Nicaragua Visa and Passport Requirements

Passport required Return ticket required Visa Required
British Yes No Yes
Australian Yes No Yes
Canadian Yes No Yes
USA Yes No Yes
Other EU Yes No Yes


To enter Nicaragua, a passport valid for at least six months from the date of arrival is required by all nationals referred to in the chart above. US travellers only require a passport valid for the duration of their stay.

Nicaragua is party to the Central America Border Control Agreement (CA-4). Under the terms of this agreement, tourists may travel within any of the CA-4 countries (El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua) for a period of up to 90 days, without completing entry and exit formalities at border immigration checkpoints. This period begins at the first point of entry into any of the CA-4 countries. Fines are applied for travellers who exceed this 90-day limit, although a 30-day extension can be made before the 90 days limit expires.


Visas for Nicaragua are not required by nationals referred to in the chart above.

All nationals referred to in the chart above can obtain a tourist card on arrival for US$10 for touristic stays of up to 90 days (although they can be issued for as little as 30 days), providing they hold valid travel documents and, in the case of business travellers, a letter from their employer and/or company in Nicaragua.

Nationals not referred to in the chart are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements for Nicaragua.

Types and Cost

Visitor visa: NIO200 (ordinary); NIO400 (three months); NIO800 (six months); NIO1,600 (one year).


Up to a year. 

Application to

Consulate (or consular section at embassy).

Working days

Allow 24 hours for visa processing.

Embassies and tourist offices

Embassy of the Republic of Nicaragua in the UK

Telephone: (020) 7938 2373.

Embassy of the Republic of Nicaragua in the USA

Telephone: (202) 939 6570.

British Embassy in Costa Rica

Telephone: (506) 2258 2025.