Nicaragua country brief

Australia and Nicaragua have a cordial relationship based on modest trade and international cooperation.

Key engagement

Australia's trade relationship with Nicaragua that consists of mostly of coffee imports.


Modest trade potential based on current political environment.

Bilateral relations

Diplomatic relations were established in 1987. Australia's Ambassador to Mexico holds non-resident accreditation to Nicaragua and Australia has an Honorary Consul in Managua. Nicaragua's Ambassador to Australia is resident in Tokyo.

Foreign relations

Nicaragua is a member of the Organisation of American States (OAS), the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States (CELAC) and the Central American Integration System (SICA), the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA) and Petro Caribe.

Australia and Nicaragua both participate in the Forum for East Asia-Latin America Cooperation (FEALAC). Australia is an observer of SICA.

Foreign Policy White Paper

Fast facts

  • Nicaraguan visitors to Australia (2017) — 100
  • Australian visitors to Nicaragua (primary destination 2018)* — 900
  • Resident Australian population born in Nicaragua (2016) — 700
  • Australian residents of Nicaraguan descent (2016) — 700
  • Nicaraguan students in Australia (2017) — <5

High level engagement


  • June — Ambassador for Women and Girls Dr Sharman Stone visited Nicaragua.

Public diplomacy

In 2018, the Council on Australia-Latin America Relations (COALAR) provided grants to Somos21 Limited to connect and collaborate with people and institutions in Nicaragua.

Through the Direct Aid Program, the Australian Government provides financial support to a range of projects in Nicaragua. In 2017-18, the Direct Aid Program supported projects related to maternal and child health, access to water and food security for women.

Economic diplomacy

Further economic and trade information can be found in our Economic Factsheet for Nicaragua.


See Smartraveller for Information on travelling to Nicaragua.

Australian Embassy in Mexico

Ruben Dario 55
Col. Polanco
Mexico City 11580
Tel: 52-55-11012200
Facebook: Australia en México, Centroamérica, Cuba y República Dominicana
Twitter: @AusEmbMex

*Nicaragua reports the number of Australian visitors as 3,000 for 2018 (Instituto Nicaragüense de Turismo).

Last Updated: 7 June 2019