Obligations and Benefits when traveling to Honduras

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  • Travelers who wish to travel to Honduras must comply with a series of obligations that in order to enter the Honduran territory at the same time that they have a series of benefits whether you are a national or foreign citizen.

    Traveler, what is the essential thing you should know?

    Traveler’s Obligations

    Every traveler who arrives in Honduran territory through any customs point by air, land or sea must make a declaration on the form provided by the Honduran Customs Service. In the case of a family group, only one baggage declaration will be made.

    When entering or leaving Honduras, any national or foreign person is obliged to declare whether or not they are transporting money, electronic purses, values ​​of negotiable instruments such as bearer traveler’s checks or any other title, value of immediate convertibility, equal to or greater than Ten One thousand dollars of the United States of America (US $ 10,000.00) or its equivalent in national or foreign currency.

    Regional Traveler Affidavit

    Every traveler who arrives at the customs territory by any authorized route must make a declaration on the form issued by the Customs Service for this purpose.

    Airlines and, in general, companies dedicated to the international transport of people are obliged to collaborate with the Customs Service to control the entry of travelers and their luggage, including providing the declaration form.
    In the case of a family group, a single declaration will be made. Article 579 of the Regulation of the Central American Uniform Customs Code (RECAUCA).

    Click here to download Declaration Form (PDF)

    Uniform Procedure for the control of the cross-border transfer of cash Article 34 of Decree 144-2014 Special Law Against Money Laundering.

    Any national or foreign person who enters or leaves the country, through air, sea and land customs, is obliged to present the Regional Affidavit of traveler provided by the Customs Administration, in which they notify whether or not they are transporting money, electronic purses, securities of negotiable instruments such as bearer traveler’s checks or any other immediately convertible security, equal to or greater than Ten Thousand Dollars of the United States of America (US $ 10,000.00) or its equivalent in national or foreign currency. Article 34 Special Law Against Money Laundering.

    Process

    1. a) The competent authority (DSA, DLCN, Border Police) contacts the Customs Authority to verify if the traveler reported the sums of money that he transports, carries, brings, or loads.
    2. b) The customs authority must provide the competent authorities (DSA, DLCN, Border Police) with the customs declaration for the traveler’s regime signed by the traveler.
    3. c) Yes, in the customs declaration for the traveler’s regime, he did not report that he had more than ten thousand dollars (US $ .10,000.00), the competent authority (Police or Directorate for the Fight against Drug Trafficking) will draw up a record stating the fact and the amount of money the traveler was carrying.
    4. d) The competent Authority (Police or Directorate for the Fight against Drug Trafficking) when the traveler is not detained, informs the customs authority of the fact and gives a copy of the certificate and sends or accompanies the traveler to the Customs office so that it imposes the administrative sanction.
    5. e) The Customs Authority ex officio will impose an administrative fine equivalent to one third (1/3) of the value of the assets that have not been declared.

    Traveler Regime

    The CAUCA in its articles 112,113,114 and articles 578, 579, 580, 581, 582, 583 of the RECAUCA, establish that the traveler’s luggage is considered to be goods for personal use or for the exercise of their profession during the course of their trip, always and when they are not for commercial purposes.

    1. Traveler’s baggage allowance

    2. Articles for recreation or sports

    3. Exemption from paying taxes for goods other than luggage Article 114 CAUCA

    The traveler may introduce with exemption from taxes, merchandise that he brings with him, other than luggage, whose total value in customs does not exceed the equivalent of $ 500.00 five hundred Central American pesos.

    The luggage may be:

    a) Accompanied: when you enter together with the traveler;

    b) Unaccompanied: when entering within the three months prior or subsequent to the date of arrival of the traveler to the customs territory, provided that it is verified that the goods come from the country of residence or from any of the countries visited by the traveler before entering Honduras.

    4. Conditions to enjoy the exemption3 Article 582 RECAUCA

    Benefit of the Absent Honduran

    What is the Absent Honduran Law?

    It is the Law established by Legislative Decree 185-86 dated November 21, 1986, which welcomes Hondurans living abroad and allows the introduction into the country of certain articles for personal use and electrical articles without payment of taxes.
    Said Law is reactivated from November 15 to January 15. (2 month period).

    What does the Absent Honduran Law establish?

    Legislative decree 185-86; establishes that, from November 15 to January 15 of each year, as the months of the Honduran abroad, where every Honduran or child of a father or mother permanently residing abroad, for more than one year may enter the country free of all levies, fees or any surcharge.

    What can you enter?

    1. New or used underwear and outerwear, one (1) dozen per piece
    2. New or used bedding, table linens, towels, curtains and kitchen towels four (4) pieces per item.
    3. One (1) dozen new or used footwear.
    4. Portable electrical items; television up to 17 inches, sound system with its components, tape recorder, musical instruments, oven, blender, mixer, coffee maker, vacuum cleaner, fan, juice extractor, sewing and typewriter, calculator, dryer, hairbrush.
    5. Camera and video camera
    6. One (1) dozen toys.
    7. Ornaments for personal use six (6) per item class.
    8. Toiletries six (6) of each class.

    How many Hondurans can the Absent Honduran law benefit?

    All Hondurans or children of a Honduran father or mother permanently residing abroad for more than one year may enter the country, free of any tax or surcharge
    , clothing, personal effects, as well as portable electrical appliances.

    To enjoy the tax exemption referred to in the previous paragraph, the interested party must only present to Customs, their national or foreign passport or any other official document issued in the country of residence, where it is established that they have to reside in permanently outside the country, the time established in the previous Article.

    Said benefit will be granted only once during the indicated period, and the Customs Authority must note the use of said benefit in their passport or respective official document.

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