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Border Crossing :: Guatemala to Honduras

Our entry into Honduras from Guatemala was the most time consuming crossing we have experienced thus far.  We now know it was due to our choice in border crossings – the exit from Entrerios, Guatemala, to Corinto, Honduras, is the only Honduran border town without an aduana (customs) office within the same town.  Aduana is located in Puerto Cortez, a port city about an hour’s drive from Corinto.  I strongly suggest you choose a different entry location into Honduras if you are bringing a vehicle on your journey.

STEP 1: Exiting Guatemala at Entrerios
Take your passports to the migration office, where they will be stamped.  You will then be directed to a second office where officials will cancel your Guatemalan Temporary Vehicle Importation Permit.  The staff is extremely friendly, and the process lasts 15 – 20 minutes.
What you will need:
Passports, Declaracion de Ingreso de Vehiculo Automotivo (Temporary Importation Permit), the sticker that accompanies this permit, and your vehicle title.

TIP: We had a few pesos left over from our time spent in Mexico.  You can find someone who is changing money outside of these offices to exchange your pesos for Honduran Lempiras.  Make sure to negotiate.

STEP 2: Entering Honduras
After completing your Guatemalan departure, drive 20 km to the Honduran town of Corinto.  When you arrive, armed men will search your car (its really more like a glance), and direct you to the migracion office.

At migracion, show your passport, vehicle registration, and title.  They will then direct you to another office, where you get your passports stamped and pay 60 Lempiras (about $3 USD) per person.

Now here comes the surprising part of the process: Since the aduana office is not located in Corinto, a customs official must accompany you to Puerto Cortez to obtain a Honduran vehicle permit.  The drive is about an hour away, and the man must ride in your car.  The fee for this man to accompany you is 500 Lempiras (about $28 USD).

Once in Puerto Cortez, the process of obtaining the necessary documents and payment took us nearly two hours.  It was fortunate we had our “chaperone” with us, because the office is completely unidentifiable.  After showing your passport, vehicle title, drivers license, and copies of these items, you must then unscrew your license plate for customs officials to photocopy it.  Once the paperwork is filed, you must take your receipt to a nearby bank to pay importation fees. The total cost resulted in 685 Lempiras ($38 USD).

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