Republic of Honduras
Travel Warnings: Issued when Protracted situations make a country dangerous or unstable. Defer or reconsider travel.
Travel Alerts: Issued when short-term conditions pose imminent threats. Defer or reconsider travel.
Embassy Messages: Issued when local security issues arise.
Passport must have six months validity
One page required for entry stamp
Required: yellow fever, if arriving from countries with a risk of yellow fever transmission.
Suggested: measles, rubella, rabies, hepatitis A, hepatitis B, typhoid.
Travelers must declare any amount over $10,000.
Travelers must declare any amount over $10,000.
To enter Honduras, you need:
Special Requirements for Minors: Under Honduran law, children under age 21 who are traveling unaccompanied or with only one parent must have written, notarized permission to travel from the non-traveling parent(s).
The U.S. Department of State is unaware of any HIV/AIDS entry restrictions for visitors or residents of Honduras.
Crime: Honduras has one of the highest homicide rates in the world. While crime and violence are serious problems throughout the country, the north coast and central portions of the country have historically had the country’s highest crime rates. In particular, San Pedro Sula has the second highest city murder rate in the world.
In particular, Gracias a Dios is a remote location where narcotics-trafficking is frequent, infrastructure is weak, government services are limited, and police or military presence is scarce. The U.S. Embassy has restricted U.S. government personnel travel to Gracias a Dios due to credible threat information against U.S. citizens by criminal and drug trafficking organizations. U.S. citizens traveling to Gracias a Dios should reconsider their travel.
The Honduran government conducts police and military patrols in major cities in an effort to reduce crime. However, the ability of Honduran law enforcement authorities to prevent, respond to, and investigate criminal incidents, and to prosecute criminals is limited.
Read the Travel Warning for Honduras for additional information.
See the Department of State page for information on scams.
Victims of Crime: If you are a victim of crime, call the national police by dialing 911. Remember that local authorities are responsible for investigating and prosecuting the crime.
Also contact the U.S. Embassy at 011-504-2236-9320 or 011-504-2238-5114 (and after-hours at 011-504-2238-5114, extension 4100). We can:
Domestic Violence: U.S. citizen victims of domestic violence may contact the U.S. Embassy for assistance.
Severe Weather: Honduras is vulnerable to hurricanes, heavy rains, and flooding, especially between June and November. For up-to-date information, visit Honduras’ National Emergency Management Commission (COPECO) website for current alerts, as well as the National Hurricane Center’s website.
For further information:
Staff, facilities, and supplies in Honduras are not necessarily up to U.S. medical standards. There are adequate facilities for advanced surgical procedures in case of non-elective emergencies.
Honduras lacks the infrastructure to maintain water purity and food safety. Diarrheal illness is very common even in large cities and luxury accommodations. Only sealed commercial water containers (bottles) are considered safe to drink.
Air pollution can aggravate or lead to respiratory problems during the dry season due to widespread forest fires and agricultural burning.
We do not pay medical bills: Be aware that U.S. Medicare does not apply overseas.
Medical insurance: Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. Most care providers overseas only accept cash payments. See our webpage for more information on insurance providers for overseas coverage. We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation.
Prescription medication: If traveling with prescription medication, check with the Embassy of Honduras in Washington, DC to ensure the medication is legal in Honduras. Always carry your prescription medication in original packaging with your doctor’s prescription. Always ensure you have enough medicine to cover your travel time, and research its availability in Honduras, or whether there is a viable replacement.
The following diseases are prevalent in Honduras:
Please review the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website for further information.
Vaccinations: Honduras requires proof of Yellow Fever immunization if coming from another country endemic with Yellow Fever. Be up-to-date on all vaccinations recommended by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Further health information:
Criminal Penalties:You are subject to local laws. If you violate local laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned.
Arrest Notification: If you are arrested or detained, ask police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Embassy immediately. See our webpage for further information.
Investment: Many U.S. firms and citizens operating in Honduras have found corruption to be a serious problem. Due to poor regulation, financial investments pose high risks and have led to substantial losses.
Exercise extreme caution before investing in real estate. Fraudulent deeds are common and have led to numerous disputes. In addition, threats and violence have been used against U.S. citizens involved in property disputes. Numerous U.S. citizens have reported significant delays in resolving judicial cases and/or lack of cooperation from courts and the legal system.For further information, review the State Department’s Investment Climate Statement and the U.S. Embassy’s information page on purchasing property in Honduras.
Faith-Based Travelers: See our following webpages for details:
LGBTI Travelers: There are no legal restrictions on same-sex sexual relations or the organization of LGBTI events in Honduras. However, many activists report that crimes committed against the LGBTI community go unpunished. There have also been cases of police harassment of patrons in LGBTI nightclubs. LGBTI travelers should exercise caution, especially when expressing affection in public.
Travelers Who Require Accessibility Assistance: Honduran law requires access to buildings for persons with disabilities; however, few buildings are accessible. Please review the information on the State Department’s Traveling with Disabilities website.
Students: See our Students Abroad page.
Women Travelers: See our travel tips for Women Travelers.
Road Conditions and Safety: Because of crime, poor road conditions, and heavy commercial truck traffic, driving in Honduras can be dangerous. The U.S. Embassy discourages car and bus travel after dark.
Dangerous stretches of road include:
While Honduras and the United States have signed and ratified a Stolen Vehicle Treaty, existing Honduran laws protect good faith buyers (even of stolen vehicles), so the recovery and return of these vehicles to their original owners is not guaranteed. Vehicle insurance may mitigate loss; please check with the National Insurance Crime Bureau or with private insurance carriers about coverage details.
Traffic Laws: In an accident, contact the Honduran Transit Authority (“Transito”) by dialing 911.
Public Transportation: Avoid public transportation in Honduras.
See our Road Safety page for more information.
Aviation Safety Oversight: As there is no direct commercial air service to the United States by carriers registered in Honduras, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not assessed the government of Honduras’s Civil Aviation Authority for compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards. Further information may be found on the FAA’s safety assessment page.