There is no special Visa to volunteer in Nicaragua, and people usually travel to the country with a tourist Visa. You might not know this,
but Nicaragua is party to the Central America Border Control Agreement, which allows tourist to travel to any of the CA-4 countries
(El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras and Nicaragua) for a period of 90 days, without completing entry and exit formalities at border immigration
This makes the process rather easy, but before you make any decision, please contact the Nicaraguan Embassy or Consulate nearest to you, as
well as the NGO you are planning to volunteer with, to confirm this information; and apply for other type of Visa, if needed.
Citizens of the following nationalities ARE ALLOWED volunteer in Nicaragua without applying for a Visa at a Nicaraguan Embassy or Consulate;
and are allowed to stay in the country for up to 90 days. You can find the list of countries
Please note that it can change at any time and confirm with the Embassy if you need a visa or not.
Some other nationals can obtain a Tourist card on Arrival, for approximately $10 USD, for stays up to one month. Additionally to this, they will need to present: a) valid passport,
a letter from host in Nicaragua or hotel booking
For the citizens not eligible for a visa on arrival, they must apply and present beforehand:
- Passport valid for length of stay and passport photocopies
- Completed application form
- Two (2) passport photos
- Non-refundable fee of approximately $65USD
- Letter addressed to the Consul or Ambassador of the Nicaraguan Mission nearest to you explaining your reasons to travel to Nicaragua.
- Criminal background check of the last three years
- Onward or return flight ticket
- Proof of financial means.