Honduras - Department of Foreign Affairs (2023)

If you’re travelling to Honduras, our travel advice and updates give you practical tips and useful information.

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  • Normal precautions
  • High degree of caution
  • Avoid non-essential travel
  • Do not travel
  • Overview
  • Safety and Security
  • Local Laws and Customs
  • Health
  • Entry requirements
  • Embassy Contact



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Security status

High Degree of Caution.

Latest Travel Alert

Citizens planning travel abroad should take into account the ongoing risk of testing positive for COVID-19 while abroad and are advised to take out comprehensive travel insurance that includes COVID-19 cover. Before departure and during travel, citizens are advised to monitor our Travel Advice, follow us onTwitter, and register with their nearest Irish Embassy or Consulate.

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Travel to Honduras

Please note that restrictions are subject to change at short notice, and all passengers should properly research and verify theinformation below when booking and undertaking travel.

Airports in Hondurasare open to international and domestic travel. All passengers are required to pre-register online with Honduran Immigration authoritieshereprior to arrival. You should bring a physical and digital copy of the form with you.

All visitors must present, either:

  • Proof of a full course of theCOVID-19 vaccine (eg: the EU DCC). The last dose must have been administered more than 14 days prior to the date of travel; or
  • A negative COVID-19 PCR or antigen test, dated no more than 72 hours before the date of your arrivalin Honduras.

COVID-19 related restrictions remain in force and may be announced at short notice. You should adhere to all local practices and laws regarding the wearing of face masks, social distancing, and curfews. To avoid penalties, we strongly recommend you familiarise yourself with local restrictions and comply with any requirements. You are advised to follow official government sources for updates, including via theOfficial Government Website(https://covid19honduras.org/), and the website of theNational Police Policia Nacional De Honduras.

If you have COVID-19 symptoms, you should seek medical advice immediately. Small clinics can provide testing and basic care. Severe cases requiring hospitalisation may have to be addressed through the private system at a significant cost (potentially upwards of €40,000). All travellers should take the necessary precautions regardingCOVID-19, and take out comprehensive travel insurance.

General Travel Advice

Crime and violence are prevalent throughout Honduras, and the security situation poses a risk for foreigners. You should therefore make sure you research your destination thoroughly, and take all the necessary precautions in all parts of Honduras.

Protests are normally peaceful; however can turn rapidly violent. For more information, please see our safety and security section.

Safety and Security

Safety and Security


There are high levels of crime in Honduras, and the security situation poses a risk for foreigners. You should therefore make sure you research your destination thoroughly, and take all the necessary precautions in all parts of Honduras. Some precautions include:

  • Don’t carry your credit card, travel tickets and money together - leave spare cash and valuables in a safe place.
  • Leave a copy of your passport (and travel and insurance documents) with family or friends at home.
  • Avoid showing large sums of money in public and don’t use ATMs after dark, especially if you’re alone.Check no one has followed you after conducting your business.
  • Avoid dark and unlit streets and stairways, and arrange to be picked up or dropped off as close to your hotel or apartment entrance as possible.
  • Keep a close eye on your personal belongings and hold on to them in public places such as internet cafés,train and bus stations.
  • Avoid travelling alone, particularly in remote areas.

Travellers should avoid walking in cities and towns across mainland Honduras including Tegucigalpa, San Pedro Sula and la Ceiba. Be particularly careful at bus stations, airports, isolated beaches, tourist sites and on public transport.

Political Situation

The political can be unpredictable in Honduras, and while protests are normally peaceful, they can turn rapidly violent. The country held elections in November 2021, which may continue to impact the situation in the country. If you are travelling in Honduras, you should remain vigilant and avoid large gatherings. In the event of any unrest, you should follow the advice and instructions of the local authorities, monitor local news channels and be prepared to amend your travel plans accordingly. All Irish citizens should avoid participation situation in political discussions or protests online or offline. The Honduran Constitution prohibits political activities by foreigners, and may detain and deport them for such activity.

Petty theft

Petty theft is a problem in cities and tourist areas, including the Bay Islands (Roatan, Utila and Guanaja). Be particularly careful of your belongings at bus stations, airports, isolated beaches, tourist sites, and on public transport. Keep your valuables locked away in a safe or keep them on your person when travelling.

