Las Manos, Honduras to El Paraiso, Nicaragua | Customs and Immigration



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Nicaragua-Honduras, Las Manos Border.

Important: To enter Nicaragua, you need to fill out the following online form 7 days in advanced:

On Nicaragua side as described before. They are building a new office for the aduanas/ migracion so right now it is a bit chaotic, where to go....

Zika check (fiber) on Nicaragua side

Exit Honduras: Immigration and aduana in same building with different offices. Passport stamped out (no fee). At aduana, vehicle temporary import paper taken and exit stamp put in passport (no fee).

Enter Nicaragua: Directed to fumigation (no cost), then to immigration to get a tourist card and receipt with stamps cost USD$12 or 282 Nicaraguan Cordoba Oros (NIO).
Insurance cost USD$12 or NIO282.
Also pay a road tax of USD$1 or NIO24 (receipt was given) to the guard at the border, before another border guard who checked all my other paperwork would let me pass.


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Honduras to Nicaragua on a Saturday morning starting at 7:45 a.m. It took 45 minutes on the Honduras side and 2 hours on the Nicaragua side.

We’d heard this border was the hardest yet in Central America, but it wasn’t orders harder than the others. It also didn’t take much longer. There were more steps involved and it wasn’t always obvious what the next step was, which made it feel more chaotic. I think if you keep the basics in mind, that’s most helpful: you need to stamp out and cancel your TIP in Honduras, and you need to stamp in and get your TIP in Nicaragua. Everything else is just their bureaucratic whims for that day, and probably all of us are going to have a slightly different experience.

A few notes, not a play-by-play: we walked across to Nicaragua to get a small, square paper saying we were clear to enter. Honduras wanted this paper before doing anything. Nicaragua wanted printed copies of our COVID results in order to give us the approval. We printed from email in the shop by the Honduras aduana. (The other thing you should have a photocopy of is your Honduras TIP.)

Okay, back at Honduras. They took our original TIP and we kept the copy. We filled out one customs form, but we left most of the bottom half blank and they didn’t care.

Interlude for costs:
C50 for copies
C200 to Elgar, guide in Honduras
$40 USD for visas at aduana (should’ve been $39, but they don’t have change)
C160 for fumigation
C110 for municipal tax
$13 USD for insurance

On to Nicaragua. We filled out a visa form per adult that were identical to the Honduras one. The border official instructed us to put “casa rodante equipo personal” in the bottom section where they ask what all we’re carrying. We explained this is our home and we don’t have luggage, so we didn’t have to bring anything out.

A lady did a vehicle inspection, definitely the most thorough in Central America. We opened the back of our habitat and two drawers, and took down a camping bag she wanted to see inside. She went in the habitat and felt our dirty laundry bag. She asked about a battery charger she saw, if we had computers and how many, if we had cameras or a drone. No x-ray. She opened the rear driver side door and felt a backpack, and got into the driver’s seat.

One final note on auto insurance. We have a policy through Costa Rica, but we made a mistake in not having a printed copy. The agent at the border said they are could be ticketed for not having a printed copy. I’m not sure this is true and I kind of doubt it, but just in case we paid $12 for the liability policy they sell there. Double-insured and living the high life.

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Everything as described. Smooth crossing, took not even 2 hours on Monday morning at 8 am. We were not scanned, not asked about the drone and no one entered our car. Just want to add that they check the USD bills thoroughly and don't take any bill with a even tiny torn/crack. Also they wouldn't take the 1 dollar coins we had left from El Salvador. And doublecheck the details (plate, VIN) in the TIP! There was a mistake in the VIN of our TIP.

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Exactly as it's described. We arrived at 8h30 and left all the border stuff at 11. Honduras it was made in 15minutes, you need to go in Nicaragua first so they can accepted you --> covid pcr check, be careful with the place you do the test (pharmacie del ahorro it's okay).
They give you a paper keep it until almost the end. Made the registration for the Salida in Honduras, the man in orange take the paper at the border. After that you can "choose" the order, we went first to pay the fumigation (4,40$) at the right, then we tried to catch the lady of the aduana, after 10min, you choose to go the immigration, ask lots of question, they check really well the hotel, like where it is etc..., paid 13$ per person.
they were a crash btw 2 camiones when we were there so it was a little messy too. Find a guy from the aduana, give us a form to fill, the one for enter Nicaragua. After that, the policies sign the paper, write something on it and for the end at this location, you need to go the aduana for the véhiculo turismo, she asked all the paper (license, car registration, passport). After 10 min when she made the registration of our van, it was done. We had almost finish, take the car, drive like 2minutes and it's time for insurance, you give the 2 form entry and the little white paper of the immigration, you paid 12$ and its done you can fly away. Really it's was strefull but everything in a way was really smooth, you just have to keep in made to be patient. Enjoy Nicaragua !

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Honduras > Nicaragua
Took us about 2.5 hours total. Not a lot of lines, just mostly handling paperwork. A couple notes:
*No car searches or scans. We were fine with the drone.
*The tourist fee has to be paid in USD, 13pp (I guess bc we’re American), but the guys with change have it on hand to exchange.
*The TIP is 30 days max and you have to go to Managua if you want to extend.
Good luck!

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Made it though the Honduras side in 15 min. Arriving at the Nicaragua side the gates where closed and air raid sirens were going off and everyone was in hasmat suits. After things opened back up, it was still very disirganized. Immigration was a nightmare and took two hours. One of the Immigration officers took my phone to look at the address we would be staying, then walked off with it. When I tried to ask for it back he just ignored me and ask for the next person in line. Everytime I asked for it he would ignore me. we finally got it back after talking to the superior officer. It seemed to be a blatant attempt to steal it. Keep your wits about you at this boarder.

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Very easy border crossing, took only two hours and car was not checked, see steps below.

1. Stamp out at Honduras immigration
2. cancel TIP (they'll ask you to go to Nicaragua customs to ask if you can enter)
3. Walk to Nicaragua side, show passports and go to medical center to get PCR approved (you get a small paper that you have to use later).
4. Walk back to Honduras side and cancel tip
5. Drive car to Nicaragua and park immediately after you enter
6. The border official of Nicaragua gives you a paper that you need to fill in (declaration of the car).
7. Get passport stamps (show passports, mail for online form, approval of medic of PCR test, declaration of the car). You have to pay 12 USD per person, they don't have change so make sure to have this (tons of persons around who can change money for you).
7. Go to the building that says 'vehiculo turismo' and give them all the papers they want (car registration, driver license, passport, declaration form you filled in earlier).
8. Drive out and pay 1$ tax per person, you can also get insurance at this place (they'll stop you to pay tax).

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Honduras to Nicaragua
We chose to make a detour to cross this border and avoid the other two to the south which had bad feedback. At first it seemed badly organized but finally afterwards it was quite fluid on the Nicaraguan side. In less than three hours we were in Nicaragua. No search of the vehicle and no questions about the drone. You have to overtake the trucks when you arrive. You park then go to Honduras migration. They take the passport to register the exit. Then on the left there is the office for the TIPs. The person told us that we had to go to the Nicaragua side and that if they accepted us we could cancel the TIP. So we were at the barrier. A gentleman asked for our paper passports and PCR tests (they don't accept dematerialized ones so you can print them on site in an office next door). The gentleman left for five minutes with our papers and came back telling us that it was ok. We went back to the TIP office on the Honduras side to cancel it. Back on the Nicaraguan side, we go first to the health office to validate our PCR tests. Then we go to immigration for passports, she asks for the address where we are going but without looking too much. She also asks if we did the online form. Then we go to the office for the vehicle. You have to fill out a document and the person does the paperwork. We can then leave. Before going out we pay the insurance. We paid 26 dollars at immigration, 0 for the vehicle, 12 dollars for the insurance and 2 dollars to get out of the border. Currency exchange can be done on site.

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Crossing from Honduras to Nicaragua:

As we had overstayed in Honduras the Honduran side sent us first to Nicaragua to check that we can get in. To our surprise they said that we are not allowed to enter with our truck as it is too heavy for a tourist vehicle (10t). After 2 hours of waiting we went back to Honduras, first to immigration (where we paid the fine) and then to customs to cancel the TIP. All very quick.

Then we registered at the police just behind the barrier and filled in a customs form upon which we were allowed to drive into Nicaragua and park there (no fumigation). Next step was Covid Check (you need printed certificates, QR codes were checked online) upon which you receive a small paper to go to immigration (we had done the pre registration for both, immigration and covid but not sure they used it). Immigration was quick and they (contrary to Honduras) accepted our extension we had received in El Salvador. Paid $13 per person for the tourist card. Received another tiny paper slip (needed to exit the area at the end).

Next step customs to obtain TIP, quick and free but just 30 days. After that back to police where they checked our customs form and immigration slip and sent us away to leave the area.

Nobody looked inside or even at the car. Scanner was operating for trucks but we were not sent through.

We drove down the hill for 50m or so where the final barrier is. Paid $1 per person of road / community tax (receipt), handed over our customs form and immigration slip and had to buy insurance for a month $12. Off we went...

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Today we crossed the border from Nicaragua to Honduras. It is possible to do a Rapidtest on the Honduras side. The price is 50 US Dollar.

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Today we crosed from Nicaragua to Honduras. A rapid Test is available at the Honduras side. They asked for 50 dollars and the result was ready after 15 min.

