If you are coming to Roatán from the United States, you can use this website to look up a testing facility that will satisfy the entry requirements imposed by Honduras.

December 2021 

If you plan to fly to Roatán (or anywhere in Honduras) from abroad, please note that:

  1. You must complete the information on this pre-check form, which includes:

    • immigration form

    • health surveillance form

    • sworn statement relating to the country’s health regulations

    • customs form

  2. You must present a negative result of a PCR test, or a rapid test with a minimum specificity of 85% and a minimum sensitivity of 98% for COVID-19, in either case from not more than 72 hours before entering Honduras UNLESS

    • You have been Fully Vaccinated (i.e. its been More than 14 Days since you received your Vaccination) in which case NO Covid Test Required to ENTER :) Be sure to carry a Digital Copy or Proof of Vaccination with you at all times.

  3. You must comply with the protocols established in the International Health Regulations at the time of entry into Honduras (clinical evaluation and, if deemed necessary, mandatory quarantine) - Currently there are NO Covid outbreaks or Quarantine measures in Honduras.

  4. You must be at the airport at least 3 hours prior to any flight originating in Honduras

  5. To get BACK INTO THE U.S.A you will be required to show Proof of either a Negative PCR Test OR Antigen Test that needs to be taken within 24 Hours of Arrival back into the USA regardless of vaccination status. Anthony's Key can do an Antigen Test for $50 and they are right next door.

  6. To get BACK INTO CANADA you will be required to show Proof of a Negative PCR Test that needs to be taken within 72 Hours of Arrival, regardless of vaccination status. Miriam can help you arrange that.

    • Canada also requires completion of additional steps via their ArriveCAN APP regardless of citizenship and vaccination status.

    • More details are here in the (translated) release.

    • To help with Testing Requirements we can have someone from the Clinic come to the Sanctuary $120

    • Or if you are out and about Clinica West Bay can do a PCR Test with a 12 Hour turn around also for $120

  7. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/testing-international-air-travelers.html

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July 1st 2021

In the last few months, the food drives have slowed and we are seeing more and more full flights arrive to the island which is WONDERFUL for those who suffered so tremendously last year but, we endured as the island always does and these last 365 days have demonstrated just how resilient people can be. We look forward to welcoming all our guests back to the vibrant and exciting Caribbean destination of Roatan :)

June 1st 2021

Great News. No COVID Test is Required to enter Honduras if you have been FULLY Vaccinated more than 14 Days. If you are not vaccinated you will still be required to provide proof of COVID Test either Via Antigen Test or PCR test. You will still be required to complete the Pre-Check and Health form. Instead of uploading your Covid test you can upload a copy of your proof of vaccination and are required to carry the original card with you during your travels.

January 13 2021 1:00 p.m (CST)

As of yesterday we were alerted to this article about the new United States testing requirements. It seems that the US will be similar to Honduras in that it will require a PCR test or Rapid Antigen Test which is great news!

There are a few different places to get the PCR test on island. You can expect to pay $200-$300 per test for a PCR test and should check with the respective clinic for appointments and so on.

 

The UniMed clinic on island has the ability to send their doctors to The Sanctuary to administer the test: It is $250 for the Dr to come to The Sanctuary and we can have Miriam organize this for you.

The Rapid Antigen tests are also available on island and are 1500 lps (~$60 depending on the exchange rate) per test. Woods Medical Center is offering Rapid Antigen tests and we would recommend reaching out to them directly to get an idea of appointments and schedules.

Anthony's Key is also offering these tests for $75 and they are right next door.

January 10 2021 8:00 p.m (CST)

Happy New Year! 2021 has been a bit of a doozy eh? The island has been relatively quiet with just a bit of craziness over the holiday season. Let’s hope it’s the end of rainy season (fingers crossed!) and that we will only be seeing blue skies for the majority of 2021.

And now…a few updates in relation to COVID-19….

The IHSS (the Honduran health system) has ordered 1.4 million doses of the Oxford University/AstraZeneca vaccine for delivery at the end of April 2021 . No plan has been shared yet, as to how these vaccines will be distributed or when, but this does seem to be a bit of positive news in light of all things going on around the world.

