December 8, 2017. As many of you have heard, there was a curfew in Honduras that is valid between the first and tenth of December. The situation is rather fluid and conditions are returning to normal in the country. We have up to date information that will make your travel plans easier in Honduras. Today, for example, the curfew hours are only from 10 p.m. till 5 a.m. This allows for almost regular schedules for just about everybody.
What You Need to Know About the Curfew and Travel in Honduras
First of all, most of the tourist destinations in Honduras are no longer under curfew. Such is the case of the Bay Islands of Utila, Roatan and Guanaja. Two of the most important beach towns in Honduras are also curfew free! I am talking about Tela and Trujillo. Copan Ruinas, the shining star of Honduras Tourism is not under a curfew either. Last night, the government of Honduras lifted the curfew for the departments of Choluteca and Valle in Southern Honduras. The same applied to the departments Lempira, Intibuca and Santa Barbara. We expect that today La Ceiba and Omoa will no longer be subject to the curfew.
Things are improving in Honduras, and international pressure to drop the curfew in building. We do not think that the curfew will be in place by Monday morning at the very latest. In the meantime, you will find that more cities and departments within Honduras will be taken off the curfew list!
Another important thing to note is the fact that the intercity bus service is now back in full service. Hedman Alas, the premier luxury intercity bus company in Honduras is now back to almost normal operations. Only their evening schedules are not operating, due to the curfew. Again, we expect that they will be operating regularly after the 10th. The ferry service between La Ceiba and the Bay Islands is operating without problems. As you can see, transportation services in Honduras are back to normal!
As for the airports in Honduras, a couple of flights were affected by the curfew. Such is the case of Spirit Airlines and Air Europa. I expect that their schedules will be back to normal as of next week, when the curfew restrictions expire.
Should You Cancel your Trip to Honduras Because of the Curfew?
The US government has issued a new travel warning to its citizens coming to Honduras. As always, the warning is somewhat exaggerated. The protests and rallies in favor of each of the two political parties that claim victory in the elections have been mostly peaceful. As long as you do not mingle with the Honduran citizens that are manifesting themselves on the streets, you have no problem. Not one single person injured in these protests has been a foreigner.
Many hotels and operators are offering special discounted prices for their services. This means that if you are a tourist, this can work in your favor. No crowds to deal with, and great deals! Enjoy your travels in Honduras!