Honduras
 

Despite being among the poorest countries in Central America, Honduras as a lot to offer to travelers seeking off-the-beaten-tracks adventures. First, the country is blessed with a wild and unspoiled nature. Honduras is a biodiversity hot spot : its lush rain forests, mangroves and savannas are home to a myriad of endemic species. One of the most beautiful (and cheapest!) diving spots on Earth are found here. Then, Honduras has inestimable archaeological treasures inherited from the Maya, like the mesmerizing Copán ruins, as well as beautiful colonial remains. Honduras is the perfect country for a genuine Central American cultural experience, with its delightful blend of indigenous and colonial traditions.


WHAT VACCINES DO I NEED FOR HONDURAS IN 2021

The Government of Canada and the CDC recommend the following vaccines for travelling to Honduras in 2021: Traveler’s Diarrhea, Hepatitis AHepatitis BRabies, Flu, COVID-19, Typhoid fever.

INFORMATIONS ABOUT HEALTH

Risk of Zika in this Country. Learn More >>

We make every effort to ensure that the information posted on our website is up to date and accurate according to the latest public health recommendations; however, it is impossible for us to make changes on a daily basis.

For the most current travel health recommendations, please call our clinic as make an appointment with one of our travel health professionals.

HONDURAS – RECOMMENDED VACCINES

The Yellow Fever Vaccine A proof of vaccination against yellow fever may be required upon entry in to this country. Some travellers may not be eligible to receive this vaccine. Please enquire with your health care professional regarding your specific details. It is important to note that the vaccine should be administered at least 10 days prior to your departure. For further information, please consult with the World Health Organization (WHO) website: https://www.who.int/ith/ith-country-list.pdf
Hepatitis A Recommended for all travelers.
Tetanus – Diphteria – Pertussis Vaccine Tetanus: In exceptional circumstances (eg, stay in a region where access to health care is limited), for a person aged 18 years or older, 1 dose of DT may be given if 5 years or more has elapsed since the last dose. Otherwise, one booster dose at the age of 50*. Pertussis (Whooping Cough):  1 dose is recommended for pregnant women, for every pregnancy, regardless of immunization history and the interval since the last dose (betwen week 26 and 32). *Only applicable for Quebec.
Measles – Rubella – Mumps Two doses recommended for all travelers born after 1970, if not previously given.
Flu – Influenza Seasonal influenza occurs worldwide. The flu season usually runs from November to April in the northern hemisphere, between April and October in the southern hemisphere and year round in the tropics. Influenza (flu) is caused by a virus spread from person to person through coughing and sneezing or by touching infected surfaces. Everyone 6 months and older should get a flu vaccine yearly. Vaccine is recommended 14 days prior to departure.
Routine vaccines (dCaT, Polio, Meningococcal, Shingles, Pneumococcal, Hepatitis B, HPV, MMR & Varicella) Recommended for all travelers
Causes, Symptoms & Treatment – Typhoid fever Recommended for most travelers, especially those who are staying with friends or relatives; visiting smaller cities, villages, or rural areas where exposure might occur through food or water; or prone to “adventurous eating”
Hepatitis B Consider for most travelers; recommended for those who might be exposed to blood or other body fluids, have sexual contact with the local population, or be exposed through medical treatment (e.g., for an accident).
Transmission, Symptoms and Prevention – Rabies For travelers at high risk of animal bites or being involved in activities with bats, dogs and other mammals. Clients who plan to visit remote areas may consider receiving this vaccine. Important to note the pre-exposure rabies vaccine is administered in 2 doses with one week interval between doses. Post-exposure vaccination is always recommended, even for those previously vaccinated.
Chagas Disease Presence. All travelers should protect themselves against triatomine bugs.
Turista – Traveler’s Diarrhea (ETEC) Talk to your health care professional about the risks and precautionary measures to take, as well as the Dukoral® vaccine. Important to note that the Dukoral vaccine is an oral vaccine given in 2 doses, recommended at least 2 weeks prior to departure.
Malaria Malaria is present in this country. The risk may be region specific. Prophylaxis measures to be discussed with the health care professional.
Dengue Fever, Chikungunya and/or Zika There are many illnesses that are transmitted via mosquito bites and unfortunately we do not have vaccines to protect us against most of them. It is important to inquire with your healthcare professional regarding the specific risks and the different illnesses presently in circulation.

RECOMMENDED MEDICATIONS

Antimalarials Recommended Malarone, Doxycycline,Chloroquine or Mefloquine
Antibiotics Traveler’s Diarrhea Ciprofloxacin, Azithromycin or Suprax.
Acetazolamide/Dexaméthasone Recommended to prevent Acute mountain sickness (AMS).

MEDICAL CARES

Medical facilities are rare outside of major cities in Honduras. It is possible to find good basic health care in the private hospitals and clinics located in Tegucigalpa and San Pedro. Public medical establishments lack adequate equipment and don’t provide satisfying health care. If you need medical assistance, you can go to the Hospital Y Clinicas Viera, the Hospital La Policlinica or the Hospital Centro Medico Hondure in Tegucigalpa. In San Pedro, good medical care is provided by the Centro Medico Cemesa.

If you need an ambulance in Honduras, you can contact the Red Cross at 195 227-9344, 227-8023, 227-7474 or 227-7575. Numerous private ambulances are also available in the country.

Medicines are easily accessible in Honduras, but it is always safer to bring your own medical kit, especially if you need very specific treatments. 

SECURITY ABROAD

Drug trafficking, transnational organized crime and street gang activity is prevalent in Honduras. As a result, violent crimes such as kidnapping, extortion, home invasion, robbery, sexual assault and other forms of aggravated assault occur. These crimes are carried out by criminals acting individually or as a …

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Emergency services

Emergency services exist but may be subject to certain limitations. In case of emergency, dial 911.