Augusto C. Sandino International Airport (MGA) is located in Managua, Nicaragua's capital. The fifth busiest airport in Central America, MGA is an attractively designed airport that houses 11 gates with jetways and serves an even mix of US, Central American and Caribbean destinations.
Immigration & Customs
US citizens need a passport. All foreigners entering the country pay a tourist fee of $5.00 (USD). Each passenger or head of family will fill out a customs declaration form to declare baggage. A red light will flash on to let you know if your bag is to be checked. Or a green light will flash on if your bag will not be checked, and you can leave.
Getting to Your Hotel
Depending on your vacation objectives, consider either renting car or taking a taxi from the airport. If you want the freedom to roam Nicaragua's lush Pacific coast, rent a Jeep with 4-wheel drive and start exploring. If you're just going to beach bum it up, a taxi may be a more appropriate choice. In some cases, hotels provide transportation to and from the airport for their guests. The hotel representatives for these resorts are stationed near the luggage collection area.
Getting Around Nicaragua
Radio-dispatched taxis are available at MGA. Before entering a taxi, negotiate the price, ensure the taxi has a red license plate and check that the number on the back of the taxi is clear. Also, make sure the company name and logo are clearly visible. You can also arrange a limo or private charter. Though more expensive, these services often include a driver who meets you at arrivals. Public buses (often times reappropriated school buses) operate on routes between and in the major destinations. Some express buses travel between important urban centers and make fewer stops for a faster transit. The buses are more affordable, but not as efficient or comfortable as taxis or charters.