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Nicaragua travel and visitor guide with hotel, airport, airline and vacation information. Nicaragua offers virgin beaches, colonial cities, tropical forests and the second largest lake of Latin America.

Ecotourism has great potential in Nicaragua, as the country is rich in biodiversity. It has 76 Protected Areas that represent 18% of their territory. Forty-five kilometers from the capital, in the City of Granada, you can take excursions on board a kayak and tour the canals in Las Isletas in the Great Lake. The National Sports Fishing Tournament is held in September in the San Juan River. This event brings together enthusiasts from Nicaragua and the exterior. Some hotels and tour operators offer plans for sports fishing activities. Nicaragua's Pacific beaches range from the Gulf of Fonseca in the north – at the Honduran border – to the border with Costa Rica in the south.

Rapid expansion of the tourist industry has made it the nation's third-largest source of foreign exchange. Some 60,000 Americans visit Nicaragua yearly--primarily business people, tourists, and those visiting relatives. An estimated 5,300 U.S. citizens reside in the country. The U.S. Embassy's consular section provides a full range of consular services--from passport replacement and veteran's assistance to prison visitation and repatriation assistance.

The Managua International Airport (Augusto C Sandino Airport Code: MGA) is located at kilometer 11 on the north highway, outside the Managua city limits. Among the commercial airlines that operate in Nicaragua are: American Airlines, Continental Airlines, Grupo Taca, Copa Airlines, Iberia, Atlantic Airlines and Aerocaribbean. Some of the cargo airlines are: United Parcel Service (UPS), Fine Airlines (Arrow Air), Royal Antillas Air, Taca Cargo and Copa Cargo. Visit our Airports & Airlines section for more airport and airline information.

THE NICARAGUAN INSTITUTE OF TOURISM (INTUR) is the regulatory body of the government of the Republic of Nicaragua which manages and applies national tourism policy.  This Institute is responsible for the promotion, development and expansion of tourism in Nicaragua.

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Passport, Visa & Embassy Information

A valid U.S. passport is required to enter Nicaragua. U.S. citizens must have an onward or return ticket and evidence of sufficient funds to support themselves during their stay. A visa is not required for U.S. citizens; however, a tourist card must be purchased ($5.00) upon arrival. Tourist cards are typically issued for 30 to 90 days.

A valid entry stamp is required to exit Nicaragua. Pay attention to the authorized stay that will be written into your entry stamp by the immigration inspector. Visitors remaining more than the authorized time must obtain an extension from Nicaraguan Immigration. Failure to do so prevents departure until a fine is paid.

There is also a $32 departure tax, the payment of which may or may not be included in your ticket.  If not, payment can be made at the counter.

The U.S. Embassy in Nicaragua is located at Kilometer 4.5, Carretera Sur, Managua (tel. country code 505, phone 266-6010). Letters mailed in the U.S. should be addressed to American Embassy Managua, APO AA 34021.

Consular Information Sheets and Travel Warnings also are available on the Consular Affairs Internet home page: http://travel.state.gov. Consular Affairs Tips for Travelers publication series, which contain information on obtaining passports and planning a safe trip abroad, are on the Internet and hard copies can be purchased from the Superintendent of Documents, U.S. Government Printing Office, telephone: 202-512-1800; fax 202-512-2250.

Travelers can check the latest health information with the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta, Georgia. A hotline at 877-FYI-TRIP (877-394-8747) and a web site at http://www.cdc.gov/travel/index.htm give the most recent health advisories, immunization recommendations or requirements, and advice on food and drinking water safety for regions and countries.

U.S. citizens who are long-term visitors or traveling in dangerous areas are encouraged to register their travel via the State Department’s travel registration web site at https://travelregistration.state.gov or at the Consular section of the U.S. embassy upon arrival in a country by filling out a short form and sending in a copy of their passports. This may help family members contact you in case of an emergency.