Nicaragua practical information COVID-19

The following general recommendations and requirements should be taken into account when traveling to Nicaragua, and during your visit.

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 346-2020 and a press release of MINSA of July 17th, 2020.

The adopted measures in case of symptoms upon arrival include being examined and tested by a medical unit of MINSA, and follow-up in case of continuing symptoms or a positive PCR test. Quarantine is not required.

Requirements for entering the country

Present negative PCR test

Before entering the country, a test must be done and presented with negative results, to be valid, the test must be done in a period no longer than 72 hours before arrival and will be required at any border.

Border controls

International travelers who present fever or respiratory symptoms upon arrival will not be allowed to enter the country. Travelers who present a negative test and do not have any symptoms will be allowed to move around freely.

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 each activity the guide will provide a briefing with the clients to inform the measures to be followed and recommended.
  • Prepare and place signs in visible places on vehicles to reinforce generic measures to minimize risks of contamination, as well as recommended customer behavior.
  • 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 will wear masks during transfers, tours and activities.
  • The guide will invite clients to notify if they present health symptoms, indicating that there is a procedure in place to follow up.

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 note:

In case of symptoms, we reserve the right to remove an affected client from the tour as a safety measure, protecting staff, providers and possible other group members, suggesting client to stay in their room and request room service. We would inform the travel agency and recommend private medical assistance (clients' expense).