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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
OVERALL RISK :
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.
PICKPOCKETS RISK :
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.
MUGGING RISK :
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.
SCAMS RISK :
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.
TRANSPORT & TAXIS RISK :
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.
NATURAL DISASTERS RISK :
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.
TERRORISM RISK :
There is no recent history of terrorism in Honduras. However, they should not be ruled out, so remain vigilant for suspicious activity.
WOMEN TRAVELERS RISK :
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.