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Follow advice of
Honduras -> Nicaragua
A note to assist you: When you reach the rope, go through and park on the left side. (Ignore helpers if you can - I believe our processes was longer because of this). Immigration & Customs offices are on the left. When facing them, Immigration windows are on the right and Customs are on the left.
COMPLETE & SUBMIT the online Nicaragua form as directed prior to crossing. Have printed copy of COVID results for Nicaragua officials. Good luck!

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Crossing to Honduras, pay 36 dólares by car for TIP.
Rapid Test covid 30 dólares or 700 lempiras.

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Coronavirus update:
You can have a blood test directly at the border which is valid to enter in Honduras. It costs us 30usd pp (much cheaper than the PCR test provided by MINSA in Managua that costs 150usd pp). Contact number of the woman from the laboratory at the border: +50496466680.

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1) Arrive at first stop 100m before gate and fill out exit declaration. They will stamp it there.
2) drive up to and park just before gate on the right. Get a copy of your declaration first, on the left past immigration and IPSA. Come back to car, provide license and declaration plus copy to an officer.
3) They will direct you to the scanner, wait in front of the cone until directed to drive through. You'll have to leave all passengers and animals before entering, and they have you leave the car running and exit while the scan.
4) go back to wait for scan results. They may search your car if scan comes back "suspicious". Searched our van.
5) go to aduana window, hand them stamped and signed exit declaration and license. Done with car exit.
6) Go to immigration for exit stamp. For US it cost $2 pp for exit stamp.
7) if traveling with a pet, make sure you do all paperwork and payments before arriving at the border. Find info at Somoto IPSA office pinned in the town of Somoto as star on app.
8) Done! You can leave Nicaragua now.


1) When you cross the border, someone will hand you an entry declaration, identical to the one you filled out to exit Nicaragua.
2)Park in front of immigration. Immigration is hard to see, on the right past SENASA. Entry stamp is 75 lempiras pp
3) aduana is next set of windows on the right. Hand them original license, passport, title, plus two copies of each (just info page of passport, no need for entry stamp copies). Now it's a waiting game. They may have you drive your vehicle down to the aduana windows to see it more clearly.
4) once you get the TIP, go down the alley past aduana for copies. 2 copies of TIP, 1 copy of entry stamp only, 1 copy of license. These copies are to hand in with entry declaration at the exit.
5) passport to police officer for verification, he'll briefly look into the car.
6) you're done! Hand entry declaration, copy of passport info page and stamp, registration, and license to guy in orange jacket at the exit.
7) SENASA is at the top of the hill before immigration if traveling with a pet. $20/pet. You'll need papers from Nicaragua, copies of vax documents, health certificate, and a doc with vehicle info.

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As described. Took me 2 days to get my online application approved. I showed immigration a print screen of the approval and the email. Was not as bad as I expected.

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Honduras: the hardest part was to find which shack was migration and aduana. Then get passport stamped first (right windows), proceed to Aduana (left windows), give them passport, original TIP (2 papers) , one copy of the colored page. Fill out declaration form. You will get car exit stamp and one paper back. That's all. Free. Time about 10 min.

Nicaragua: Park right across the border on the left. 1. Fill out declaration form in the yellow hut, somebody with a name tag will check the form, drivers license and car title, they briefly looked into the car and asked about drone.
2. Go to migration windows with your passport (blue and white container). Answer questions (where from/to, for how long, name of the first stop and hotel), pay $12 USD ($10 tourist card, $2 fee), show email (in the phone was ok), wait and get all the receipts and stamps.
3. ‎Deal with the police in black uniforms. They keep your car title, drivers license and declaration form until end of the process. They will direct you to fumigation ($3 USD with receipt) and X-ray. Bring the car back. Long wait until they get x-ray results. Officer will compare the results with your car, stamp the declaration form and return your documents (they checked some camping equipment we have inside, tools and wrenches, roof box with engine oil, spare parts etc.).
4. ‎Aduana: give declaration, car title, drivers license, passport. Wait. Sign a form. Get a form and don't loose it, it's $100 if you do.
5. ‎All done here. About 500m down the road you will show the paperwork to some officer. Here is also insurance broker. We already had one from Guatemala and it was ok. They also collect municipal fee $2 usd. Now you're free to go. Enjoy!

The police part took the longest. We had enough time to eat big breakfast in the comedor for 45C, coffee 5C. Everybody was very nice and patient. Lady in aduana remembered a song with my name and sung it 🙂. Total time for us was about 3 hours. Nobody wanted any of my copies. We didn't use a "helper" and we speak very basic and limited Spanish.

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Enter Nicaragua:
Pretty much as described. Took us a total of 5 hours - our longest border crossing to date. Border was almost empty, not many people are crossing right now with the civil unrest.

