Update on September 12th, 2021
Coming to Nicaragua during covid!
Here’s all the information you need to know to plan your trip to visit us in El Transito.
After being closed for more than 6 months due to the pandemic, we are more than ready to receive you.
We are planning to reopen on 1st of October at our brand new hostel. If you didn’t know, we moved during the pandemic to a new spot, 100m from the old hostel. Same amazing beach, just a better and newer hostel. Beachfront swimming pool and bar, amazing yoga deck and a rooftop terrace. Also, you now have the option of AC in almost every room in case you need it.
Hostel Rules Concerning COVID-19:
We do not enforce any covid restrictions per se while staying at hostel except enhanced cleaning of our facilities and providing sanitizer everywhere. We do not require guests to wear masks while at the hostel but we trust all our guests will maintain physical distancing as much as possible and act in a responsible manner. However, we will monitor everyone checking in at the hostel by asking questions and taking their temperature.
We do not require our guests to be fully vaccinated to stay at the hostel. HOWEVER, we STRONGLY recommend to get vaccinated if you are thinking of travelling to Nicaragua and especially to our beautiful village of El Transito . Not because it is a country or place known to have a lot of cases, but rather because most of the population have very limited access to healthcare services and getting the virus here poses a bigger threat than contracting it anywhere else (Ex: Canada). Please be considerate of where you are travelling if you choose not to get vaccinated.
To insure the safety of the population of Nicaragua considering the small number of hospitals in the country, the government has put in place a mandatory negative covid PCR test result taken 72h before arrival for every person entering the country (vaccinated or not) . The way to do it, is to take a private lab PCR test 72h before the arrival of your flight in Nicaragua. You will get your result 24h-48h before the flight and you will need to send it either to the travel agency you used or to the airlines company itself (you will receive plenty of emails from them explaining what to do). They will then confirm your seat and you will have to show your negative test at your departure airport and at Managua airport on arrival. We recommend choosing a 24h rapid PCR test if you choose to fly with Avianca as they ask for test results to be sent 36h before your flight to Nicaragua.
Before booking a flight to Nicaragua make sure:
You can also take a flight to San José or Liberia airports in Costa Rica and cross the border from the south of Nicaragua. The border is now open for people entering Nicaragua . Costa Rica doesn’t ask for a negative covid test, only covid travel insurance. You can then take a bus from Costa Rica to Managua, Nicaragua. You will still need to take a covid PCR test 72h before your entry to Nicaragua.
2 owners of Free Spirit Hostel just made the trip in September 2020 and everything went smoothly. In all of the airports that we pass through, there were some strict sanitary processes: One bench in between everybody at the airport, mandatory mask from the airport to the plane, temperature taken, etc. It will probably be more crowded in the future but in September, airports were not busy at all and we felt super safe.
In Nicaragua we were happily surprised to see that almost everybody was wearing a mask in the big cities and in the villages as well to go buy groceries or fishes. Moreover, in the big cities, they take temperature and you have to wash your hands before entering almost every property from banks to grocery shops.
Finally we believe that Nicaragua is a safe country to visit post pandemic and we are ready to welcome you in a safe environment at Free Spirit Hostel.
Safe travel and see you soon
The border from Costa Rica can be cross, but you still need the same negative covid PCR test.
You can do your test in Liberia less than 72h before crossing. Be careful, the hospital charges 300$ while a clinic beside charges only 115$. For the test, you need an appointment. The results come in less than 48h and you need to go get the physical copy at the clinic!
It’s 10$ to leave Costa Rica and 13$ to enter Nica. (US dollars absolutely) They checked COVID test many times, asked us how long you are planning on staying in Nicaragua and needed the exact address and reservation of the hotel. (The Free Spirit Hostel, Leon, Nagarote, Playa el Transito, De la escula 1 cuadra al oeste y 1 cuadra al norte). They asked us how much cash you have on you, what are our occupations and other routine questions. They sometimes ask for a proof of exit, so you should have a bus or flights to show as proof.