If your business is planning an expansion to the Central American nation of Honduras, you may be looking to employ workers from outside the country to help. To do this, each foreign worker will generally need a work visa for Honduras.
The process of obtaining Honduran work visas can be difficult to understand and could take anywhere from weeks to months to complete. Honduras has different visa options, unique requirements, and a language barrier, so it is important to follow the regulations diligently to avoid any potential delays.
At Horizons, our expansion team offers a wide range of Honduras work visa services, immigration advice, and outsourcing options, giving your business everything needed to grow in Honduras with the help of the best global talent.
Basic requirements for Honduras work visas
Each applicant can have slightly different requirements, depending on their country of origin and various other factors. However, there are some basic requirements that most people will need to fulfill, including:
- Application forms and associated fees
- Valid passport
- A recent health check
- Passport-sized photos
- Criminal record check from Honduras and home country
- Proof of certain vaccines (such as yellow fever, if traveling from an afflicted area)
Types of Honduras work visas and permits
Nationals of most countries do not need a visa to travel to and stay in Honduras for up to 60 days, including for some business activities. Others, however, do need a visa to enter and will need a specific visa for business-related activities, so you should determine whether a visa is necessary first.
Those seeking full employment in Honduras will generally need a Special Residence Permit which is valid for between one and five years. Once this period has ended, the employee can switch to a Temporary Residence Permit to stay long term.
How to get Honduras work visas and permits
One of the most important steps in the process is for you (the employer) to apply for approval of the employment contract, which should be done through the Ministry of Labor and Social Security. Once you have approval, your employee should apply for their residence permit. For more information and details of the process, your employee should contact their local Honduran embassy/consulate or the Ministry of Labor and Social Security in Honduras.
The process of gaining work approval and residency is complex and often slow, so you should be sure to regularly check with the relevant authorities about each stage of the process. It can also take over a year to complete the process so you should be prepared to initiate it well in advance of the planned move.
As Honduras is a Spanish-speaking country, you will generally need to provide documents in Spanish, which may mean you need to translate existing documents before submission.
How can Horizons help?
At Horizons, we help businesses to build and grow in Honduras, and we specialize in obtaining work visas for Honduras. Our Honduras expansion specialists offer advice and bespoke outsourcing solutions to guide you through Honduras’s immigration system quickly and effectively. We can ensure that your workforce is fully compliant with Honduras’s laws, save you time, and answer any questions you may have about the process.
In addition, we offer a range of outsourcing services covering recruitment, payroll, HR, administration, and more to help your organization efficiently expand its presence in Honduras, even if you don’t have a registered subsidiary in the country.