Along with the benefits of a global expansion, companies like yours also face HR issues. From hiring Honduras citizens to employing expats, you need to understand how to add employees to your payroll, pay the applicable taxes, and ensure foreigners have the right work permits and visas to live and work in Honduras.
Types of Work Visas in Honduras
Honduras’ work visas or permits are decided based on duration and the nature of a foreigner’s work assignment. Some people can come to the country for 90 days and perform unremunerated activities without a work permit. However, it’s best to work with the government before traveling to assess the need.
Certain visa-exempt nationals can travel to the country and stay for periods of up to 60 days. However, citizens of other countries may need a Consular Visa or a Consulted Visa for business visits. Most of your employees will need a Special Stay Permit with a Work Contract or a Temporary Residence Work Permit. The Special Stay Permit is valid for at least a year and up to five years. After it expires, employees must apply for temporary residence to stay.
Requirements to Obtain Honduras Work Visas
Your employees will face many requirements to get a Honduras working visa, including the need for:
- A valid passport
- Police clearance certificates from their country of origin and country of residence
- A medical certificate issued within six months before the application
- A copy of all passport pages
- Four passport-size photos
- Police clearance certificates from Honduras issued by the Dirección General de
- Investigación Criminal
- Payment of the residence card fee
- Payment of registration fees
Honduras also has vaccination requirements that applicants must adhere to. For example, all travelers coming to Honduras from areas infected with yellow fever must have a yellow fever vaccination certificate within six days. The World Health Organization (WHO) changed its cholera vaccination guidelines in 1973, so applicants do not need a cholera vaccination certificate. However, cholera cases were reported in 1996 and 1999, so it’s best to seek up-to-date advice before traveling to the country. Typhoid and malaria are also potential issues in Honduras, especially in rural areas.
The process involved with obtaining a work permit in Honduras can be divided into five large steps:
- Entering Honduras
- Getting employment contract approval as well as a statement of compliance application at the Labor Ministry
- Getting temporary residence approval
- Obtaining registration, a residence card application, and fingerprints
- Obtaining residence card approval and collection
It usually takes about one to two weeks to issue a work permit and enter Honduras. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs in the country usually takes at least one to two days and anywhere up to 10 to approve the application. You and your employees should expect to wait five to 16 months before the entire process is complete.
Other Important Considerations
Not everyone requires a visa to enter Honduras, but everyone needs a work permit. Honduras is a signatory of the Central America 4 (CA-4) Border Control Agreement. That means citizens of Nicaragua, El Salvador, and Guatemala can travel to Honduras without obtaining any documentation. European Union (EU), US, and other nationals do not have to obtain a Honduras working visa to conduct short-term business activities.
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