Amatillo – The border crossing I took from El Salvador to Honduras, is probably one of the busiest. I crossed the border on the motorcycle on the day of the Force, 4th of May, 2016.
Total time: 1h20min
Exiting El Salvador
– passport (original)
– vehicle import permit (the original).
– one copy of the original import permit (they will keep)
– make 4 copies of cancelled import permit
Stop at the first check-up booth, about 2km from the border. When I went there, a very long line of trucks was masking it, so I almost went further if it wasn’t for the officer to whistle me to stop. !!! This is where the helpers pick you up. Use them if your Spanish is limited. They carry a badge!!! Here, there is a small booth where they cancel the import permit and a lot of smaller shops behind where you can make copies of the document. There are no copy machines at the border, and you need 4 copies – 2 copies for the guard on the bridge, 2 on the Honduran side. After this stop, go straight to the border/immigration and they’ll give you a small piece of paper. Depending on the line and the irrelevant questions asked, this can take 5minutes or more. Present the small paper and 2 copies of the cancelled vehicle import permit to the guard on the bridge. Off you go!
Entering HondurasPapers needed:
– passport-original for the immigration (takes 5 minutes)
– 3 USD or 76 lempiras as processing tax
for the bike:
– the other 2 copies of the cancelled import permit from Salvador
– 2 copies of your passport
– 2 copies of the vehicle registration card (and they asked the guys in front of me for copies of the driver’s license)
– customs declaration form filled up (they hand it to you at the desk)
– 2 copies of the passport with the stamp they place
– 3 copies of the import form they give you
– 36 USD to pay for the import
This was a lenghty process on the Honduran side, and I bet it could’ve been longer. Also very annoying when it comes to people and kids around you offering their services. After you cross the bridge to Honduras, the building is straight up ahead in the middle of the road. First stop, the immigration window on the right side (first 2 desks) for the entry stamp. The next stop, on the other side of the hallway – customs. There was no line, but as I asked the clerk, he said it will take 1h30 to finish the 8 (eight) import papers in front of me. Wouldn’t accept my papers till then, so I just sat down right under his window, waiting. 20 minutes later, he knocks on the window and says he’s done. Hands me the customs declaration and asks for the papers above. After 5 minutes, hands me a hand-filled form with the motorcycle data and my passport with a stamp in it – “go make 2 copies of the passport stamp, and 3 with the form, and pay 36USD”. There’s a copy machine right outside the customs building (1 Lempira/copy). Once this is done, they hand you the original import paper attached to a white paper with some data and the statement that you paid. Drive further about 2km to the checkpoint, and the officer there will check your passport and the import paper. Will keep the white paper and you’re free to go. Just 1h10 later.
Total time: 1h20min (10 min exiting El Salvador, 1h10 to enter Honduras). Started at 1:00pm
Total money spent: 10 lempiras for copies, 39 USD taxes – all on Honduran side
Difficulty: easy! (but more stressful on the Honduran side because of the helpers)