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Honduras Travel Alert

Issued by US Department of State

Jun 29, 2009

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the current unstable political and security situation in Honduras, and recommends that American citizens defer all non-essential travel to Honduras until further notice.  This Travel Alert expires on July 29, 2009.

On Sunday June 28, the Honduran military ousted President Manuel Zelaya and sent him out of the country.  There are military or police checkpoints throughout Tegucigalpa, and there have been reports of sporadic demonstrations.

The Department of State recommends that American citizens residing in and visiting Honduras remain close to their homes or hotels unless their travel is of a life or death nature, or a scheduled departure from Honduras, and that U.S. citizens restrict travel within the country to necessary trips.  The Government of Honduras has imposed a curfew for June 29 and June 30 from 9:00 p.m through 6:00 a.m.  The U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa strongly recommends American citizens to abide by such curfews and to check the Embassy's website for the latest information on curfews.  The U.S. Embassy has restricted the travel of its staff within Honduras to necessary trips.  The decision to lift or continue those restrictions will be made on a day-to-day basis.

There have been regular demonstrations at the Presidential palace in central Tegucigalpa, and streets in the vicinity of many government offices are blocked by police or military.  In general, the streets of Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula are quiet.  Reports from the rest of the country indicate that calm prevails, although there have been cases of occasional roadblocks.

Honduras' borders remain open, and the airports remain open for regularly scheduled flights.  Continental Airlines, American Airlines, and Delta Airlines continue to operate flights as usual, though this is subject to change.  Those traveling with Continental Airlines may wish to call (011 504) 220-0999 (Tegucigalpa), (011 504) 557-4141 (San Pedro Sula), or 1-800-231-0856 (United States).  Those traveling with American Airlines may wish to call (011 504) 216-4800 (Honduras) or 1-800-433-7300 (United States).  Those traveling with Delta Airlines may wish to call 1-800-791-9000 (United States and Central America) or (011 504) 550-1616 (San Pedro Sula).  

The U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa strongly recommends that U.S. citizens avoid large gatherings and not try to pass roadblocks if they encounter them.  U.S. citizens should monitor the situation via media sources, including TV and radio when possible, and via the internet.

The U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa and the Consular Agency in San Pedro Sula may close for all but emergency services as a result of the political and security situation.  The decision to reopen the Embassy and the Consular Agency for non-emergency services will be made on a day-to-day basis.  Check the Embassy's website for up-to-date information. The U.S. Embassy is located on Avenida La Paz in Tegucigalpa; telephone (011 504) 238 5114, after hours telephone (011 504) 236 8497; Consular Section fax (011 504) 238 4357; E-mail:  usahonduras@state.gov Webpage:   http://honduras.usembassy.gov.

For the latest security information, Americans traveling abroad should regularly monitor the Department's Internet website (http://travel.state.gov), where the current Travel Warnings and Public Announcements, including the Worldwide Caution, can be found.  Up-to-date information on safety and security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll free in the U.S., or for callers outside the U.S. and Canada, a regular toll-line at 1-202-501-4444.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

Americans living or traveling in Honduras are encouraged to register with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate through the State Department's travel registration website (https://travelregistration.state.gov/ibrs), and to obtain updated information on travel and security within Honduras.  Americans without Internet access may register directly with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.  By registering, American citizens make it easier for the Embassy or Consulate to contact them in case of emergency.

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