State Department Issues Honduras Travel Warning

December 30, 2013
Roatan (1:07 p.m. EST) - The U.S. State Department has issued a Honduras travel warning.

Roatan, the largest of Honduras' Bay Islands, is a port of call on many Western Caribbean cruise itineraries.

According to the warning, U.S. citizens should be aware the level of crime and violence in Honduras remains critically high. "Crime and violence are serious problems throughout the country, and the government of Honduras lacks the resources to address the issues. Since 2010, Honduras has had the highest murder rate in the world."

But the warning also specifies that most resort areas and tourist destinations have lower levels of crime and violence than other areas of the country, "though still high by international standards. In 2012, the government of Honduras increased police presence and established special police forces in areas frequented by tourists, such as the Copan Mayan ruins and Roatan. Tourists traveling with group tours also report fewer criminal incidents."

The state department cautions U.S. citizens to be vigilant of their surroundings at all times, to travel in groups of two or more and to avoid wearing jewelry or displaying cash, ATM/credit cards and other valuables.

Cruise Critic has reached out to cruise lines with planned port calls to the island. At press time, only Holland America Line and Carnival Cruise Lines had replied to say the lines continue to operate their scheduled itineraries as normal.

--by Dori Saltzman, News Editor