Travel Alert May 2019: Civil Unrest in Honduras

If Honduras is in your travel plans over the next week or so, you may want to consider delaying your travel — or, at least, keep yourself updated as to the latest information pertaining to civil unrest in that country.

Travel Alert May 2019: Civil Unrest in Honduras

The United States Embassy in Honduras has issued this official demonstration alert for today, Thursday, May 30, 2019…

Demonstrations/strikes are expected to take place beginning today, May 30, 2019.  Teachers and health professionals plan to hold a nationwide 48-hour general strike, accompanied by protests in the major cities in Honduras, to demand the repeal of two decrees related to education and health.  Students, other activists, and workers from other economic sectors, e.g., bus and taxi drivers, may participate in support of these protests.

Business closures and blockades by protesters on roads are likely within Tegucigalpa, other cities, and major highways countrywide.  Within Tegucigalpa, blockages may occur near the areas of Carrizal (CA-5 exit to San Pedro Sula), Colonia Cerro Grande (RN-15 exit to Olancho), exit to the South (CA-5 to Choluteca), Villanueva (CA-6 to Danli), Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Honduras (UNAH), and the Universidad Pedagogica Francisco Morazan.  Other smaller-sized protests will likely occur unannounced or with little notice throughout this period, which will impact traffic.

…as well as this official security alert:

As of 12:30 PM, demonstrations outside Toncontin International Airport have closed the roads leading into the airport and led to the evacuation of travelers to the military base, located across the runway.  Honduran authorities have not yet indicated their plans for restoring normal airport operations or assisting individuals at the airport with further travel arrangements.

U.S. government personnel have been advised to avoid travel to the airport for the remainder of May 30, 2019 and to minimize travel through the Friday, May 31, 2019.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to Honduras over the next week or so, expect delays and cancellations of flights. Keep up to date on the latest information pertaining to the civil unrest which may adversely affect your travel plans. Better yet, postponing or canceling your trip might be a better option — no matter which mode of travel you plan on taking.

If you have a flight scheduled, your flight may be delayed or canceled — and you may be eligible for a waiver of a fee to change your itinerary. If you are driving in any of these areas, watch out for deteriorating conditions and traffic problems.

Here are two airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this weather system:

  • United Airlines has issued travel alerts for Roatan, San Pedro Sula and Tegucigalpa for Thursday, May 30, 2019 through Monday, June 3, 2019; and Thursday, June 6, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Delta Air Lines has issued a travel alert for Tegucigalpa for Friday, May 31, 2019 through Saturday, June 1, 2019; and Tuesday, June 4, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.

Summary

Be sure to contact your airline or transportation provider for the latest information pertaining to your travels — if they are adversely affected — and please: travel safely.

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