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Reviewed: 07 May 2013, 10:42 NZDT
Still current at: 05 December 2013
There is some risk to your security in Honduras due to violent crime and the potential for civil unrest. We advise caution.
There are high levels of violent crime (armed robbery, kidnapping and murder) in Honduras, particularly on the north coast and in central regions and border areas. There have been reports of armed robbery and bus/carjackings, affecting tourists on a number of routes, including on main highways. We recommend you remain vigilant at all times and avoid travelling or walking alone at night, particularly in remote areas.
Political gatherings, protests and demonstrations regularly occur in Honduras and as even those intended to be peaceful have the potential to turn violent. Protestors will often attempt to block roads and security forces may use tear gas, water cannons, or rubber bullets to disperse demonstrations. New Zealanders in Honduras are advised to avoid all protests and demonstrations as there is an increased risk of violence at such events.
There are unmarked minefields near the Honduras-Nicaragua border, especially in the Rio Coco region, the Choluteca and El Paraiso provinces and in the area near the Atlantic Coast. We advise you not to stray off well-used roads and paths.
Travellers to Honduras should be aware of the possibility of hurricanes and flooding which occur most commonly during the monsoon season, from May to November.
General travel advice
Please note, as there is no New Zealand diplomatic presence in Honduras, the ability of the government to assist New Zealand citizens is severely limited.
New Zealanders travelling or resident in Honduras should have comprehensive medical and travel insurance policies in place that include provision for medical evacuation by air.
New Zealanders travelling or resident in Honduras are encouraged to register their details with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade.