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Messages for U.S. Citizens in 2011

Message for U.S. Citizens: San Pedro Airport Shooting

October 17, 2011

The U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa informs U.S. citizens residing in or visiting Honduras that on October 14, 2011, in San Pedro Sula, masked gunmen purportedly dressed as police forced the occupants of certain vehicles exiting the parking area of La Mesa International Airport out of their vehicles and opened fire on them, killing six men and wounding three others.

While no U.S. citizens have been reported among the deceased or injured, the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa reminds U.S. citizens that violence in Honduras is endemic and the country has one of the highest murder rates in the world.  The recent shootings indicate that this violence can occur in seemingly secure places like an international airport.  We have not seen evidence suggesting criminals specifically target U.S. citizens; however, foreigners are often the victims of opportunistic crime.  Additional information regarding crime in Honduras can be found at the State Department’s Country Specific Information for Honduras.

U.S. citizens residing in or visiting Honduras should maintain a heightened sense of alert.  Citizens should monitor local news and information to stay informed about situations that could affect their security and maintain a low profile.

If you are going to live in or visit Honduras, please take the time to tell our Embassy about your trip.  If you sign up, we can keep you up to date with important safety and security announcements.  We can also help your friends and family get in touch with you in an emergency.  Here’s the link to the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program: https://travelregistration.state.gov

U.S. citizens should consult the Country Specific Information for Honduras and the latest Travel Alerts and Warnings and Worldwide Caution at the State Department's website: http://travel.state.gov

Current information on safety and security can also be obtained by calling 1-888-407-4747 toll-free in the United States, or for callers outside the United States and Canada, a regular toll line at 1-202-501-4444.  These numbers are available from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (except U.S. federal holidays).

The U.S. Embassy is located on Avenida La Paz in Tegucigalpa; telephone (504) 2238-5114, after hours telephone (504) 2236-8497; Consular Section fax (504) 2238-4357; E-mail: usahonduras@state.gov; Webpage: http://honduras.usembassy.gov

American Citizen Services at the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa is on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/acstegucigalpa