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Visa Requirements...

Tourist from the U.S., Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, and most of the European countries, can enter and stay in the country for up to 30 days.

Once in the  country , you can obtain an extension for a total stay of up to an additional 5 months and can be applied for in the immigration office for a small fee. If you care to overextend your stay, you may need to leave the country and re-enter after 3-5 days. In doing so this will renew your amount of time you are allowed to stay. Due to government  corruption, many tourist pay the immigration official as opposed to leaving the country.

Visa requirements are continually changing. To get the most recent requirements you should contact the nearest Honduran Embassy or check at the boarder.

Workers...

Honduran workers are some of the lowest paid in Central America. This is the main reason many labor intensive companies are locating in Honduras. The following is a list of typical salaries paid to workers.

Maids, gardeners, and other domestic workers....................................... $55.00 per month

Teachers.................................................................................................. $130.00 per month

Bus Drivers............................................................................................. $160.00 per month

Professionals.......................................................................................... $450.00 per month

Secretaries.............................................................................................. $165.00 per month

The above wages reflect the major metropolitan salaries. The salaries could be considerably less in rural areas. There are many skilled and unskilled workers. Agriculture is the main employment in the rural areas while the garment industry boom provides more than 100,000 jobs. A big percentage of senior managers have attended college abroad.

Utilities...

Electric current is of both 110 volts and 220 volts. Outlets are the same flat pinned type as in the U.S.

The cost of an electric bill will range anywhere from $5.00 per month to $75.00 per month depending upon your location and the amount consumed.

Water is generally considered not safe for human consumption. Most people buy bottled water for drinking and cooking. This is not a big inconvenience due to the bottled water trucks that deliver to your door. 5 gallons of purified water will cost around U.S. 75 cents. A typical water bill is hardly worth mentioning, around $2-$5.00 per month. Depending upon where you live it may be provided free of charge.

Clothing...

Casual summer type clothing is suitable for most of the year, where the weather is warm by day and cool at night. During the rainy season, November to February it sometimes is chilly during the day, so wear light wool or long sleeves.

Business dress- Suits or jackets for men and dresses and skirts for women are typical Honduran dress style for business. Professionals are expected to dress fashionably. The dress code in the outer coastal regions are somewhat different and relaxed. Shorts are only worn on the beach.

Tipping...

Most Hondurans do not tip, however up to 10 percent is usually appropriate in tourist areas.

Food & Drink...

Seafood, tortillas, beans, enchiladas, corn tamales, tripe and a vegetable and meat soup are among the favorite Honduran dishes. The most common plate offered in almost all restaurants is called the "plato typico", which includes tortillas, meat, beans, cheese, and sometimes plantains.

Seafood is inexpensive and popular on the coast. The "sopa de caracol" or counch and coconut soup is very good.

There a four brands of national beer, Port Royal, Imperial, Salva Vida and National. Honduras' own national brand of liquor is made from fermented sugar can.

Crime...

Honduras is generally a safe country , however use common sense. As in any major city, some areas are considered not safe at night. Many of the country's 30,000 military men will be often seen at road blocks checking documents, searching for weapons, or drugs. Usually western visitors have nothing to worry about.

Holidays...

National Holidays

January 1 ........................................................................................ New Years Day

April 14........................................................................................... Day of the Americas

March or April............................................................................... Holy Week

May 1.............................................................................................. Labor Day

September 15.................................................................................. Independence Day

October 3....................................................................................... Francisco Morazan Day

October 12..................................................................................... Discovery of America Day

October 21..................................................................................... Army Day

December 25.................................................................................. Christmas

During  all holidays, almost everyone will set off fireworks on a very large scale, including Christmas and New Years Eve. This is a sight that is a must see.

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