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Nicaragua country brief

Friendly 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 the current political environment in Nicaragua.

Bilateral relations

Australia and Nicaragua established diplomatic relations in 1987.  

Australia’s Ambassador to Mexico holds non-resident accreditation to Nicaragua. Australia has an Honorary Consul in Managua.

Nicaragua’s Ambassador to Australia is resident in Seoul and does not have official representation in Australia.

Nicaragua has an Honorary Consul in Queensland.

Foreign relations

Australia and Nicaragua are members of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and  United Nations (UN).

Both participate in the Forum for East Asia-Latin America Cooperation (FEALAC).

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

Australia is an observer of SICA.

Foreign Policy White Paper

Fast facts

Nicaraguan visitors to Australia (2020 Dept of Home Affairs) #
Australian visitors to Nicaragua (primary destination (2020 Dept of Home Affairs) # *
Resident Australian population born in Nicaragua (2016 Census)
Australian residents of Nicaraguan descent (2016 Census)
Nicaraguan students in Australia (2020 Dept of Education)

# This data is owned by Home Affairs. They provide quarterly updates to this data on their website

* Nicaragua reports Australian visitors as 21,910 (average of “rest of the world including Asia, Africa and Oceania) in 2020 (

High level engagement

2017 June – Ambassador for Women and Girls, Dr Sharman Stone, visited Nicaragua.

Agreements with Nicaragua

2019 Tax Information Exchange Agreement

Public diplomacy

Through the Direct Aid Program, Australian Government supports projects coordinated by civil society, which empower women and girls, and advocate for the rights of indigenous communities, persons with disabilities and LGBTQI+ communities. DAP funds have also been used to help many of these disadvantaged groups recover from the economic impacts of COVID-19. The Australian Embassy in Mexico has hosted a number of webinars in collaboration with sponsored NGOs to highlight the outcomes of these projects. In 2020-21, funding is being provided to create better economic development opportunities for youth in Nicaragua.

In 2020, the Australian Embassy hosted a webinar on Australia’s biosecurity expertise to combat Fusarium wilt in bananas. The event attracted over 150 participants from 13 different countries, including Nicaragua.

Economic diplomacy

The Australian Government supports Australian investors in Nicaragua by providing support and advice on political, economic and regulatory environments.

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


Austrade aims to attract foreign direct investment into Australia. It also identifies market opportunities and promotes the capabilities of Australian exporters and education providers. 


Austrade offices


See Smartraveller for Information on travelling:

Australian Embassy in Mexico

Ruben Dario 55
Col. Polanco
Mexico City 11580

Tel: 52-55-11012200


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