Honduras

Honduras is the second biggest country in Central America. It is bordered by Guatemala to the northwest, El Salvador to the south, and Nicaragua to the southeast. You can visit colonial villages like Gracias and Comayagua, ancient Maya ruins like Copan, and natural parks like Moskitia. The Pacific and Caribbean coastline and the Bay Islands offer beautiful beaches and coral reefs where you can do some snorkeling and diving. Below, you’ll find more information on safety and precaution you can take, so you can enjoy your trip.

SAFETY INDEX

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Is Honduras a Safe or Dangerous Country?

Honduras has a high violent crime rate throughout the nation; however, most of it is gang related. Visitors may be sometimes target of violent crimes in certain areas like San Pedro Sula, on the ferry from La Ceiba to the Bay Islands, Tegucigalpa, Tela, Trujillo, and in the Copan ruins area.

As in any other country, the risk of being a victim of crime increases at night, so avoid walking alone, especially at night in areas cities like Tegucigalpa and other major cities. It is best to take a taxi even if you are a couple of blocks away from your destination. Petty crime is also common in the country.

As most border cities, Honduras’ remote border areas have a high level of violent crime due to the lack of security. Avoid the neighborhoods of Olancho, Colon, and Gracias a Dios (east), Cortes and Copan (west), and Valle and Choluteca (south). However, most visitors have not had a problem during their vacations. We recommend that you use common sense and avoid isolated areas as well as walking alone at night. It is important to follow the news on television and radio closely. Be aware of your surroundings at all times like you would in any large city.

Warnings & Dangers

Mid Priority-96 OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM

Standard safety precautions are recommended in Honduras as crime of opportunity, including petty theft, pickpocketing and bag-snatching are common. There are also reports of violent crime (usually gang related). Exercise common sense and remain vigilant for suspicious behavior as you would in any other country.

Mid Priority-96 PICKPOCKETS RISK : HIGH

Pickpocketing and purse snatching are common in tourist locations and public transportation. Pickpocketing is common in markets, so never keep anything in your back pocket and take as little with you as possible.

Mid Priority-96 MUGGING RISK : HIGH

There have been reports of express kidnapping by using unauthorized taxis. Authorized taxis have red plates, the driver’s ID number, name, and a visible photograph.

Mid Priority-96 SCAMS RISK : HIGH

As in any other country, taxi drivers will try to take advantage of travelers by overcharging them. Remain vigilant for thieves that use different strategies to rob you like a tap on the shoulder, spitting or getting something spilled on you. We strongly encourage you not to use public ATMs. There have been scam reports involving attempts to obtain a victim’s ATM card and PIN, as well as reports of extortion calls.

Mid Priority-96 TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK : MEDIUM

We recommend avoiding buses at night due to the frequency of armed robberies by gangs, so only use them to travel within the city during daylight hours. Radio-dispatched taxis are safer and a reliable way to get around the city. Sharing taxis with strangers is common, so if you prefer to avoid this, tell the driver and set a fare for a solo journey before getting in the car. If you are driving, stay on safe roads and areas as there are unmarked mine fields on both sides of the Honduras-Nicaragua border, especially in the Rio Coco region, the Choluteca and El Paraiso provinces, and near the Atlantic Coast.

Mid Priority-96 NATURAL DISASTERS RISK : MEDIUM

The hurricane and rainy season runs from May to November, which may cause landslides, mudslides and flooding throughout the country. Honduras is located on an active earthquake zone. Monitor local media and follow the advice of the local authorities.

Mid Priority-96 TERRORISM RISK : LOW

There is no recent history of terrorism in Honduras. However, they should not be ruled out, so remain vigilant for suspicious activity.

Mid Priority-96 WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK : MEDIUM

Women should be careful around men, even with hotel employees. Avoid isolated locations and traveling alone after dark. Remain extra alert at bus stops and in taxis. There are also warnings of constant sexual harassment in the form of cat calling, kissing noises, and/or whistling. We recommend you ignore these comments and keep walking. If you are being followed (unlikely, but possible), go into the nearest large shop or hotel.

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Useful Information

Most nationalities can stay in Honduras for up to 30 days without a visa and a passport valid for six months. www.doyouneedvisa.com is a useful website that can help you know if you need a visa or not based on your nationality and the country you’re visiting.
The currency in Honduras is the Lempira (HNL). We recommend that you use ATMs during daylight hours and in secured areas such as banks or shopping centres. Credit cards are accepted in main cities, but be careful of possible scamming and never leave your card out of sight.
The weather is mostly hot and humid throughout the year, and the temperatures vary by altitude, not by season. The average high temperature is 32°C (90°F) and the average low is 20°C (68°F). There is a lot of rain in the Caribbean coast, especially from September to February. While in Tegucigalpa, the capital, the weather is mostly temperate and the dry season runs from December to May.
Honduras has three major international airports: San Pedro Sula airport (SAP), Tegucigalpa airport (TGU), and Roatan airport (RTB). If you’re looking for cheap flight deals, you can find some on JetRadar
As in any country, we advise travelers to get a travel insurance that covers not only medical problems but also theft and loss of personal items. Learn more on our travel insurance page