A 48-hour strike that is set to end later today (Friday) has lead to violent protests and widespread disruption in Honduras. People are striking against government plans to privatise education and healthcare.
If you are in the area, please consider the following –
- Avoid demonstrations and large crowds. Be aware violence could occur without warning.
- If you are flying, check in with your airline or travel agent to confirm your flight status. Do this several hours before you would leave for the airport, in case your flight is on time and your airport transfer is delayed.
- If there are delays or disruption, consider contacting you travel insurance provider as well.
- Be prepared for (potentially significant) delays when travelling, as well as difficulty finding a taxi or ridesharing transport.
- Be prepared for increased costs related to taxi hire.
- Review your travel risk management plan, so you know what to do in an emergency.
- Make sure you have the contact information of your travel insurance company and your local embassy stored in a secure offline location.
- Monitor local media. If you are using Twitter to search, add the term ‘filter:verified’ to the search bar to see results from verified accounts only.
- If possible, set aside some supplies of food and bottled water.
- Keep your devices charged.
- Check in with friends and family.
- If something does happen, contact the local embassy as soon as it is safe to do so.
Official travel advice
— FCO travel advice (@FCOtravel) May 30, 2019
#Honduras Update: As of 12:30 PM, demonstrations outside Toncontin International Airport have closed the roads leading into the airport & led to the evacuation of travelers to the military base, located across the runway. Contact your airline for updates. https://t.co/v6lRvqDqse pic.twitter.com/tgnKHAzwnH
— Travel – State Dept (@TravelGov) May 30, 2019
#Honduras: Demonstrations/strikes are expected to take place beginning today, May 30th. Teachers & health professionals plan to hold a nationwide 48-hour general strike. Business closures and blockades by protesters on roads are likely within Tegucigalpa. https://t.co/cNmSvnhs5q pic.twitter.com/XBTk4z7uNf
— Travel – State Dept (@TravelGov) May 30, 2019
From the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office –
Teachers and health professionals have called for a nationwide strike beginning on Thursday 30th May 2019 lasting for 48 hours. The strike has been accompanied by violent protests in major cities in Honduras and at Toncontin Airport. Business closures and blockades by protesters on roads are likely within Tegucigalpa and other major cities, including Roatan. These protests are causing considerable disruption to transport, including flights leaving Toncontin airport. Please monitor local and social media for updates and be prepared to amend your travel plans accordingly. Please follow the advice of local authorities and your tour operator or airline.
from Travel Advice Summary, which can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/honduras
From the Canadian Government’s Travel Advice website –
Demonstrations and strikes occur regularly in cities throughout the country and often result in significant traffic disruptions and minor vandalism. In Tegucigalpa, demonstrations are known to target the National Congress, Central Park, Presidential Palace, United Nations offices and the United States Embassy. Demonstrations often transit along Centroamerica Boulevard, La Paz and Los Próceres avenues, and Suyapa Boulevard.
Anti-corruption demonstrations occasionally take place on Fridays in Tegucigalpa. Some groups of protesters gather on Friday afternoons in Tegucigalpa, and often follow any of the following routes:
- from Tigo Building on Morazán Boulevard to Presidential Palace, the U.S. Embassy and/or United Nations offices
- from Kennedy neighbourhood (“colonia”) to Presidential Palace
- from the National Autonomous University of Honduras (UNAH) to Presidential Palace or the National congress
Vehicle demonstrations in Tegucigalpa generally move along the Peripheral Ring Road. In San Pedro Sula, protesters gather at the monument to the mother (Monumento a la Madre).
Avoid demonstrations and large crowds, as they can turn violent with little notice. Exercise caution and keep informed of possible roadblocks. The Honduran constitution prohibits political activities by foreigners. Do not participate in political discussions or activities in public, as doing so could lead to arrest or even deportation.
from Country Advice and Advisories updated in the last 24 hours, which can be found at: http://travel.gc.ca/destinations/honduras
Further news and information
People in Honduras are taking part in a 48-hour nationwide general strike in protest of the government’s plans to privatize education and healthcare. pic.twitter.com/dDH3UwMLa6
— AJ+ (@ajplus) May 30, 2019
#Honduras 🇭🇳: police forces were caught on camera beating and kicking human rights activists who were trying to get rid of a tear gas canister in the southern province of #Choluteca. #FueraJOH pic.twitter.com/3Yktz6q7Ne
— Thomas van Linge (@ThomasVLinge) May 31, 2019
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