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Serious crime

Violent crime and taxi-muggings are common in Honduras. Be cautious when using public transport, including taxis, and make sure your accommodation has adequate security. Always be particularly careful after nightfall.

Local travel

Take care travelling in Honduras as there have been reports of violent attacks on cars and buses. Particular care should be taken if travelling on microbuses (‘colectivos’) in large cities such as Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula for security reasons. Travelling on major roads between large towns/cities is safer than travelling on more remote routes. Don’t travel between towns/cities after dark as you greatly increase the risk of attack.

Border Crossings

Exercise extreme caution near the borders with Guatemala, El Salvador and Nicaragua given the elevated risk of crime. Travellers should cross borders in the morning as they sometimes close in the early evening or remain unmanned at nights. It also allows time for you to reach your destination before dark.

There are unmarked minefields in/around the border with Nicaragua. Take care and avoid walking on unmarked paths or off main roads in these areas.

Reporting crime

If you are a victim of a crime while in Honduras, you should report it to the local police. You can also contact the Irish Embassy in Mexico on +52 55 5520 5803.

Check that you have adequate insurance and read the small print of the vehicle hire contract (particularly any waiver that will come into effect if the vehicle is damaged).

Hurricane season

The hurricane season in the Caribbean normally runs from July to October. You should pay close attention to local and international weather reports and follow the advice of local authorities. Always monitor local and international weather updates for the region by accessing, for example,the Weather Channel,or theUS National Hurricane Centre website.

Local Laws and Customs

Local Laws and Customs

Remember, the local laws apply to you as a visitor and it is your responsibility to follow them. Be sensitive to local customs, traditions and practices as your behaviour may be seen as improper, hostile or may even be illegal.

Personal identification

You should carry personal identification with you at all times in Honduras.

Illegal drugs

Illegal drug use (no matter what the drug) carries stiff penalties, including fines and long prison terms.

Homosexuality is not illegal in Honduras, but there is also no recognition of same-sex marriage in Honduras. Public displays of affection by same-sex couples may draw unwanted attention, particularly outside of the capital, and travellers should exercise caution in this regard.




Take all relevant precautions in relation to Covid-19. Check with your doctor well in advance of travelling to see if you need any vaccinations for this country and consult them on any other health related concerns.

Mosquito-borne diseases

There may be a risk of Zika virus in Honduras. Irish citizensespecially those with a weakened immune system or women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnantare advised to follow guidance available on the website of the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) athttp://www.hpsc.ie/A-Z/Vectorborne/Zika/.

Dengue fever epidemics occur every four to five years in Honduras, and Malaria is common in remote, low-lying parts of the country.

If you need emergency medical assistance during your trip, dial 911 and ask for an ambulance. You should contact your insurance/medical assistance company promptly if you are referred to a medical facility for treatment.

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Entry requirements

Entry requirements

If you are unsure of the entry requirements for this country, including visa and other immigration information, ask your travel agent or contact the country’s nearestEmbassy or Consulate.

You can also check with them how long your passport must be valid for.

Exit taxes

There is a US$48.44 (or Lempira equivalent) airport departure tax which should be included in the price of the ticket (if not, be prepared to pay this in cash or with a credit card). There is also an airport departure tax for domestic flights of 54.13 Lempiras (or the equivalent in US dollars). For more information, check theHonduras Airports website.Embassy Contact

If you are unsure of the entry requirements for this country, including visa and other immigration information, ask your travel agent or contact the country’s nearest Embassy or Consulate.

You can also check with them how long your passport must be valid for.

Embassy contact

The Embassy operates an out of hours service for Irish citizens requiring emergency assistance on weekends and public holidays.

If you are in need of emergency assistance during these times, you should leave a message on the emergency message system by calling +52 55 5520 5803.

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How long can I stay in Honduras? ›

Travellers who exceed the 90-day limit can expect to pay a fine. An extension of up to 30 days is permitted. You must request this extension and pay the required fee to immigration authorities before the initial 90 days expire; the decision of an extension is at the discretion of immigration authorities.

What countries can a Honduran citizen visit without a visa? ›

Honduras is a visa-exempt country which means that its citizens can enter the Schengen Area without a visa. A holder of a Honduras passport can visit any of the Schengen countries, including Spain, Italy, and France.

