The FCO has advised against all but essential travel to the country
The Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO) has advised British travellers to avoid travel to Nicaragua in Central America as violence spreads surrounding the anti-government protests.
The FCO statement has advised against all but essential travel to the country.
More than 25 people are reported to have died with 100 more injured over the past five days.
Among those reported dead one was a journalist who was shot down during a Facebook Live update post.
The protests started on Wednesday in response to Nicaragua’s president Daniel Ortega scrapping the changes to social security.
According to the Independent, Ortega has said his government is willing to enter into talks over the dispute.
Addressing the country, he said he is open to negotiations and for there to be “no more terror for Nicaraguan families.”
However, violence is still sweeping the streets placing the county into the high-risk category.
The U.S State Department has initiated a new four-tier system in which each country receives a travel advisory.
The U.S Embassy in Nicaragua announced on Saturday that the country has moved to level 3 meaning citizens should “reconsider travel.”
More than 25 people are reported to have died with 100 more injured
There has been ongoing street violence in many areas in Nicaragua
The FCO reported: “There has been ongoing street violence in many areas in Nicaragua.
“This has involved the use of tear gas, rubber bullets and live ammunition, resulting in serious injuries and deaths.
“These incidents are unpredictable and can happen at any time.
“Major routes to the international airport have become impassable at times due to disorder. This could happen again at any time.
“There are reports of escalating violence in numerous locations around the country.
“Exercise extreme caution when planning travel and avoid affected areas entirely.”
There has been ongoing street violence in many areas across the country
The FCO report that around 17,000 British tourists visited Nicaragua in 2016.
Although the majority of visits are trouble-free, the UK health authorities have classified Nicaragua as carrying a risk of transmitting the Zika virus.
Dengue fever is also endemic to Latin American, and the Caribbean with a significant increase in cases reported.
Cases of the Chikungunya virus have also been confirmed by the FCO.
The Foreign Office advise all British travellers take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before travelling.