Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Renewing your Visitor's Visa at Metrocentro Mall

When you enter Nicaragua your visitor's visa is only good for 90 days. There are a couple of ways for you to renew your visa. You can leave Nicaragua by visiting Costa Rica or any other country that is not part of the C4 or you can "purchase" a renewal through Migración. Remember, that every 180 days you must leave the country - you can't pay to renew your visa at this point.

Migracion Y Extranjeria in Metrocentro Mall
We recently accompanied some friends to Managua when they had to renew their visitor's visa. The Migración y Extranjería office is located in the Metrocentro Mall - just follow the signs in the mall. The office hours for this location are from 10:00 am until 6:pm. When we arrived at about 9:45 on a Monday morning there was already a long lineup waiting for the office to open. One of the Migración officers was handing out the necessary forms to be filled out for the visa renewal. The cost for the form was 5 cords.  It took about an hour and 15 minutes for our friends to reach the counter. They said that the officer was really helpful and the process itself took very little time. The current cost for renewing your visa at the Migración office is 500 cords per 30 days.  The office will not accept American dollars so be sure to carry local currency.

I have heard that it is possible to renew your visa without even leaving León. However, the office in León takes your passport and payment and forwards it to Managua for processing. Sometimes this process can take weeks or even months.