Guatemala - Honduras border | Customs and Immigration

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We crossed here from Guatemala into Honduras.

On the way to the border no helpers approached us, perfect. Getting to the first check point I stopped and one guy approached us but never saw him again as I told him I didn’t need help.

I went to the guys in the little booth and asked them if they could cancel my TIP. They thoroughly checked if I really wanted to cancel or if I wanted to return, seemed like they really cared. Some of this was with Google Translate since my Spanish is minimalistic and their English non-existent, again they put effort in helping. We needed two copies, which we could make across the street for 1QT per side (two pages double sides = 4QT).

Checked VIN, stamped, had a nice chat (hence; I practised my Spanish) and we drove on.

About 2km down the road there’s a bigger building, Guatemala and Honduras are together in one office here, worked out well.

But as we got closer there was a gate, two guys in what seemed a uniform and many around them (including the ones operating the gate) without. I didn’t trust them as they asked for papers and they didn’t open the gate, I reversed.

The one guy who asked me for papers followed me and I “explained” that I just wanted to pass through and wanted to do the paperwork inside. Now out of a sudden the gate could be opened (operated by non-officials going off their uniform).

We were asked by a “helper” (who spoke decent English) if we really didn’t want help and we kindly declined his offer. At least he was straight forward and pushy.

Park behind the gate, went inside, got stamped out of Guatemala and stamped into Honduras at the cost of $3 paid in American cash. (Local currency would also have been possible.)

Next the TIP, which was done by the guy who I didn’t trust outside and I apologised for my behaviour and explained the situation was confusing.

He collected copies, and started filling out paperwork. Somewhere along the line he mentioned we had to pay $35 per bank, but the bank was closed (since it was night time) and I needed to transfer online. I said no problem since I have internet (Google Fi) and asked where I should send the money to. He said it can only be done with a local bank and he wasn’t able to accept cash.

There was a guy who he introduced (local) and he could transfer the money for me and I pay him in USD cash. I accepted without asking his commission. All the paperwork done, stamped and signed, I asked his commission.

With the help of Google Translate he said $50, I refused. Then he said $15, I refused again. He tried to explain it was his “work” and I told him it wasn’t an acceptable percentage.

With the paperwork done, now out of a sudden it was possible to pay the guy in cash, who we paid $35 and all was done.

So be careful, they tried to rip us off working together, luckily didn’t work.

The Guatemala officer checked VIN, collected the sticker from the windscreen, stamped two copies and off we went.

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The Aqua Caliente border crossing is now an easy one from both sides, Guatemala and Honduras integrated and streamlined the paperwork and procedures. They are now together in one building and you walk easily from desk to desk.
The Guatemala border station just 2km before the border has no function anymore, proceed directly to the border, cross it and drive into Aqua Caliente.
When you see a big green sign, keep right direction “Parqueo Centro de Control” and stop at the barrier. The guys at the barrier are looking as fixers, but they aren’t. Official guys that take care of the initial check of your vehicle TIP, here you can decide if you want to pause or cancel your TIP. They make a copy of your Guatemala TIP without any cost. Barrier goes up and they give you a parking spot for the further process.
In the blue and white main building all official activities for both countries are handled, first do your passport exit and entry and next big room behind is the same process for the TIP. Very easy self guided process and the staff is very professional and helpful, they will send you to the next station. No copy making needed anymore, they make the copies themselves they need.
Payment for the passport entry of USD3 is done directly to the officer with receipt, payment for the Honduras TIP must be made at a sort of bank, just right in a small green building at the barrier where you stopped the first time.
The whole process for our rig with motorcycle took 1.5 hour

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Note Henry's comment below (and his attached pictures) are NOT for this crossing. They are for the border crossing north of here, by Copan Ruins

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Cross border from Guatemala into Honduras At El Florido
- if you forget to do the online paperwork for Honduras, there a little red store at the border on your left side. Immigration is 60 feet ahead on your right. He will type it online for a nominal fee and any photocopies you need are 4 lempira
-it’s a zero hassle crossing with no touts, just takes time
I put photos with #’s of steps

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No ATM on the spot. No way how to pay by card, I had to return to withdraw to Esquipulas. Entering Honduras with motorbike was $3 for immigration and 650 + 135 lempiras for the vehicle. And 150 lempiras to process the payment.

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We crossed here from Guatemala into Honduras.

On the way to the border no helpers approached us, perfect. Getting to the first check point I stopped and one guy approached us but never saw him again as I told him I didn’t need help.

I went to the guys in the little booth and asked them if they could cancel my TIP, they thoroughly checked if I really wanted to cancel or if I wanted to return, seemed like they really cared. Some of this was with Google Translate since my Spanish is minimalistic and their English non-existent, again they put effort in helping. We needed two copies, which we could make across the street for 1QT per side (two pages double sides = 4QT).

Checked VIN, stamped, had a nice chat (hence; I practised my Spanish) and we drove on.

About 2km down the road there’s a bigger building, Guatemala and Honduras are together in one office here, worked out well.

But as we got closes there was a gate, two guys in what seemed a uniform and many around them (including the ones operating the gate) without. I didn’t trust them as they asked for papers and they didn’t open the gate, I reversed.

The one guy who asked me for papers followed me and I “explained” that I just wanted to pass through and wanted to do the paperwork inside. Now out of a sudden the gate could be opened (operated by non-officials going off their uniform).

We were asked by a “helper” (who spoke decent English) if we really didn’t want help and we kindly declined his offer. At least he was straight forward and pushy.

Park behind the gate, went inside, got stamped out of Guatemala and stamped into Honduras at the cost of $3 paid in American cash. (Local currency would also have been possible.)

Next the TIP, which was done by the guy who I didn’t trust outside and I apologised for my behaviour and explained the situation was confusing.

He collected copies, and started filling out paperwork. Somewhere along the line he mentioned we had to pay $35 per bank, but the bank was closed (since it was night time) and I needed to transfer online. I said no problem since I have internet (Google Fi) and asked where I should send the money to. He said it can only be done with a local bank and he wasn’t be able to accept cash.

There was a guy who he introduced (local) and he could transfer the money for me and I pay him in USD cash. I accepted without asking his commission. All the paperwork done, stamped and signed, I asked his commission.

With the help of Google Translate he said $50, I refused. Then he said $15, I refused again. He tried to explain it was his “work” and I told him it wasn’t and acceptable percentage.

With the paperwork done, now out of a sudden it was possible to pay the guy in cash, who we paid $35 and all was done.

So be careful, they tried to rip us off working together, luckily didn’t work.

The Guatemala officer checked VIN, collected the sticker from the windscreen, stamped two copies and off we went.

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