Inexplicable Obstacle to Tourism

A new measure imposed by Nicaraguan immigration authorities requires foreigners who intend to enter the country to file a "notice of entry" seven days in advance.

Thursday, August 3, 2017

The Nicaraguan business sector, particularly companies working in the tourism industry, regret the government's decision to implement this measure. The only thing it does is to discourage the entry of foreigners, who in their vast majority come to the country to take part in tourist activities. Complaints have arisen from El Salvador and other nations about the difficulties of this new measure, especially from tour operators and tourist companies that manage trips to Nicaragua from neighboring countries.

See: "Nicaragua: Numbers of the Tourism Sector in 2016"

Lucy Valenti, president of the National Chamber of Tourism of Nicaragua (Canatur), told Elnuevodiario.com.ni: "..."We have had complaints from people who have come by land from Honduras, tour operators from Costa Rica, who complain about having to send a listing 7 days in advance when there are tourist groups that can travel from one day to the next. We must clarify what is meant by tourism, because it is causing us a problem to our image," added the president of Canatur."

See "Nicaragua: How to Take Advantage of Adventure Tourism"

"... Canatur is hoping for a review of the measure and recognition of the impact, so that it can be reversed in order to safeguard tourism. The immigration notice states that seven days in advance foreigners must fill out an entry form and attach the list of people who will travel with their travel document number.  "Whether it is a personal, family or group visit, to participate in tourism, cultural, religious, sports, business, or any other activities."

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