COVID & TRAVELING to Nicaragua:
The world changes every day in this pandemic and this is the most current information available. We would like to be as flexible as possible with refunds, but can only offer a refund (minus 4% processing fee) if another family can take your place.
Nicaragua is open for tourism. You need a negative PCR Covid test that is 72 hours or less old to enter. Your tests results MUST say PCR on them or you will be turned away at the border. Often you can get this test at home a local health department for free or $25 with your health insurance. A 90 day tourist visa is issued upon arrival.
There are a couple of different ways to arrive here. This is important. There are several airlines advertising their flights, let you book, cancel them last minute, and only issue vouchers. Do NOT book on American, United, or Spirit. They are NOT flying uno Nicaragua!
***** The ONLY commercial airlines that are currently operating into Nicaragua are AVIANCA (with a stop over in El Salvador) and Copa (with a stop over in Panama).*****
You can book through them and email your negative Covid test to them as well as MINSA (as directed 36 hours before departure). You will receive a QR code to present at boarding. If you don’t email your tests results as well as present a paper copy, they will NOT let you board the plane.
Another Nicaraguan option is a private charter flight out of Miami. The company is called Eastern Airlines. These flights are approximately $500 one way/ $700 round trip. Charter flights are the easiest and most certain type of transportation right now into Nicaragua.
**************** FLYING INTO COSTA RICA IS THE BEST OPTION *************
The easiest and most economical option is flying into Costa Rica. There are no COVID testing requirements to enter Costa Rica. However, International health insurance is required to enter Costa Rica. A minimum of 5 days of insurance is required even if only passing through costa Rica in transit. I suggest that you have travel insurance for your entire stay in Nicaragua. The prices are almost the same for month versus too stints of 5 day insurance. Covid testing is also available for your re-entry back into the US or home country in both San Jose and Liberia. Both PCR and antigen testing is available in labs as well as the airpots in Liberia. An ANTIGEN test is acceptable to return to the US. This type of tests is much more affordable than a PCR test, approximately $65. You will be able to fly into San Jose (the capital) or Liberia and cross the border at Peñas Blancas into Nicaragua. We can arrange to pick you up after you’ve gone through customs.
The closest option is to fly into Liberia, Costa Rica. That airport is much closer to the border (approximately 1.5 hours). we have a company called Costa Rican Ground Transfers that can pick you up and bring you to the border for $100.
Currently the land border is open for everyone to cross back and forth into Nicaragua and Costa Rica!!
There are no mandatory regulations in Nicaragua other than the required negative PCR Covid test. There is no quarantine. Here in Nicaragua everything is optional. If you want to mask to protect yourself and others, that is your choice. At the community, we do not require any masking or social distancing. You make your own choices for your own family. Everyone’s choices will be respected.
There is a brand new local hospital about 5 minutes from the community. It is no where near capacity and we currently don’t have any cases that we know of in our small town. I personally own an oxygen machine just in case! I’m a nurse and my husband is a firefighter! You’ve got 2 people trained & certified in Emergencies and CPR. Our family already had covid last April. I am very familiar with the virus.
The best hospital for true emergencies is Vivian Pellas in the capital, 2.5 hours away. It is very nice, most doctors trained in the US. It’s also very affordable compared to the US. Most medicines are available over the counter without a prescription. As of right now, testing is only available at the Hospital Conchita Palacios MINSA Central (the health department) in Managua. Cost is approximately $150/test and turn around time is very fast. Appointments are required for testing. Hours of operation are 7-11am. Results are back same day in the afternoon from 3-5pm. There is no shortage of tests. We can help you arrange transportation to the testing site for your departure should your country require testing for re-entry. The Unites States just started this requirement recently. There is a Best Western across from the airport in Managua that you can stay at if you need to get testing done the day before your flight. The phone number is 505-8418-9953. The website is: https://serviciosenlinea.minsa.gob.ni