The main hold-up was they found our spear-fishing gun and claimed it couldn’t be taken through Nicaragua. Not true as far as we know. Won’t clutter this up with details, but I guess our advice would be to hide any fishing or camping equipment well that could be construed as a weapon. I think things are very heightened right now due to the civil unrest and they aren’t taking any chances.

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Exit Nica - Enter Honduras:
Easy border crossing! Such kind people. There was hardly anyone there. Of course it’s not clear where to go when in the process, but you’ll find out.

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We crossed this border today. We had completed the online application the week previously. It took 2 hours to leave Honduras to enter Nicaragua. Every locker on our truck was inspected by customs. Everyone was helpful and friendly. Customs were more interested in drones and professional camera equipment than anything else.

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Crossed today from Honduras to Nica. You need the approval email, we were asked for it. Showed them the picture on my phone and they were happy. The whole process took about 1.5 hours, easy crossing. The car wasn't checked at all.

12 usd/person (only payable in dollars)
3 usd fumigation
12 usd for the insurance
2 usd Municipal tax for 2 ppl (or 62 cordoba)

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Yes you need to send the entry document at least 7 days prior to arrival. We did this, or at least thought we did. We arrived to find out they only received a blank copy. We were able to fill one out here but it takes a long time. 4 hours total. It cost 12US pp for the immigration, bike was free, and there is a mandatory 12US insurance

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not an easy crossing,need to send email 7 days prior to crossing if not you will wait and wait, we waited 4 hours

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Border as described. We are two US citizens and we needed the email preapproval. We had it, thanks to I overlander advice. We crossed 3 days before the date stated on the approval email and no questions were asked about why we came early.

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Honduras to Nicaragua: Be aware that you‘ll get only 30 days for the car. We purchased the car insurance for two month and have to go to Aduana in Managua to add more days for our vehicle. We didn’t need any copies here. As others told the immigration was about 12 $ each, but we got a receipt about 2 $...... all together easy and fast bordercrossing.

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Straight forward border crossing.

Honduras to Nicaragua

Leaving Honduras:
Stop at immigration window to get stamped out. We had to pay 3USD exit fee. To cancel the TIP it’s in the same building. No fee to be paid. Make sure they stamp your passport.

Entering Nicaragua:

First stop at fumigation which cost 3.5USD.
From there move on to immigration. It will be on your left hand side. 12 USD per person for visa.
Passport copy was needed.
The Aduanda, for TIP, is in the next building. Passport, registration and driver license copy needed. No fee to be paid.
The insurance you will buy from an agent at the border for 12USD.

We got stuck for 9 hours. As per November 1 some people need a special security clearance. (they asked for a reference in from of a hotel reservation or friends address etc.) Apparently you have to send an email 7 days prior. It seems this rule does not apply for everybody. Immigration asked us to fill out a immigration form and send it along with our passport to an email they provided us with.

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Check government website before you go to Nicaragua.You will need invitation via email before you go.Otherwise you can be stuck there as we were.We spent 18 hours there.

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We came at noon yesterday (saturday) and after 2 hours we were in Nicaragua. We can confirm the description.
The "roadtax" is 1 dollar per person and on the receipt it says "municipality". Think it is a local tax.
There was signed another hotel at 22 km. And there is also the overlandspot in Ocotel.

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We may have just been lucky but arrived at 9.30am on a Monday and just under two hours to get through. Helpful on botbthe Honduran and Nicaraguan side. Also very friendly. We were charged for fumigation (93 Cordobas) and managed to pay fees in Cordobas not dollars.

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Crossed from Nicaragua to Honduras. Fastest border in Central America so far. Friendly workers. It took us one hour for both sides.

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Pretty easy border crossing with really nice and helpful officials.
We didn't have to pay the 3 USD for leaving Honduras, maybe because we showed them the 3 USD proof for paying when entering the country.
They only had a really brief look into the car. Maybe useful if you are travelling with a drone,  which are forbidden in Nicaragua.

30 minutes Honduras side
1 hour Nicaragua side

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Same directions/costs as previous posts. Checking out of Honduras took 25 minutes with car. Checking into Nicaragua took 1.5 hour with car.

Money changers were friendly and easy to negotiate with on the Honduras side, with a 3% loss changing lempiras into Cordobas, about as expected.

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As described EXCEPT: We paid $3 USD per person to exit Honduras. We paid $3 USD for fumigation in Nicaragua. We paid $12 USD per person for our tourist visas, we gave him $25 and he didn't give us our change but we didn't ask, better not to cause any trouble! We paid $1 USD per person for a municipal tax (for?). We paid 370 Cordobas for the mandatory insurance. All in all very smooth border crossing, total time 1 1/2 hours (would have been longer but we got to cut the line in Honduras because Lane is "tercera edad").

