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Central America Travel Advisories Reissued

July 28, 2022 • 5:20 pm CDT
by Gerd Altmann
(Vax Before Travel)

The U.S. Department of State recently issued a statement confirming the United States is committed to partnering with the people of Central America to strengthen democracy, improve the rule of law, and combat corruption.

And on July 21, 2022, the State Department commented, 'The citizens of Central America deserve and expect governments that respect their human rights, abide by the rule of law, and create conditions for individuals and communities to flourish.'

To alert visitors of potential risks, the State Department reissued Level 3: Reconsider Travel Advisories for the countries of El Salvador and Honduras. 

In Honduras, the State Department says, 'do not travel to Gracias a Dios Department due to crime.'

The U.S. government has 'limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Gracias a Dios as U.S. government employees are restricted from traveling to the area.'

U.S. citizens can get assistance at the U.S. Embassy in Tegucigalpa when visiting Honduras.

In El Salvador, areas witnessing higher crime rates are often located near lower crime areas or must be crossed when moving between locations.

And local police may lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents.

However, the concentration of resources in resort areas means these tend to be better policed than urban areas.

When visiting Central America, the State Department suggests enrolling in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.

It is a free service for U.S. citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad easily register their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.

From a health perspective, the U.S. CDC recently issued travel notices regarding COVID-19 outbreaks and the spreading of the dengue virus by mosquitoes in these countries.

Travel vaccine suggestions are posted at Vax-Before-Travel.com/disease.

Note: The government's information was manually curated for international travelers.

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