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Tips, documentation and requirements to travel to Nicaragua

If you want to enter Nicaragua as a tourist, you should keep in mind that, depending on your nationality, some immigration or other requirements are required. It is also important to know the vaccines that are mandatory and recommended to enter the country.

Below you have an index with all the points that we are going to deal with in this article.

Required Documentation

Depending on the nationality of the traveler, the requirements to travel to Nicaragua vary. While some countries are required to have a visa, others only need the ID.

ID and passport

Nicaragua has a free mobility agreement with El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, so the citizens of these territories will only need their National Identity Document (DNI) to travel to this country.

On the other hand, this is the list of countries that do not need a visa, but they do passport, for stays of up to 90 days. This document must be valid for a minimum of six months at the time of the trip:

  • TO: Germany, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia and Austria
  • B: Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belgium, Belize, Brazil, Brunei-Darussal and Bulgaria
  • C: Canada, Chile, Cyprus, Vatican City, South Korea, Costa Rica and Croatia
  • D: Dinarmarca
  • AND: Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, United States and Estonia
  • F: Finland and France
  • G: Greece
  • H: Holland, Hong Kong and Hungary
  • I: Ireland, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Marshall Islands and Solomon Islands
  • J: Japan
  • K: Kuwait
  • L: Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania and Luxembourg
  • M: Macedonia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Malta, Mexico and Monaco
  • N: Norway and New Zealand
  • P: Panama, Paraguay, Poland and Portugal
  • Q: Qatar
  • R: United Kingdom, Czech Republic and Romania
  • S: St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Marino, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Lucia, Sao Tome and Principe, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden and Switzerland
  • T: Taiwan, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey and Tuvalu
  • OR: Uruguay
  • V: Vanuatu

In addition to the passport, in order to enter the country, the traveler is requested a return ticket to the place of origin and evidence of having economic means to stay in Nicaragua.


The rest of the countries that do not appear in the list do need a visa to enter Nicaragua as tourists. Among these territories are Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela. This visa can be requested at any consulate.

However, there are other states that are required to visa consulted, that is, it has to be approved by the General Directorate of Migration and Foreigners. Among these countries are Cuba and Haiti.

In order to manage the visa, it is necessary to have a passport with a minimum validity of six months on the day of departure, as well as fill out an application form.

Other requirements

Minors who wish to enter Nicaragua will need their own passport. In addition, if they travel alone or with only one parent, they will generally need an official authorization signed by both parents.

On the other hand, it is allowed to travel to this country with pets. If you are going to do it by plane, check with the airline the conditions to transport the animal on the flight. In the following article, you can find information about all of them: List of the world's leading airlines by country.

Also, dogs and cats must have a veterinary certificate that demonstrates the animal's good health. In addition, it is essential to carry a vaccination certificate in which it is reflected that you are vaccinated against rabies.


If you come from a country in South America, it is required Get vaccinated against yellow fever. Children under five years of age worldwide should get vaccinated against the following disorders:

  • Polio
  • DPT
  • MMR
  • Rubella
  • Measles
  • Parotitis

On the other hand, the recommended vaccines are those of measles, diphtheria and tetanus, and tuberculosis for children. Similarly, there are some viral diseases present for which there are no vaccines.

These viruses include dengue, chikungunya and zika, which are most present between June and January. The most affected area is Managua. These diseases are transmitted through the bite of a mosquito.

The most important recommendations to prevent the spread of these viruses are the following:

  • Wear clothes that cover the entire body
  • Use insect repellents
  • Avoid places where exposure to these mosquitoes is high
  • Cover water and other liquids containers

Also, even today there may be temporary outbreaks of leptospirosis, cholera and malaria. On the other hand, the traveler can suffer from diarrheal diseases, intestinal parasites and conjunctivitis.

Therefore, the most important advice is to take hygienic precautions, such as drinking bottled water, washing raw fruits and vegetables, and avoiding taking food from street stalls.


The neighboring countries of Nicaragua, Honduras and Costa Rica have the possibility to reach this territory by land. In the case of Costa Rica, there are several requirements that must be met to cross the border, whose border crossings are Peñas Blancas and Las Tablillas.

To leave Costa Rica, a fee of eight dollars per person must be paid, either in advance at a Bancrédito bank or at the border ATMs, which only accept a credit card.

In addition, three dollars are paid to fumigate the car and insurance must be contracted, which in the case of being for 30 days costs twelve dollars. In addition, five dollars are disbursed for the right of movement.

With all these payments, you get permission to circulate in El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua for ninety days, since, as we have explained, they have a free movement agreement.

As for people, one dollar of municipal tax and about 12 as entrance tax must be paid. It is advisable to carry several photocopies of the passport.

On the other hand, if you decide to travel to the country By planeOn arrival you have to purchase a tourist card that has a value of 10 dollars. As for the departure, a tax of $ 44 is paid, which is destined to the National Airport System.

Whether you arrive by land or by air, at the border control or airport, all people have to go through a remote body temperature scanner, in order to maintain the security of the country.

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