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If you plan to travel in Nicaragua, make sure your passport is valid for six months after the date you plan to arrive in country. When you arrive, Nicaraguan border authorities will ask you to present a valid passport, a return ticket to the country of origin or residence and, if you are from certain countries, a visa inside your passport.

Citizens from the following countries are not required to obtain a visa to visit Nicaragua: United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, United States, and countries inside the European Union.

Citizens with the following passports are required to obtain a visa to visit  Nicaragua: Afghanistan, Albania, Angola, Armenia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Cameroon, China (PR), Colombia, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Ghana, Haiti, India, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Korea (Rep), Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Mali, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Palestine National Authority, Peru, Romania, Serbia and Montenegro, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Ukraine, Vietnam and Yemen.

Even if you are not required to have a visa, you ought to get a Nicaraguan tourist card for $5. These cards can usually be purchased for 30-90 days; be sure to request the appropriate amount of time when you make your purchase.

While traveling in Nicaragua it is important to carry valid proof of your identity on you at all times. Such documentation might include: a permanent residency card, a temporary residency card, a valid passport or travel documents with entry stamps.

Note that Nicaragua takes part in the Central American Border Control Agreement (CA-4). Under the agreement, tourists are allowed to travel between participating countries (El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua) for up to 90 days, without completing entry or exit forms at border checkpoints. Travelers who exceed the 90-day limit will be fined. However, it is possible for you to get a 30-day extension if you apply before your 90-day limit expires.

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

By Margaret Rode
A self-professed city girl, sassy staff writer Margaret Rode hails from Chicago where she received Bachelor degrees in English Literature and Spanish...
09 Mar 2009

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