- Normal precautions
- High degree of caution
- Avoid non-essential travel
- Do not travel
- Safety and Security
- Local Laws and Customs
- Entry requirements
- Embassy Contact
General COVID-19 Travel Advisory in Operation
Avoid non-essential travel.
Security Status Last Updated: 15 March 2020
Airports in Honduras have reopened to international and domestic travel. You are required to pre-register online with Honduran Immigration authorities here prior to your arrival.
A negative COVID-19 test must be taken within the 72 hours before your arrival. Airport restrictions must be followed including wearing a mask and observing social distancing rules. You should quarantine for 14 days on arrival.
COVID-19 related restrictions remain in force and may be announced at short notice. To avoid penalties, we strongly recommend you familiarise yourself with local restrictions and comply with any requirements. You are advised to follow official government sources for updates. Official Government Website: https://covid19honduras.org/
General Travel Advice
Protests are normally peaceful however they have turned rapidly violent in the past and have involved looting. Police have regularly used tear gas, and demonstrations have led to arrests, injuries and deaths. These protests are normally restricted to the main cities, but road blocks across the country can cause significant travel disruption.
If you're travelling in Honduras, you should remain vigilant and avoid large gatherings. In the event of any further unrest, you should follow the advice and instructions of the local authorities, monitor local news channels and be prepared to amend your travel plans accordingly.
Because there is no Irish Embassy or Consulate in the Honduras, we are limited in the help we can offer you in an emergency situation. However, if there is an emergency, or if you need help and advice, you can contact the Embassy of Ireland in Mexico on +52 55 5520 5803
EU Directive on Consular Protection
Under the EU Consular Protection Directive, Irish nationals may seek assistance from the Embassy or Consulate of any other EU member state in a country where there is no Irish Embassy or permanent representation.
Our tips for safe travels
- Purchase comprehensive travel insurance which covers all your intended activities
- Register your details with us so that we can contact you quickly in an emergency, such as a natural disaster or a family emergency
- Follow us on twitter @dfatravelwise for the latest travel updates
- Read our Topical ‘Know Before You Go’ guide
Safety and Security
Safety and Security
Safety and security
Crime is prevalent in Honduras and you should take sensible precautions:
- Don’t carry your credit card, travel tickets and money together - leave spare cash and valuables in a safe place.
- Don’t carry your passport unless absolutely necessary and leave a copy of your passport (and travel and insurance documents) with family or friends at home.
- Avoid showing large sums of money in public and don’t use ATMs after dark, especially if you’re alone. Check no one has followed you after conducting your business.
- Avoid dark and unlit streets and stairways, and arrange to be picked up or dropped off as close to your hotel or apartment entrance as possible.
- Keep a close eye on your personal belongings and hold on to them in public places such as internet cafés, train and bus stations.
- Avoid travelling alone, particularly in remote areas.
Petty theft is a problem in cities and tourist areas, including the Bay Islands (Roatan, Utila and Guanaja). Be particularly careful of your belongings at bus stations, airports, isolated beaches, tourist sites, and on public transport. Keep your valuables locked away in a safe or keep them on your person when travelling.
Violent crime and taxi-muggings are common in Honduras. Be cautious when using public transport, including taxis, and make sure your accommodation has adequate security. Always be particularly careful after nightfall.
Take care travelling in Honduras as there have been reports of violent attacks on cars and buses. Particular care should be taken if travelling on microbuses (‘colectivos’) in large cities such as Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula for security reasons. Travelling on major roads between large towns/cities is safer than travelling on more remote routes. Don’t travel between towns/cities after dark as you greatly increase the risk of attack.
Crossing the Honduran border
It’s often better to cross borders in the morning as they sometimes close in the early evening or remain unmanned at nights. It also allows time for you to reach your destination before dark.
If you’re a victim of a crime while in Honduras, report it to the local police immediately.
If you’re planning to drive in Honduras, you should be extremely careful.
- Bring your full Irish driver’s licence and make sure you have adequate and appropriate insurance
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs is against the law and you risk being detained, fined or banned from driving if caught
- Keep your vehicle doors locked and your bags kept out of sight to prevent opportunistic bag-snatching if you’re stopped at traffic lights
Hiring a vehicle
If you’re hiring a vehicle, we advise you not to hand over your passport as a form of security. If you’re allowing your passport to be photocopied, keep it in your sight at all times.
Check that you have adequate insurance and read the small print of the vehicle hire contract (particularly any waiver that will come into effect if the vehicle is damaged).
The hurricane season in the Caribbean normally runs from July to October. You should pay close attention to local and international weather reports and follow the advice of local authorities. Always monitor local and international weather updates for the region by accessing, for example, the Weather Channel, or the US National Hurricane Centre website.
Local Laws and Customs
Local Laws and Customs
Local laws and customs
Remember, the local laws apply to you as a visitor and it is your responsibility to follow them. Be sensitive to local customs, traditions and practices as your behaviour may be seen as improper, hostile or may even be illegal.
Carry a photocopy of your passport for identification purposes. Although it’s illegal to be without some form of identification in Honduras, a photocopy is acceptable.
Illegal drug use (no matter what the drug) carries stiff penalties, including fines and long prison terms.
Check with your doctor well in advance of travelling to see if you need any vaccinations for this country
There may be a risk of Zika virus in Honduras. Irish Citizens especially those with a weakened immune system or women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant are advised to follow guidance available on the website of the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) at http://www.hpsc.ie/A-Z/Vectorborne/Zika/.
If you are unsure of the entry requirements for this country, including visa and other immigration information, ask your travel agent or contact the country’s nearest Embassy or Consulate.
You can also check with them how long your passport must be valid for.
Airport departure tax
There’s a US$38 (or Lempira equivalent) airport departure tax, which is not normally included in the price of the ticket.
The Embassy operates an out of hours service for Irish citizens requiring emergency assistance on weekends and public holidays.
If you are in need of emergency assistance during these times, you should leave a message on the emergency message system by calling +52 55 5520 5803.
Embassy of Ireland
Cda. Blvd. Avila Camacho, 76-3
Col. Lomas de Chapultepec
11000 México D.F.
Monday to Friday 09:30 to 13:30
Get travel and medical insurance
Before travelling, the Department strongly recommends that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains and legal costs. You should check any exclusions and, in particular, that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.