Warden Message – Nicaragua’s Municipal Elections on November 9

November 7, 2008

This Warden Message updates the Warden Message sent on October 29 regarding Nicaragua’s Municipal Elections.

Based on recent increases in violence, and the possibility of violence during and after the elections on Sunday, the U.S. Embassy has taken increased security precautions, beyond those stated in the previous Warden Message (http://nicaragua.usembassy.gov/november_9_2008.html). Specifically, U.S. Embassy personnel have been directed to avoid all non-essential travel within Nicaragua, including in and around Managua, during and immediately following the elections.

Due to the holiday declared by the Government of Nicaragua for Monday, November 10, the Consular Section will be closed for routine services. The U.S. Embassy will also be closed on Tuesday, November 11, for Veterans Day. The U.S. Embassy will re-open on Wednesday, November 12.

The National Police have issued a press release listing prohibitions and restricted areas. The press release and an information translation of selected excerpts are attached to this Warden Message.

Americans traveling abroad should regularly monitor the U.S. Embassy’s website (http://nicaragua.usembassy.gov) and the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Consular Affairs’ website www.travel.state.gov, 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," found at http://travel.state.gov/travel/tips/safety/safety_1747.html , 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.

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 011-505-252-7100. 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 ACS.Managua@state.gov.

General information regarding consular services is available by calling 011-505-252-7888. Non-emergency services for U.S. citizens are available Monday through Friday, 1:00 to 3:00 PM, except on Nicaraguan and U.S. holidays.