Useful Information for the Tourist in Honduras
When visiting Honduras we want to provide you with information that will be useful to you on your trip through our beautiful country.
Advice on the necessary documentation, safety, health, clothes to use, currency, holidays to help you enjoy your stay.
The country offers a great variety of places and activities that will make your stay an unforgettable experience.
We recommend you plan your next trip to Honduras and participate in the various events that are held for national and foreign tourists throughout the year.
Table of Contents
- How to get to Honduras?
- Regulations, procedures and documents
- Embassies and visas
- Health and vaccines
How to get to Honduras?
To reach Honduran territory you can do it through the following communication channels:
- Ramón Villeda Morales International Airport: It is located in the city of San Pedro Sula, considered the main airport in the country with connections to the international cities of Atlanta, Fort Lauderdale, Houston, Miami, Newark, New Orleans, Orlando, Mexico City, Belize, San José, San Salvador, Guatemala, Panama and Madrid.
And nationals of Tegucigalpa, La Ceiba, Roatán and Utila.
- Toncontin International Airport: Located in the capital of Honduras, Tegucigalpa, with connections to the international cities of Atlanta, Houston, Miami, Cancun, San José, Guatemala, Managua, San Salvador, Panama, Havana and Caracas.
And nationals of San Pedro Sula, La Ceiba, Roatán and Puerto Lempira.
- Golosón International Airport: It is located in the city of La Ceiba with connections to the international cities of Grand Cayman, Montreal and Toronto.
And nationals of Tegucigalpa, San Pedro Sula, Puerto Lempira, Trujillo, Roatán, Guanaja and Utila.
- Juan Manuel Gálvez International Airport: It is located in the city of Roatán with connections to the international cities of Miami, Dallas, Atlanta, Houston, Montreal, Toronto, Belize, San Salvador, Guatemala, Panama, Frankfurt am Main and Milan.
And nationals of Tegucigalpa, San Pedro Sula, La Ceiba and Utila.
The following airlines make trips to Honduras:
- Delta Air Lines, Spirit Airlines, United Airlines, American Airlines, Air Europa, Aeroméxico Connect, Avianca El Salvador, Copa Airlines, Xtra Airways, Sosa Airlines, CM Airlines, Tropic Air, Guatemalan Air Transport
Palmerola International Airport: It is expected to open in Comayagua (central Honduras) at the end of 2019, and it is expected that it will help provide better prices on travel tickets and will allow the opening of new connections with South America.
There are also a variety of local airports, which open the possibility of moving between cities, especially tourist ones. Among them:
- Brus Laguna airport
- Guanaja airport
- El Aguacate Regional Airport
- Puerto Lempira airport
- Choluteca airport
- Copán Ruins Airport
- Tela airport
- Trujillo airport
- Útila airport
As it has borders with the countries of Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua, the country has land customs for visitors.
- El Poy Customs
- Hot Water Customs
- El Amatillo Customs
- Customs The Fraternity
- Customs El Florido
- Customs Hands
- Guasaule Customs
- El Corinto Customs
The country has 2 docks for cruise ships that reach the following destinations:
Regulations, procedures and documents
In Honduras you can perform a precheck online, at the address https://prechequeo.inm.gob.hn/ . Where you must provide Travel Information, Travel Document (Passport) and Personal Data. Information that will help you speed up your entry into the country.
The citizens of Nicaragua, Guatemala and El Salvador, the Central American Free Agreement mobility or CA-4 may be presented as identification both Personal Identification Document (DPI) or passport.
Requirements to Enter Honduras
Every citizen who wishes to enter Honduras must present the following:
- Passport: With at least 6 months of validity.
- Ticket: You must present a ticket for your return or transit route to continue the trip.
- Taxes: You must pay the departure fee from Honduras, which has a cost of US $ 35 at the Airport. Some airlines already include this departure tax in the ticket price.
- International Certificate of Vaccination against Yellow Fever: This requirement is mandatory since November 27, 2010, according to the ordinance of the Honduras Health Office. It is mandatory that all citizens carry the yellow fever vaccination certificate to enter Honduras, both nationals and foreigners who come or go to endemic countries.
For this requirement to be taken as valid, the vaccine must have been applied 10 days before entering Honduras and its application must not exceed 10 years, which is how long the vaccine lasts.
Entry into Honduras
When entering Honduras, a form known as «Baggage Declaration» is delivered, where any item indicated in the document must be declared.
The elements that can be entered into the country without having to be declared, are quite similar to any other international destination, accepting articles for personal use without problem, in quantities that do not presume that they are imported or exported for commercial purposes.
Embassies and visas
What countries do not need a visa to travel to Honduras?
Honduras maintains bilateral relations with many nations around the world, consult the list of nations that their citizens DO NOT need a Visa to enter the country. You can stay in the country for 90 days as a tourist.
- List of countries that do not need a visa to travel to Honduras
- Directory of embassies and consulates of other countries in Honduras
- Directory of Honduran embassies and consulates abroad
Health and vaccines
What vaccines are needed to travel to Honduras?
- Mandatory: Yellow Fever (travelers from a country where it exists),
- Recommended: Tetanus-diphtheria / Tetanus-diphtheria-pertussis, Triple Viral (Measles, rubella, mumps), Hepatitis A,
- Special situations: Hepatitis B, Typhoid fever, Rabies, Flu and Pneumococcal.
What is the currency in Honduras?
- The official currency is the Lempira (L), dollars are accepted at the exchange rate.
- Banknotes are issued in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 and 500 Lempiras . 5, 10, 20 and 50 cent coins are also used in a lesser way .
Where to exchange currencies?
- Currency can be exchanged at local banks. This service is also offered in most hotels and travel agencies.
- To see the current exchange rate in dollars, consult the official site of the Central Bank of Honduras https://www.bch.hn/
International credit cards are well received in most hotels and businesses in the country. They are also a good security measure to avoid carrying large amounts of money with you.
In several cities there are ATMs where you can withdraw cash. It is recommended for safety to do it in local banks or in the main shopping centers (Mall) where there is light and security.
TIP: It is recommended to carry small amounts of money in Lempiras to pay for local means of transport such as buses, taxis and motorcycle taxis. Also to pay for some tourist entertainment, food and hotel services.
Are tips mandatory ?
Some restaurants include the tip in their bill, which is indicated on the payment receipt.
In other tourist services such as hotels and taxis, depending on the amount and the generosity of the client, it is a token of gratitude for a well-received service.
Honduras collects sales tax from local businesses, which is reflected on the receipt or purchase invoice and corresponds to 15% sales tax. Some tourist businesses charge for tourism.
What language is spoken in Honduras?
Spanish is the official language in Honduras. However, English is used by tourism service providers to provide better service to foreigners who do not speak Spanish.
Internet and email
If you want to connect to the Internet, in Honduras you will find many establishments that offer free Wi-Fi connections: cafes, restaurants, some shopping centers and hotels. Sometimes you will need to ask for the password. In addition, many localities offer free Wi-Fi in various public spaces such as parks or squares.
You can connect to the Internet through your mobile device with 4G mobile coverage . There are 2 companies in Honduras that offer the Internet service, WhatsApp and Facebook.
You can buy a chip in either of the 2 companies to connect your own mobile if you wish.