Honduras - Country Commercial Guide
Business Travel

Includes information on business customs, travel advisory, visa requirements, and other aspects of international travel. 

Last published date: 2020-10-12

Business Customs

Understanding cross-cultural differences has important implications for the negotiation process of international commercial transactions. To a greater degree than in the United States, personal relationships are important in creating and maintaining business ties and avoiding possible disputes. As a result, Honduran businesspeople build life-long relationships and establish close links with clients or customers, creating a reciprocal feeling of obligation and desire to assist.

Since Hondurans are hospitable and gracious hosts, the closing of a business deal is similar to a social activity. As a result, many Americans find that going straight to the point when negotiating with Hondurans is not well received. When meeting with Honduran counterparts, it is often best to move into business matters gradually and engage in preliminary discussions for building rapport. Business lunches are common and usually long. After the courtesy formalities have been taken care of, meetings generally turn to a more concrete discussion of business. Hence, business negotiations tend to be slower and more drawn out in Honduras, placing more emphasis on relationships than conducting a business transaction.

As far as punctuality and business etiquette, Hondurans tend to be more relaxed than Americans. Waiting for meetings is not unusual, but this approach to scheduling should not necessarily be taken as discourtesy or disinterest. To the extent possible, U.S. exporters should avoid stereotyping potential partners or jumping to conclusions if someone reacts in an unexpected way.

Hondurans are generally very friendly. Giving and receiving gifts is a common cultural aspect, but aren’t expected during first visits or business meetings. Business cards are exchanged without much ceremony and should preferably be printed in both English and Spanish. When traveling to Tegucigalpa, the capital city, U.S. company representatives won’t go wrong by dressing in business suits. The dress code for the industrial city of San Pedro Sula, however, is much less conservatively due to the warm weather and business attires often involve lighter fabrics and smart business casual.

 

Travel Advisory

After COVID-19 emergency response measures, the Honduran government announced the resumption of domestic and international flights on August 2020. Travelers should communicate directly with individual air carriers to confirm flight options, and also visit the local government’s COVID-19 website for updated information on entry and exit requirements and movement restrictions, among others: https://covid19honduras.org. As of August 2020, it is mandatory to use face masks, sanitary gel, and social distancing in public.

One important issue to keep in mind when visiting Honduras is security. Street crime including theft, pickpocketing, and armed robberies is a concern. As a precaution, one should avoid wearing excessive jewelry and visibly carrying cellular phones, valuables or large sums of money when walking in downtown areas. In the event that one’s passport is stolen or lost, or that one experiences a threatening situation, it should be reported immediately to the local police and the U.S. Embassy’s Consular Section. 

Americans living or traveling in Honduras are encouraged to register with the U.S. Embassy through the State Department’s travel registration website so that they can obtain updated information on travel and security within Honduras. Additional information is also available through the Consular Information page for Honduras here.

Visa Requirements

A U.S. passport valid for at least six months from the date of entry is required to enter 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.

U.S. companies that require travel of foreign businesspersons to the United States are advised that security evaluations are handled via an interagency process.  Visa applicants should go to the following link(s):  State Department Visa Website.

For additional information regarding travel to Honduras, please contact the Honduran Embassy in Washington D.C. located at 3007 Tilden Street N.W., Washington D.C. 20008, tel. (202) 966-7702. In addition, Honduran Consulates are located in the following cities: Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Miami, New York, New Orleans, San Francisco, San Juan, and Tampa. For additional inquiries, please visit the Honduran Embassy’s website: https://hn.usembassy.gov.

 

Currency

The currency in Honduras is the Lempira (HNL). As of June 2020, 1.00 USD equals 24.71 HNL.

ATMs are widely used in Honduras. Nevertheless, travelers should carry cash and some travelers’ checks as back-up plan should they encounter system difficulties.

