Location: Honduras, countrywide
Event: Ongoing demonstrations in the aftermath of the 48-hour general strike called by doctors, teachers, and other health professionals on May 30 and 31, 2019. The initial strike was calledto demand the repeal of two decrees related to education and health. Students, other activists, and workers from other economic sectors, e.g., bus and taxi drivers, also participated in support of those protests.
In light of the outbreaks of violence during the initial strike, the U.S. Embassy has instructed U.S. government employees to minimize unnecessary travel throughout the weekend of June 1 and 2, 2019. Unannounced protests and road blockades could occur during the weekend and lead to the closure of businesses and roads in Tegucigalpa, other cities, and major highways countrywide.
Additionally, the U.S. Embassy advises U.S. citizens against attending the second football match between Olimpia and Motagua this Sunday, June 2. The contentious rivalry between supporters of these two clubs has resulted in violence in the lead up to, during and after the match between the fan bases and at times against the police, including gunfire and vandalism of both private and police vehicles. A large police presence, including anti-riot police, will be deployed on all roads leading to the stadium to prevent vehicles from entering within 200 meters. Heavy traffic is expected to extend well beyond the immediate stadium area as a result.
The U.S. Embassy remains open as we continue to monitor developments. However, as a result of damage sustained during violence against the embassy on May 31, 2019, the consular section will only be able to provide emergency services for U.S. citizens during the week of June 3 – 7, 2019 and cannot schedule any new appointments for an indefinite period. Any U.S. citizen in need of emergency services should contactUSAHonduras@state.gov to make special arrangements.
Actions to Take:
- Minimize unnecessary travel.
- Avoid demonstrations.
- AvoidEstadio Nacional Tiburcio Carias Andino and surrounding areas of Barrio Morazan, Tegucigalpa on Sunday, June 2, 2019.
- Avoidwearing paraphernalia from either Olimpia or Motagua and displaying club flags from your vehicle on match day.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Monitor local and social media for updates.
- Notify friends and family of your safety.
- Have travel documents up-to-date and easily accessible.
- Report specific safety concerns to local law enforcement authorities.
- Enroll inSmart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) with the U. S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa to receive security updates – https://step.state.gov/
- U.S. Embassy Tegucigalpa, Honduras:
Telephone: +(504) 2238-5114
After-hours telephone: +(504) 2236-8497
- State Department – Consular Affairs:
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444