Nicaragua practical information COVID-19

The following general recommendations and requirements should be considered when traveling to Nicaragua.

Source of information

The entry requirements for nationals and foreigners, and actions to take in case of presenting symptoms of Covid-19 upon entry are established in Ministerial Resolution, number 309-2022 of June 16th, 2022.

Requirements for entering the country

Proof of vaccination or negative PCR test

Travelers will not have to present a negative COVID-19 test for entry as long as they can provide physical- or digital proof of at least 2 (two) doses or complete vaccination scheme endorsed by the WHO, equal to or greater than 14 days after the last dose.

Approved vaccines are Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, Janssen, Covishield, Sputnik V, Sputnik Light, Soberana 02, Abdala, Sinopharm and Coviran. A complete vaccination scheme consists of two doses of the mentioned vaccines. In the case of Janssen and Sputnik Light a single dose is required.

Non-vaccinated or partially vaccinated travelers will be required to present a negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test taken no more than 72 hours prior to their arrival time in Panama.

Yellow Fever

For travelers from Countries with risk of Yellow Fever transmission proof of Yellow Fever vaccine (original booklet) is required. Listed countries:

  • South America: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Guyana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, and Venezuela.
  • Africa: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Niger, Nigeria, Democratic Republic of Congo, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Sudan, South Sudan, Togo and Uganda.

Travelers with a connecting flight who do not leave the terminal are exempt, just as passengers with medical contraindications who cannot be vaccinated against yellow fever, and Children under 1 year of age and adults over 60 years of age.

Where a PCR test is taken, if needed

Location, requirement and cost

The test is being conducted by MINSA only, at the Conchita Palacios national health complex in Managua. You will have to bring your identity card (passport), ticket or flight itinerary, and proof of payment. Payment can be done onsite in cash, or by bank transfer to the following account: 10010012253774 (account in USD) at Banco de la Producción (Banpro), in the name of TGR-MINSA. The value is 150 USD per test. Travelers are advised to pre-register on the following website  (Spanish only), after making payment.

Schedule and delivery time

The test is being carried out from Monday to Saturday from 7am to 10:40am and the results are being delivered the day the sample is taken, between 2pm and 5pm. If you preregistered you do not need to pick up the results, in that case they can be downloaded and printed out. On Sundays no testing is available, please keep this in mind when purchasing your flights.

Assistance

If you need assistance with payment, registration- and confirmation of your testing appointment, please let us know at time of quotation, so we can include the associated costs in your tailored travel proposal.

Protocol

As your local agency we are committed to your safety and have established an internal protocol with recommendations and suggestions. We maintain a 24/7 emergency number that will be available at any time (+505) 7872-0076 during your stay in the country.

Measures to be followed to ensure health and safety:

  • During the meet & greet and before the tour your guide will provide a briefing with the clients to inform the measures to be followed and recommended, if relevant.
  • Vehicles will be washed before services and disinfected by drivers, on a regular basis, with special attention on common areas: handholds and armrests.
  • Alcohol gel containers are available on vehicles.
  • Staff wear masks during transfers, tours and activities

General recommendations to share with clients

  • Avoid direct contact when greeting, such as hugging, shaking, hands, etc.
  • Use personal protective gear such as face masks and alcohol-based hand sanitizers throughout the trip, especially in crowded areas or when making contact.
  • We can recommend places where you can get personal protective gear (local pharmacies or authorized distributors).
  • Minimize the use of cash, replacing it with the use of a credit/debit card, with the premise of disinfecting it after use.
  • Contact us at the emergency number (7872-0076) in case of any relevant symptom (fever, cough, difficulty breathing or body pain).

Important notes:

Please note that airlines may require passengers to fill out an electronic form up to 7 days before the scheduled flight. Please follow-up with your airline should you receive such a request to avoid your booking from being cancelled.

Travelers bringing professional camera equipment or binoculars might require a permit, and risk retention and safeguarding of gear by customs.

Drones are not permitted, upon detection they will be retained by the police or safeguarded by customs.

Nicaragua has established a ban on electronic smoking devices, prohibiting the use of e-cigarettes and similar devices, with or without nicotine. Customs officials are likely to confiscate these products upon arrival.

In case of doubts on the above, please contact your travel planner.