Security Message for U.S. Citizens

Post Municipal Elections Violence and Demonstrations - November 7, 2012

This Security Message updates the Security Message sent on November 1, regarding Nicaragua's Municipal Elections.

Opposition and other leaders continue to dispute provisional results of the November 4 municipal elections. The Embassy has received reports of violence and political demonstrations in Ciudad Dario and Matiguas (Matagalpa Department), La Paz Centro (Leon Department), Macuelizo (Nueva Segovia Department) and Nueva Guinea (R.A.A.S).

The Embassy's Regional Security Office has recommended that Embassy personnel avoid nonessential travel in the northern and eastern parts of Nicaragua. U.S. government personnel have been advised to avoid areas affected by the demonstrations, and to not drive through barricades encountered on the street, to keep windows up and doors locked in their vehicles, and to carry a cell phone at all times. The Embassy has also urged its employees and family members to stay current with media coverage of local events and be aware of their surroundings at all times.

We remind U.S. citizens traveling to or already in Nicaragua to maintain a high level of vigilance, take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness, and avoid the possibility of being caught up in public disorder. Even peaceful demonstrations can become violent and unpredictable. It is advisable to avoid them if at all possible. Be alert and aware of your surroundings and pay attention to reports in local news media.

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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 American Citizen Services 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 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting FREE 1-888-407-4747 end_of_the_skype_highlighting 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 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting FREE 1-202-501-4444 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.

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