Traveling in Niacaragua
Arriving in Managua
When entering customs at the Managua International Airport, you will be required to pay a US $5.00 entry fee. Upon payment, you will receive a tourist card and passport stamp. If you plan to stay in a Managua hotel that does not have airport transportation, you will find plenty of taxis available for hire.
Passport and Visa Information
Foreigners visiting Nicaragua must have a valid passport to enter the country. Passports should be valid for at least six months after the date of entry. Citizens of most countries are automatically given a tourist visa good for 90 days. If you stay in Nicaragua for longer than 90 days, you will have to pay a fine at the airport or international border prior to your departure. The fine is based on the number of days your visa is overdue and can only be paid in cash (again with US Dollars or Nicaraguan Cordobas). If you wish to extend your visa during your visit, you will have to visit the Office of Immigration in Managua (Telephone +505.244.0741). Extensions are valid for one month at a time and cost US$25.00 but are not always granted. If you plan to stay longer than 90 days, you may find it easier to cross the border into Costa Rica or Honduras and then return the same day. If your passport is lost or stolen, you will need to contact your embassy. All foreign Embassies and Consulates are located in Managua.
Currency and Money
Nicaragua’s official currency is the New Cordoba, although US Dollars are widely accepted and even prefered everywhere. There are four ATM machines and three banks in San Juan del Sur, where you can withdraw either Nicaraguan Cordobas or US Dollars. There is also a Western Union for sending and receiving wire transfers. Travelers Checks are not advisable as they are difficult and expensive to spend in Nicaragua. Take your passport if you are going to the bank. as they will require it to complete any type of transaction including simply exchanging money. Sales tax in Nicaragua is 15%.
Electrical outlets throughout Nicaragua are 110 volts, the same you will find in the United States and Canada.