 

Telecommunications/Electronics

Telephone service is adequate. Direct-dial, long-distance calling within Honduras and to the U.S. and several other counties is available. Costs are based on the destination, and rates are available through operator assistance. Three mobile telephone providers currently operate in Honduras. Wi-Fi and high-speed connectivity is prevalent in most hotels. Standard voltage in Honduras is 110V electricity.

Radio reception is satisfactory. U.S.-style music is featured on several stations, but news is exclusively in Spanish. A good short-wave radio is necessary to receive American stations and international broadcasts, including the Voice of America (VOA).  The Embassy’s Public Affairs Section has schedules and program information.

42 local and national TV stations can be seen in Honduras, all with Spanish-language programming. Cable and pay TV service is also available with a wide range of stations, including major U.S. networks and entertainment-oriented stations.

Three daily Spanish-language newspapers are published in Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula. Major sources of English-language news are the Latin American air express editions of the Miami Herald, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, and USA Today, which arrive the day of, or day after, publication.  Overseas editions of Time and Newsweek are available at several newsstands or by subscription.

 

Transportation

Airlines In Tegucigalpa

 

     
 

American Airlines

(504) 800-2791-9363

 

United Airlines

(504) 2220-0999

 

Copa

(504) 2233-2672

 

Delta

(504) 800-2791-9326 / (504) 2234-9432

 

Avianca 

(504) 2281-8229

     

Domestic Airlines in Tegucigalpa

 

     
 

Aerolíneas Sosa

(504)2407-0246 ext.300

 

CM Airlines

(504) 2270-7230 / (504) 2290-1800

 

Avianca (Regional)

(504) 2281-8229

 

Lanhsa

(504)2234-0804 / (504) 2234-0806

 

Easy Sky

(504) 2221-5565 / (504) 2221-5505

     

Airlines in San Pedro Sula

 

     
 

Aeromexico                          

(504) 800-2791-9025

 

American Airlines                 

(504) 800-2791-9363

 

United Airlines                     

(504)2557-4141/ (504) 2557-4142

 

Copa                                    

(504)2516-2672

 

Delta                                   

(504) 800-2791-9326/(504) 2250- 1616

 

Spirit Airlines                        

 
 

Avianca                                 

(504) 2570-8222

 

Air Europa

1 (844) 415 39 55

     

Domestic Airlines in San Pedro Sula

 

     
 

Aero Caribe de Honduras

(504) 2442-1086 / (504) 2442-1088

 

Aerolíneas Sosa                   

(504)2407-0234 ext.105-106-107

 

Lanhsa                                 

(504) 2442-1283 / (504) 2442-1293

 

CM Airlines                           

(504) 9450-6477 / (504) 9450-6529

 

Cayman Airways                   

 
 

Avianca                              

(504) 2570-8222

     

Airlines in La Ceiba

 

     
 

Aero Caribe de Honduras

(504) 2442-1086 / (504) 2442-1088

 

Aerolíneas Sosa                   

(504)2407-0234 ext.105-106-107

 

Lanhsa                                 

(504) 2442-1283 / (504) 2442-1293

 

CM Airlines

(504) 9450-6477 / (504) 9450-6529

 

Cayman Airways

 
 

Avianca                              

(504) 2570-8222

     

Airlines in Roatan, Bay Islands

 

     
 

American Airlines

(504) 800-2791-9363

 

United Airlines

(504) 2220-0999 / (504)2557-4141

 

Delta Airlines

(504) 800-2791-9326

 

Avianca

(504) 2570-8222

     

Domestic Airlines in Roatan

 

     
 

Aerolineas Sosa

(504) 2407-0248 ext. 401

 

CM Airlines

(504) 2445-0106 / (504) 9522-5304

 

Lanhsa

(504) 2445-0397 / (504) 9482-0178

 

Avianca

(504)2570-8222 

Departures

Be sure not to bring prohibited items in your carry-on. Keep in mind The National and International Regulation prohibits the transportation of liquids and gels in hand baggage, for national and international flights, unless it complies with the following:

  • Liquid or gel must be store in containers up to 100ml.
  • Liquids and gels must be transported in a resealable bag.
  •  Only one bag per passenger.