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simple leaving Honduras. took like two hours to get through Nicaraguan process.

we were sent betweeen offices several times and then sent through the big cargo trucks scanner/xray.

when you stop for the fumigation ask the exchange rate. the money changers tried to skim some for sure.

had to pay US dollars for my $12 fee. wouldn't accept cordobas. made me leave the líne and get córdobas changed to US dollars w the money changer.

Go to health office for virus process before immigration líne.

you wont get a pasaport stamp only a piece of paper.

you can pay córdobas or dollars for the car $12 insurance/security.

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We crossed today, a Thursday, with no problem. We were expecting big lines, but we were the only ones there. There were one or two truck drivers too, to be precise, but we overheard them saying to the officers that they cross every day, so we think we were the only tourists around.

People were kind and in less than 1 hour and 15 minutes we had left Honduras and were driving with all the stamps, fumigation and insurance required by Nicaragua.

It could be that we got there kind of late (5:20 pm), or maybe because it was raining, but this was one of the easiest border-crossing since we started the trip in Vermont, US.

So happy that Nicaragua border doesn't require copies of the documents!!! It is all scanned. And the best 'tramitador' etiquette so far: one single gentleman came to offer his services at the Nicaraguan side and as soon as we said "no, muchas gracias", he left and no one else came. Talk about being polite!

We also felt safe driving to Ocotal, where we spent the night, although we met a Nicaraguan truck driver at the hotel who told us not to drive at night. Better listen to the locals.

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My girlfriend and I crossed from Honduras to Nicaragua in my Toyota 4runner on Dec. 21/2016. What a mess. Trucks on either side of the road approaching the border, reducing the road to a narrow, single-lane. This caused a traffic jam as vehicles needed to take turns coming through. Also a bus drove all the way to the border and dropped off its passengers, then needed to somehow find a spot to turn around among the mess of trucks and people.

Our experience was similar to the others described. When we finally got to the actual border, we parked on the Hon. side and were swarmed by helpers and money changers. We shook them off and waited in line at the Honduras migration where they stamped us out for free. Then went to Aduana where I returned the TIP for free after filling out the form that really only applies to entering the country. They then stamped the passport (over migration's exit stamp) indicating the TIP was cancelled No photocopies were required, and nobody checked the vehicle.

After changing currencies for a pretty decent rate, we then drove to the Nic. side, through the boom, stopping in front of the small building adjacent the boom on the left side. Here a worker gave me a form to fill out concerning declarations, if we had a fever, that sort of thing. Once filled out, a man looked it over, took a very quick look at the vehicle, checked my passport, license, and registration, wrote a few things on the form, and sent us to drive a little down the street to migration and aduana.

We weren't directed to fumigation, nor were we ever asked to prove we'd been fumigated.

Park somewhere near the seacans and buildings which are on the left side of the road. Migration is in the white seacan, and aduana is in a building behind/left of migration. We went to the aduana first where we began the TIP process. The young guy seemed as if he'd never done this before, and it took quite a while as he worked on the computer. He required looking at the form I'd filled out previously, my passport, and the registration, which he scanned. He then walked to the vehicle to check the plates. After finally printing off the TIP we walked over to Migration.

At Migration, it took four employees to finally give us the tourist cards. The first two employees riffled through my passport looking for who knows what for about 7 minutes before doing anything. Our passports were then passed throughout the seacan to various employees before completing the job. We paid USD$10/person + C$45/person. We received tourist cards and receipts, and a lot of attitude. We didn't receive our C$5 change. They didn't check our temperatures or anything like that.

We then hopped back in the car and drove towards the boom where four different people approached. One checked the TIP, another checked our passports and took the form we originally filled out, another charged us the USD$1/person "municipal tax" and another was the insurance guy who charged USD$12 for a month. Finally, we could leave.

Overall, we spent 2.25 hours and this was probably the worst border crossing up until that point.

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Just to add that if you travel with dog you should go to IPSA and pay 10$

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Leaving Honduras easy - passed 50+ semis. Leaving Honduras took with both immigration and Aduana - 15 minutes.

Entering Nicaragua - not so easy - pouring rain. 1)Fumigation, 2)Shed where they checked and signed off on custom form, 3)Salud health center where they took our temperatures, 4)Immigration where required to pay in USD$10 per person + 90 Córdoba for something, 5)Aduana where they scanned originals, 6)Driving out gave customs form and queried where we were going, and finally 7)Seguros insurance. (Wouldn't accept our insurance purchased in Guatemala which was promised to cover Nicaragua as well and states as much on insurance firm.) Took hour + 45 minutes for Nicaragua side.

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Took us 80 minutes all together. We were asked about an insurance but waved through. Did not buy one....

