Nicaragua Import Restrictions

In order to enter Nicaragua, certain goods are subject to specific controls and, regardless of their value and quantity, they require the consent of Nicaragua government, preferably, license must be obtained prior to passage through the customs, preventing the goods from being retained. On this page, you will see what kinds of items are prohibited from entering the Nicaragua, and which items need special documentation before exporting to Nicaragua.

Nicaragua Import Regulations

Import regulations

Senders should determine import restrictions from Nicaragua authorities before posting:


  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Animal products/skins
  • Coffee, coffee samples
  • Cologne and perfume
  • Communications equipment
  • Cosmetics
  • Cotton, cotton seed
  • Drugs: non-prescription
  • Fire extinguishers
  • Foodstuffs
  • Grain samples
  • Medical samples
  • Perishables
  • Phone/modems
  • Plants and plant products
  • Radar equipment: transmitters/receivers
  • Radio equipment and parts
  • Seeds
  • Telecommunications equipment
  • Tobacco
  • Works of Art.

EDN’s and export permits are required for:

  • Kangaroo skins
  • Crocodile skins
  • Emu oil
  • Fish oil
  • Bunker oil
  • Coal
  • Petroleum bases products
  • Tobacco and tobacco products
  • Any other alcohol including beer and spirits all volumes.

Special documentation requirements

Commercial goods require an invoice endorsed by a nicaraguan consul. The article must be endorsed invoice enclosed.

The sender and receiver details must be addressed with a valid street address in English. A Post Office Box address is not acceptable.

The sender is responsible for finding if the destination country may impose duties, taxes, brokerage fees or any other fees that may be applied on the item that is being sent. Please contact the consulate office of the country you are sending to or contact the ECI customer contact centre on 1800 007 678.


In addition to items prohibited by Dangerous and Prohibited Goods & Packaging Post Guide and ECI International Courier Regulations, Nicaragua prohibits:

  • Animals
  • Asbestos
  • Bullion and currency
  • Clothing or sacks, used
  • Dangerous goods, haz. or comb. material
  • Gambling machines
  • Isopropanol
  • Ivory.
  • Lottery tickets and advertising
  • Military uniforms
  • Military equipment
  • Obscene or immoral articles
  • Pharmaceutical products of unknown composition
  • Precious stones, jewels and metals
  • Poisons
  • Pornography
  • Police whistles
  • Platinum, gold and silver
  • Securities, payable to the bearer
  • Travellers cheques
  • Tobacco products, unidentified
  • Weapons.

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