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Country Information

Nicaragua

Travel money

Recommended:
  • Banknotes in US Dollar (USD)
    Change cash in local currency
in addition to:
  • Travel Cash Card in Swiss francs (CHF)
    For cashless payments in shops, restaurants, hotels, and online

Travel Cash

Phone +41 31 710 12 15
  • ATM cash withdrawals outside bigger communities or cities may not be available.

Credit cards

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

Banknotes

Local currency / ISO Code
Nicaraguan Córdoba NIO
Import local currency
unlimited
Import foreign currency
unlimited; must be declared
Export local currency
unlimited
Export foreign currency
limited to amounts imported and declared (minus exchange)
Note
  • Keep exchange and transaction receipts.
  • Travelers are advised to take cash in US dollar (USD).

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).

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

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.

Tourism

For current travel informations visit also http://www.eda.admin.ch/

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 Prepaid Services Ltd therefore shall not be held liable for any damage or loss sustained in connection with any errors or omissions contained therein.