Overland Honduras Travel

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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: September 2013

Required Paperwork[edit]

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.

  • Passport of registered owner (original and 3 copies).
  • Vehicle registration (original and 3 copies).
  • Drivers license of registered owner (original and 3 copies).
  • 3 more copies of the owner's Passport, clearly showing the Honduras immigration stamp and the entry payment receipts.

Process at border[edit]

(For people, see Honduras Visa and Passport requirements at the World Travel Guide)
Again, this will vary from day to day depending on the mood of the officer on duty.
The process is described very clearly at Through Honduras in one day|PanAm Notes (also available to download in pdf format).

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
  • Payment of $35.00 USD for vehicle permit

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]

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

Storing a vehicle and temporarily leaving the country[edit]

Describe if/how a vehicle can be stored, and for how long.
Also mention if the owner / temporary importer can leave the country while the vehicle is in storage.

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]

Insurance requirements[edit]

Insurance is not required in Honduras

Cost of insurance[edit]


Where to purchase insurance[edit]


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 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


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.
See the bribery tips page for advice.


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 is a perfect bribery opportunity for the police/military.

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: February 2012 (Diesel September 2013)

Currency and unit to display:

Gasoline Grade Price
Regular L86.07 HNL per Liter
Premium (95) L92.21 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]


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]


Drinking water[edit]

Tap water in Honduras is not safe to drink.


Paper maps[edit]

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

Nicaragua And Honduras And El Salvador 2014: Reise.2380
Nicaragua And Honduras And El Salvador 2014: Reise.2380
by Reise Know How Verlag Peter Rump
Nicaragua, Honduras, And El Salvador: National Geograp...
Nicaragua, Honduras, And El Salvador: National Geograp...
by National Geographic Maps - Adventure
Nicaragua, Honduras, And El Salvador: National Geograp...
Nicaragua, Honduras, And El Salvador: National Geograp...
by National Geographic Maps - Adventure
Lonely Planet Honduras & The Bay Islands (country Guide)
Lonely Planet Honduras & The Bay Islands (country Guide)
by Gary Chandler, Liza Prado

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]


Travel Guide Books[edit]

Lonely Planet Honduras & The Bay Islands (country Trav...
Lonely Planet Honduras & The Bay Islands (country Trav...
by Greg Benchwick
Frommer's Honduras (frommer's Complete Guides)
Frommer's Honduras (frommer's Complete Guides)
by Nicholas Gill
Central America (footprint - Handbooks)
Central America (footprint - Handbooks)
by Richard Arghiris
Fodor's Honduras & The Bay Islands (travel Guide)
Fodor's Honduras & The Bay Islands (travel Guide)
by Fodor's
Don't Go There. It's Not Safe. You'll Die. And Other M...
Don't Go There. It's Not Safe. You'll Die. And Other M...
by LifeRemotely.com

Vehicle Maintenance[edit]


4x4s / Trucks


Local Garages[edit]

Add known good mechanics here.

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

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

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


  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]