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Country-Specific Information (Updated on Sunday, May 10, 2020)
- Honduras has 1972 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders. There are 108 COVID-19 related deaths reported as of May 10, 2020. The first COVID-19 related death was reported on March 26, 2020.
- The public health system has limited capacity for handling severe/critical cases of COVID-19.
Entry and Exit Requirements
- The Honduran government announced all borders (air, land, and sea) would be closed as of Sunday, March 15, 2020, until further notice. Travelers should communicate directly with individual air carriers to confirm flight options.
- On April 26, 2020, the Government of Honduras announced the extension of a total curfew through Sunday, May 3, 2020 for the entire country. Aware of the need to obtain food, medical, fuel and hardware supplies and to access banking services, a system has been set for orderly circulation.
- The population will be segmented and allowed to circulate according to the ending number of their national ID, passport, or resident ID, like this:
– Monday – those whose ID, passport, or resident ID end in 1 or 2.
– Tuesday – those whose ID, passport, or resident ID end in 3 or 4.
– Wednesday – those whose ID, passport, or resident ID end in 5 or 6.
– Thursday – those whose ID, passport, or resident ID end in 7 or 8.
– Friday – those whose ID, passport, or resident ID end in 9 or 0.
- As of April 16, the Government of Honduras authorized the opening of hardware stores. They will open Monday through Friday from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and will serve customers according to the ending number of their national ID, passport, or resident ID.
- Supermarkets, pharmacies, banks, and gas stations will open Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
- From 7:00 to 9:00 a.m., the supermarkets and pharmacies will serve only customers over 60, pregnant women and persons with disabilities, Monday through Friday and according to the end number of the ID.
- From 9:00 to 10:00 a.m., banks will serve only customers over 60, pregnant women and persons with disabilities, Monday through Friday and according to the end number of the ID.
- As of Tuesday, April 7, it is MANDATORY to wear protective mask outside of home and inside all establishments.
- Pharmacies and supermarkets are allowed to make home deliveries everyday between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
- No circulation is allowed Saturday and Sunday, other than the exemptions established in Executive Order PCM-021-2020 and showing letter of safe passage if required by authorities.
- Only 2 persons per vehicle are allowed and only one of those persons is allowed in the establishments. Non-compliance with this measure is subject to the confiscation of the vehicle for the duration of this emergency, as well as the detention of the persons on board for up to 24 hours, as established by law.
- From Thursday, April 30, at 5:00 p.m. through Wednesday, May 6, at 11:00 p.m., all municipalities in the department of Cortés, the municipality of El Progreso, Yoro and the municipality of Las Vegas, Santa Bárbara are under an absolute curfew with no measures to leave home. For these municipalities, pulperías are allowed to open from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., observing biosecurity measures. Pharmacies and supermarkets are allowed to make home deliveries between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. All other businesses will remain closed until further notice. In these municipalities, the Honduran National Police and Armed Forces are instructed to keep accesses closed and to strictly enforce the absolute curfew.
- All municipalities in the department of Colón will complete their circulation cycle on Friday, May 1, for those whose IDs end in 0. From then on, they are under an absolute curfew awaiting further dispositions.
- From April 22 through May 1, all municipalities in the department of Cortés, all municipalities in the department of Colón, and the municipality of El Progreso, Yoro are under an absolute curfew.
- Use of protective mask is MANDATORY outside the home.
- Puerto Cortés is authorized for import and export operations.
- Transit of cargo is allowed in this area of the country.
- Exemptions established in Executive Order PCM-021-2020 also remain in place in this area of the country.
- Exemptions apply for personnel involved in managing the emergency, high government officers, health care workers, first responders, national security and defense personnel, personnel with customs, migration, ports and airports and essential public services, including personnel that works with private power plants; hospitals, medical service centers and laboratories; the maquilas making protective masks and biomedical equipment/supplies needed for the emergency; the agricultural/food sector to guarantee production and distribution of food; gas stations to serve only the sectors authorized in this exemption; public transportation for health purposes and those contracted by businesses to mobilize their personnel; the telecommunications sector, including internet providers and the media – radio, television, newspapers and cable providers; the cargo industry – air, sea and land – for imports, exports, supplies and ports; and, private security service providers. During this period, pharmacies will be allowed to make home deliveries between 7:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
- Heavy machinery, persons with letter of safe passage, producers of the food chain, and SINAGER staff are allowed to circulate during the emergency, justifying their work, subject to biosecurity measures established by their institutions.
- Members of the media are allowed to circulate without restriction as long as they can justify to the authorities that they are on assignment, show their media’s ID or their press ID. They should also comply with biosecurity measures – wear protective masks, use anti-bacterial gel and other protective measures.
- International flights scheduled during this period will be allowed at the airports in Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula, that will operate subject to restrictions.
- Air, sea, and land customs offices will continue operating normally for imports and exports.
- Security forces have been deployed to enforce this curfew. All U.S. citizens are strongly encouraged to respect the curfew and remain in their homes for all but essential movements. When outside your home, please ensure that you have proper identification with you at all times and cooperate with security forces, if stopped. If you are detained, please call the American Citizen Services Unit at (504) 2238-5114, extension 4400 or (504) 2236-8497, after-hours.
- Online banking should be available 24/7.
- ATMs will operate and will be replenished.
- Visit the local government’s COVID-19 website for updated information.
- Individuals with symptoms consistent with COVID-19, who within the last 14 days have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, or traveled to a country with confirmed cases, may be isolated in a medical center for monitoring by the Ministry of Health for up to 14 days.
- All institutions regulated under the National Banking and Securities Commission (CNBS) have agreed to implement a temporary economic alleviation mechanism. Individuals and businesses whose cashflow has been impacted by the COVID-19 measures can request a grace period to make payments on debts and renegotiate or refinance loans without affecting credit history or having to pay late fees or other penalties. Customers need to approach their financial institutions for information on these benefits.
- Ministry of Health in Honduras
- The Permanent Contingency Commission of Honduras (COPECO)