• USEFUL INFORMATION HONDURAS

    VISAS and PASSPORTS:

     

    To enter Honduras you must present a valid passport (with at least 6 months of validity before expiry) and return trip tickets.

     

    Some nationalities need visas.

     

     

    EXIT FEES:

     

    Exit fees for flying are US$37.35 and by sea US$3.00.

     

    If you leave the country by land you pay no exit fee, but you do pay an entrance fee la US$7.00 plus a supplement for each person and type of vehicle.

     

     

    CURRENCY:

     

    The currency is the Lempira (L); however, most businesses and tourist attractions accept US$ and are beginning to accept Euros (€).

     

    1$ US = 18,68 L

     

     

    TIPS:

     

    Tipping is not required, but we recommend you leave a 10% tip based on consumption.

     

     

    LANGUAGE:

     

    - Official Language: Spanish. English predominates the Bay Islands.

     

    - Other languages: garífuna, misquito, twahka, pech tol, chorti.

     

     

    INTERNET DOMAIN: HN

     

     

    AREA CODE: +504

     

     

    ELECTRIC CURRENT: 110 volts, like in the USA and México. European appliances need an adaptor.

     

     

    TIME ZONE:

     

    GMT - 6 hours. From October to March 7 hours less than Spain and April through September 8 hours less than Spain.

     

     

    CLIMATE:

     

    Generally speaking, the climate in Honduras is quite stable, hot and humid with average temperatures of 30ºC. The central region is cooler.

     

     

    EMERGENCIES: 195

     

     

    TOURISM OFFICES:

     

    Central American Tourism Promotion Office {Oficina de Promoción Turística de Centroamérica (CATA)}

    Address: c/ Capitán Haya, 56-1ºD. 28020 Madrid (España)

    Telephone: (+34) 91 572 08 54 / 55

    Email: info@visitcentroamerica.com

    Web: www.visitcentroamerica.com

     

    Honduran Tourism Institute {Instituto Hondureño de Turismo}

    Address: Colonia San Carlos. Edificio Europa. CP 3261. Tegucigalpa, Honduras

    Telephone: (+504) 2222 - 2124

    Web: www.visitehonduras.com

     

    National Chamber of Tourism {Cámara Nacional de Turismo, Canaturh}

    Address: Colonia Lomas de guijarro. Edificio Plaza azul. Av. Berlín calle Viena.

    Telephone: (+504) 2239 – 9397

    Fax: (+504) 2235 - 848

    email: info@canaturh.org

    Web: www.canaturh.org

     

     

    EMBASSY OFFICES

     

    Spain

    Address: Edificio Palmira, 3ª planta. Colonia Palmira. Tegucigalpa

    POBox: 290 Tegucigalpa

    Telephone: (+504) 2232 - 0612

    Fax: (+504) 2232 - 5480

    email: emb.tegucigalpa@maec.es

     

    United Kingdom

    Address: 2 Calle, 18 y 19. Ave.N.O. Casa 182. Colonia Moderna

    Telephone: (+504) 2550 - 2337

    Fax: (+504) 2550 - 6149

     

    Italy

    Address: calle principal de la Colonia. Reforma. Casa nº 2602. Tegucigalpa

    Telephone: (+504) 2236 - 0810

    Fax: (+504) 2236 - 5659

    email: ambitalia@sigmanet.hn

     

    Germany

    Address: Av. República Dominicana, 925. Callejón Siria. Colonia Lomas del Guijarro. Tegucigalpa

    POBox: 3145

    Telephone: (+504) 2232 - 3162 // 2232 - 3162

    Fax: (+504) 2239 - 9018

    email: info@tegucigalpa.diplo.de

     

     

    VACCINATIONS:

     

    If you are coming from Europe you won’t need any vaccinations, unless you are travelling from an endemic country. However the WHO recommends vaccinations against Hepatitis A and Toxoid Tetanus.

     

    For more information visit their webpage:

    www.msc.es/profesionales/

     

     

    AIRPORTS, PORTS AND HIGHWAYS

     

    Airports:

     

    Honduras has 4 international airports:

     

    - Ramón Villeda Morales International Airport (SAP) in San Pedro Sula

    - Toncontín International Airport  (TGU) in Tegucigalpa

    - Golosón Airport (LCE) in La Ceiba

    - Juan Manuel Gálvez Airport (RTB) in Roatán

     

    The most important airports are Ramón Villeda Morales y Toncontín. Both have regular service direct to Miami, Houston, New Orleans and the principal cities of México and Central America. The Golosón and Juan Manuel Gálvez Airports have less frequent flights.

     

    There are also a number of small airports that are useful for getting around to the tourist attractions of the country quickly. The internal service is provided by the companies: Isleña, Taca Airlines, Aerolíneas Sosa and CM Airlines.

     

    Ramón Villeda Morales International Airport  (SAP)

    Highway to the Airport, La Lima

     

    Toncontín International Airport  (TGU)

    CA 5, Jícaro Galán

     

    Golosón (LCE)

    CA 13, La Ceiba

     

    Juan Manuel Gálvez Airport(RTB)

    Sandy Bay Road, Coxen Hole

     

    Maritime Transport:

     

    Honduras has two cruise ship ports, Roatán and Puerto Cortés (Caribbean), and many smaller ports for other types of vessel, like La Ceiba, Tela, Omoa, Guanaja and Utila. It also has two mainly commercial ports: Port Castilla, on the Caribbean side and San Lorenzo, on the Pacific coast.

     

    You can connect some of the most important tourist destinations of the country by ferry, such as:

     

    - Galaxy Wave (www.roatanferry.com) with daily departures between La Ceiba and Roatán.

    - Utila Princess II (www.UtilaPrincess.com) daily between La Ceiba and Utila.

    - Island Tours (telephone: (+504) 434 - 3421) with a route between Trujillo and  Guanaja Thursdays and Sundays; Guanaja and Trujillo Mondays and Fridays.

     

    A few catamaran companies also connect different points like Catamaran Nina Elisabeth II with a daily service between Roatán and Utila (www.utilacat.co).

     

    If you wish to go to Belize: The D-express ferry sails every Monday from Puerto Cortés (Honduras) to Big Creek, Mango Creek and  Placencia (Belize). To consult schedules and prices, visit their website at:  www.belizeferry.com. Another option is to take the ferry from Port  Cortés (Honduras) to the city of Belize, also on Mondays. To consult schedules and prices, visit their website at: http://www.prideofbelize.com

    If you want to go to Honduras: from Port Omoa you can take a ship to Port Livingston, in Guatemala.

     

    Highways:

     

    The country’s main highway principal runs from Port Cortés on the Caribbean, through San Pedro Sula, Comayagua and Tegucigalpa, to Nacaome and Choluteca in the south of the country. the Inter-American Highway crosses the south of the country, going through Choluteca.

     

     

    ADVICE FOR TRAVELLING:

     

    Traveller’s insurance, powerful sun screen, sun glasses, mosquito repellent,  raincoat (in the rainy season), comfortable shoes, light cotton clothing, avoid dark colours, especially during the rainy season, comfortable walking shoes, camera, binoculars, flashlight, swimwear, a jacket and sweater because at higher altitudes, the weather is somewhat cold, and a small first aid kit including a stomach medicine, a disinfectant and serum.

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