Airport Security will verify that prohibited items are not transported on commercial aircrafts such as weapons, explosives and objects that could be used as such.

Also, please keep in mind to do your immigration pre-check on the Honduran Immigration National Institution web page: http://prechequeo.inm.gob.hn

The departure fees are included in the airfare price and are currently:

1. Passengers on domestic flights 52.10L/ USD2.19

2. International passengers with Honduran passport USD47.59 / 1,132.64L

3. International passengers with all other passports USD47.59 / 1,132.64L

 

Arrivals

Please make sure to not leave behind personal items on the aircraft.

  1. International Passengers: Must carry personal identification and submit the immigration and customs forms when they are required. Please make sure you grab your luggage by comparing the luggage tag.
  2. National Passengers: Please grab your luggage and exit by the public area.

 

Declarations /Statements

When traveling, if you carry over $10,000.00 in cash or its equivalent in other currencies it shall be declared to the competent authority.

 

Under-age travelers

Requirements for a minor to leave the country:

  1. Submit valid passport attesting that minor is within the authorized period of stay and/or the respective extension of tourism.
  2. Submit to the immigration office.

 

Hondurans minors and foreigners living in Honduras must present:

1. Valid passport

2. Identity card for countries that do not require passports.

3. Authorization from third parties duly authenticated by Notary Public.

 

Vaccines

Make sure you are up-to-date on routine vaccines before every trip. These vaccines include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis vaccine, varicella (chickenpox) vaccine, polio vaccine, and your yearly flu shot. If you want to travel onwards from Honduras to the following countries in the Americas, you should be vaccinated against yellow fever: Panama, Trinidad and Tobago, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, French Guyana, Guyana, Peru, Surinam, Venezuela, Paraguay. Other Countries: Angola, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Congo, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, Ivory Coast, Democratic Republic of Congo, Gabon, Gambia, Ghana, Liberia, Mali, Mauritania, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Kenya, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Senegal, Somalia, Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda, Nigeria, Ruanda, Sao Tome Principe, Togo. There is no risk of yellow fever in Honduras.

The government of Honduras requires proof of yellow fever vaccination only if you are arriving from a country with risk of yellow fever. This does not include the United States.

 

Visas

Please check with the diplomatic or consular office nearest to you.

Passenger ground transportation, including comfortable bus service, is also available to various cities in the country, as well as to some Central American destinations. Although the cabs are often run-down, taxi service is available in the downtown areas of Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula and can be hired on an hourly basis.

Travelers are encouraged to use the official transport services that have a business relationship with the airports and/or hotels, and same with taxis and rent a car services.

One of the best options for foreign visitors is calling a Radio Taxi (504-2239-8795), a reliable cab service available in the cities of Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula. Major hotels and airports in Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula offer shuttle service for two to three times the normal rates. Taxis are not metered, so negotiation of the fare before entering is strongly advised. In addition, several car rental companies are also available.

 

Language

Spanish is the official language of Honduras. A substantial number of Honduran professionals and business executives speak English and many high government officials and private sector leaders were educated in the United States. English is often spoken in the Bay Islands.

 

Health

The COVID-19 risk in Honduras is currently high. As the situation changes worldwide, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are monitoring risks in each country, including Honduras. Travelers should check CDC’s Travel Recommendatoins by Destination.

Drinking water must be boiled and filtered. Purified water can be purchased in major cities and smaller towns throughout Honduras. Fruits and vegetables must be cleaned carefully and meats cooked well.       

