We have been in Honduras for 6 months while volunteering at a Bilingual School in Tela, Atlantida in the North of the country. As tourist visas are only valid for 90 days, we've had to do some "visa runs" to keep us covered during our stay in the country. This information is suitable for Australian, United Kingdom and United States of America passport holders.
After spending 90 days in Honduras, it was time to cross a border. Now, there are plenty of forums online regarding best practise to renew one's 90 day visa, so this is the information we have gathered personally or from people we have met along the way.
As Honduran Immigration actually advises you leave the (CA-4: Honduras, El Salvador, Nicaragua & Guatemala) before the 90 days expires, we decided to visit Belize. The quickest way to make this happen, is to take the D-Express ferry from Puerto Cortes directly to Placencia. Tickets are USD $65 each way, per person. We were not lucky enough to catch the boat on the way there, instead we took a private taxi (USD $60 per person) to Puerto Barrios in Guatemala. We paid the USD $10 exit fee and boarded a water taxi to Punta Gorda, Belize. From Punta Gorda, it took 2 buses to finally arrive in Placencia and all together it took 14.5 hours. It was a super long and exhausting experience.
The way home was simpler, taking the D-Express from Placencia directly to Puerto Cortes. On exit from Belize, there is a National Park fee (BZD $3.00) to be paid and when arriving back in Honduras, it is not out of the ordinary to be charged an entry fee of 100 Lempiras for your stamp.
Our housemates, both from the UK, have successfully completed a visa run via Guatemala, paying an re-entry fee of 100 Lempira. Generally, you would need to stay a minimum of 72 hours before crossing back. Another volunteer we work with from the US tried this on one of her visa runs and was charged USD $50 to have her passport stamped. I guess it's the luck of the immigration official you get on the day!
If you don't require a full 90 day extension at the end of your tourist visa, another option is to apply for a once off, 30 days extension. This can be done in Tegucigalpa, San Pedro Sula and La Ceiba. We went to La Ceiba for ours and it was a very simple, hassle free process.
Head to Immigration, located on the second floor inside the Uniplaza, right next door to Sushi Totemo (excellent sushi here too by the way!!). There is a desk for foreigners and a desk for nationals. I recommend taking with you, photocopies of the photo page of your passport and the entry stamp you received coming into Honduras. Immigration will ask for this and finding a copy place around the malls is quite difficult.
You will be asked to fill out a form and then given another document to take to the bank. At the bank, you need to pay USD $20 (437.61 Lempiras), they stamp the document and you return to Immigration. Once back at Immigration, your passport will be stamped and the pink copy of the document is stapled to your passport. All done!
The information on this page is solely based on our personal experiences during International Border Crossings, most of which have been overland. We highly recommend checking all advice against the respective countries own immigration website for up to date information.