In May and early June, Honduras experienced unrest as teachers, doctors and other professional protested against government plans to privatise public services. While the major protests have eased for now, the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office warns that protests continue elsewhere, causing minor disruption. These could escalate again, and violence is a serious possibility.
This recent post from Stratfor provides further background on the security situation in Honduras.
If you are in Honduras or will be heading there soon, please consider the following –
- Avoid demonstrations and large crowds. Be aware violence could occur without warning.
- 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
From the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office –
In late May 2019, teachers and health professionals called for a nationwide strike which was followed by violent protests in major cities in Honduras and at Toncontin Airport. Peaceful protests have since continued in different parts of the country and may continue for some time. These protests could turn violent, leading to the closure of businesses and blockades by protesters on roads in the main cities, including Roatan. These events could cause disruption to transport and cause delays. You should monitor local and social media for updates and follow the advice of local authorities and your tour operator or airline.
Protests and large demonstrations can often occur with little or no notice. Avoid all demonstrations. You should not attempt to pass through any blockades. Please monitor local press, radio and TV, or contact the British Embassy, Guatemala for local updates.
The Honduran Constitution prohibits political activities by foreigners. If you take part in demonstrations you may be detained and/or deported.
from Travel Advice Summary, which can be found at: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/honduras
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