For driving in Honduras, a foreign visitor must have a full driving license valid in the country of his residence and an International driving permit.
To rent a vehicle in Honduras, a driver must be at least 21 years of age and have held a driver license for 2 years or more. Drivers under 24 and have to pay a young drivers surcharge.
The main road traffic rules:
- Driving is on the right hand side of the road.
- The minimum driving age is 18 years.
- Seat belts when driving are mandatory for drivers and passengers.
- Children under 12 years must be transported in the back sits.
- The use of a mobile phone while driving is prohibited, with the exception of a hands-free system.
- The maximum speed limit in urban areas is 40 km/h, and outside the urban areas 80 km/h.
- The permitted blood alcohol level is 0.07%.
- It is required to have in the car warning triangle, spare tire, and tools.
- It is not permitted to smoke while driving.
- Helmets are mandatory for all motorcycle riders.
- It is not permitted the following types of turns, unless allowed by the signaling and traffic management:
- right turns with caution in crossing areas covered by light;
- left turns;
- U-turns or return.
- To park vehicles in urban areas and in permitted areas, the vehicle tires must be at a maximum of 15 inches from the curb.
- It is prohibited to park on driveways and sidewalks, curves, bridges, less than 5 meters of intersections, street and pedestrian crossings.
Driving Overseas - Short Information
- Drivers must carry at all times while driving their valid driver licenses, car registration and insurance documents.
- Honduran roads are poorly lit and marked. People and animals are on the roads at all hours.
- In Honduras, there are no toll roads.
- In case of an emergency, foreign travelers should carry mobile phones in case of an emergency.
- Rockslides are common, especially in the rainy season which is from May through December.
- Foreign drivers should always drive with their doors locked and windows closed to avoid robberies. It is recommended to park vehicles in secure parking areas.
- In a case of an accident, vehicles may not be moved until the traffic police arrive.
- Any vehicle traveling in the country, must carry corresponding plates identification, one positioned in the front of the vehicle and another in the rear, except for vehicles requiring a single plate, which must be placed on the rear with a lighting device. Vehicles with foreign license plates entering the territory of Honduras can run with permit issued by the customs Honduran admission location.
- The back down is only allowed to park or accommodate a vehicle. It is forbidden to drive on public roads and making turns as long as it recedes.