Honduras is a high-risk destination – crime and violence are a serious problem throughout. Honduras has one of the highest murder rates in the world. Foreign visitors have been victim to violent crime and murder with reports of targeting having taken place on their arrival at the international airport. There are reported incidents of violent attacks on cars and buses including armed attacks on vehicles leaving the international airport in San Pedro Sula. Foreign visitors should exercise caution near the borders with Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua. Travelers have been targeted by armed criminals after crossing the Honduran border into El Salvador.
Opportunistic crime poses a reasonable threat to foreign travelers and heavily populated areas are most vulnerable, especially the known tourist hotspots. Major cities including Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula are particularly vulnerable, as are the popular tourist destinations of Roatan and Utila.
Travel by road is medium risk. The standard of driving varies throughout the region and drivers can lack discipline. Road traffic laws are not routinely enforced, and many rules are ignored, resulting in an increased risk of Road Traffic Collisions (RTCs). Vehicle hi-jackings and robberies are common, especially during the hours of darkness.