Overland Honduras Travel

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[edit] Entering Honduras with a Car or Motorbike

Correct as of: April 2012

[edit] Required Paperwork

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.

[edit] Process at border

(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.

[edit] Cost of entry

Again, it depends. Expect to pay, roughly:

  • $3.00 USD per person for entry
  • Payment of $35.00 USD for vehicle permit

[edit] Permitted length of stay

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.

[edit] Extension of stay

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

[edit] Storing a vehicle and temporarily leaving the country

(unknown)
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.

[edit] Exiting with a vehicle

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

[edit] Driving in Honduras

[edit] Insurance requirements

Insurance is not required in Honduras

[edit] Cost of insurance

N/A

[edit] Where to purchase insurance

N/A

[edit] Driving license

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

[edit] Driving side of road

Right.
Right hand drive vehicles are permitted without problem.

[edit] Mandatory items in vehicle

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

  • 2 safety triangles
  • A fire extinguisher

[edit] Roads

[edit] General Road quality

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.

[edit] Road signs

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

[edit] Toll roads

None.

[edit] Bribery in Honduras

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.

[edit] Checkpoints

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.

[edit] Traveling with pets

As with all borders in Central America, be ready for bribery if you have a pet.
According to travelers in 2012, you need: [1]

  • 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.

[edit] Gas and Diesel price in Honduras

Last updated: February 2012

Currency and unit to display:

Gasoline Grade Price
Regular L86.07 HNL per Liter
Premium (95) L92.21 HNL per Liter
Normal Diesel L81.74 HNL per Liter

[edit] Gas and Diesel Availability / Frequency

Gasoline is common along the Pan American Highway.

[edit] Gas and Diesel Quality

Unknown.

[edit] Safety and Security Considerations

[edit] Driving at night

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

[edit] Vehicle parking

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

[edit] Special driving considerations

Bribery, bribery, bribery.

[edit] Security advisories and information

[edit] Camping in Honduras

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

[edit] Camping guide books

Unknown.

[edit] Drinking water

Tap water in Honduras is not safe to drink.

[edit] Navigation

[edit] Paper maps

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

[edit] GPS Maps of Honduras

  • Open Street Map: Appears to have good coverage.[2]
  • Garmin: Apparently no map of Honduras.
  • TomTom: No map of Honduras. [3]

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

[edit] Special Overland Travel interests

None.

[edit] Travel Guide Books

[edit] Vehicle Maintenance

[edit] Dealers

4x4s / Trucks

Motorbikes

[edit] Local Garages

Add known good mechanics here.

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

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.'

[edit] References

  1. Central American Borders and dogs
  2. OpenStreetMap Honduras
  3. TomTom Map availability

[edit] Helpful External links

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