As the coronavirus situation evolves around the world, we will provide regular updates to help you make informed decisions about your Honduras and Roatán travel plans.
Latest Update: AUGUST 25
Honduras has 55,479 confirmed cases of COVID-19 within its borders. 8,556 people have recovered, and 1683 people have died, leaving 45,240 active cases. Honduras' public health system has limited capacity for handling severe and critical cases of COVID-19.
Honduras' Bay Islands, including Roatán, have 156 active cases of COVID-19, with 100 people recovered, 3 deaths and 204 pending tests. On August 22, the Honduran authorities released a notice regarding the first phase of reactivation of the tourism industry in Roatán. Tourists are now able to utilize their hotel reservations, airline tickets, and other travel-related documentation as their "salva conducto", required to be shown to police and other authorities when moving around the island. These documents must be carried with you at all times.
The requirements are as follows:
- Having taken the PCR diagnostic test and obtained a negative result within 72 hours of travel to Honduras. The test must be a real-time reverse transcriptase polymerase chain reaction assay, and the results must be presented in a paper formats with complete information about the institution, doctor and certification. Many countries are experiencing testing wait times of 3-7 days for rPCR test results, and none have guaranteed turnaround times. You may also use a rapid test, but with a rapid test, you will have to quarantine for 14 days.
- Fill out the epidemiological pre-check digital form within 72 hours of your departure. This is best done on a computer - it does not work well on mobile.
- You must have paper copies of your test results and the pre-check, both of which will need to be shown at multiple points, prior to boarding the flights and after arrival to Roatán.
- Check in with the gate agent prior to boarding to show your test results.
- Upon landing in Roatán, all bags (checked and carry-on) will be sprayed with a bleach disinfecting agent.
Upon landing in Honduran territory, travelers must wear mandatory face masks and comply with the strict protocols of the Honduran government, so please note that your visit to Roatán may look different than your last one.
Other Important Information & Restrictions:
- Individuals with symptoms consistent with COVID-19, traveled to a country with confirmed cases, or who have been in contact with a confirmed case of COVID-19, may be isolated in a medical center for monitoring by the Ministry of Health for up to 14 days.
- There is currently a national curfew in place, scheduled to expire September 6 at 11:00 pm. Security forces have been deployed to enforce the curfew.
- Mandatory use of face masks in public, hand sanitizing gel and social distancing.
- Shopping and essential services, including banks, pharmacies, gas stations and supermarkets are open Monday through Friday from 6:00 am to 8:00 pm, with access segmented and allowed on specific days, according to the last digit of an individual's national identity card or passport number (for non-Honduran citizens).
- All businesses are closed on weekends, and individuals are not allowed to leave their homes on Saturdays and Sundays.
The most up to date information can be found on the Honduran government's COVID-19 website (Spanish). As updates are published, ROAM will post the most pertinent updates here, as well.
- World Health Organization’s (WHO) – Latest Updates on COVID-19
- European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control – Latest Updates on COVID-19
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) – Information for Travel
- Johns Hopkins – Map of confirmed cases worldwide
- The Tico Times – English-language online newspaper in Costa Rica