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Political activities and American Citizen Services, January 9-10, 2012
This Message alerts U.S. citizens of a potential protest planned for Monday, January 9, 2012, the day before the Nicaraguan presidential inauguration. A march will begin at the former Gonzalez Theater in Managua at 9:00am and will end at the National Assembly.

U.S. citizens traveling to or already in Nicaragua are reminded to maintain a high level of vigilance and to take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness. Even demonstrations that are meant to be peaceful can become violent and unpredictable. Therefore U.S. citizens are urged to exercise caution and to avoid large crowds. Be alert and aware of your surroundings and pay attention to reports in local news media.

The Nicaraguan presidential inauguration will take place on Tuesday, January 10, 2012. Due to the number of high-level foreign government representatives expected to attend, major disruptions of major transportation routes and road closures are possible in Managua. Hotel shortages are also expected in Managua on January 9-11 due to the Nicaraguan presidential inauguration.
The U.S. Embassy will be closed on Tuesday, January 10, 2012. In the event of a life or death emergency involving a U.S. citizen please call 8882-3140 or 2252-7634. For all other matters related to American citizen services, please send an email to

The U.S. Embassy in Managua is located at Km 5 ½ C. Sur Managua, Nicaragua. The U.S. Embassy in Managua can be reached 24/7 at 011-505-2252-7100. For emergencies (deaths, arrests, etc.) after hours, U.S. citizens can call this phone number and ask for the Embassy Duty Officer. The ACS unit is also available by email at

General information regarding consular services is available by calling 011-505-2252-7104. Routine services such as passports and notarial services require an appointment; you can schedule an appointment on-line . In case of an emergency please call 2252-7100.

For the latest security information, Americans traveling abroad should regularly monitor the U.S. Embassy’s website and the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs’ website, where the current Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Country Specific Information can be found. The U.S. Embassy also encourages U.S. citizens to review to "A Safe Trip Abroad", which includes valuable security information for those both living and traveling abroad. In addition to information on the Internet, travelers may obtain up-to-date information on security conditions by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the U.S. and Canada, or outside the U.S. and Canada on a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.