Bay Islands, Honduras

Is it safe to travel: Honduras

If you’re planning to visit Honduras for leisure in the near future, there’s some good news for international travelers. Here’s what you need to know about COVID-19 entry conditions and domestic restrictions currently in effect.
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Honduras conjures scenes of the tropics, with fruit plantations, mist-covered cloud forests, palm-fringed beaches, and exotic wildlife aplenty. While not as tourist-trodden as its Central American neighbors, the country is fast becoming a destination of choice for nature enthusiasts and eco-tourism advocates. Here, you’ll find ancient Mayan ruins, sprawling national parks, and offshore Caribbean islands with turquoise waters and incredible dive sites. For anyone thinking of taking a trip to Honduras, the country is now open for tourism with a few conditions. Here, we answer the question: “Is it safe to travel to Honduras right now?” Read on to learn about Honduras’ updated entry restrictions and what you can expect when you arrive, based on information available as of July 21, 2021.

Copan — Is it safe to travel to Honduras?
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⚠️ Due to the evolving nature of the pandemic situation, safety regulations may change without warning. This article should not be treated as legal advice — we recommend that readers check with local authorities for updates on COVID-19 protocols prior to making travel arrangements.

Border reopening: Who can travel to Honduras for leisure?

Is it safe to travel to Honduras?
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International tourists can now fly into Honduras. Do note, however, that there is a temporary travel ban for certain travelers — if you have been in the United Kingdom or South Africa in the last 21 days prior to arrival, you will not be allowed into Honduras until further notice.

For allowed travelers arriving by air, there are just two requirements that must be met to enter the country.

Travel entry requirements

  • You will need to complete a pre-check (prechqueo) form online before your travels
  • You will need to take a COVID-19 PCR test within 72 hours before arrival in Honduras and provide proof of your negative result (note: vaccinated travelers may bypass this requirement — see below)

Travelers vaccinated against COVID-19

You may be exempt from the COVID-19 testing requirement if you are able to provide proof of having been fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Your vaccination must have been completed at least 14 days before arrival.

Around Honduras: General health and safety measures

Honduras is working to make things safer within its borders. The country has been awarded the WTTC Safe Travels Stamp, the certification issued by the World Travel & Tourism Council to help tourists identify destinations that have adopted strict protocols to control COVID-19. From the Mayan ruins of Copan to the famous Bay Islands, travelers will find a high level of government-monitored safety measures in place. Hotels, restaurants, tourist attractions, and tour operators continue to follow these protocols to ensure a steady recovery in tourism.

Honduras
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Nightly curfew in effect

Authorities in Honduras have extended the nationwide curfew until at least July 25. This is a nightly curfew that comes into effect between 10 pm and 5 am (GMT-6).

Other nationwide protocols

The government of Honduras has implemented the following protocols:

  • Certain businesses that are allowed to operate, such as banks, supermarkets, shopping malls, and stores, are only allowed to operate at 50 percent capacity
  • These businesses must ensure that all patrons wear face masks on the premises and perform temperature checks at the door
  • Face masks must be worn in all public places
  • Social gatherings are limited to 10 people
  • Establishments that host group gatherings such as bars, theaters, cinemas, gyms, and convention centers must remain closed
  • Individuals are encouraged to avoid crowds, clean frequently-touched surfaces regularly, and monitor symptoms

For more information on the COVID-19 situation in Honduras, including updated case numbers by region, visit the COVID-19 Honduras Official Website.

Where can I go to seek medical assistance in Honduras?

For domestic travelers in Honduras seeking local medical assistance, the government has provided a map of hospitals by region.

Honduras hospitals — COVID-19
Image via COVID-19 Honduras Official Website

Honduras has an impressive collection of natural and cultural hotspots, two of which are exceptionally popular with travelers. The famous Bay Islands are surrounded by the world’s second-largest coral reef, offering some of the most incredible scuba diving opportunities in the Caribbean, while Copan is the home of the Copan Archaeological Park, which showcases grand sculptures and architecture of the ancient Mayan civilization that once existed between the 5th and 9th centuries. In this section, we cover some examples of safety protocols you can expect during your travels to these two bucket list destinations.

Bay Islands

Bay Islands, Honduras
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Roatan, the largest and most-developed of Honduras’ Bay Islands, is located in the western Caribbean. Off its shores, you’ll find the largest barrier reef in the northern hemisphere. The Roatan Tourism Bureau has devised international-standard guidelines for businesses to follow in order to ensure a safe reopening. Businesses that meet these guidelines may register as a COVID-19 Responsible Business and be added to the tourism bureau’s directory.

Guidelines for restaurants on Roatan

  • Tables must be at least six feet apart
  • Each table should be limited to six people per group
  • Social distancing must be maintained in waiting areas and in restrooms
  • All restaurants should consider an open-air setting
  • Customers should only be served when they are seated at a table, not at the bar or standing
  • High-touch surfaces should be cleaned and disinfected regularly
  • Contactless payment methods should be the preferred method of transactions

Guidelines for hotels and accommodation on Roatan

  • Hotel occupancy should be limited to a maximum of 50 percent
  • Temperature checks should be done at check-in
  • Non-essential items such as coffee makers and brochures should be removed from guest rooms
  • High-touch items and surfaces such as TV controls, doors, and curtains, should be disinfected regularly
  • A dedicated disinfection team that specializes in cleaning rooms occupied by suspected or confirmed COVID-19 infected individuals is to be trained and made available

Accommodation providers such as Springwater Villa, Naboo Resort, and The Beach House Roatan are registered as COVID-19 Responsible Businesses.

Copan

Copan, Honduras
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The ancient Mayan ruins of Copan, located in modern-day western Honduras, are considered one of the most important sites of the Mayan civilization. The easiest way to visit these ancient ruins is through a tour. Look out for tour companies that implement health and safety protocols in line with international standards such as WTTC standards. Examples of these protocols include:

  • Reducing participant capacity limits on tours
  • Considering mandatory face coverings, safe distancing protocols, or separate transportation where possible while transferring guests between meeting points
  • Encouraging guests to book tours online or make cashless transactions if possible
  • Ensuring guests handle their own belongings for the duration of the trip
  • Mapping out alternate routes and activity areas to implement crowd control and promote physical distancing

Is Honduras on your travel bucket list? Check out our two-minute guide “Why travel to Honduras?” to discover the country’s best highlights! Do other parts of Central America intrigue you as well? We’ve got a guide to El Salvador and a guide to Panama, too! And if you need more Caribbean vibes, check out the best that Jamaica has to offer.


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