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.

Additional 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.

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