Event: The Department of State has advised U.S. citizens to avoid all international travel due to the global impact of COVID-19. However, this does not mean that the United States borders are closed and that U.S. citizens will not be allowed in. U.S. citizens are encouraged to avoid international travel from the United States.
The U.S. Embassy Tegucigalpa is monitoring the current situation in Honduras and is aware of the hardship the border closure and curfew are creating for U.S. citizens who need to return to the United States. We are exploring all options to address the current travel disruptions. 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. citizen 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.
Also, U.S. citizens, especially those in need of medical assistance, should consider contacting 504 Assist, which is a travel insurance provided by the government of Honduras free of charge, as they may be able to assist stranded travelers. The web address and phone numbers are: www.504assist.com, +504 2276-3780 or +1 888-296-9541 (from the United States). They have bilingual operators and are open 24/7.
While we are exploring all options to address the current travel disruptions, we strongly encourage U.S. citizens to continue working with their airline and/or travel arranger to confirm flight options beyond March 22, 2020 and those with existing itineraries should reconfirm their departure details. Travelers with health concerns are encouraged to communicate with air carriers directly.
It should also be noted that while the U.S. government has successfully evacuated hundreds of our citizens in previous crises, these flights do not reflect our standard practice and should not be relied upon as an option for U.S. citizens abroad who may be impacted by the ongoing spread of COVID-19. U.S. citizens should make plans using commercial travel options.
For the latest information regarding COVID-19, please visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) website.
You are encouraged to visit travel.state.gov to view individual Travel Advisories for the most urgent threats to safety and security. Please also visit the website of COVID19honduras.org to see information on entry restrictions, foreign quarantine policies, and urgent health information provided by local governments.
Travelers are urged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. The Department uses these Alerts to convey information about terrorist threats, security incidents, planned demonstrations, natural disasters, etc. In an emergency, please contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate or call the following numbers: 1(888) 407-4747 (toll-free in the United States and Canada) or 1 (202) 501-4444 from other countries or jurisdictions.
Actions to Take:
- Consider returning to your country of residence immediately using whatever commercial means that become available.
- Have a travel plan that does not rely on the U.S. Government for assistance.
- Review and follow the CDC’s guidelines for the prevention of coronavirus.
- Check with your airline, cruise lines, or travel operators regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
- Visit travel.state.gov to view individual Travel Advisories for the most urgent threats to safety and security.
- Visit our Embassy webpages on COVID-19 for information on conditions in each country or jurisdiction.
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the United States.
- Visit Keeping workplaces, homes, schools, or commercial establishments safe.
- 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
- Honduras Country Information
- Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts.
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