Honduras
Health

Includes health and sanitation standards within the country, as well as any potential health risks that businesspeople should be aware of. Includes any mandatory or highly recommended vaccinations.

Last published date: 2019-10-13

Drinking water must be boiled and filtered. Purified water can be purchased in major cities and smaller towns. Fruits and vegetables must be cleaned carefully and meats cooked well.           

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommends Hepatitis A and Thypoid vaccine as you may be exposed these diseases through contaminated food or water in Honduras regardless of where you are eating or staying. The main health hazards include Zika virus, dengue fever, malaria, AIDS, malaria, dysentery, parasites, hepatitis A and B, typhoid, and rabies. There have been reports of cholera as well, although not in epidemic proportions. A malaria suppressant should be taken as well as the use of insect repellant is recommended if traveling to coastal regions or rural areas for extended stays. Heat and sun exposure are also hazards. Take care to use sunscreen and avoid dehydration. Essential medical care service is available in Tegucigalpa, San Pedro Sula, La Ceiba, and Choluteca. In the countryside, medical care in many cases is very limited and often inaccessible.

As local mosquito transmission of Zika virus infection has been reported in Honduras, it is recommended that travelers protect themselves from mosquito bites. According to the CDC, the mosquitoes that spread Zika usually do not live at elevations above 6,500 feet (2,000 meters) because of environmental conditions. Travelers whose itineraries are limited to areas above this elevation are at minimal risk of getting Zika from a mosquito.

Doctors and hospitals often expect immediate cash payment for health services. U.S. medical insurance is not accepted for hospital admission, physician service, or medical testing in Honduras. The Medicare/Medicaid program doesn't provide for payment of medical services outside of the United States. Check with your own insurance company to confirm whether your policy applies overseas, including provision for medical evacuation