Getting to Nicaragua with the Support of Room to Roam
Although travel in 2021 seems like a difficult process to navigate, it really isn’t, and we are here to guide you through each step, from purchasing the right flight, getting any/all travel requirements met, and arriving simply and safely from the airport to our retreat hotel. We are here for you, so if you have a question, just message us at
Useful Travel Info
Getting To Nicaragua:
Getting to Nicaragua is not as difficult as you may think, it is actually quite easy… and good news, you have us to help you out every step!! Check this link out for more info on traveling to Nicaragua. You can choose to fly into Managua, Nicaragua (MGA) or Liberia, Costa Rica (LIR). Each airport is around 2.5 hour shuttle from our hotel. We can help you determine the best flight path to optimize schedule and flight prices.
Visa: Nicaragua does not have any covid-related country bans or restrictions. All nations that could enter Nicaragua before covid are once again permitted to enter under regular visa requirements.
Most nations visiting Nicaragua do not need to apply for a visa beforehand, as 92 countries can visit visa-free for 90 days, and another 73 countries are eligible for a visa-on-arrival. Visa-free countries include: USA, Canada, UK, Mexico, Australia, and many more.
COVID-19 in Nicaragua:
To view the World Heath Organization’s most updated statistics on Covid cases by country, click here.
To Enter Nicaragua: You need a negative RT-PCR Covid test within 72 hours of your ARRIVAL into Nicaragua, and you will need to have a printed copy to show at the airports and throughout your travel, an electronic copy will not be sufficient. Please communicate with us if you need help ensuring that you schedule the proper Covid test within the necessary timelines. Masks are required during all aspects of your travel into Nicaragua. Once at the hotel, masks are not mandatory and hand sanitizer and thermometers are onsite.
For those traveling from the San Diego area: We strongly recommend using US Specialty Labs in Sorrento Valley, as they are extremely reliable, professional, fast, easy, and their test results contain the necessary components (doc signature, company stamp). You make an appointment online for the RT-PCR Covid test (cannot accept the rapid tests or antigen tests) at usspecialtylabs.com and you would select the $65 test, not the $150 International Travel test.
For those traveling from the Reno area: You can schedule directly through the Reno Airport for the Real Time RT-PCR test for $135.
-MUST BE a Real Time PCR test
-Rapid tests are NOT ACCEPTED
-PRINTED COPY OF NEGATIVE COVID TEST REQUIRED
-Test must be taken and results available within 72 hours OF ARRIVAL INTO NICARAGUA
Our address/specific location:
Location in Nicaragua (not typical addresses here):
Machele’s Place by Room to Roam
150m South of Hotel Blu Sol, Playa Gigante, Tola, Rivas, Nicaragua
Local Phone Number: +505-7896-0707
Use our local business number as your local contact info:
Manager Sadam Torres : +505 7896 0707
Travel through Costa Rica Requirements:
Flying into Liberia, Costa Rica (LIR) is pretty easy! We have a professional shuttle service pick you up from the airport, holding a Room to Roam sign. Approximately 1 hour drive to the border and you are guided through the border crossing (there is a bit of walking, but people who will cart your luggage for ease) and met on the Nicaraguan side by another professional shuttle who will also have a sign with names. From here it is approximately 1.5 hours drive in the Nicaraguan tropical countryside beauty. Enjoy the journey of being a world traveler and trust that we will get you where you need to go. We ask that you please tip the people who help transport your bags through the border crossing process, however the tips for the driver/shuttles are included in the payment that we cover.
Regardless of duration of stay, Costa Rica requires travelers to carry a minimum of 5 days of travel insurance (around $50) that meets specific pandemic criteria. We have used and recommend this company. As of 8/1/2021, if you are fully vaccinated, you do NOT need this insurance, but you will need proof of your vaccination card photos to upload when doing your Health Pass.
Additionally, all persons entering Costa Rica must fill out a health pass within 48 hours of arrival into Costa Rica. You will either need your travel insurance policy info for verification OR your proof of vaccination in order to complete this process, which takes less than 5 minutes. Save a picture of your QR code on your phone for making future travel steps even easier.
When arriving in Costa Rica you will be asked for your QR code, the mandatory insurance (or proof of vaccination), and proof of a return flight to leave the country. You will want to first tell them you are heading DIRECTLY to Nicaragua (otherwise they expect you to have insurance for the entire duration of your trip rather than 5 days).
When you enter Nicaragua, you will be asked to provide a local address/contact info in addition to paying $14 USD for a tourist visa that lasts 90 days. Aim for exact change on this, just to keep the travel process fluid and simple. Upon leaving Nicaragua, you will also need $4 USD for the border crossing process, so save some of those bills aside so it is easy 🙂
Travel into Managua, Nicaragua Process:
Traveling through Managua is also an option, but with increased requirements for Covid Test submission timing to navigate. Managua is a smaller airport that has a main exit door where you will see your professional shuttle driver waiting for you with a Room to Roam sign. Once you get into the private shuttle, just kick back and enjoy the drive to the Southern beaches of Nicaragua (approx 2-2.5 hours depending on traffic). We have steady communication with the drivers to always know your whereabouts and to ensure everything is good to go.
When you enter Nicaragua, you will be asked to provide a local address/contact info in addition to paying $10 USD for a tourist visa that lasts 90 days. Aim for exact change on this, just to keep the travel process fluid and simple.
Nicaragua daily temps stay pretty consistent year round with the low-high range between 73 and 90 degrees fahrenheit. During the “wet” season between May – October there are tropical rains and weather that typically light and do not last long, just on and off throughout the day. The ocean temperatures are typically around 80-85 degrees, though there are times when the water can feel a little chilly and you will want a wetsuit jacket or vest.
The local currency is Cordobas (cords) where approximately 35 cords = $1 USD. US dollars are accepted in almost every place, however having smaller bills is helpful to avoid constantly needing the small businesses to make change. It is NOT essential to have local currency ahead of time for your trip. Many places also accept credit cards, just remember to put travel notifications on any cards you may plan to use. Any purchases with Room to Roam can also be made via Venmo or Paypal. We accept credit cards as well, however there is a 5.5% fee tacked on from the bank and machine surcharges. Having small bills available is also helpful for tipping easily when the situation arises. Tipping is optional, however, remember this is a country and economy that depends on tourism, so a small amount here and there can mean a lot to a person/family. Additionally, plan for having about $10 in USD (5 ones and 1 five would be best) for your return to USA travel. Maybe set this aside in the beginning to keep things super easy throughout your entire journey:)
Nicaragua uses the same plug/socket/voltage system as the United States, so adaptors are not necessary. (120 volts and 60hz)
You can wash by hand or have staff at the retreat center do your laundry. It is $5 per load to have done by Room to Roam staff .
This is a lot of info…we know…we will guide you through every step when you Roam with Us. We also understand there are many people that like as much info as possible way in advance, so here it is:)