U.S. Issues Travel Alert to Nicaragua

Because travelers must expect delays before returning to the U.S. and the Nicaraguan government arbitrarily enforces laws, the U.S. government is urging its citizens to reconsider traveling to the Central American country.

Friday, February 5, 2021

The Nicaraguan government arbitrarily enforces laws for political purposes. Throughout Nicaragua, government officials and law enforcement continue to target those who oppose President Ortega's government, the document explains.

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Alert issued by the U.S. government:

February 4, 2021. Reconsider travel to Nicaragua due to Covid-19, limited availability of medical care, and arbitrary enforcement of laws. Exercise increased caution in Nicaragua due to crime.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a Level 4 Travel Health Advisory for Nicaragua due to COVID-19. Travelers should expect delays returning to the U.S. AND there is reduced flight availability.

The Nicaraguan government arbitrarily enforces laws for political purposes. Throughout Nicaragua, government officials and law enforcement continue to target those who oppose President Ortega's government. It has been reported that the government and its affiliated groups:

-Systematically target opposition figures (regardless of nationality), including former allies, political activists, business representatives, clergy, human rights defenders, and members of the press.
-Arbitrarily detain pro-democracy advocates.
-Prevent certain individuals from leaving Nicaragua by air or land for political reasons.
-Arbitrarily confiscate and/or search private property, including personal telephones and computers, for anti-government content.
-Arbitrarily detain persons on unfounded charges of terrorism, money laundering and organized crime for political reasons.

Travelers should exercise extra caution and be alert to crime risks, including violent crimes such as sexual assault and armed robbery.

Poor infrastructure in some parts of the country limits the Embassy's ability to assist U.S. citizens in emergencies. U.S. government personnel may be subject to restrictions on their movements at any time.



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