Travel Alert

Bureau of Consular Affairs

This information is current as of today, Mon Nov 17 15:48:40 2008.
November 15, 2008

The Department of State warns U.S. citizens about heightened security concerns in Nicaragua, and advises U.S. citizens traveling to or already in Nicaragua to maintain a high level of vigilance and to take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness. This Travel Alert expires on December 12, 2008.

Municipal elections across Nicaragua took place on November 9, 2008. Violent demonstrations followed and witnesses have reported numerous injuries. The situation remains fluid. Street protests and or clashes are likely to continue in the coming days and can be unpredictable in time, place, and intensity.

Activities observed during protests include but are not limited to tear gas, rubber bullets, setting off fireworks, rock-throwing, tire burning, road blocks, bus and vehicle burning, and physical violence between law enforcement and protestors or between political rivals. Activities tend to become increasingly violent in the early afternoon. Passersby and observers are not immune from the effects of these protests.
We remind U.S. citizens that even events intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and possibly escalate into violence. We urge American citizens to avoid the affected areas if possible, and to exercise caution when in the vicinity of any large gathering. U.S. citizens should monitor media coverage of local events and be aware of their surroundings at all times.