The Acting Secretary of State to the Chargé in Guatemala (Lawton)

No. 8

The Acting Secretary of State refers to instruction No. 296 of August 25, 1933, and informs the Legation that according to a despatch from the American Chargé d’Affaires in Tegucigalpa, the Government of Honduras is in accord with the interpretation given to Article 4 of the Habana Convention by the United States, namely, that private aircraft of a contracting party may, subject to the technical requirements regarding entry and clearance and the laws and regulations in force, enter territory of another contracting party without the necessity of requesting formal permission for the flight through the diplomatic mission of the country whose nationality the aircraft possesses or through the diplomatic mission of the country to be visited.

The following countries parties to the Habana Convention have agreed to the above procedure with respect to the entry and clearance of foreign civil aircraft: the United States, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama.

Should the Chargé d’Affaires deem it advisable in his discussions with the Guatemalan authorities to make use of the above information, he may do so.