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Tourist Visas in Nicaragua

Nicaragua has recently thrown open its doors, and now citizens from any country in the world can travel in Nicaragua for 90 days without a tourist visa. Granted, if you are a citizen of a North American or European country, you did not need a tourist visa before, but now your Nepalese and Eritrean friends can tag along without a visa, as well.


If you would like to spend more than 90 days in the country, you have several options for prolonging your stay. First, you can apply for some sort of visa that grants temporary residency. Your second option is to renew your visitor’s pass at the Immigration Office at Managua; technically the officers there can deny you an extension, but usually they will grant you up to 90 additional days in 30 day increments. The third option, and one which is quite popular with long-term visitors, is to simply leave the country for a few days and then re-enter to receive a fresh 90-day stamp in your passport. In the past, you could do this at either border, but now that Nicaragua and Honduras are treated as a single entity for visa purposes, your only option is to cross the border into Costa Rica. The law states that you must be out of the country for 72 hours, though it’s possible that you will be let back into Nicaragua on the same day that you exit. You can continue doing this indefinitely to prolong your time in the country. It’s important to note that immigration regulations do change frequently, so it’s worth checking with a Nicaraguan consulate before you finalize your plans.

Here are some related tips to help plan your trip to Nicaragua : Work Visas for Nicaragua, Visa Information, Student Visas and Volunteer Visas in Nicaragua and Living in Nicaragua.

By Nick Rosen
A staff-writer here at V!VA's offices in Ecuador, I came to Quito after having worked on public health and development projects in Africa. Naturally,...
11 Jun 2009

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