Nicaragua Shopping, Embassy and Communication

By | May 6, 2022



Spanish is the official language; Chibcha, Sumo and some English (on the Mosquito Coast) are also spoken.

Public Holidays

01/01/2022 New Year

04/14/2022 Maundy Thursday

04/15/2022 Good Friday

05/01/2022 Labor Day

07/19/2022 Anniversary of the Sandinista Revolution

09/14/2022 Battle of San Jacinto

09/15/2022 Independence Day

11/02/2022 All Souls

08.12.2022 Immaculate conception

12/25/2022 Christmas


In addition, there are several public holidays that are only celebrated regionally.

Duty free shopping


The following items can be imported duty-free into Nicaragua (persons aged 18 and over): 200 cigarettes or 500 g of tobacco; 5 l of alcoholic beverages; 5 bottles (100 ml each) of perfume.

Prohibited Imports

Fresh groceries, vegetables, meat products, dairy products, leather products, matches. An import permit is required for firearms. More information is available from

Prohibited Exports

Archaeological finds, gold and gold coins as well as antiques.

Contact addresses

Embassy of the Republic of Nicaragua

Consulate in Lugano (without issuing a visa).

Rue de Vermont 37-39
+41 (0)22 740 51 60.

Mon-Fri 09.00-13.00 and 15.00-18.00.

Embassy of the Republic of Nicaragua
Ebendorferstrasse 10/3/12
+43 (0)1 403 18 38.

Mon-Fri 09.00-13.00.

Embassy of the Republic of Nicaragua

Honorary Consulates in Frankfurt/M. and Munich.

Saatwinkler Damm 11-12
+49 (0)30 20 64 38 11, Consular Dept.: +49 (0)30 20 64 38 12.

Mon-Fri 09.00-14.00.


Business etiquette

On particularly hot days, business people also wear short-sleeved sports shirts, but never shorts. Knowledge of Spanish is useful, occasionally English is also spoken. The best time for business travel is between November and March. Business hours: Mon-Fri 8am-5pm.

Business contacts

Latin American Chamber of Commerce in Switzerlandc/o DPS Communications, Gessnerallee 28, CH-8001 Zurich Tel: (044) 699 54 47.Internet: www.latcam.chCámara de Comercio de NicaraguaRotonda Gueguense, 400 Mts al Sur, 20vrs. Este, NI-Managua Tel: 268 35 05.Internet: NicaExport Nicaraguakm 4 Carretera a Masaya, Esquina Sur Edificio Delta, Este, 1/2c. al Norte, NI-Managua Tel: (505) 252 57 47. Internet: or



Autodial Long Distance Service.

Mobile phone

GSM 1900. Network operators are ENITEL (Internet: and Sercom SA (Internet: The reception/transmission area is limited to Managua and the surrounding area.


According to, Internet cafes are available in larger cities. Internet provider is IBW Internet Gateway (Internet: and Sercom SA (Internet:

Post office

There is an ENITEL communications and post office in most major cities. Airmail to Europe takes four days to two weeks to arrive. Poste restante shipments to Managua are possible. Post office opening hours: Mon-Sat 09.00-17.30.


Since the use of shortwave frequencies changes several times over the course of a year, it is advisable to contact Deutsche Welle customer service directly for the current frequencies (Tel: (+49) (0228) 429 32 08. Internet: to request.

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