Level 3 Travel Alert Issued For Nicaragua
On September 12, 2018, the U.S. Department of State (USDS) said in a press release it has lifted the ‘ordered departure of non-emergency U.S. government personnel and family members.’
But, the USDS has issued a Level 3 Travel Alert for Nicaragua.
This action is because the situation in Nicaragua has not returned to normal.
The US embassy remains open to provide emergency services for U.S. citizens. Embassy personnel are not permitted to travel outside of Managua, or to certain areas within Managua.
The embassy said if you decide to travel to Nicaragua, consider travel arrangements to depart the country quickly.
The US Embassy in Managua said on September 7th it had limited assistance it could provide people regarding healthcare services.
Throughout Nicaragua, government hospitals are understaffed and may deny treatment to people. Some hospitals may not be able to assist in health emergencies.
Ambulances have reportedly refused to respond or have been denied access to areas with individuals needing emergency care, said the USDS.
Additionally, the USDS suggests enrolling in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates.
Previously, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said visitors to Nicaragua should be up to date on routine vaccinations while traveling to any destination in the country.
These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, varicella, polio, and the yearly flu vaccination.
Additionally, the CDC recommends both the hepatitis A and typhoid vaccines because you can get these diseases through contaminated food or water in Nicaragua, regardless of where you are eating or staying.
Moreover, the Zika virus is an ongoing risk in Nicaragua.
Therefore, the CDC says pregnant women should not travel to Nicaragua because the Zika virus has been found to cause serious birth defects.
USA citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations, such as this Traveler’s Checklist.
And, travel vaccination services can easily be scheduled at Vax-Before-Travel.