1. Can I use my driver license in Nicaragua?
You can use your driver license for 30 days after entering the country. Staying longer requires that you get your Nicaraguan driver license at the "Policia de Tránsito" office.
2. How can I call abroad?
Most hotels offer long distance calls through the local telephone company (ENITEL). There are some other operator and collect services. AT&T 164, 174 - MCI 166,167 - SPRINT 161, 171 - Canada 168 - Germany 169 - The Netherlands 177 - United Kingdom 175
3. Should I keep my passport with me all the time?
It is better to carry a photocopy instead of the passport except for entering or leaving the country.
4. What happen if I decide to stay longer than the visa allows?
You must apply for a visa extension at the "Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería" office (Tel (505) 249-2981). Bring your passport and previous visa. You can also leave the country by visiting one of the neighbouring countries and your visa will automatically be extended for another 30 or 90 days.
5. Are there tropical diseases in Nicaragua?
As Nicaragua is a tropical country you are exposed to tropical diseases when you visit hot humid selvatic and remote zones. It is not common to get infected of these diseases when staying in cities and towns. If you plan to visit rainforests, bring fresh clothes that cover most of your body and an insect repellent.
6. What are the taxes in Nicaragua?
The general tax for purchased goods is 15% and is included in the price.
7. How much should I tip?
Tips are generally around US$ 0,50 for smaller services and in restaurants about 10 to 15 % of the bill. Taxi drivers don't expect tips for their services.
8. Where can I exchange money?
Dollars are easily exchanged all over the country. Travelers' checks can be changed in most banks, such as Bac, Bancentro and BDF.
Generally, the banks are open from 8.30 a.m. until 4.30 p.m. The most used credit cards are Visa, American Express and Master Card. Those are accepted in almost all shopping centers. Additionally, American Express has offices in Managua, which makes transactions with this card easier.