Last updated: 17 Feb 2021



Honduras is a country of lowlands and fertile valleys and, indeed, La Ceiba (a major banana port) even looks to tourism as a future major industry. There are good hotels and beaches, and an international airport to boot. Trujillo itself was once a thriving port, with a fascinating pirate history and superb tropical beaches.

Take advantage of the excellent hiking on offer in Pico Bonito National Park, near La Ceiba. It also offers spectacular scenery, steep slopes and numerous waterfalls.

Go bird-watching in Honduras' premier destination, Lake Yojoa in the west of the country.

Scuba-dive in the crystalline water and pristine coral reefs of the Bay Islands. These islands are one of the world's top certification destinations. For those already certified, there are courses in underwater photography, cave diving and instructor training.
Capital:  Tegucigalpa (TGU)
Currency:  Lempira (HNL)
Language:  Spanish.  English is spoken in the North and on the Bay Islands. 
Dialling code from SA:  + 504
Time Zones: UTC / GMT -6 (8 hours behind South Africa)
Public Holidays 2021:

Jan 1; Apr 1-3, 14; May 1; Sep 15; Oct 3, 12, 21; Dec 25

Side of the Road: Right. 
Best Time to go: Dry season is December – May, but to avoid the crowds the best time to visit would be May – June during the shoulder period. 
Best For: Pristine Beaches, Eco-tourism, Archaeological Sites, UNESCO World Heritage Sites
Plugs: 110 volts AC, 60Hz. American-style flat two-pin plugs (with or without grounding pin) are used.
Drinking Water: All water should be regarded as being potentially contaminated, bottled water is available. Milk is unpasteurised in rural areas.
Health: Comprehensive health insurance is recommended and it should include emergency air evacuation coverage. Private medical facilities are recommended over state-run facilities. Mosquito-borne illnesses are prevalent and travellers are advised to used mosquito nets and other preventative measures. 
Customs: Swimwear and shorts should be reserved for the beach/poolside. 
Local Offences / Laws: Travellers should carry a copy of their passport at all times. 
Travel Tips / Warnings: Avoid areas where political demonstrations are taking place. 
Duty Free: The following goods may be imported into Honduras without incurring customs duty:
• 500g of tobacco in any form.
• 5L of wine or spirits.
• 2kg of confectionery.
• Goods up to a total value of US$500.
Prohibited Imports: Prohibited imports include meat, fish, vegetables, fruit, dairy items, unlicensed arms and ammunition, and pornographic media or literature. Spearfishing is illegal and scuba divers may therefore not enter the country with spear guns. Plants may be brought in with appropriate phytosanitary certificates.
Prohibited Exports: It is prohibited to take any genuine archaeological items out of the country. Likewise, the coral reefs are protected and therefore you cannot take corals out of Honduras.

Travel Alerts

COVID-19 Travel Advisory - Honduras is open for tourism.

The Government of Honduras announced the following temporary measures in response to the new strain of COVID-19, as of December 23, 2020:

  • Non-resident Honduran citizens and tourists coming from the United Kingdom or South Africa or having visited or transited through those areas in the last 21 days are restricted from entering Honduras via any means.
  • Honduran citizens and foreigners resident in Honduras coming from the United Kingdom or South Africa or having visited or transited through those areas in the last two weeks must quarantine for 14 days upon entry to Honduras.

Travellers who are permitted to enter have the following requirements: 

Immigration Pre-check Form found here: (to be sumbitted within 48 hours of travel)
- Travelers must provide negative COVID-19 test results prior to traveling to Honduras, taken within 72 hours of arrival

This Information is intended as a Guideline.

Visa Requirements

SA passport holders do not require a visa for a stay of up to 90 days. They must however be in possession of a valid passport and proof of sufficient funds for their stay. The immigration officials will deem this documentation valid and correct.

Visas may be secured at any Honduran Embassy and/or Consulate around the world. 

Embassy of Honduras
4th Floor, 136 Baker St, Marylebone, London
United Kingdom
Tel: (020) 7486 4880 Fax: (020) 7486 4550

Visa Validity

Visas are issued for a period of up to 90 days for both tourism and business. Extensions may be applied for at any immigration office for tourism and business.

SA Representative

Representation accredited from Mexico City, Mexico

Travel Health

Compulsory:  Yellow Fever (Dependant on Country of Origin/Stopover)
Recommended Travel Vaccines:  Hepatitis A, Rabies, Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio
  Malaria Risk