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There are high levels of crime in Honduras. The majority of serious crime and does not affect tourists. However, there have been attacks on tourists in recent years, including armed robbery, car/busjackings and sexual offences including rape. The main type of incident for which British nationals require consular assistance in Honduras is for pick-pocketing and loss of passports. Petty theft is a problem in cities and tourist areas, including the Bay Islands (Roatan, Utila and Guanaja). Be particularly careful of your belongings at bus stations, airports, isolated beaches, tourist sites and on public transport. Keep your valuables locked away in a safe or keep them on your person when travelling. Carry a photocopy of your passport for identification purposes. Although it is illegal to be without some form of identification in Honduras, a photocopy is acceptable. Foreign visitors and residents can be targeted by scam artists. The scams come in many forms, and can pose great financial loss to victims. If you or your relatives or friends are asked to transfer money to Honduras make absolutely sure that it is not part of a scam and that you have properly checked with the person receiving the money that they are requesting it.
Despite the high levels of crime most visits to Honduras are trouble-free. However, the risk of becoming a victim exists and you should take steps to mitigate the risk. Take your personal security seriously and be aware of your surroundings at all times. The following advice may help: The Bay Islands are generally safer than mainland Honduras. However, there have been several attacks on visitors at the Bay Islands, including on the ferries to/from mainland Honduras. Take particular care if travelling between towns and cities at night.
We advise against walking around Tegucigalpa, San Pedro Sula and other main towns and cities on mainland Honduras. Remain aware of your surroundings and take care when travelling on the Bay Islands, in particular on beaches in Tela and the north coast towns after dark. There have been several attacks on foreigners on beaches after dark in recent years, including on the Bay Islands. Be aware that victims of robbing have been killed and injured resisting attack. It is useful to carry small amounts of money to hand out in the event of a robbery. Avoid displaying items of value such as cameras, MP3 players and mobile phones. This is particularly important when arriving at the airport. There have been instances of foreigners being targeted when leaving the vicinity of the airports in San Pedro Sula and Tegucigalpa.
Do not wear expensive jewellery and only carry minimal amounts of cash. Take care travelling alone in Honduras. When travelling to remote areas it may be safer to travel with others or take part in a tour with a reputable company. The same applies to walking on trails and at historical places, as there have been reports of attacks on tourists walking alone. Never accept lifts from strangers or attempt to hitchhike anywhere in Honduras. Take care travelling by road in Honduras as there have been reports of violent attacks on cars and buses in recent years. These have included armed attacks on vehicles leaving the international airport in San Pedro Sula. Exercise caution when driving in Honduras on certain routes as car-jackings have occurred. See the Local Travel section of this advice for more details.
It is safer to withdraw money from ATMs in shopping centres or change money in hotels or banks. It is wise not to withdraw too much money at one time. There have been attacks on foreigners after they have withdrawn money from ATMs. Avoid withdrawing money at night.
Travel with several sources of funds: cash, travellers’ cheques (in US dollars), credit cards, etc, but keep them safe and in separate places.
Take care travelling in Honduras as there have been reports of violent attacks on cars and buses. Particular care should be taken if travelling on microbuses (‘colectivos’) in large cities such as Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula for security reasons. Travelling on major roads between large towns/cities is safer than travelling on more remote routes. Do not travel between towns/cities after dark as you greatly increase the risk of attack. Roads that have seen attacks include routes from Limones to La Union and also from Olancho via Salama to Saba. Exercise particular caution on the roads from Gualaco to San Estaban and La Esperanza to Gracias. The isolated roads of the Department of Santa Barbara have also seen criminal activity, and hijackings of vehicles have occurred on roads in/around Tela, La Ceiba, Trujillo and El Progreso.
Pay attention to your security at the border areas with Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua. In particular, travellers have been targeted by armed robbers after crossing the Honduran border into El Salvador. Avoid openly changing large amounts of money and make sure valuables are kept out of sight. It is often better to cross borders in the morning as they sometimes close in the early evening or remain unmanned at nights. It also allows time for you to reach your destination before dark. There are unmarked minefields in/around the border with Nicaragua. Exercise caution and avoid walking on unmarked paths or off main roads in these areas.