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Exit Honduras
On the road to the border you will pass many trucks that are parked or waiting. Just drive on until the border.
• Park to the right
• Shake off helpers; no gracias was enough
• Put the money exchangers on hold
• Go to immigracion window. Exit stamp for free. Be sure the guy knows you want to exit; he started an entry procedure. You have to scan your fingerprints again (to make sure it’s you?). For one of us the digital fingerprints and photo taken at entry were not in the computer, so they had to be taken at exit. Therefore we have 2 different exit stamps; 1 computer generated, 1 manual. Be sure to check you got one.
• Go to the Aduana window to the left and hand in your tip and passport. We had to fill out an exit form, with questions that would apply more appropriately to entry. The TIP is cancelled, they keep it. But you get a stamp in your passport as proof of cancellation.
• Change money; you need Cordobas at immigracion in Nicaragua

Enter Nicaragua
• Drive through the boom and park to the right, next to a small blue tent. This is fumigation, they will fumigate while you do paperwork
• No helpers in sight
• At the small office next to the boom you get a form for the vehicle to complete. Helpful and friendly staff. Make sure you put Nicaragua as destination (not as transit)
• A lady takes the form walks to the van and takes a peek inside (we think just because she was curious, she didn’t check any VIN numbers or cupboards). Hold on to the form
• Pay for fumigation US$ 5, hold on to the receipt
• Leave your car at the tent and walk to immigracion. Hand in your passport. Lots of checking of other stamps, scanning and entering data. Another guy filled out the tourist card slowly. We could hardly hear the price, because a TV above the window was on full volume. Per person US$ 10 + 45 Cordobas. Guy had to get change (and figure out the calculation), the other guy looked at our dollar bills as if he had never seen one. Interesting to watch this inefficient 2 man job, with loud TV in background (make that front center). We had fun. You get a tourist card and some kind of receipt per person and 1 recibo for all payments (although the money does not add up). Hold on to all the stuff. We double checked; no stamp in passport needed according to immigracion, just a tourist card
• A few windows to the left is Aduana with a very efficient lady. Hand in the vehicle form, passport, title, driver’s license. No copies needed, they scan everything. You receive a printout which is the TIP. For free. They make a point saying that if you lose it, it will cost US$ 100.
• By now you need an extra set of hands to hold all the paperwork … Get your van and drive to the boom. Two persons checked our paperwork: 1 for passports, 1 for the vehicle. They keep the printout receipt per person and the vehicle form that you filled out in the beginning, all the rest is returned to you.
• The boom opens, almost in. Here you pay US$ 1 per person for municipal tax, hold on to the receipts.
• A guy wants to sell you insurance, which is mandatory. We showed our Guatemala insurance, which covers Nicaragua, although we knew that they probably don’t acknowledge this. And indeed they didn’t accept this, because there is no representation of our insurance company in this country. O well, we tried. Check your data on the insurance form that is filled out by hand. Pay US$ 12 and you are good to go.

Good border crossing, 1 hour and 15 minutes all together. At 9.15 on a Thursday morning we were the only ones there on both sides. Total cost US$ 39 + 90 Cordobas for 2 persons and a van. And that included the free entertainment of the 2 Nica immigracion men and their loud TV.

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Easy boarder crossing, no copies, took us only 1 hour. Paid 3 d for fumigation, 10d + 45 Cordoba for tourist card and 350 for insurance.

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Honduras into Nicaragua: leaving honduras: exit stamp, cancelled vehicle permit (no fees, quick, no one looked at the car or ID). Entering Nicaragua: huge line up at the immigration. Then the lady in front of me pulled 25 IDs out...long waiting time...tourist card and fee 350C. Fumigation 3US or I paid 75lempira as I had money left. Vehicle import was quick and free. The guy at the exit gate wanted to see vehicle import, the paper the import lady signed and the little receipt/paper from immigration. We didn't see anyone wanting a fee for toll. But that might be because as soon as the border guard opened the gate we drove on by anyone else after that as we assumed they where just looking to sell us insurance that we already had

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7am on a Thurs. easy. no issues. no helpers.

Exit Nica: 1. You will arrive at a police shack. the officer will ask for the tip, dl, registration/title. he will verify the plate #. 2. another person will give you a paper to fill out. fill it in then. he will look it over, sign it, and tell you to go. 3. go to immigration. get exit stamp. 4. go to aduana. turn in tip. drive to Honduras.
1. Go to immigration. get stamp/fingerprints. pay $3/70 hond limp. 2. Go to Aduana. Fill in paper. 3. give paper and all your car docs to window. give $34. 4. agent will fill in carbon copy form and stamp your passport with car info. Agent will ask for copies of entry stamp and tip. 5. get copies. 6. return to window. give copies. she will give you the tip and the copy with form stapled together. 7. at the gate, give agent the stapled paper.

insurance not required.

