Information & Facts
When conducting business in Honduras, appointments are necessary
and should be made two weeks in advance. Visitors are expected to
be punctual, though meetings may not start on time. Business
travellers should allow plenty of time for socialising and should
not rush getting straight down to business, as Hondurans place
importance on establishing personal contact. Business is male
dominated but since 2005 women now make up 47 percent of the labour
force. Business suits or jackets for men and dresses and skirts for
women are customary. Though some businesspeople speak English,
correspondence should be in Spanish. Business hours are Monday to
Friday from 8am to 5pm with an hour or two taken over lunch.
Honduras's climate is hot and humid almost all year round. The
coast is hot and tropical while the mountainous area is slightly
cooler. The north coast is prone to a very hot climate and
experiences rain throughout the year. The dry season runs from
November to April and the wet season from May to October. The
Caribbean coast experiences heavy rain from September to February.
Average annual temperatures hover around 90°F (32°C). Hurricane
season runs from June to November and landslides, mudslides and
flooding may occur.
The international access code for Honduras is +504. The outgoing
code is 00, followed by the relevant country code (e.g. 0044 for
the United Kingdom). City/area codes are not in use. Roaming
agreements exist with international mobile phone companies and
coverage is generally good along the coast and around major towns.
Internet cafes are common and can be found in major towns.
There is a strong Spanish influence in Honduras. Beachwear and
shorts should not be worn away from the beach or poolside. Men are
required to wear dinner jackets for formal social occasions. A
common and appropriate greeting for men and women is a
Travellers over 18 years do not have to pay customs duty on 200
cigarettes or 100 cigars or 450g of tobacco, two bottles of
alcoholic beverages, a reasonable amount of perfume for personal
use and gifts up to a total value of US$1,000.
Electrical current is 110 volts, 60Hz. Flat blade
attachment plugs and flat blades with round grounding pin are in
Mosquito-borne illnesses are an ongoing health problem in
Honduras. All travellers are advised to take mosquito repellent to
prevent illnesses such as malaria and dengue fever, as well as to
protect from annoying mosquito and sand fly bites. It is strongly
recommended that routine vaccinations are up to date. Tap water is
not safe to drink but bottles or bags of purified water a readily
available. Honduras regularly suffers from severe air pollution,
which can aggravate or lead to respiratory problems. For divers,
there is a hyperbaric decompression chamber on Roatan. State
hospitals are under-funded and travellers should use private
hospitals where possible. Health insurance is recommended.
Spanish is the official language although English is
often spoken in the Bay Islands.
The currency in Honduras is the Lempira (HNL), which is
subdivided into 100 centavos. Denominations are 10, 20 and 50
centavos. It is best to travel on the US Dollar as it is the more
favourable exchange currency, but banks in larger cities will
occasionally exchange Euros and Canadian Dollars. American Express,
Diners Club, MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted in Honduras.
ATMs are widely available.
All foreign passengers to Honduras must hold onward/return
tickets, and all necessary travel documentation for their next
destination. Visa extensions can be obtained from the Immigration
Office, for a fee that varies between USD 10 and USD 50. Note that
travellers under 21 years of age are considered to be minors. NOTE:
It is highly recommended that your passport has at least six months
validity remaining after your intended date of departure from your
travel destination. Immigration officials often apply different
rules to those stated by travel agents and official sources.
Political demonstrations in Honduras can sometimes be disruptive
to traffic, but are generally announced in advance and are
peaceful. Travellers should avoid areas where demonstrations are
taking place and should stay informed by following the local news
and consulting hotel personnel and tour guides. Incidents of crime,
including carjacking along roads in Honduras is common. There have
been frequent incidents of highway robbery on a number of roads.
Petty crime is common in urban areas and tourist spots. Travellers
should always carry a photocopy of their passport for
identification purposes. It is not advisable to walk around town
A service charge of 10 percent is usually added to bills at
restaurants in Honduras, but anything extra is for good service. It
is customary to tip hotel bellboys and cleaning staff for good