Nicaragua Visa and Passport Requirements

Passport required Return ticket required Visa required
Australian Yes Yes No
British Yes Yes No
Canadian Yes Yes No
EU Yes Yes No
USA Yes Yes No

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To enter Nicaragua, a passport valid for at least six months from the date of arrival is required by all nationals referred to in the chart above. US travellers only require a passport valid for the duration of their stay.

Nicaragua is party to the Central America Border Control Agreement (CA-4). Under the terms of this agreement, tourists may travel within any of the CA-4 countries (El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua) for a period of up to 90 days, without completing entry and exit formalities at border immigration checkpoints (which makes obtaining a visa for Nicaragua much easier to avoid, as Central American visa requirements are generally more relaxed). This period begins at the first point of entry into any of the CA-4 countries. Fines are applied for travellers who exceed this 90-day limit, although a 30-day extension can be made before the 90 days limit expires.


A visa for Nicaragua is not required by nationals referred to in the chart above. A visa is required by nationals of Afghanistan, Albania, Angola, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cameroon, China, Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Ghana, Haiti, India, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Mali, Montenegro, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestinian National Authority, Peru, Romania, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Ukraine, Vietnam and Yemen.

All nationals referred to in the abovementioned chart can obtain a tourist card on arrival for US$10 for tourist related and leisure stays of up to 90 days (although they can be issued for as little as 30 days), providing they hold valid travel documents and, in the case of business travellers, a letter from their employer and/or company in Nicaragua. For stays longer than this period, a visa for Nicaragua might be required, so contacting the embassy is recommended.

Nationals not referred to in the chart are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements for Nicaragua.

Types and cost

Tourist and business visas cost US$25.


Up to 30 days.

Application to

Consulate (or consular section at embassy).

Working days

Allow four to six weeks for visa processing.

Embassies and tourist offices

Embassy of the Republic of Nicaragua in the UK
Telephone: +44 20 7938 2373 Website: Opening times: Mon-Fri 1100-1600
U.S. Embassy in Nicaragua
Telephone: +505 2252 7100 Website: Opening times: Open 24 hours Mon to Thu.
Embassy of the Republic of Nicaragua in the USA
Telephone: +1 202 939 6570 Website: Opening times: Mon to Fri 0900 - 1300
British Embassy in Costa Rica
Telephone: +506 2258 2025. Website: Opening times: Mon-Thurs: 0800-1200, 1230-1600; Fri: 0830-1300.

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Visa and passport information is updated regularly and is correct at the time of publishing. You should verify critical travel information independently with the relevant embassy before you travel.