SECURITY ALERT – U.S. Embassy Tegucigalpa, Honduras (March 31, 2020)
EVENT: Roadblocks in Tegucigalpa
Protestors have begun to block roads around Tegucigalpa with rocks, trees, burning tires and other debris. The U.S. Embassy has received reports of vehicles being stopped and targeted by the protestors who steal from those cars that appear to have recent purchases from supermarkets. Given the reports of crime at these impromptu roadblocks, the U.S. Embassy recommends the following:
- All U.S. citizens should minimize unnecessary travel. As outlined in a previous health alert, U.S. citizens are expected to abide by the Government of Honduras’ restrictions limiting shopping, banking, and other activities to one day per week, depending on the last number of your identity document.
- U.S. citizens should carry their safe conduct letters (salvoconducto), Honduran ID for residents and U.S. passport for non-residents, when traveling in public.
- Keep any articles of value and recent purchases after any shopping trips out of view, preferably in your car’s trunk or covered up.
- Keep your doors locked and windows up at all times.
- Pre-plan your route and know at least one alternative route; select well-traveled streets whenever possible.
- Maintain sufficient space between you and the car in front of you to allow yourself the ability to maneuver.
- Drive near the center of the road to avoid being forced off.
- Should you see a road block ahead of you, attempt to exit or turn around, if possible and safe to do so.
- If you become a victim of a robbery, DO NOT RESIST.
ACTIONS TO TAKE:
- Consider returning to your country of residence immediately using whatever commercial means that become available.
- 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.
State Department – Consular Affairs:
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
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