unrest and street violence in many areas in Nicaragua since mid-April 2018. This has involved the use of tear gas, rubber bullets and live ammunition, causing many serious casualties and fatalities. There is potential for further violence and disorder – marches and demonstrations continue, particularly in and around Managua and Masaya. Major transport routes are frequently blocked, including land borders, and crime has increased significantly since the protests began, resulting in looting and food shortages.


We advise New Zealanders in Nicaragua to avoid all protests, demonstrations and political rallies as even those intended to be peaceful have the potential to turn violent. It is illegal in Nicaragua for foreigners to be involved in protests or local politics. Monitor local media for further information and updates and follow the advice of local authorities. Restrict your movements if protests are taking place near where you are, and avoid Masaya if possible.


Take extra precautions such as avoiding crowds and remaining vigilant. Don’t travel at night. Have flexible travel plans, keep departure options under review and contact your airline for the latest information regarding flights to and from Nicaragua. Stay in touch with family and friends to keep them updated on your welfare, and to ensure they know how to reach you in an emergency.


New Zealanders in Nicaragua requiring consular assistance can contact the New Zealand Embassy in Mexico City, Mexico which is accredited to Nicaragua on +52 55 528 39460 or email After business hours, the Embassy can be contacted on +52 (1) 55 5413 0654 or at


We also advise New Zealanders in Nicaragua to update their registration information or take this opportunity to register with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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