Message for U.S. Citizens regarding State of Exception beginning December 6

Location: Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula, Honduras

Event: As part of its plan to address extortion, the government of Honduras published a decree on December 3 announcing that a “state of exception” will go into effect in 162 neighborhoods in Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula, beginning at 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, December 6 and continuing for 30 days.  During this time there may be restrictions on freedom of movement and other rights in the named neighborhoods.  Monitor local media for updates and information on restrictions in specific neighborhoods.

U.S. citizens are reminded to carry identification with them at all times, comply with all local laws, and follow police instructions.  U.S. citizens who are arrested overseas should request to speak with the nearest Embassy or Consulate as soon as possible.  The U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa can be reached by phone at (504) 2238-5114 or email at

Actions to Take:

  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Keep a low profile.
  • Review your personal security plans.
  • Have travel documents and identification up to date and easily accessible.
  • Carry proper identification at all times.
  • Have alternative transportation routes in mind.
  • Avoid crowds and demonstrations.
  • Exercise caution if unexpectedly in the vicinity of large gatherings.
  • Monitor local media and U.S. Embassy Facebook and Twitter pages for updates. Be prepared to adjust your plans.
  • U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.