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Honduras Travel Alert

Issued by US Department of State

Nov 06, 2009

The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens to the current uncertain political and security situation in Honduras, and recommends that American citizens exercise caution when traveling to Honduras, while deferring all non-essential travel to the capital city of Tegucigalpa until further notice.  This Travel Alert expires on December 20, 2009.

On Sunday June 28, the Honduran military ousted President Manuel Zelaya in a coup d’etat and sent him out of the country.  Since that time, there have been frequent demonstrations throughout the country, including roadblocks between cities.  Since the signing of a political accord on October 29, demonstrations have been limited to Tegucigalpa.  On November 4 and 5, there were explosions at three public locations in Tegucigalpa, with minor injuries caused.

The Department of State recommends that American citizens residing in and visiting Honduras exercise extreme caution when traveling within the country.  While the de facto government of Honduras is no longer imposing daily curfews, the Embassy strongly recommends that American citizens monitor local TV and radio each evening for current curfew information and abide by these restrictions, should they be imposed.  The U.S. Embassy has imposed limitations on the travel of its staff within Honduras and these restrictions are reviewed and or revised on a day-to-day basis. Demonstrations may increase in frequency as the political accord is implemented and the November 29, 2009 elections approach.  Demonstrations to date have been generally non-violent with few reports of injuries.  However, Americans are reminded that peaceful demonstrations can turn violent with little or no warning.  

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 with flights scheduled with American Airlines may wish to call (504) 216-4800 (Honduras) or 1-800-433-7300 (United States).  Those traveling with Delta Airlines may wish to call 1-800-241-4141 (United States and Central America) or (504) 550-1616 (San Pedro Sula).  Those with flights scheduled with Continental Airlines may wish to call (504) 220-0999 (Tegucigalpa), (504) 557-4141 (San Pedro Sula), or 1-800-231-0856 (United States). 

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 non-immigrant visa unit re-opened for regular service on November 2, 2009. Barring changes in the security situation, the Consular Section will be open for normal business for non-immigrant visa services, immigrant visa services and American Citizen Services both at the Consular Section at the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa and for American Citizen Services at the Consular Agency in San Pedro Sula.

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 Travel Alerts, 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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