British passport holders are issued with a visa on arrival Nicaragua. It costs $10US and is valid for up to 3 months. However, you may be refused entry if you don’t have an onward ticket out of Nicaragua. For further information on entry requirements, contact the Nicaraguan Embassy in London. Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry. If you are arriving from a country with a risk of Yellow Fever proof of vaccination will be required.
Flying via the USA
Most flights to Nicaragua will go via the USA so you will need to apply for an ESTA (Electronic System Travel Authorization) in advance. All travellers on UK passports (including children and infants) must have an individual machine-readable passport and must complete an ESTA prior to departure. Without an approved ESTA, you could be denied entry into the US and therefore denied boarding your flight(s). It’s worth also checking the US embassy ESTA for current customs regulations, as they change frequently.
Travelling to Nicaragua from Costa Rica
Cross border travel to and from Costa Rica is common for many people visiting Nicaragua. You can move freely across the borders for a small border fee.
The currency of Nicaragua is the Córdoba, although prices are also often listed in US dollars, and cash is accepted everywhere. Be aware though that notes may be rejected if they are damaged or marked. ATMs are common in the towns and cities, but always ensure you have plenty of cash when you’re heading off the beaten track. Most mid-range and upmarket hotels and restaurants accept credit cards, except on the Caribbean coast where cash is king.
Tipping for good service is expected in Nicaragua. You will find service is added to the bill anyway in good restaurants and hotels, but it is expected that you tip your guide or driver if you are happy, so please use your discretion.