Travel advice for Nicaragua.

Here you will find important tips and useful information for Nicaragua.

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Travel money:

Prepaid Travel credit card

in Swiss francs (CHF)

  • For cashless payments in shops, restaurants, hotels, and online

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Banknotes

in US Dollar (USD)

  • Change cash in local currency

Local currency / ISO Code

Nicaraguan Córdoba NIO

Currency exchange rate

NIO 100 = ~ CHF 0.00 ; CHF 1 = ~ NIO 0.00 (07/2015)

Further Information

Credit cards

 

  • Payment by credit card is relatively common. For more detailed information, please contact the credit card issuer.

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Time difference with Switzerland

- 7 h / - 8 h during our summer time

National language

Official language

Spanish

Language capabilities

English

Capital

Managua

Country code for calling Switzerland

00 41 (disregard '0' preceding Swiss area codes)

Voltage

110/120 volt / adapter required

Travel documents for Swiss citizens

Passport still valid 6 months or more after arrival, return or onward travel ticket and proof of sufficient funds (at least USD 200.00) for stays up to 3 months.
Mandatory tourist card issued upon arrival (USD 10.00).

Opening hours

Banks

8.00 - 12.00 h and 14.00 - 17.00 h (Mon - Fri)
8.00 - 12.00 h (Sat)

Stores

9.00 - 19.00 h (Mon - Fri)
9.00 - 18.00 h (Sat)

Driving
  • Swiss driver's license accepted for car rentals.

  • International driver's licence recommended.

Health situation
  • Do not drink tap water.

  • Mosquito protection advised.

  • Risk of dengue fever.

  • Minimum risk of malaria.

  • Vaccination against diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis A, polio and measles recommended.

Other information

This country is in an active earthquake zone.

Security

  • Travelers who wish to travel to this country are advised to inquire about current traveler safety prior to departure.

  • Nighttime travel not advised. Inquire locally about safety in those areas to which you intend to travel.

  • Walking the streets after nightfall is not advised.

  • Relatively high crime rate, especially in the cities.

  • Do not carry valuables (watches, jewelry, expensive cameras, etc.) on you.

  • Avoid demonstrations and large crowds.

Special legal regulations

Very strict laws to fight illegal drugs.

Swiss Embassy / Consulate

Managua, Oficina de Cooperacion suiza COSUDE y Consulado, Apartado 166 de la Clinica Las Palmas, 1c. abajo, mano izquierda
Tel. +505 22 66 30 10

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Important

While every precaution has been taken to verify the information provided, Swiss Bankers Prepaid Services Ltd does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of Country Information. Swiss Bankers therefore shall not be held liable for any damage or loss sustained in connection with any errors or omissions contained therein.

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