You can use your UK Driving License to drive in Honduras for visits under three months. However, you are recommended to hold an International Driving Permit. Driving standards in Honduras are variable compared to the UK. Adequate car insurance is essential. If you are involved in an accident you should contact the National Police by calling 199 or the fire brigade by dialling 198 and wait for the police to arrive. Driving standards in Honduras are generally poor. Road travel at night is inadvisable, not only for security reasons, but also because many vehicles travel without lights and animals often wander across the roads causing accidents. When travelling by car, it is generally safer to travel on main roads between major cities and tourist destinations. Quieter routes and poor road conditions with fewer police patrols increase the risk of attack. Take simple precautions such as locking doors and keeping windows closed whilst travelling. Travelling in a convoy of more than one car may be safer. Roads between the main tourist locations in Honduras are of an acceptable standard. In more isolated locations, roads are unpaved and four-wheel drive vehicles are advisable.
Public buses are poorly maintained and often overcrowded and recklessly driven. Accidents are common and occasionally fatal. Luxury-type buses, normally operated by private companies, are usually better maintained. Robberies often occur and foreigners are sometimes targeted. Using a reputable tour company for longer journeys may reduce the risks associated with travel on these buses. It is safer to travel short distances in radio or hotel taxis. We advise against travel on public buses (i.e. repainted US School buses) for security reasons. There has been a marked recent increase of armed attacks by local gangs in bus drivers and conductors, often resulting in serious injury or death. There have been reports of violent muggings, including rape and assault against foreigners on these buses.
The Honduran military has been deployed in some parts of the country to support the national police, for example in Bajo Aguan.The situation in Honduras is stabilising following the political crisis brought about by the forcible removal of former President Zelaya in June 2009, but further political demonstrations or public gatherings remain a possibility and could occur at short notice and could become violent. We therefore advise British nationals in Honduras to exercise a high degree of caution and to stay away from large gatherings and places of public protest. You should also register with the British Embassy in Guatemala City or contact one of our three Honorary Consuls in Honduras.
The Honduran Constitution prohibits political activities by foreigners, and participation in activities such as demonstrations may result in detention and/or deportation.
Following any traffic accident you should normally wait for the police to arrive. If you become involved in a road accident where another person is badly injured, you may be held in custody for a period regardless of culpability. Seek legal assistance immediately and inform the Embassy in Guatemala. Ensure that you take full details of the other driver (who may not be insured), and do not only rely on the vehicle’s number plate. British nationals can get a 30-day visit (tourist) visa on arrival, which may be extended by 30 days on two further occasions (to a maximum of 90 days in total) if you apply to an Immigration Office. There is no fee payable for the initial arrival visa, nor for the extensions. British nationals can also get a 30-day work visa in advance at a Honduran Embassy or upon arrival if they are conducting short term internship or voluntary work. This also may then be extended by 30 days on two further occasions by applying to an Immigration Office. Each extension, up to the maximum of 90 days in total, will cost US$20. If you overstay your visa then expect to pay a fine either upon departure from the country or at the Immigration Office when you apply to extend you stay. Currently the minimum fine you will be required to pay is Lempiras 1623 (or US$90 approximate equivalent), but this may be more depending on the number of days you have overstayed your original visa. Entry Requirements - Central America Border Control Agreement Honduras is party to the Central America Border Control Agreement (CA-4). Under the terms of this agreement, British tourists may travel within any of the CA-4 countries (Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala) for a period of up to 90 day, without completing entry and exit formalities at border Immigration checkpoints. This period begins at the first point of entry of any of the CA-4 countries. Fines are applied for travellers who exceed this 90-day limit, although a request for an extension can be made for up to 30 days by paying a fee before the 90 days limit expires (giving 120 days in total). If you are expelled from any of the four countries you are also excluded from the entire CA-4 region.