How To Get Your COVID-19 Test in Nicaragua
In short, all people requiring a COVID-19 (PCR) test, must come to Managua in order to have the test done. There is no option to have the test done in a private lab or in a location outside of the Capital. In fact, all tests are performed by MINSA (the Nicaraguan Ministry of Health) at their central office (called “Conchita Palacios”).
Fortunately, the process of getting testing and results is relatively straightforward (REFER TO OUR INFOGRAPHIC).
First of all, we recommend that you head to the nearest branch of the BANPRO bank. You’ll need to have your passport with you! You’ll then make a deposit of $150 USD to either Banpro account 10010012253774 (U.S. dollars) or 10010002253784 (equivalent in Cordobas), both registered under TGR-MINSA. Cash payments can also be made at Conchita Palacios National Health Complex where you’ll be heading next.
Once you’ve made your deposit at the bank, you’ll need to head to the testing location. Make sure you have the deposit slip and your passport on hand!
Testing in Nicaragua is carried out at the National Center for Diagnosis and Reference (CNDR) from Monday to Saturday, 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Test results are returned the same day between 3:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m.
After some initial issues with long lines, the testing process has improved and is now running smoothly with our guests reporting that, while still busy, everything was running efficiently.
[UPDATE as of March 17, 2021] International airline passengers who require a negative COVID-19 viral test to travel to the United States can now make an online appointment with the Nicaraguan Ministry of Health (MINSA) and receive their test results digitally using the following website: https://serviciosenlinea.minsa.gob.ni
If you have any specific questions on how to get your COVID-19 test in Nicaragua, the health ministry has created a 24/7 hotline. To reach the Ministry of Health hotline, you should call +505-8418-9953.
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