Security Alert: Tegucigalpa (Honduras), Nationwide Strike and Demonstrations Continue

Location: Honduras, countrywide

Event: Demonstrations/strikes will continue today, May 31, 2019. Doctors, teachers and other health professionals intend to continue their 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, intend to participate in support of these protests.

Business closures and blockades by protesters on roads are expected in Tegucigalpa, other cities, and major highways countrywide. Local media reports a number of major roads/highways have been closed by demonstrators already today. Other smaller-sized protests will likely occur unannounced or with little notice throughout this period, which will impact traffic.

In light of these ongoing demonstrations, the U.S. Embassy has instructed the family of U.S. government employees to remain at home throughout the day on Friday, May 31, 2019 and to monitor media for updates. While Honduran authorities have assured that Toncontin International Airport in Tegucigalpa is prepared to operate normally throughout the day, individuals scheduled to arrive or depart Toncontin International Airport should carefully monitor the airlines' websites, follow any instructions provided by the airlines, and allow extra time to get to/from the airport in the event that individuals decide to travel today.

The U.S. Embassy remains open as we continue to monitor developments.

Actions to Take:

Remain at home.

Avoid demonstrations.

Be aware of your surroundings.

Monitor local and social media for updates.

Notify friends and family of your safety.

Have travel documents up-to-date and easily accessible.

Report specific safety concerns to local law enforcement authorities.

Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) with the U. S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa to receive security updates � https://step.state.gov/

Source: Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC)