Frequently asked questions
- All travelers coming to Nicaragua from the following countries must present an international certificate of vaccination: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Perú, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guiana, Panamá, Paraguay and Venezuela. From the African Continent, all countries are included except Democratic Republic of Congo, Tanzania, Sao Tomé and Príncipe and Somalia.
- All travelers coming to Nicaragua from the mentioned countries are required to bring their vaccine certification card.
- All travelers coming to Nicaragua, even if they are only in transit through the mentioned countries are required to bring their vaccine certification card.
- Any certificate is considered valid once is issued by the competent sanitary authority of the country of origin.
- Yellow fever vaccine has 10 years validity.
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Citizens of the United States, Canada, Japan and most European countries only need a passport that is valid until at least 6 months after your stay in Nicaragua. You need to pay US$ 10 for a tourist visum at the airport. To check if more requirements appeal to you, You can find the actual exchange rate here
In the cities you can use ATM´s, most accept international cards. If you have trouble finding one, many gas stations and supermarkets have an ATM inside. Both Córdobas and American Dollars are used. Beware of high denominations, some Nicaraguans seem reluctant -or simply cannot- break anything bigger than a 20 Dollar bill. Damaged or stained bills are not accepted. Outside the cities it might prove difficult finding an ATM so if you go to off the beaten path destinations take this into account. Touristic places like Corn Island or San Juan del Sur have ATM's.
Nicaragua has two seasons: The rainy (or green) season lasts from May to mid-November- that does not mean it is raining continuously but there can be some heavy rain for an hour or two, mostly in the late afternoon or at night. The dry season is November- April. The Caribbean side sees more rain than the Pacific side. The mountainous northern regions of Estelí, Matagalpa, Nueva Segovia, Madriz and Jinotega have a fresh climate.
Nicaragua is hot, so make sure to bring light clothing. Outside of the touristic beach towns, do not walk outside without a shirt on or on flip flops. Be aware that topless sunbathing may attract unwanted attention.
National currency is the Córdoba; however, US dollar is everywhere accepted. Prices can be based on dollars or córdobas. Nevertheless, if a product is paid in dollars, the change will be in córdobas. This link offers information about the current conversion.
The official language of Nicaragua is Spanish, spoken by 90% of the country’s population; however, Nicaraguans on the Caribbean coast speak Creole English and indigenous languages, such as Miskito, Sumo and Rama.
Most of hotels and restaurants in main destinations offer wifi service, free of usage. For those who travel to rural areas and communities, wifi access is not available in most of those regions.
Electricity in Nicaragua is 120 Volt and 60 Hertz. This is the same as in the US, nevertheless travelers from Europe must buy special plugs suitable for this voltage.