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Reconsider travel to Honduras due to COVID-19 and crime. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.
Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Honduras due to COVID-19, indicating a high level of COVID-19 in the country. Your risk of contracting COVID-19 and developing severe symptoms may be lower if you are fully vaccinated with an FDA authorized vaccine. Before planning any international travel, please review the CDC's specific recommendations for vaccinated and unvaccinated travelers. Visit the Embassy's COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 and related restrictions and conditions in Honduras.
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Country Summary: Violent crime, such as homicide and armed robbery, is common. Violent gang activity, such as extortion, violent street crime, rape, and narcotics and human trafficking, is widespread. Local police and emergency services lack sufficient resources to respond effectively to serious crime.
Read the country information page.
If you decide to travel to Honduras:
Gracias a Dios Department
Gracias a Dios is an isolated area with high levels of criminal activity and drug trafficking. Infrastructure is weak, government services are limited, and police and military presence is scarce.
The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Gracias a Dios as U.S. government employees are restricted from traveling to the area.
Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.
Honduras is party to the Hague Convention on Protection of Children and Co-operation in Respect of Intercountry Adoption (Hague Adoption Convention). Intercountry adoption processing in Hague countries is done in accordance with the requirements of the Convention; the U.S. implementing legislation, the Intercountry Adoption Act of 2000 (IAA); and the IAA’s implementing regulations, as well as the implementing legislation and regulations of Honduras.
The Department of State will provide updated information on adoption.state.gov as it becomes available.
Please visit the Department’s country specific information for more information on travelling to Honduras and the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa’s website for information on consular services.
With reference to the Adoption Notice dated July 1, 2019, the Honduran Central Authority has confirmed that it will continue to process certain adoption cases that were started prior to July 1, 2019, under the non-Convention process (or orphan process) as “transition cases.” These cases include those in which a U.S. citizen filed a Form I-600A, Application for Advance Processing of an Orphan Petition, or a Form I-600, Petition to Classify Orphan as an Immediate Relative, prior to July 1, 2019. The United States will continue to coordinate with Honduran authorities on issues related to “transition cases.”
If you obtained a final adoption of a child in Honduras prior to July 1, 2019, you may be able to use the orphan process to process your intercountry adoption.
We are in the process of updating our Country Information Sheet for Honduras. Please continue to monitor adoption.state.gov for updated information as it becomes available. If you have any questions about this notice, please contact the Office of Children’s Issues at firstname.lastname@example.org.
U.S. Embassy in Honduras
Avenida La Paz
Tel: (504) 2238 5114
Honduras’ Adoption Authority
Dirección de Niñez, Adolescencia y Familia (DINAF)
Colonia Humuya, Calle la salud, casa 1101
Semaforo entre la colonia El Prado y Blvd. Kuwait
Tel: (504) 2239-7900
Honduras also operates consulates in: Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York, Phoenix, and San Francisco.
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
For questions about filing a Form I-800A application or a Form I-800 petition with the USCIS National Benefits Center (NBC):
Tel: 1-877-424-8374 (toll free); 1-913-275-5480 (local); Fax: 1-913-214-5808
For general questions about immigration procedures:
USCIS Contact Center
Tel: 1-800-375-5283 (TTY 1-800-767-1833)
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