As well as other travel documents, filling out an immigration form and adhering to its requirements and size are requisites when travelling to a different country. One such example of this process happens to tourists coming from Honduras to Nicaragua. The filling out of the so called pre-checkForm (which is actually a tourist card) is quite an often discussed topic when talking to travelers that have been through that immigration process. For this reason, I decided to write an article on that matter, describing the process in detail with some references to useful tips from other travelers.

Why do travelers need to fill out the Pre Check Form when entering Nicaragua. What makes it so crucial?

Travelers arriving in Nicaragua are asked to complete a form known as the pre check Form. It aims to make the immigration procedure more efficient and guarantee that border authorities have access to all required details. According to sources opinions differ on whether its essential, but most seasoned travelers agree that possessing this document improves the chances of a hassle free entry into Nicaragua. Given the aspect of border officials decisions their discretion and mood can significantly impact the outcomes.

Where to Locate and Successfully Fill Out the Pre Check Form; Suggestions and Perspectives

Travelers can fill out the pre-check Form on the official Nicaraguan government websites, such as or. The Form requests personal details and details about the stay in Nicaragua, such as the address of the place of lodging. One of the most common problems is that details of a local contact or sponsor in Nicaragua (and their number) are required.

To navigate this, travellers have used various strategies:

  • When checking in at accommodations such, as hotels or villas remember to provide your name, contact information and passport number of a local identification number.
  • For the question ‘Si fue invitado, llenar la siguiente información’ (When asked to do some travelers have chosen to enter ‘no’ or ‘N/A’ (not applicable) and continued without giving a local contact.

When should you send in the check form and what kind of response can you anticipate?

The pre-check Form, whether submitted at least several business days before travel or upon arrival, should, ideally, be submitted at least a few days before travel. Immigration responses from Nicaraguan authorities vary: some travellers will receive an email confirmation giving them the okay to enter, others will get nothing but the Forms still facilitate travellers at the border. If no response is received, carrying a printed copy of the submitted Form and accompanying emails is helpful.

To. Not to Decide; Evaluating the Pros and Cons

While there are successes to entering Nicaragua without the Form to the extent Nicaragua border enforcement swings to the whim of border officials, the general advice is to complete it. To not do so opens a traveler to be at the discretion of the border official, which could result in denied entry. It’s better to be safe than sorry. Especially when crossing overland.

Travellers Tales; Genuine Accounts and Tips

Traveler experiences indicate that enforcement of the pre-check form is variable at best. For example, where one traveler entered her hotel and the phone number of the management company on her form; the online response was a pending confirmation and this was not checked on entry. Another traveler filled out the online form and presented a printed copy at the border. The fact that the online application was still undecided was immaterial.

Tips for a Seamless Arrival in Nicaragua

Based on collective traveller experiences, the following are recommended:

  • Make sure to fill out the pre check Form and have a hard copy with you.
  • Make sure you have all your documents ready including your COVID 19 certificates and information, about where you’ll be staying.
  • If you’re uncertain, about parts of the form you can refer to the hotel details or simply input ‘N/A’ where needed.
  • Make sure to verify the status of the form but don’t depend entirely on it for submission.
  • Stay adaptable and understanding since border procedures tend to be full of surprises.

In conclusion, it can seem pretty intimidating, the pre-check Form for Nicaragua. However with knowledge and preparation, this process goes much smoother. Making sure to have everything you need and staying current on the latest set of immigration requirements, it’s just one more way the travel community continues to have one another’s backs while sorting through it all.


How do I find the check form for Nicaragua?

You can find the pre-check Form on official Nicaraguan government websites for example and . The PDF can be found and it can be filled online . Be sure to fill in correctly all personal and travel details.

What do I need to do if the form requires a contact or sponsor in Nicaragua?

If you don’t have anyone you know or a sponsor in Nicaragua you can provide information, about where you’ll be staying, like a hotel or villa. Please use the name of the accommodation for the contact information. Provide its phone number. You can input your passport number as the contact ID. If the form specifically asks if you were invited (‘Si fue invitado, llenar la siguiente información’), you can enter ‘No’ or ‘No aplica’ (not applicable).

When is the deadline for submitting the check form before my travel date?

To be safe, you should submit the pre-check Form a few days before you hope to cross into Nicaragua. It should be plenty of time to hear back from Nicaraguan immigration – and, if your response has been accepted, you’ll have time to print off the documents you’ll need for your trip.

Where can I check to see if my form has been successfully submitted?

Once you’ve pressed Send/Enviar, check your email to see if you’ve received a confirmation of submission from the Nicaraguan immigration authorities. If you completed the Form online, the authorities will also assign you a ticket number and barcode. It’s a good idea to print and carry a copy of each, as the border officials may ask for them.

What should I do if I don’t get a reply after submitting my precheck form online?

First and foremost, if you don’t receive a response after submitting the Form, you should print one of the submitted Form and any confirmation emails you received. While some v

How do I find the check form for Nicaragua?

One thought on “How do I find the check form for Nicaragua?

  • 11 December 2023 at 03:25

    I found the pre-check form for Nicaragua on Its straightforward—just fill in your travel and stay details. Better safe than sorry, right? I submitted mine a few days before and got a confirmation email. Easy peasy.


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