Dog travellers: MAKE SURE TO DECLARE YOUR DOG AND GET PAPERWORK. Not sure what is required but at the exit it was almost a problem!

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from Honduras to Nicaragua:

- crossed on a Wednesday at 10am was a bit busy but not that bad
-total crossing time : 2 hours including the police control after the border and getting insurance

Honduras side...
-easy and fast
-get your passport exit stamp, no fee
-next window, cancel your registration, very quick (no need of copies) no fees

drive a bit further and a man will ask you to pull out on the right for the fumigation

Nicaragua side...
-for the fumigation and pay $us3 or $co86, keep the receipt!
-at the main blue office, go to the aduana to get your vehicle permit (no need copy's), free
-at the immigration, there is a health office were they check your passport, take your temperature and give you a little piece of paper with a stamp
-next window is the immigration where you show your passport. no copy, no stamp but 2fees: $us10 pp for the tourist card and $co 45 pp for ??? but you get a receipt so I think it is legit!

FOR DOG : there is a little quarantina in a grey trailer. the guy will stamp the paper (vaccination, health certificate, we have the same papers since mexico) and give a copy of all and pay $us14...he will give you a receipt and certificate, be sure to have them, the police asked for it !

drive to the yellow barrier you park on the side of the road and pay $us1 or $Co30 for the municipal tax and buy the mandatory car insurance to the woman standing aside (no office) it costs $12 or Co$350.

Then the police asked us a copy of our title and passport and did a very serious check of our car for about 15min...

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Nicaragua to Honduras, simple enough ;-)

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Exit Honduras: paid nothing. Got out passport stamped and import permit canceled.
Enter Nicaragua: fumigation was 3USD. They gave us receipt so we thought it wasn't a scam. They give the vehicle's owner a paper to fill out. Make sure you have it signed after filling it out. We forgot and had to go back. Then we went a little bit further to migración and did quite a line up for getting our passport stamped. They don't stamp it, they give you a tourist card instead. It was 10USD + 45Cordobas. In the receipt it shows only the cordobas so we thought it is possible that they keep for themselves the USD. But we're not sure about that. Vehicle importation was free. They don't ask for any copies. With originals you're good.
Insurance: 12USD. We did it at the exit gate. A woman came and did it in 5 minutes.

Paid 1USD for road fee.

Make sure you keep all receipts. They ask for it in the exit gate.

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As often people only report here about bad border crossing experiences, which makes me sad because it makes people afraid of border crossings, I'd like to review, that our border crossing there from Honduras to Nicaragua was totally OK.
Of course, it's not fun.
One Guy in Honduras asked for an exit fee but we didn't pay, because it definitely doesn't exist. only 3$ entrance fee pP (keep receipt for exit!).
In Nicaragua it's true that it's a bit annoying that you get stopped several times at this border for different reasons and inspections, but they all treated us fair, we got a receipt for each payment we made.
so, keep calm and relaxed.

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2 hours to do the things do exit from Nicarágua and enter to Honduras. We pay U$1 to alcadia plus 45 cordobas to exit from Nicarágua por person and pay U$3 to enter to Honduras and U$36 to car.

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We had to pay 6 USD pp to exit Honduras. We think it is a scam. They don't give you a receipt. Heard from other travelers that they did not pay showing them the receipt from the entry fee (3 USD pp for us close to Copan)

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Took 3 hours to cross. Worst crossing experience issues Mexico, Belize, g'mala, Honduras. Nicaragua officials mAde all efforts to make our life hard. Scratching paint off the car to Ensure its original Colour, asking to be paid only in usd, taking money without receipt, we were stopped unnecessarily , RV checked 4 different points. Official even recorded our push bikes bar code #... Honduras official charged 70l as exit fee pp, so do carry some. Nicaragua entry fee was 10usd + 45n , also insurance usd 12. There are small fees in N$ for road tax, fumigation. All the best 🙃

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Border Crossing: Honduras / Nicaragua Post on July 7th, 2013 at

We cross borders by land in a CR-V with US passports and our two dogs. We do not carry drugs or weapons or disallowed fruit (usually). 

When, Where, and Which Direction: June 29, 2013 – Los Manos, Yuscarán, Honduras > El Paraiso, Nueva Segovia, Nicaragua
What We Needed: Due to character limits, this section is available at .

