Passengers on public buses have been the victims of robbery at roadblocks and bus stops, during daytime and nighttime hours. Traffic signs, even on major highways, are often inadequate; streets in major cities are often unmarked. Typically, these are random calls that originate from imprisoned gang members using mobile phones. Emergency services, even in Tegucigalpa, generally are basic. Vehicles often drive at night without adequate lighting. Tegucigalpa, San Pedro Sula, La Ceiba) have homicide rates higher than the national average, as do several Honduran departments (a geographic designation similar to U.S. States) including Atlántida, Colón, Cortés, San Pedro Sula, Tegucigalpa, and Yoro. If you or someone you know becomes the victim of a crime, contact the local police and U.S. Embassy Tegucigalpa. Same-sex sexual activity is legal in Honduras. Country-specific Vaccination and Health Guidance. Finally, for those with existing medical issues, and especially those taking prescription medication, be sure you have an ample supply as local inventory of such things as insulin, blood pressure medication, and common antibiotics may not be readily available. The victim, an active MS-13 member, appeared in the San Pedro Sula airport following his release. Crimes against property are the most common with petty theft being the leader.

Nicaragua used to be part of the CA-4 agreement, but in late 2017 began requiring travelers to register their travel purpose and destination online seven days in advance. A significant percentage of vehicles are in disrepair, underpowered, beyond their lifecycle, and do not meet U.S. road safety standards. Counterfeit Honduran lempiras (currency) are common, especially in the 100 and 500 denominations. Cable signal theft and counterfeit products are the most prevalent violations of intellectual property rights in Honduras. Gracias a Dios. Most major cities (e.g. end = cookie.length; The U.S. Embassy has restricted U.S. government personnel travel to the Gracias a Dios Department in eastern Honduras due to credible threat information against U.S citizens. The island offers one large public hospital, one fairly new private hospital and a number of small clinics. Honduras murder/homicide rate for 2016 was 56.50, a 1.74% decline from 2015. Most major cities (e.g. The Pan American Convention (1917), to which Honduras is a party, protects “notorious" or well-known trademarks. The public transportation sector is a regular target of extortion, and experiences higher levels of homicide than many other sectors. Roatan’s economy is driven by a thriving tourist industry, propelled by its well-deserved reputation as a world class diving destination. document.write('

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Major cities connect via an inconsistently maintained, two-lane system of paved roads, with many unpaved secondary roads. This is a common practice for most automobile accidents where personal injury occurs, and for cases in which someone is accused of a criminal act. Please note that all OSAC products are for internal U.S. private sector security purposes only. For more information on self-driving, review OSAC’s Report. In our monthly magazine you’ll find the truly actionable, on-the-ground guidance you need to match the retirement dream you see in your mind with a real-world spot where you could make it your reality. The government has a police investigative unit dedicated to investigating violent crimes against the LGBTI and other vulnerable communities, comprised of Public Ministry prosecutors, members of ATIC (prosecutor’s investigative agency), and the Honduran National Police; however, it has limited resources and functions primarily in the major urban areas.

The U.S. Department of State has cautioned travelers to Honduras due to its high crime rates since 2012.

Cruise ship passengers should take safety precautions, avoid unfamiliar areas, and book only with reputable tour companies during their stopover in Honduras. Those traveling with tour/missionary groups report fewer criminal incidents. Always carry a mobile phone in case of emergency. Transportation on Roatan can be a challenge as public transportation is a bit sketchy. Local law allows the police to detain someone for up to 24 hours for administrative processing. The vast majority of cruise line passengers experience no problems, but there have still be reports of armed robbery and carjacking. Counterfeit U.S. currency is also common. Health insurance is an important consideration. Local law allows the police to detain someone for up to 24 hours for administrative processing. Nicaragua used to be part of the CA-4 agreement, but in late 2017 began requiring travelers to register their travel purpose and destination online seven days in advance. There is street crime even in safer neighborhoods, commonly referred to as Barrio Seguros, with heightened security. When leaving your home or hotel, don’t take original copies of important documents (like passports) with you. Dial 911 for emergency or call (504) 2232-4092. There have been approximately nine significant tropical storms/hurricanes since 1995 that have affected Honduras. driver’s licenses, vehicle registration). Regulations favor first registration over first use; numerous cases have arisen due to “squatting” on established trademarks, which the legitimate holder must either purchase or contest in court. document.write('

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These crimes may have been the result of tips from sources at airport arrival areas. There are no legal cases involving instances of terrorism affecting U.S. citizens or facilities brought before the Honduran judicial system, and no reports of judicial developments that would have a negative impact on U.S. counterterrorism efforts. There are few U.S.-educated physicians in Tegucigalpa. Honduras decided in late 2018, based on reciprocity, to institute the same reporting requirement. The U.S. Embassy has restricted U.S. government personnel travel to the Gracias a Dios Department in eastern Honduras due to credible threat information against U.S citizens. La Ceiba, Trujillo) and major hotels; other tourist installations have increased private and police security. Gangs control some of the taxi services. ), violent crimes (being mugged or robbed, being attacked or insulted), corruption and other crimes. The U.S. Embassy strongly discourages intercity car and bus travel after dark. According to the Global Peace Index, the island of Roatan, as a part of Honduras, shares its ranking of 123 out of 163 countries analyzed. For fire and public safety emergencies, dial 911. Seafood ceviche is a common menu item and I happen to love it. While hurricanes are a concern, much of the damage to infrastructure is a result of the ensuing flooding and rock/mudslides. Travelers are responsible for ensuring that they have adequate health coverage while in Honduras. Seek legal representation before admitting or signing any legal form that acknowledges culpability. Fire Department Ambulance is fully equipped with emergency medical supplies and medical staff.

There are certainly crimes committed on Roatan and those crimes are on par with other booming tourist destinations across the globe. By comparison, the United States has a global safety ranking of 128. Be aware of your surroundings.

There have been multiple incidents of gang members destroying city buses and taxis; they often rob, assault, rape, kidnap, or murder passengers.