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Nicaragua: Civil Unrest

During mid to late April 2018 violent protests occured throughout Nicaragua, particularly in Managua, Masaya, Leon and Esteli. Street violence involved tear gas, rubber bullets and live ammunition, resulting in many serious injuries and at least 10 fatalities. Some Government buildings were damaged, and troops were deployed in several cities. Various marches and demonstrations have continued in May 2018, and there is potential for further violence and disorder. Access to the Managua International Airport and to the area of Carretera a Masaya (where universities, shopping malls and restaurants are located) may continue to be affected.


We advise all New Zealanders in Nicaragua to avoid all protests, demonstrations and political rallies as even those intended to be peaceful have the potential to turn violent. Monitor local media for further information and updates and follow the advice of local authorities. Restrict your movements if protests are taking place near where you are, and avoid central Managua and universities if possible.


Take extra precautions such as avoiding crowds and remaining vigilant. Have flexible travel plans and contact your airline for the latest information regarding flights to and from Nicaragua. Stay in touch with family and friends to keep them updated on your welfare, and to ensure they know how to reach you in an emergency.


New Zealanders in Nicaragua requiring consular assistance can contact the New Zealand Embassy in Mexico City, Mexico which is accredited to Nicaragua on +52 55 528 39460 or email After business hours, the Embassy can be contacted on +52 (1) 55 5413 0654 or at


We also advise New Zealanders in Nicaragua to update their registration information or take this opportunity to register with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

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