Traveling from Canada? The regulations to get into Honduras remain unchanged but it seems Canada has gone ahead with their issuance of requiring a negative PCR test to get BACK into the country. If you are visiting from Canada there are a number of places to get a PCR test within 72 hours of travel with the cost for a test being about $250 USD. American and United are still providing mail in PCR tests for those travelers traveling from a specific city so be sure to double check this option when booking your tickets. (Details on our FLIGHTS PAGE)

December 13, 2020 4:17 p.m (CST)

It’s like Santa saw our Christmas list and gifted us with more direct flights to Roatan – JUST in time for the holiday season. United just added daily flights from IAH to RTB. Check out the options here and book a stay at The Sanctuary :)

The West End fireworks are shot off from The Beach House dock.

In other news, it is Sunday Funday here in West End and the Roatan wine bottle Christmas tree is up and was the center of the Christmas Carnival for kids last week. We are hoping the influx of flight options and the Pfizer vaccine will mean good things for the island as we head into busy season.

November 24, 2020 9:03 a.m. (CST)

Good news for travelers on United traveling to Roatán (RTB) via Houston (IAH).  United Airlines has announced a program to test travelers using a mail in kit ($119). This promises to vastly simplify the process of obtaining a timely, compliant test for visiting the sunny Caribbean!

 

In other news, we learned that Avianca has cancelled its scheduled flights into San Salvador from December 3, 2020 to January 1, 2021. We do not have an official link for this yet, so check with your airline if this affects your travel plans.

November 15, 2020 3:42 p.m. (CST)

We continue to track what is now known as Hurricane Iota, which is expected to hit somewhere quite near where Eta did just a short time ago, and generally to follow a track similar to Eta. For now, we are just expecting a lot of rain here on Roatán. Our prayers go out to those on the mainland.

November 13, 2020 7:54 a.m. (CST)

Happy Friday the 13th, final 2020 edition!

We continue to track Invest 98, which appears poised to hit the Bay Islands early next week. We’ll definitely be getting wet, but hopefully that’s it.

There are a lot of flights arriving at RTB from the USA now, and Roatán is definitely open for business.  Restaurants, hotels, dive shops and other destinations are all ready to help you experience something other than your living room. Most experiences in Roatán are open-air, and it. is relatively easy to socially distance. Come check us out.

November 10, 2020 4:04 p.m. (CST)

This is the airline flight schedule (PDF) for Roatan RTB as of today.  Subject, of course, to change.

November 10, 2020 8:43 a.m. (CST)

t is expected that this wave will produce a tropical depression late this week or this weekend when the wave reaches the central or western Caribbean Sea.

November 7, 2020 11:07 a.m. (CST)

The island has largely been without any telecommunications for the last ~48 hours, but as of this morning, Tigo, Claro, Reytel and Max all seem to be back up. If you have been trying to get in touch with anyone on the island over the last few days, you may want to try again now.  The storm has moved on, though there is some residual wind (>20mph from the NW right now) and rain on Roatán.  We understand that the mainland was hit hard, particularly San Pedro Sula, where the airport remains underwater. The airport on Roatán is open, though.

November 4, 2020 11:50 a.m. (CST)

Eta has deteriorated significantly since making landfall.  While it does appear that she will turn north and then loop back across the Caribbean (and over the Bay Islands), it looks like it will be only a tropical depression by the time it does.  In the meantime, we have had consistent winds out of the north at ~20mph (with gusts up to ~45mph), and the surf is thus quite high on the north side of the island.  Due to the cyclonic nature of tropical depressions, the wind direction looks to change today as the storm moves west–a good thing for Half Moon Bay and The Sanctuary!

November 2, 2020 8:57 a.m. (CST)

Eta (now a Hurricane) certainly is keeping everyone guessing.  It is moving much more slowly than originally expected, and it has intensified and now appears poised to strike the border of Nicaragua and Honduras as a category 3 storm. Its ultimate path remains hard to predict–it may proceed west to the Pacific, or it may loop around into the Caribbean again, and ultimately pose a threat to Cuba and the southeast U.S. Here on Roatán, we are seeing a lot of rain and (on the north side anyway) high surf.  The boats have all already been moved out of Half Moon Bay in preparation. Our best guess is that the brunt of the storm will hit the island on Thursday, but time will tell.

October 29, 2020 9:35 a.m. (CST)

We have official confirmation from WestJet of the cancellation of their Caribbean routes (including Roatán) from December 4 through January 4, 2021.  This decision was apparently due primarily to issues relating to the mandatory 14-day quarantine upon return to Canada.  If you have a flight to Roatán on WestJet during that time period, please check with the airline.

