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Connecting to Costa Rica through Managua during civil unrest

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Connecting to Costa Rica through Managua during civil unrest

We had plans to travel to San Juan Del Sur in mid-July, but have reluctantly decided to postpone until the end of the year (we put a deposit down on an Airbnb). We would still like to travel next month, so we are thinking Costa Rica. Flights are rather expensive with almost a month to go, even if our airline waives the change fee, so we were thinking of keeping our roundtrip flight to Managua and booking separate roundtrip tickets from Managua to Costa Rica on Copa. We would book the MGA-SJO flight for the same day, with a few hours in between. My only concern is whether the airport in Managua will remain functional given that the roadblocks are causing food and fuel shortages.

Has anyone thought of a similar option to reroute a trip? How are things at the airport in Managua.

Thanks!

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1. Re: Connecting to Costa Rica through Managua during civil unrest

I just came back from a week in Nicaragua and flew in and out through Managua. To be honest, I was lucky to get out. Avoid Managua at all costs at this time.

Union City, New...
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2. Re: Connecting to Costa Rica through Managua during civil unrest

The airport itself has been open all this time should remain functional in the near future. Outside the airport and in the city of Managua is different story. The problem you may encounter though are airlines canceling flights. COPA cancelled flights for the next few days between PTY and MGA and the same with American Airlines between MIA - MGA. Just make sure you have a back up plan just in case.

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3. Re: Connecting to Costa Rica through Managua during civil unrest

We are hoping to do the exact same thing first week of July. Actually hoping to spend 1 night in a hotel near the airport before flying to Costa Rica the next morning. This is the least expensive option , and hopefully the airport itself and hotel across the street is safe and functioning...............Hopefully flights don't get cancelled. Trying to be flexible!

Would love to hear updates on how the airport is functioning! THANKS

Truckee
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4. Re: Connecting to Costa Rica through Managua during civil unrest

That seems like a good plan. My party flew into Managua last Sunday and stayed the night near the airport. No issues whatsoever. We felt safe within hotel, etc.

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5. Re: Connecting to Costa Rica through Managua during civil unrest

In light of American Airlines cancelling flights earlier this week (they had a travel advisory posted, but have since removed it), we thought it was best to switch our itinerary entirely. We did not want to risk booking accommodations in Costa Rica only to have our flight cancelled. Luckily, American Airlines waived our change fee but we of course had to the pay the difference in price.

ometepe
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6. Re: Connecting to Costa Rica through Managua during civil unrest

There is no reason to not visit Nicaragua right now, despite travel warnings.... international governments will shortly be behind what is happening in the country...

Last Friday peace talks began...and both parties have agreed to allow international representatives visit Nicaragua and investigate human rights violations. There has also been an agreement to remove roadblocks in the country. Last week roadblocks in Managua were cleared up, and people started to pass easier.

A great trip, where you could feel more safe may include landing in Managua and then flying into Ometepe, spending a few days then either visiting SJDS or taking a taxi to the CR border. Once on the CR side you can bus into Liberia and to other points in CR.

Personally I would stick to the SW of Nicaragua – San Juan del Sur , Ometepe – the Corn Islands and the smaller places in the north of the country. They have not really had the civil unrest in the same way. The people are kind and happy to have you visit. Nicaragua is so diverse that there is a lot to do if you enjoy nature – surfing, hiking, diving, etc...it is also a very economical country to travel in. The best way to travel around the country right now, is to hire private taxis (they can get around any roadblocks) or via shuttle. Or plane. If coming up from Costa Rica a taxi to the ferry port (Ometepe) or San Juan del Sur is about $25- $30. A return flight to Ometepe / Managua is currently going for $57 x way + taxes. There are also daily flights to the Corn Islands.

I live in Ometepe and can tell you it is super peaceful, safe, and has been untouched by the civil unrest that has rocked other parts of the country. The sun is shining, the beach is lovely and there is a lot of natural activities to do. The nicest places to stay on the island that are open and offing pretty amazing discounts are La Soma (Moyagalpa), Finca del Sol (Santa Cruz) and Via Verde (Madronal)....there is also a heap of backpacker places with dorms and camping.

I would have to say that it is too early to go to Masaya, Granada, Leon and Managua. Traveling through Managua by taxi or plane is fine. Enjoy the country, I think you'll be glad you came, and you will be helping support economic recovery.

Nicaragua
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7. Re: Connecting to Costa Rica through Managua during civil unrest

I have being working on the tour bussines for the last 18 Years and know lots of backroads and people have being trusting me thier life and so far i have achieve this, so it is possible to go back and for to the beaches from the airport even places as Granada or Ometepe but take in comsideration that really few hotels open as well as restaurants and Bars and mostly will close really early maybe around 8 pm.

If travelling to Nicaragua please practice extra caution.

Stay safe

Lanagan, Missouri
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8. Re: Connecting to Costa Rica through Managua during civil unrest

wanting to go to ometepe at the end of november, can a us citizen receive a visa at the cr border?

*my biggest worry- we make all the plans to visit nica, make it to the border at cr and then get rejected for a visa.

Comox, Canada
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9. Re: Connecting to Costa Rica through Managua during civil unrest

US citizens do not need a visa.If you want to visit you can fly into MGA. This thread started a long time ago.

Nicaragua
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10. Re: Connecting to Costa Rica through Managua during civil unrest

AS Cactus52 mentioned US Citizens do not need a visa you only show up and pay your 10 dollars entrance fee plus another 5 dollars roughly and then you are in and ready to go to the beautiful Ometepe island, if need a hand i recommend get in touch with some local professionals to go smooth everywhere in Nicaragua http://golocalnicaragua.wixsite.com/nicaragua

Enjoy Nicaragua

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