23 Jul / 2004
tourists visiting Honduras enjoy security and one-stop customs
As the people of El Salvador prepare for their
annual Fiestas Agostinas holiday, those planning on visiting Honduras
- and especially the Caribbean Coast - number in the
In order to facilitate their visit, Salvadorans traveling to Honduras
between July 31 and August 9 will enjoy quicker and easier service
at the countryâ€™s border crossings. During that period, customs
officials will stamp their travel documents with a single stamp,
which will remain valid for a period of 30 days and facilitate
entry and exit into and out of Honduras. Likewise, procedures
for leaving the country will require a single stamp as well. The
program will be in operation at the overland customs crossings
at El Amatillo, Valle and El Poy, Ocotepeque. Salvadoran tourists
may enter Honduras with either a passport or a national ID card.
Meanwhile, the National Preventative Police Force, through its
Tourism Police Traffic Squads, are preparing a plan to guarantee
the security of visitors before, during and after their visits.
The plan will include numerous observational and informative highway
checkpoints throughout the country as well as heightened security
in key tourism areas.
According to studies, most of these visitors are expected to travel
to the Bay Islands, primarily Utila and Roatan, where hotels are
at full occupancy. Hotel owners in Tela and La Ceiba expect occupancy
rates between 70 and 80 percent.