Thursday, June 20, 2013

Honduras: US Department of State Updates Travel Warning, Tourist Travel Discouraged

COMMENT: The US Department of State issued an updated travel warning for Honduras effective June 17, 2013.

That being said, there is very little new information that is different from previous travel warnings on the country, although obviously the Department wants to reemphasize the security risks.

What the travel warning does not say is that San Pedro Sula, Honduras' second largest city, is the most dangerous city in the world, according to a number of reputable comparative studies.

What is contained in the warning is the fact that of 18 murders of US citizens going back to January 2011, none have been solved and the assailants have not been arrested, much less convicted.

Although the travel warning is overly diplomatic and unduly kind to Honduras' public safety organizations, the harsh reality is that Honduras' police are corrupt, dishonest and often incompetent when it comes to bringing anyone to justice.

As I have said in numerous previous postings, Honduras is one of the most violent nations in the world where criminals shoot anyone who resists. Thus, resisting any criminal is NOT recommended.

Additionally, business travelers are urged to seek out an in-depth security briefing from their employer before departure, arrange to stay in a well-secured, off-the-beaten-track apartment and provided a well-trained security driver while in the country. Such visitors should avoid walking anywhere. 

At this time, I DON'T recommend that tourists visit Honduras, given the formidable criminal threats that prevail and the fact that the majority of Honduran cops have a history of engaging in violent crimes themselves.

For the full text of travel warning, see:
http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/tw/tw_6007