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How To Get Your COVID-19 Test in Nicaragua

How To Get Your COVID-19 Test in Nicaragua

With many countries, including Canada and The U.S., requiring a negative COVID-19 test in order to enter the country, travel can still be complicated.  We hope the information below will help travelers in Nicaragua, navigate all the particular requirements for travel.

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”).

Infographic, How to Get Your COVID-19 Test in Managua, Nicaragua
Infographic, COVID-19 Test in Nicaragua

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, 2021International 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:

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.

If you have any general questions about getting around Managua or would like to make a reservation at the hostel, please feel free to let us know!

11 thoughts on “How To Get Your COVID-19 Test in Nicaragua

  1. I am look to travel back to the uk from april 7 th i am Granada i will looking to stay in Manaqua for a few days

  2. A few more helpful tips: 1) Arrive early if possible, it can fill up fast. 2) You can pay in cash OR by card at Conchita Palacios. 3) Pre-registering online puts you in a smaller waiting area and is a much shorter wait (and if you’re paying in person, I was able to leave the payment section empty on the online from.)

    1. Hi I am trying to register online but if I don’t have the voucher it doesnt let me. How did you make it possible?

      1. Hi Maylene, The voucher for the advance payment is required so that you can make the process quicker when you go the testing location. The alternative is that you can pay at this test site. Hope this helps!

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