Is Honduras safe to travel now? ›

Reconsider travel to Honduras due to crime. Some areas have increased risk.

Can you fly in the U.S. with a Honduran passport? ›

Yes, as noted above, the list of approved identification to fly domestically includes foreign government-issued passports and/or a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Employment Authorization Card (I-766).

How much money do you need to retire in Honduras? ›

In general, a monthly amount of $1000–$1500 would be enough for you to live comfortably in Honduras.
How Much Money Do You Need to Retire in Honduras?
Apartment (1 bedroom) in City Centre$270
Apartment (1 bedroom) Outside of Centre$220
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How Long Can a US citizen be in Honduras? ›

A visa is not required for American citizens, but tourists must provide evidence of return or onward travel. Immigration officials at the first port of entry determine the length of stay, up to a maximum period of 90 days.

How strong is Honduras passport? ›

The Honduran passport currently ranks on the 39th place according to the Guide Passport Ranking Index. It provides visa-free access to 134 countries. This grants it an overall high mobility score and makes it a desirable passport.

How much does it cost to get a visa from Honduras to us? ›

The application fee for the most common nonimmigrant visa types is US$160. This includes tourist, business, student, and exchange visas. Most petition-based visas, such as work and religious worker visas, are US$190.

What do I need to travel from Honduras to the US? ›

A negative covid-19 test (RT-PCR, Antigen or ELISA with a maximum of 72 hours) or COVID Vaccination card if fully vaccinated are required for entry.
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Can you drive to Honduras from the United States? ›

Can I drive from United States to Honduras? Yes, the driving distance between United States to Honduras is 5668 km. It takes approximately 2 days 18h to drive from United States to Honduras.

Does a US citizen need a passport to go to Honduras? ›

Entry, Exit and Visa Requirements

To enter Honduras, you need: A U.S. passport with at least six months validity. Evidence of onward travel. For stays of up to 90 days, you do not need a visa for tourism.

Is Honduras safer than Mexico? ›

All in all, traveling in Honduras or Mexico will be fun and beautiful but Mexico is safer, has more tourist sites, and has better food and infrastructure for long-term stays. For all those reasons, it comes out ahead in this showdown. Ready to go?

Is Honduras Safe 2022? ›

OVERALL RISK : MEDIUM. Honduras is somewhat safe to visit, though it has many dangers. You should be aware that tourist hotspots, public transportation and some streets are places where most thefts and pickpocketing occur, and that violent crime exists on the streets, too.

What part of Honduras is safe? ›

If you're the sort of person who prefers to be around people to chat with, head to the Bay Islands. This is the safest area of Honduras and this is also the place where you are going to find a lot of other travelers.

Where is the best place to live in Honduras? ›

Best cities to live in Honduras
  • Tegucigalpa. Liveability. $856. 1.13M.
  • Comayagua. Liveability. $678. 145K.
  • San Pedro Sula. Liveability. $811. 719K.
  • Choloma. Liveability. $520. 232K.
  • Villanueva. Liveability. $590. 150K.
  • El Progreso. Liveability. $863. 188K.
  • Puerto Cortes. Liveability. $691. 122K.
  • La Lima. Liveability. $621. 71.9K.

How much does a doctor make in Honduras? ›

The average salary for a Doctor is $168,290 per year in Honduras, IN.

Can an American buy a house in Honduras? ›

Yes, if you live in the United States or Canada you can buy a house anywhere in Honduras.

Can you have dual citizenship in Honduras? ›

Since 2002, a decree amending the constitution has allowed dual nationality for birthright Hondurans, though naturalized citizens cannot have more than one nationality.

How do I get residency in Honduras? ›

Once you have been a resident in Honduras for five years, and assuming you are in good legal standing with the Instituto Nacional de Migración, you can apply for immigrant status. For all types of residency you can arrive in Honduras on a tourist visa and begin the process from inside the country.

Can felons go to Honduras? ›

Immigration form asks if you have a criminal record, and you check Yes, you will be denied entry. Don't take advice from anybody on a message board about something so serious. Go to or contact the nearest Honduran consulate or embassy, explain the situation and see if you can get pre-approval.