CDC recommends Hepatitis A and Thypoid vaccine as you may be exposed these diseases through contaminated food or water in Honduras regardless of where you are eating or staying. The main health hazards include Zika virus, dengue fever, malaria, AIDS, malaria, dysentery, parasites, hepatitis A and B, typhoid, and rabies. A malaria suppressant should be taken as well as the use of insect repellant is recommended if traveling to coastal regions or rural areas for extended stays. As Dengue is an ongoing risk, it is recommended that travelers protect themselves from mosquito bites. Essential medical care service is available in Tegucigalpa, San Pedro Sula, La Ceiba, and Choluteca. In the countryside, medical care in many cases is very limited and often inaccessible.

Doctors and hospitals often expect immediate cash payment for health services. U.S. medical insurance is not accepted for hospital admission, physician service, or medical testing in Honduras. The Medicare/Medicaid program doesn’t provide for payment of medical services outside of the United States. Check with your own insurance company to confirm whether your policy applies overseas, including provision for medical evacuation.

 

Local Time, Business Hours and Holidays

Local Time: Honduras does not switch to Daylight Savings Time. Therefore, for six months out of the year, Honduras is 2 hours behind Eastern Standard Time. For the rest of the year, Honduras is only 1 hour behind Eastern Standard Time.

Business Hours: Beyond changing COVID-19 curfew measures, normal business hours for commercial and industrial offices are between 08:00 and 18:00, Monday through Friday. Manufacturing plants and construction sites start at 07:00 and close between 16:00 and 17:00. Banks are open to the public at 09:00 and close at 18:00. Auto banking closes at 8 p.m. Some banks have automatic teller, that are open all night.

 

Temporary Entry of Materials or Personal Belongings

The Temporary Import Law (RIT), enacted in 1984, allows exporters to introduce raw materials, parts, and capital equipment into Honduran territory exempt from surcharges and customs duties as long as the material or part is to be incorporated into a product that is exported outside of the country. This law also provides a 10-year tax holiday on profits from these non-traditional exports, under certain conditions. Interested parties may obtain authorization for this program through the Honduran Ministry of Economic Development. Amendments made to the RIT law in 1997 allow manufacturers to export their products into other Central American countries. These amendments also enable local importers to resell the machinery and equipment no longer needed, by paying an import duty based on its C.I.F. value.      

Companies that do not operate in free trade zones or export processing zones fall under the jurisdiction of the Temporary Import Law. At present, over 500 companies are incorporated into the RIT program.

Temporary entry requirements for goods such as commercial samples, sales displays and other items for use at exhibits and trade shows are established under Article 73 of the Honduran Customs Law, Decree 212-87. Customs legislation allows duty free admission of such products, as well as for items to be used for scientific and entertainment purposes for up to 3 months. This temporary entry authorization can also be extended for the same period of time, if necessary. Temporary import requirements also apply under Article 74 of the Honduran Customs Law for a period of up to 6 months, such as in the case of products to be used in the execution of construction projects, tourism and recreational activities, and other special private and public works.  Temporary entry is granted upon making a deposit equivalent to the import duty applicable to the specific product. The guarantee is refunded at the time of re-exporting the product.

Any special questions regarding Temporary Entry of Materials and Personal Belongings you may call or email the following:

 

Honduran Export Assistance Center

Public hours: 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Tegucigalpa desk office:

Edificio de San José, Boulevard Kuwait

Telefax: (504) 2235-3699; 2235-3707; 2235-4075

 

Central Bank of Honduras

Tegucigalpa: (504) 2237-2270-79; 2216-1000

San Pedro Sula: (504) 2552-2741 to 43

La Ceiba: (504) 2442-0602/0622/0642

Choluteca: 2782-0421/3793/3250

San Pedro Sula

Edificio Banco Central, 5 y 6 Ave. 3 Clle.

Tel: (504) 2553 – 6570; 2553- 6566; Fax (504) 2553- 6569

 

Honduran Agricultural Sanitary Service

Tegucigalpa: (504) 2239-7089; 2232-6213, Ext. 225

E-mail: permisosenlinea@senasa-sag.gob.hn

 

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