HEALTH ALERT – U.S. Embassy Tegucigalpa, Honduras (March 23, 2020)
EVENT: Potential Flights for U.S. Citizens – Message 1
On March 22, the U.S. Embassy in Honduras coordinated with the Department of State to provide a flight for U.S. citizens from Ramon Villeda Morales International Airport in San Pedro Sula to the United States. The U.S. Embassy continues to work with the Department of State on potential future flights.
The Embassy is also working closely with commercial airlines and the Government of Honduras to facilitate the resumption of commercial flights. U.S. travelers should continue to check with airlines on flight availability.
If you are interested in a U.S. government flight and would like to be added to the list, please email the information requested below to USAHonduras@state.gov. Please send only one request. If you have already sent the requested information, it is not necessary to resend. The U.S. Embassy will respond that you have been added to the list and will contact you if confirmed for a flight.
Seats on these flights are reserved for U.S. citizens (including those with identified health concerns) and their Legal Permanent Resident immediate family members who are traveling with them.
Under U.S. law, passengers on U.S. government-organized flights are responsible for paying the cost of their ticket, which may be higher than standard commercial fares. U.S. travelers on these flights are required to sign a promissory note before boarding. No cash or credit card payments will be accepted. U.S. travelers will be responsible for any arrangements or costs (lodging, onward destination or local transportation, etc.) related to travel from the initial destination in the United States. Exact departure time and routing are subject to change.
The U.S. Embassy urges travelers *NOT* to arrive at the Ramon Villeda Morales International Airport in San Pedro Sula until they have received an official communication from the U.S. Embassy with confirmed flight details and booking. U.S. travelers will only be permitted to enter the airport with confirmation from the U.S. Embassy of a seat on the flight.
**Please note: Since flights may occur on short notice and all flights will depart from San Pedro Sula, we urge eligible travelers who are currently outside of the city to begin preparations to be able to travel.
**Please note: Anyone with flu-like symptoms will not be allowed to board a flight and should not go to the airport.
In your email, please provide the following:
- Full name
- Passport number and expiration date
- Date of birth
- Email address
- Phone number
- Mailing Address
- Emergency Contact Person
- Emergency Contact Person Phone number
- Reliable phone number for group’s Point of Contact (POC)
ACTIONS TO TAKE:
- U.S. citizens who are present in Honduras should enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). Enrollment in STEP enables the American Citizen Services unit in Tegucigalpa to reach out directly to U.S. citizens in need of assistance. STEP also allows U.S. citizens to receive Alerts to convey information about terrorist threats, security incidents, planned demonstrations, natural disasters, etc.
- Review the State Department’s Global Level 4 Health Travel Advisory at travel.state.gov
- Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
- For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19 please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
- Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
- Check with your airlines, cruise lines, or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the U.S.
- Monitor local news for updates.
Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates