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Visiting Honduras[edit]

Give a brief overview of what it's like to visit. How easy is the border, how safe is the country, are there great things to see and do, etc.

Entering Honduras with a Car or Motorbike[edit]

Correct as of: February 2017

Required Paperwork[edit]

(To check if you need a travel Visa for Honduras, application instructions and fees see: Honduras Visa online application at VisaHQ.com)
This border is notorious for corrupt officers who will ask for whatever paperwork they feel like on any given day. Your experience will probably differ from what is below, so come prepared with lots of copies of everything. Reports from 2017 to 2019 on ioverlander and own experience show that the situation is better and has improved.

  • Passport of registered owner (original and 4 copies).
  • Online precheck-in confirmation email from https://prechequeo.inm.gob.hn. (printed or visible on electronic device)
  • COVID-19: Proof on paper of either 14 days of full vaccination or negative test (PCR or antigen) within 72 hours.
  • Slip from temperature check station as you cross the border.
  • Vehicle registration (original and 4 copies).
  • Drivers license of registered owner (original and 4 copies).
  • 4 more copies of the owner's Passport, clearly showing the Honduras immigration stamp and the entry payment receipts.

If you are coming from a country where Yellow Fever is endemic, officials at the border may ask you for your vaccine certificate. Honduras is considered free of Yellow Fever and they are going to try to avoid having you bring the fever into the country. Please note that you should have the vaccine at least 10 days before entering the country.

Process at border[edit]

Again, this will vary from day to day depending on the mood of the officer on duty.

Nov 2021 Corinto: Guatemala stations are on the Honduras side in the same buildings as Honduras Immigrations and Customs. There are no stations or personnel on the Guatemala side. The way they have this set up, I don't think helpers are allowed in.

  • a day or so before crossing, go to http://prechequeo.inm.gob.hn/Login and fill out the pre-check-in. Unless you have a Honduran SIM card it is next to impossible to do this on a roaming cell connection (it took me abt 2 hours over roaming). If you didn't, they will send you walking back across the border to a business that has internet, who will charge to do it for you. There are 2 parts to the form. After finishing the first part (immigration info) and back at the home page, the link to the second part (health info) is in fine print at the top.
  • when you arrive, you'll be stopped at the border gate by a uniformed Aduana (customs) official who will take your TIP and Passport and check the VIN number on your vehicle. There is no charge here. They will give them back and flag you through to the customs area (on the right in Corinto).
  • Make a hard right and park close in the parking lot and go to the blue and white striped container office just as you enter and get your temperature taken. The Honduran immigrations agent told me there should be a young woman there I was to pay her 50 L, but she wasn't there and someone else did it after trying to call her and it was no charge.
  • Go to immigrations. Immigrations is the first building (on the island in the center of the parking lot) The Guatemala Salidas window today was the first window on the back of the building, next to the Honduran Entradas windows. Get him to stamp you out of Guatemala. Then, get in line at the Honduran window and present your passport, your temperature check paper (from the health office), and show them your email confirmation with the pre-check-in number and maybe the QR code. Follow instructions to take fingerprints and photo and pay the entry fee (I paid in Quetzals) and he will eventually stamp you into Honduras.
  • Aduana (customs). In Corinto this is in the building at the back of the parkinglot. Go to the Guatemala window and give him your TIP and copies of your registration and passport credential page. He took other copies at no charge. I may not have needed to give him the copies I did. He will come out and check the VIN number, possibly make a cursory search, and eventually give you back the TIP after signing it that it is canceled. He signed mine on the back side.
  • Go to the Honduras Aduana vehicles window on the other side of the same building (it wasn't marked: just ask at any window and they will direct you). He will tell you what copies your need (especially the passport stamp page) and send you walking back across the border to the help business, who will make the copies you need. I only had to provide one of each copy he asked for, not 3-4 (both sides of the TIP and the immigrations stamps page in my passport: the rest I had pre-copied). While you're there, change your money with the ladies next to the border gate. When you get back, the Aduana agent will come out and inspect the VIN number and take what notes he thinks of during the inspection, and then he will ask a lot of questions about the vehicle back at his desk: number of cylinders, fuel, 4WD, etc. He will eventually ask for the TIP fee (780 L today) and he wouldn't take USD or Quetzales, so I had to hike back across to get my money changed. He will eventually give you the TIP. I didn't get any TIP stamp in my passport as others have mentioned.
  • There were 2 police check points and an army check point within a few feet of each other leaving the compound. Both police checkpoints stopped me and checked the TIP and my passport. The army post didn't.

I crossed on Friday, Nov 12, 2021, arriving at 9:30 AM and leaving at 2:30 PM. Once I drove across the border, the only queue I really had to wait in was the Honduras Entradas window, with between 5 and 20 people at a time. I don't know how long it would take without mistakes: probably about 2.5-3 hours.

Detailed instructions from Oct 2014, including GPS POI's, Map of office locations and pictures can be seen here: El Salvador to Honduras El Amatillo Border Crossing

The process is described very clearly at Through Honduras in one day|PanAm Notes (also available to download in pdf format).

Detailed instructions as of 24th April 2016 crossing from Guatemala to Honduras at Corinto with a motorcycle. Full details including paperwork requirements, GPS coordinates and photographs can be found here http://www.tiger800rtw.com/?p=1259

NOTE: You may encounter locals offering to help you with paperwork to get across the border. See Border Crossing Helpers for advice.

Cost of entry[edit]

Again, it depends. Expect to pay, roughly:

  • $3.00 USD per person for entry (price as of 24th April 2016)
  • Payment of $35.00 USD for vehicle permit (price as of Feb 2017)

Permitted length of stay[edit]

90 days.

Honduras is part of the CA-4 Border control agreement. This agreement grants travel between Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, and Nicaragua for a TOTAL of 90-days. The number of days remaining on your CA4 is written in your passport as you travel from country to country. The 90-day limit begins when you enter any country that is part of the CA4 agreement. To avoid penalty and fines, Exit the CA4 countries and enter into Costa Rica or Mexico/Belize before the 90-days limit expires.

Extension of stay[edit]

Unknown.
Describe the process to extend the permitted length of entry for the vehicle, if possible.

Storing a vehicle and temporarily leaving the country[edit]

From personal experience and asking at the boarder (May 2018) it is permitted to leave a vehicle in Honduras for a limited time. Note that you still must exit both Honduras and C-4 countries prior to the original date provided upon entry (ie the clock keeps ticking while you are away).

Exiting with a vehicle[edit]

  • The registered owner presents the temporary import paper to customs.
  • The registered owner is stamped out of Honduras at immigration.

Driving in Honduras[edit]

Recommended books for Overlanding in Honduras[edit]

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Travel insurance for Honduras[edit]

World Nomads offer the most flexible Travel Insurance at the best prices for multi-country / multi-year trips. You can buy, extend and claim online, even after you've left home.

Vehicle insurance requirements[edit]

Insurance is not required in Honduras

Cost of insurance[edit]

N/A

Where to purchase insurance[edit]

N/A

Driving license[edit]

Technically an International Driving Permit is required.
In reality, showing a license from anywhere in the world seems to be good enough.

Driving side of road[edit]

Right.
Right hand drive vehicles are permitted without problem.

Mandatory items in vehicle[edit]

The Police and Military will absolutely try to bribe you if you do not have the following:

  • 2 safety triangles
  • A fire extinguisher

In 2017 the police forces had a major clean up with many policemen loosing their job especially the ones who did not do their job properly. Today their focus is to assist and help instead of stopping you to look for reasons to fine/bribe like for not carrying the above mentioned items.

Police checks on roads are always made in groups and marked with cones for their own safety. If a guy by himself or a group comes out of the bushes there is something wrong. Slow down, wave and keep on driving.

Roads[edit]

General Road quality[edit]

Roads in Honduras vary greatly. The Pan American is paved and good quality for the length of the country. Lesser roads are gravel and can be very bumpy and rutted.

Road signs[edit]

Road signs are mostly common, but can not be relied upon.

Toll roads[edit]

Parts of CA-5 are in the process of being tolled.

Bribery in Honduras[edit]

Honduras is probably the most corrupt country on the Pan American Highway, and you will almost certainly encounter bribery attempts by the Police and military. Many Overlanders have special stories about how common bribery is in Honduras, with most foreigners being stopped 5-10 times on the Pan American Highway alone.


Based on own experience and reports on ioverlander since 2017 this has improved a lot. In 2017 the police forces had a major clean up with many policemen loosing their job especially the ones who did not do their job properly. Today their focus is to assist and help instead of stopping you to look for reasons to fine/bribe like for not carrying the above mentioned items.

Police checks on roads are always made in groups and marked with cones for their own safety. If a guy in uniform by himself or a group in uniform comes out of the bushes there is something wrong. Slow down, wave and keep on driving. See the bribery tips page for advice.

Checkpoints[edit]

Police checkpoints are common in Honduras, especially on the Pan American Highway. You'll primarily be asked to show your Passport, Vehicle registration, drivers license, and the temporary import permit you were issued at the border. Depending on how official the checkpoint actually is, this used to be a perfect bribery opportunity for the police/military but has improved since 2017.

Traveling with pets[edit]

According to travelers in 2012, you need: [1]
Travelers in 2013 wrote this when traveling from El Salvador to Honduras: [2]

  • A Health Certificate for the animal in Spanish (updated at least every four months)
  • A vaccination record (the European Pet Passport works well)

You might not be asked for either one, but you should have them ready.

Gas and Diesel price in Honduras[edit]

Last updated: December 2015 (Diesel September 2013)

Currency and unit to display:

Gasoline Grade Price
Regular L18.59 HNL per Liter
Premium (95) L20.49 HNL per Liter
Normal Diesel $1.20 USD per Liter

Gas and Diesel Availability / Frequency[edit]

Gasoline is common along the Pan American Highway.

Gas and Diesel Quality[edit]

Diesel quality poor, ULSD not available. Various octane levels of gasoline available.

Safety and Security Considerations[edit]

Driving at night[edit]

Driving at night is absolutely not recommended in Honduras, due to safety considerations.

Vehicle parking[edit]

Find a secure parking lot to park for any length of time. Price unknown.

Special driving considerations[edit]

We were stopped many times by the police. They always wanted to check the papers and sometimes look inside the car, but were always friendly and let us go.

Security advisories and information[edit]

Camping in Honduras[edit]

Camping is not popular in Honduras and roadside camping is not recommended.

Camping guide books[edit]

Unknown.

Drinking water[edit]

Tap water in Honduras is not safe to drink.

Navigation[edit]

Paper maps[edit]

Reise Know-How are amoung the best paper maps. Purchase paper maps before arriving in Honduras

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Purchase maps before arriving, good ones are very difficult to find in Honduras.

GPS Maps of Honduras[edit]

  • Open Street Map: Appears to have good coverage.[3]
  • Garmin: Apparently no map of Honduras.
  • TomTom: No map of Honduras. [4]

GPS co-ordinates for camping, propane, gas, repairs, etc. in Honduras[edit]

Special Overland Travel interests[edit]

None.

Vehicle Maintenance[edit]

Dealers[edit]

4x4s / Trucks

Motorbikes

Local Garages[edit]

Add known good mechanics here.

Buy or sell a car or motorbike in Honduras[edit]

Buy
Unknown.
Describe how a foreigner can buy a vehicle. List any difficulties or limitations on where the vehicle can be driven.

Sell
Unknown.
Describe how a foreigner can sell a foreign-plated vehicle, or list not possible.'

References[edit]

  1. Central American Borders and dogs
  2. Traveling with dogs from Canada to Argentina. Experiences and Infos.
  3. OpenStreetMap Honduras
  4. TomTom Map availability

Helpful External links[edit]