On November 27 the U.S. Embassy in Managua published a statement announcing restrictions for staff due to potential security incidents stemming from a heightened risk of violent demonstrations. The advisory recommends travelers to avoid the area of protests, minimize public activities, and not to challenge large groups or barricades mounted along roads and streets.
The travel advisory coincides with an executive decree from U.S. President Donald Trump labeling Nicaragua’s government as a threat to national security, authorizing the Treasure Department to impose potential sanctions on key governing officials. In this regard, on November 27 the U.S. sanctioned Vice-President Rosario Murillo, who is also the spouse of President Daniel Ortega. Coupled with the worsening security situation, these development could trigger anti-American sentiment among government supporters, thus elevating risks for U.S. nationals.
Those traveling or operating in Nicaragua are advised to avoid non-essential travel to Nicaragua due to the worsening security situation.