Time zone: GMT – 6
Telephone services: Country Code: 504
Outgoing Code: 00
Emergency telephone numbers: Police – 119, Fire – 198, Ambulance – 37 8654.
Tourist information: Instituto Hondureño De Turismo, Apartado Postal 3261, Centro Guanacaste, Barrio Guanacaste, Tegucigalpa, Honduras Tel: 383 975 Fax: 382 102
Passport information: Valid passport required by all Return Ticket Required. Requirements may change at short notice. Contact the embassy before departure.
Visa information: Visa required by all except: Nationals of Argentina, Costa Rica, Chile, Curacao, El Salvador, Guatemala, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Malta, Monaco, Nicaragua, Norway, Panama, San Marino, Switzerland, Uruguay, and Vatican City. Those in transit continuing their journeys within 48 hours. Nationals of Great Britain, Australia, Canada, USA, EU Countries and Japan.
Health information: Polio, Typhoid: Vaccination recommended
Malaria: Exists throughout the year in the Vivax variety within certain regions.
Yellow Fever: A vaccination certificate is required from all travellers arriving from infected areas.
Other Health Risks: Cholera, Rabies
Food & drink: Water is untreated and not safe to drink. Avoid dairy products as they are not pasteurised. Fruit and vegetables should be peeled before consumption.
Currency: Lempira (L) = 100 centavos.
All credit cards are accepted. Travellers cheques in US dollars are recommended.
ATM availability: Over 20 locations.
Cost of living: Relatively inexpensive. Accommodation is graded. Food and transport are also inexpensive
Languages: Spanish. English is also spoken.
Weather: Tropical climate which is cooler in the mountains. Raining season = May – to Oct. The North coast is usually very hot with rain all year round.
Electricity: 110/220 Volts AC, 60Hz
Post: 7 days.
Transport: FLIGHTS: Local airlines operate services between principle towns and is much more convenient for business visitors. ROAD: Over half the roads are suitable for all weather conditions. BUS: Services operate to most large towns but the services are well used and booking in advance is essential. TAXI: Usually are not metered so agree the fare in advance. CAR HIRE: Available at the airport. DOCUMENTATION: Foreign and international licences are accepted.
Special information: The impact of Hurricane Mitch is severely affecting travel, personal safety and other factors such as water purity. However some main tourist areas are open. Exercise caution – beware of bag slashing, and muggings. Beware of poisonous snakes, alligators, scorpions, wasps and other stinging insects. Beachwear should not be worn in towns. Visitors should register with the Embassy or consulate on arrival.