Can a U.S. citizen live in Honduras? ›

Americans do not need visas to visit Honduras as tourists. However, if you want to retire in Honduras, you will need to get a retirement residency card, of which there are three types. The Secretary of Justice processes these in Tegucigalpa. You will need to work with a Honduran attorney to get your residency card.

Can a U.S. citizen own property in Honduras? ›

Yes, if you live in the United States or Canada you can buy a house anywhere in Honduras.

How long can you stay in Roatan Honduras? ›

Travelers will receive an automatic 90-day tourist visa when arriving at a Honduran international airport. The expectation is that travelers who visit Roatan as tourists will leave the country before the 90-day mark. Travelers can put in a request for an extension of 30 additional days.

How do I become a resident of Honduras? ›

Once you have been a resident in Honduras for five years, and assuming you are in good legal standing with the Instituto Nacional de Migración, you can apply for immigrant status. For all types of residency you can arrive in Honduras on a tourist visa and begin the process from inside the country.

Is Honduras a good place for Americans to retire? ›

Honduras is a beautiful country on the East coast of the Caribbean sea. With a variation of hilly, green mountaintops, a rich coral reef environment, and tropical white sand beaches, Honduras is a highly sought out retirement destination.

Why are Americans moving to Honduras? ›

It has been estimated that there are 15,000 Americans living in Honduras. Living in Honduras is an incredible experience for a variety of reasons, including the culture, the friendly locals, the beaches, the climate, and the landscapes.

Do you pay taxes in Honduras? ›

The tax system in Honduras is based on a territorial concept of income. Citizens and residents are taxed on income earned from worldwide sources. Non-residents are taxed only on income from Honduran sources, and the tax on any type of income paid to a non-resident must be withheld by the payer.

Where do the wealthy live in Honduras? ›

East and uphill from downtown are Barrio San Rafael and Colonia Palmira, the first modern, wealthy neighborhoods developed in Tegucigalpa and home to many of the city's embassies, high-priced hotels, and nicer restaurants.

Does Honduras have dual citizenship? ›

Since 2002, a decree amending the constitution has allowed dual nationality for birthright Hondurans, though naturalized citizens cannot have more than one nationality.

Is Honduras cheap to live in? ›

The cost of living in Honduras is $771, which is 1.21 times less expensive than the world average. Honduras ranked 106th out of 197 countries by cost of living and the 151st best country to live in. The average salary after taxes in Honduras is $535, which is enough to cover living expenses for 0.7 months.

How much does it cost to build a house in Roatan Honduras? ›

On the average, building cost to build in Roatan is approximately $100 - $150 per square foot for wooden structures. Cement structures range from $150 - $200 per square foot. Outdoor decks and living spaces can amount to 40% of the cost spent on interior spaces.

Is Roatan Honduras a good place to retire? ›

Roatan is a beautiful island with an idyllic tropical climate and lower cost of living, so it's a fantastic place to retire. From the palm-fringed beaches of West Bay to the bustling village of Coxen Hole on the other side, there are plenty of places to live and enjoy your retirement in the sunshine.

Can a US citizen retire in Roatan? ›

If you're retiring to Roatan, you can easily acquire your residency. Retirees in Roatan simply need to prove their monthly income and then you can apply for residency and enjoy a few bonus perks, too! If you're coming from the US or Canada, you can visit Roatan for up to 90 days without residency.

How long does it take to get a Honduran citizenship? ›

BY NATURALIZATION: Honduran nationality may be acquired by: Central American by birth who has resided one year in Honduras. Spaniards and Spanish-Americans by birth who have resided two years in Honduras. Any person who has resided in Honduras for at least three years.

How do I extend my stay in Honduras? ›

If you want to extend your stay in Honduras, a one-time 30-day extension is relatively straightforward to obtain from the main immigration office in Tegucigalpa (1a Calle, cnr 14 de Julio; open 7:30am to 3:30pm Monday to Friday; tel +504 2442 0638) for a fee of US$20.

How do I get a work permit in Honduras? ›

Application Process
  1. Entering Honduras.
  2. Getting employment contract approval as well as a statement of compliance application at the Labor Ministry.
  3. Getting temporary residence approval.
  4. Obtaining registration, a residence card application, and fingerprints.
  5. Obtaining residence card approval and collection.


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