Visa policy of Nicaragua

Visitors to Nicaragua must obtain a visa from one of the Nicaraguan diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries or countries that can obtain a visa on arrival. All visitors must hold a passport valid for 6 months.

Visa policy mapEdit

  Visa-free access to Nicaragua
  Visa on arrival access to Nicaragua
  May not enter on Canada/Schengen/US visa

Visa exemptionEdit

Holders of passports of the following 92 jurisdictions can visit Nicaragua without a visa for up to 90 days (all visitors must hold proof of sufficient funds to cover their stay and documents required for next destination):[1][2][3]

Visa is not required for a maximum stay of 90 days within 180 days for valid visa holders or residents of Canada, the European Union member states, or the United States. This does not apply to nationals of China, Cuba, and Iran.

Holders of diplomatic, official or service passports of Bolivia, Colombia, Cuba (only diplomatic), Dominica, Egypt, Grenada, Guyana, India, Jamaica, Kenya, Montenegro, Morocco, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Serbia, Suriname and Thailand do not require a visa.

Visa on arrivalEdit

Citizens of the following 73 countries and territories can visit Nicaragua by obtaining a visa on arrival:

Substitude visasEdit

Nationals of Afghanistan, Albania, Armenia, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Iraq, Laos, Liberia, Libya, Mali, Mongolia, Nepal, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Timor-Leste, and Yemen or ordinary passport holders issued by Cameroon, Haiti, India, Kenya, Pakistan, and Vietnam are granted a visa on arrival for US$50 provided the passport contains a valid US, Canada or Schengen visa.


Transit without a visa is allowed for travellers who normally require a visa but are transiting within 24 hours and hold onward tickets. This does not apply to nationals of Afghanistan, Albania, Armenia, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Cameroon, China, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cuba, Eritrea, Haiti, India, Iraq, Kenya, Laos, Lebanon, Liberia, Mali, Mongolia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Timor-Leste, Vietnam and Yemen.

Tourist cardEdit

Nationals from all visa-exempt countries are required to obtain a tourist card (US$10) on arrival. Exempt are the citizens of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras, as well as, holders of diplomatic, official, service or special passports issued to any country.

Visitor statisticsEdit

Most visitors arriving to Nicaragua were from the following countries of nationality:[12]

Country 2015 2014 2013
  Honduras 276,767 263,927 273,015
  United States 275,406 267,320 243,039
  Costa Rica 167,448 146,071 163,758
  El Salvador 155,701 143,303 150,963
  Guatemala 90,296 85,283 94,957
  Canada 35,260 39,370 33,832
  Panama 22,223 24,553 24,676
  Mexico 19,030 15,666 14,947
  Germany 17,392 16,155 13,936
  United Kingdom 14,737 15,596 10,604
Total 1,386,481 1,329,663 1,229,410

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "VISADO NICARAGUA". Archived from the original on 2013-11-10. Retrieved 2013-11-25.
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  3. ^ "Country information (visa section)". Timatic. International Air Transport Association (IATA) through Gulf Air. Retrieved 1 April 2017.
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  7. ^ "Autorizan ingreso de venezolanos a Nicaragua, sin necesidad de visa". Confidencial. Nov 2, 2018. Retrieved Jun 18, 2019.
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  9. ^ "A Sign of Faltering Trust Between Nicaragua and Venezuela". Stratfor. Retrieved Jun 18, 2019.
  10. ^ Management, The Forum for Expatriate (Aug 24, 2016). "Nicaragua: Entry Visa Now Required for Venezuelan Nationals". The Forum for Expatriate Management. Retrieved Jun 18, 2019.
  11. ^ "Iranian nationals now require visas | Lexology". Retrieved Jun 18, 2019.
  12. ^ Estadisticas de Turismo