Honduras land borders reopened on October 19 after seven months of closure, while it also announces that its international airports will extend their opening hours from November 1 onward.
Honduras opened its land borders with El Salvador, Guatemala, and Nicaragua on Monday. This follows immigration chief Carolina Menjivar’s announcement last week that travelers could use the land borders from October 19.
Speaking at a press conference, she said, “All travelers must meet the new entry and transit requirements applicable to national and foreign citizens.”
Recuerda cumplir con los nuevos requisitos establecidos para ingrsar o salir del país.
Para mas información llamar al 22327800 pic.twitter.com/WrBi5JPx6m
— Migración Honduras. (@MigracionHND) October 19, 2020
The new requirements mandate all travelers to present a negative COVID test taken within 72-hours of arrival.
Travelers must also register online with immigration in advance of crossing the border. This applies to both entering and departing Honduras. While at the border, mask usage is mandatory at all times.
These requirements are for both Honduran citizens/legal residents and foreign visitors. They match the rules applicable for entering Honduras by air.
Any travelers arriving without a COVID test will “undergo a clinical evaluation” by health authorities. They will then determine whether the traveler can enter Honduras or not.
Travelers deemed eligible to enter will need to undergo mandatory quarantine.
Con la apertura inteligente de las fronteras del país y la circulación del Transporte Internacional de Pasajeros, es importante tomar en cuenta la siguiente medida de bioseguridad.🚌🚌🚌☣️#InstitutoTransporte pic.twitter.com/SAB1lOMBIr
— IHTT (@IHTT_HN) October 19, 2020
From October 26 Honduras will allow international bus transportation across its borders.
This is great news for international bus companies in Central America like Tica Bus. Bus companies will operate under Honduran Institute of Land Transportation (IHTT) guidelines.
For the time being, land borders will open to travelers from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM daily.
In other news, authorities announced that Honduras’ airports would extend their opening hours.
According to the Civil Aviation Authority, Honduras’ international airports will open at night and on Sundays from November 1. This will allow them to accommodate more flights into Honduras.
Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula airports will open every day from 6:00 AM to 10:00 PM while La Ceiba and Roatan airports will open every day from 6:00 AM to 8:00 PM.
— Aeronáutica Civil Hn (@AeronauticaHn) October 19, 2020
Honduras originally closed its land and air borders on March 15. It reopened its airports on August 17.
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James Dyde is the editor of centralamerica.com. He lives in Escazu, Costa Rica.