The system eliminates the PCR test as an immigration requirement to enter Nicaragua

From Thursday, June 16, it will not be necessary to submit a negative PCR test for covid-19, as an immigration requirement to enter Nicaragua, and it will not be a requirement for cabin crew and passengers, the Ministry of Health announced separately. (Mensa) and the Nicaraguan Institute of Civil Aeronautics.

“According to the guidelines of the President of the Republic of Nicaragua, Daniel Ortega Saavedra, a negative RT-PCR result for covid-19 will not be requested as a condition for entry into the country, only a full vaccination scheme against this disease is required for entry,” Minsa notes in a statement.

According to the memo signed by Health Secretary Martha Reyes, people who do not have a complete vaccination schedule must submit a negative covid-19 test within 72 hours of sample collection until entering the country.

With this decision, Nicaragua joins the rest of Central and North America in rescinding this measure, as it was the only one in the region that kept it in effect, according to a confidential memo, published on Wednesday, June 15.

From Central America, El Salvador was the first country to abolish PCR tests as a requirement for immigration, and this year Guatemala, Honduras, Belize, Costa Rica and Panama joined, countries now only requiring the card or proof of vaccination as proof that the traveler is completing their scheme.

In Nicaragua, the immigration health requirement was imposed on July 14, 2020 and was the only mandatory precautionary measure put in place by the government of Ortega, his wife and Vice President, Rosario Murillo, to contain and control the transmission of COVID-19. However, this has been used by the regime as an excuse to prevent entry into the country by foreigners and “ungrateful” citizens.

The last known case was that of the Nicaraguan journalist Tiffany Roberts, who, one day before this decision, denounced her being banned from entering the country because Mensa did not accept her PCR test.

Dear Passenger: The evidence sent was not accepted by the Nicaraguan authorities. He has not been allowed into Nicaragua by the Nicaraguan immigration authorities. You will not be allowed to board the plane. Reason: determined by Nicaraguan immigration. Please contact the Nicaraguan Embassy,” as stated in the email he received from the airline he was traveling with.

The decision to suspend PCR tests as a requirement for travel is a result of the high levels of vaccination against COVID-19 that have been achieved worldwide. The Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) indicated this week that they as organizations do not agree to require vaccination cards as a condition of immigration, but even while respecting each country’s independent decision.

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