Nicaragua Entry Requirements

Nicaragua Entry Requirements

Passport and visa regulations


Passport required visa required Return ticket required
Turkey Yes No/1 Yes
Other EU countries Yes No/1 Yes
Switzerland Yes No/1 Yes
Austria Yes No/1 Yes
Germany Yes No/1 Yes

Passport information

Generally required, must still be valid for at least 6 months upon entry.

Visa information

Generally required, with the exception of nationals of the following countries listed in the table above for stays of up to 90 days in Nicaragua or in the CA-4 region (El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua): a) Germany, Austria and all other EU countries, b) Switzerland and c) Turkey. Tourist Card [1] Citizens of these countries and others must purchase a tourist card upon arrival for US$10 (plus entry and exit fees of US$2 each) which entitles them to stay up to 3 months provided they have valid documents for the return or onward journey and sufficient funds;

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Varies depending on the nationality of the applicant. Information can be obtained from the responsible consular representatives (see contact addresses).

Visa types and costs

Tourist, Business and Transit Visa.


Valid for 30 days after issue for a 30-day stay. Extension possible on site.


Travelers who otherwise require a visa and who are traveling on with the next connecting flight within 24 hours, are in possession of the necessary onward travel documents and onward flight tickets and do not leave the airport do not require a transit visa. (Citizens of some countries not mentioned in the table above, however, always need a transit visa.) In person or by post at the consular section of the embassy (see contact addresses); Tourist cards are also available upon immigration at the airport.

Application required

Tourist Card (a) Passport valid for at least 6 months upon entry. (b) Return or onward travel tickets. (c) Sufficient funds for the stay. Visa In any event, the following is required for a visa: (a) Application form(s). (b) Passport photograph(s). (c) Passport. (d) Fee. (e) Confirmation of return ticket, if applicable. (f) Citizens of some countries must have sufficient financial means for the duration of the stay. If applying by post, an addressed, registered return envelope should be enclosed. Depending on nationality and purpose of travel, additional documents may be required, so it is advisable to contact the responsible consular representation early (see contact addresses).

Temporary Residence

Inquiries to the consular representations.

Processing time

Several weeks, since a permit from Nicaragua usually has to be obtained.

Proof of sufficient funds

Foreigners must have sufficient funds (at least US$200 for the stay).

Legally Required Registration

There is an obligation to report. This is normally taken care of by the hotel. In the case of private accommodation, the traveler must do this himself.

Documents required upon entry

(a) Those arriving from the following states/territories must present a yellow fever vaccination certificate at least 10 days old: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago, Venezuela and all African countries with the exception of Tanzania, São Tomé and Príncipe and Somalia. (b) US$2 entry fee.

Entry with children

German: Machine-readable children’s passport or your own passport. Austrians: Own passport. Swiss: Own passport. Turks: Own passport. Note: The same visa requirements apply to children as to their parents. Attention: In order to avoid difficulties, minors traveling unaccompanied by both parents should carry a notarized and translated into Spanish authorization of the guardians. Single parents should carry proof of custody. Since June 27, 2012, children need their own travel document (passport / children’s passport) for trips abroad (also within the EU).

Exit permit

Upon departure, US$ 2 must be paid.

Nicaragua Entry Requirements