Consular Visas Honduras

Honduras Mandates Consular Visas for all Costa Rican Citizens

Honduras Mandates Consular Visas for all Costa Rican Citizens

In light of the principle of reciprocity, Honduras will now mandate the acquisition of a consular visa for all Costa Rican citizens.

The Secretary of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, addressed the Honduran population and the global media, in response to Costa Rica’s decision to enforce consular visas for Honduran citizens:

In accordance with the principle of reciprocity, beginning on Tuesday, October 10th of this year, the government of the Republic of Honduras will require all Costa Rican citizens, without exception, to obtain a consular visa. This announcement was effective immediately, and signed in Tegucigalpa on October 9, 2023.

 

 

Regarding the implementation of consular visas for Costa Rican citizens, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs provided the following requirements, which are in line with Article 75 of the Migration Law:

  • A valid Travel Document (passport)
  • Submission of a duly legalized medical certificate or completion of medical examinations if deemed necessary by Honduran medical authorities.
  • Proof of vaccination against yellow fever and Covid-19
  • Valid police records, legalized, and not older than 6 months
  • Compliance with Honduran law-mandated stamps
  • Recent passport-sized photograph (6 centimeters high by 5 centimeters wide)
  • Proof of financial means, including bank statements from the past month
  • Interpol clearance, indicating the absence of any complaints or alerts
  • Authenticated documentation demonstrating responsibility for the applicant within Honduras
  • Evidence of the economic means of subsistence for the Honduran responsible party
  • Valid police records, not older than 6 months, for the Honduran responsible party
  • The Honduran responsible party must attend an interview with the Research and Analysis Management of the National Migration Institute.
  • Documentation substantiating the purpose of the trip
  • Confirmation from the Honduran Public Ministry of the absence of any complaints or ongoing investigations involving the foreign applicant and the Honduran responsible party.
  • Any additional information or documents as requested by the Secretary of Foreign Affairs or the National Immigration Institute to facilitate an accurate decision.

 

 

These requirements can be attended through all Honduran embassies and consulates prior to the issuance of a consular visa. This announcement was also signed in Tegucigalpa on October 9.

Attempts to reverse Costa Rica’s decision  

Honduran Foreign Minister Eduardo Enrique Reina revealed on Monday that he engaged in discussions with his Costa Rican counterpart to reverse the imposition of visas for Honduran citizens. This measure was implemented due to concerns within the Ministry of Security and Migration of Costa Rica regarding rising criminal activities within its borders.

“We’ve been in discussions with the Costa Rican Foreign Minister about the consular visa requirement imposed on Honduran citizens. We are attempting to find common ground to reverse this measure, which we believe has a detrimental impact on the cordial relations between our two neighboring countries. It’s also causing inconvenience for ordinary citizens involved in trade and business dealings with Costa Rica,” explained Minister Reina.

The Costa Rican Foreign Minister cited the Ministry of Security’s apprehensions as the driving force behind the visa requirement. The decision was made to stop criminal groups operating in Costa Rica, some of which may have connections to individuals traveling from Honduras, detailed Reina.

“As per the president’s instructions, we have offered our full cooperation to Costa Rica in terms of intelligence-sharing to combat criminal activities by these groups in both our countries. We believe that collaboration in this area is the key, rather than implementing measures like visas, which ultimately strain our relations,” Minister Reina emphasized last Monday.

In the Monday press conference Minister Reina had announced that if Costa Rica maintained its decision after these discussions, Honduras would reserve the right to reciprocate by imposing visa requirements on Costa Rican citizens.

In terms of trade, there is no direct impact, said Reina; however, “the visa requirement has introduced cumbersome administrative procedures for individuals who now need to visit consulates to obtain visas,” he explained.

“We firmly believe that collaboration through alternative avenues is essential to combat the increase in organized crime. This includes sharing information and intelligence between our security ministries and the Ministry of Defense of Honduras,” stated Minister Reina.

 

 

“In light of the principles outlined in the Central American integration process and the Tegucigalpa Protocol, which emphasize the importance of fostering brotherhood and strong relations, the imposition of consular visas appears contrary to these goals,” declared Minister Reina. “However, if Costa Rica maintains its decision, Honduras is prepared to reciprocate in kind,” he said on Monday.

Yesterday, this was the step that Honduras followed.

 


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