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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Managua (Nicaragua), Consular Section Closed July 7

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The U.S. Embassy’s Consular Section will be closed to the public all day on Friday, July 7, due to El Repliegue’s potential impact on public transportation and traffic.  El Repliegue is an annual rally and march when the Sandinista National Liberation Front (FSLN) commemorates the anniversary of its tactical retreat from Managua to Masaya during the Nicaraguan revolution in 1979.  During the U.S. Embassy’s Consular Section’s closure, in the event of a life or death emergency involving a U.S. citizen, please call 2252-7171.  For all other matters related to American citizen services, please send an email to ACS.Managua@state.gov.

The rally and march are scheduled to begin in the city of Managua.  Marchers will use the Carretera a Masaya as the principal route to march towards the city of Masaya.  The primary gathering points are Plaza Las Victorias (in front of the Hilton Hotel) and Roberto Huembes Market.  The official march is scheduled to begin at 4:00 PM on Friday, although participants will begin gathering hours earlier.

The following areas will be affected:

  • From Traffic lights ENEL Central heading East until Rotonda Cristo Rey
  • From Traffic lights UCA heading North up to Tiscapa Lagoon intersection (Universitaria Avenue)
  • From Tiscapa’s underpass bridge heading South until Rotonda Centroamérica passing by Plaza de las Victorias
  • From Rotonda Cristo Rey heading North until Cristo Rey school
  • From Traffic lights “Autolote El Chele” (car dealership) heading West until the traffic lights of Rigoberto López Pérez Institute, passing by the “Plaza de las Victorias”

Local police will be present along the route. While violence is not expected, we wish to remind U.S. citizens the possibility of violence exists in any large gathering.  U.S. citizens are therefore urged to exercise caution when moving through the city and should avoid large crowds and gatherings.

The Embassy’s Regional Security Office has advised Embassy personnel not to drive through barricades encountered on the street, to keep windows up and doors locked in their vehicles, and to carry a cell phone at all times.

  • See the State Department’s travel website for the Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and Nicaragua Country Specific Information.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler-Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security messages and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Contact the U.S. Embassy in Nicaragua located at Km 5 ½ C. Sur Managua, Nicaragua, at 011-505-2252-7100, 7:30 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. Monday through Friday. The American Citizen Services unit is also available by email during regular business hours at ACS.Managua@state.gov. After-hours emergency number for U.S. citizens is also 011-505-2252-7100.
  • Call 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States and Canada or 1-202-501-4444 from other countries from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).