October 23, 2020 12:20 p.m. (CST)

Greetings everyone!  There is not much new to report this week (and we have not had an update with the Governor in the past two weeks).  There has been a lot of rain on the island this month, and this week has been no exception, but the year overall has been dry (we have had about a quarter of our 2020 precipitation just this month), so this is a good thing.

Regarding Canadian air routes, we know that Sunwing has canceled through February 2021 and that Air Transat and WestJet are canceled through the end of 2020 (though apparently some people with WestJet tickets are still showing as available / not canceled, so who knows). Canada has also stated that it will be offering international passengers COVID tests as a means to relaxing quarantine rules (which is currently 14 days, not 15 as we incorrectly stated below).

In Latin America, Costa Rica has announced that it will no longer require PCR testing for tourists.  Hopefully, Honduras follows suit in a thoughtful manner; after all, everyone wants to remain safe–but bring on the sun, scuba, and monkey lalas, right?!

We hope to see you soon on Roatán.

October 15, 2020 8:00 a.m. (CST)

The U.S. State Department has lowered the travel advisory for Honduras from a 4 to a 3.  Keep in mind that Roatán is a very different place than mainland Honduras and alone would likely be a 2.

The requirement to quarantine (which was never enforced) if you arrive to Roatán with a negative rapid test has been lifted.  This means that all you need is proof of a negative PCR or rapid test administered within 72 hours of your flight.  This should make it significantly easier for people to obtain tests for purposes of travel.

October 12, 2020 10:56 a.m. (CST)

Good news!!  American Airlines is adding service to and from DFW on Wednesdays beginning in December.  They may also be expanding service to and from MIA in November, tentatively adding Wednesday and Sunday service to the current Saturday route.

September 2, 2020 9:35 p.m. (CST)

Nana dumped nearly 3.5 inches on us today in West End, but wind gusts never exceeded 50mph and the island is very accustomed to dealing with storms like this.  Nothing to report!

August 21, 2020 3:21 p.m. (CST)

It looks like Tropical Depression 14 is going to sail a little east of Roatán, and hopefully the Bay Islands entirely.

August 20, 2020 8:41 p.m. (CST)

Well it’s 2020 so of course there are two possible hurricane-strength storms forming in the Caribbean.  It looks like #13 will head mostly northwest, towards Florida, while #14 is expected to track more closely to the Bay Islands.  We are expecting a lot of rain and hoping for not much more, especially as Roatán is expected to welcome its first international flight on Saturday, August 22.  There have been a lot of domestic visitors to Roatán over the past week, and so far everything seems to have gone pretty well.

August 17, 2020 4:04 p.m. (CST)

Not much has changed since last week, Roatán remains on the number system for circulation and with the same 8pm curfew.  However–today did mark the first day of international flights!!  Do note that if you plan to visit Roatán, you will be subject to whatever rules of circulation and/or curfew is in place during your visit.  In some areas of the island, this won’t matter too much, as you’ll be able to walk around and generally see whatever you want.

August 13, 2020 4:35 p.m. (CST)

If you plan to fly to Roatán (or anywhere in Honduras) from abroad, please note that:

  1. You must complete the information on this pre-check form, which includes:

    • immigration form

    • health surveillance form

    • sworn statement relating to the country’s health regulations

    • customs form

  2. You must present a negative result of a PCR test, or a rapid test with a minimum specificity of 85% and a minimum sensitivity of 98% for COVID-19, in either case from not more than 72 hours before entering Honduras

  3. You must comply with the protocols established in the International Health Regulations at the time of entry into Honduras (clinical evaluation and, if deemed necessary, mandatory quarantine)

  4. You must be at the airport at least 3 hours prior to any flight originating in Honduras

More details are here in the (translated) release.

 

August 4, 2020 9:30 p.m. (CST)

CONFIRMED!!  Honduras will be opening domestically on August 10 and internationally on August 17.  The flight tables below (see July 28) appear to be accurate to and from the U.S. and Canada.

 

August 4, 2020 9:15 p.m. (CST)

SINAGER released results of testing tonight; no new cases in the Bay Islands.

Rumors are that the first international flights will be August 17 and the first U.S. flight will be August 22 (this lines up with the flight schedule that we published below on July 28).  More as we know it.

 

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