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How to Extend Your Nicaragua Visa in Managua

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This post is a ‘guide’ on how to extend your Nicaragua visa in Managua. I think if you are in Nicaragua and need to get your visa extended, Managua may be the only place you can can do it.

Yesterday Ramona and I set off to Managua to extend our visas for Nicaragua. We caught the chicken bus from Matagalpa to Managua at around 0900 and arrived in Managua at around 1230.

The plan was to catch the express but we just hopped on the first bus that came. It cost $56NIO (Nicaraguan Cordoba) each.

How to Extend Your Nicaragua Visa in Managua

From the Managua bus terminal we caught a local bus to the Metro Centro shopping center. It costs 2.50NIO per person and unlike the chicken buses from city to city you pay the driver as you get on. We didn’t know this so I gave some guy (not the driver) 10NIO for both of us. He didn’t give me change, but the cost is definitely 2.50NIO on these buses, to anywhere in the city I assume. A taxi to the Metro Centre from the bus station is probably about $50-100NIO per person.

To extend your Nicaragua visa in Managua there is an immigration office in the Metro Center, ground floor, just follow the signs. To get to the Metro center from the

Extend your Nicaragua visa in Managua

Metro Center in Managua. This is the place you need to go to extend your Nicaragua visa in Managua.

To extend you Nicaragua visa in Managua you will need photocopies of your passport, in particular, the photo page and your entry stamp.

If you have come in through either Guatemala or El Salvador then they are part of a treaty where you wouldn’t have got a stamp entry into Nicaragua. Get a photocopy of the entry stamp into Guatamala or El Salvador, whichever you entered first (you wont have the stamp for the other one).

The treaty is that you can stay and move freely through any of those three countries for 90 days. I’m not sure if Honduras etc. is part of it, but you can Google that if you need to know.

On the back of the tourist card that you get when you enter Nicaragua it says valid for 30 days. Ignore that. I did know about the treaty but this 30 days on the back of the tourist card and a American tourist in San Salvador who told us that the only ones that understand the treaty was San Salvador (although she had never been to Nicaragua, I’m not sure why I listened to her opinion, she was an idiot in more ways than one) made me think twice which is why we went before 30 days.

Moral of the Story: You can stay in Nicaragua for 90 days, depending on your citizenship, i.e., there was no need for us make the trip to Managua to extend our Nicaraguan visa.

Immigration Center in Metro Centre Managua. How to Extend Your Nicaragua Visa in Managua

Immigration Center in Metro Centre Managua

Anyway, to extend your Nicaragua visa in Managua you need the photocopies, which we didn’t have. You can pay 5NIO per photocopy in the place next to the immigration office. It will also cost 5NIO for the form to fill in for immigration (which was all in Spanish, and none of the immigration officers spoke English).

Luckily there was a girl from Spain who spoke pretty good English and helped us fill in the form. When we finally got to the counter, they said that we have 90 days and do not need to extend.

Next Stop… Jinotega, Nicaragua
Our plan was to go straight back to Matagalpa, but because both Ramona and I are useless at paying attention, somehow we ended up in Jinotega.

Do you have any new information on how to extend your Nicaragua visa in Managua? Please share it (or anything else you want to say) in the comments 😀 .

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