The Process: This border was a giant cluster. It wasn’t a negative experience per say, just a relatively unclear one. I’ve attempted to clarify how we completed the steps required to pass below.
Drive past many, many 18-wheelers parked along both sides of the road. Photo at .Park in front of the building on left side of the road.Be aware of helpers. They come in all shapes and sizes, some trying to exchange money, others offering forms, most trying to follow you around from one step to the next, butting in to “help” and then expecting something in return. If you want the assistance, just be prepared to offer a nice “voluntary” tip for the services and probably also some additional or higher fees along the way.  PanAmNotes [LINK:]  recommends travelers be prepared with the phrase, “No necisita ayuda. Por favor, dejame in paz, no voy a pagar. Vaya!” to say no. We were later inadvertently directed to the customs window and handed forms by a money changer who we thanked by exchanging some cash with.Go into the middle-ish, right-ish office door. Some uniformed officials may be around. Answer questions asked by the migración agent regarding where you’re coming from and where you’re going. He’ll take passports into a room in the back where they will be stamped for exit. No fee charged.Go to windows left of migración but in the same building to get auto import permit cancelled. We gave the official our temporary permit, Ian’s passport (which had the car stamped in it), and customs forms that were given to us by a helper. The official didn’t look at the customs forms or the car, but processed the cancellation quickly. No fee charged.Get back in car and continue down the road through the narrow pathway between the large trucks. The official line between the Honduras and Nicaragua is marked by a chain between poles with a sign nearby on either side welcoming you to each country. The chain may be down, but the crossing can also be spotted by the snack shack on the left followed immediately by a small, unmarked office. A uniformed officer looks at passports here.Pull off to the right to go to the fumigation station. Go up the stairs and into the office on the far right to pay fee. Photo at .Return to unmarked office next to snack shack where vehicles can park nearby. Read “Our Experience” below for some observations and thoughts on helpers on the Nicaraguan half of the border.Get passports stamped. This was a strange step for us. The officials (in blue collared shirts with DGA embroidered on lapel) behind the window filled out our immigration forms for us and then walked them to a second office further down the road with a very long line where they were stuffed with a stamped tourist card each, but not stamped themselves. The official also took our cash to the office and returned our change to us with a receipt that indicated that he had pocketed 80% of the fee and then changed the price. He then said something to me indicating that he expected a tip for expediting the process, but I played dumb and in retrospect, the $20 he stole should probably cover it. It might be worth checking to see if the fee is cheaper by waiting in the line in the last office to the left, but we really don’t know. Photo available at .At the same time as the passports were being processed, we also started our vehicle import permit process. This means handing a photocopy of the vehicle’s registration to a DGA official sitting outside of the unmarked building next to the snack shack with a clipboard. He will write down some information onto the photocopy with his initials and maybe look briefly at the outside of the car.This form must be taken to the customs office with title, registration, owner’s passport, and driver’s license. That office is on the left side of the road, a bit further down from the unmarked building next to the snack shack. It is the same building that our passports were stamped in, but the window is on the far left rather than the right. Your spot in line is not really yours, so think defensively. Stand wide and move forward immediately when space is available. The person in the office will spend many, many minutes typing and helping others who wedge their way in. The owner of the car will need to sign the permit.

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When she does hand you your paperwork back, return to the unmarked building next to the snack shack where the official who originally looked at your documents will write your information onto a clipboard and sign off on your new permit.To import dogs, which may or may not be necessary depending on who is paying attention, return to the right side of the road near the fumigation station. The office is up the stairs and to the left of the office where payment is collected for fumigation. We supplied a health certificate, vaccination certificates, and Spanish translation of the health certificate. An official accepted the forms without looking at the dogs, filled out a few carbon copy forms, accepted our payment, and then sent us on our way with permit in hand.Get back in your car and drive a short distance further where a police officer will look at copies of your documents and examine the car at a building on the left. Purchase insurance at that building from a non-uniformed person sitting in a chair in front.Get back in your car to drive out of the border area. Another official may need to see all paperwork before allowing exit.Costs: Due to character limits, this section is available at

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This is guest post from Sellheim (Dom), originally posted on  Horizons Unlimited [LINK:] .
Nicaragua-Honduras, Las Manos Border: Crossed 20/9/12.
As it was along one of the main borders, there was a heavy traffic jam of 10kms up to border. A lot of annoying helpers, although some may be selling insurance. 

Exit Honduras: 
Immigration and aduana in same building with different offices. Passport stamped out (no fee). At aduana, vehicle temporary import paper taken and exit stamp put in passport (no fee). 

Enter Nicaragua: 
Directed to fumigation (no cost), didn't even give receipt of fumigation. First to immigration to get a tourist card and receipt with stamps cost USD$12 or 282 Nicaraguan Cordoba Oros (NIO). Although looking at my entry receipt now it says 44.28 cordobas?, someone may want to check what the real cost is and post it. Insurance helper guy pestering me was hanging around while I got the entry stamp, immigration officer knew of the guy and said that insurance was necessary and the guy was ok to buy from. Insurance cost USD$12 or NIO282. Vehicle permit took ages due so lots of helpers doing truckers papers and a general slow process. Showed all the usual paperwork and was given the temporary vehicle permit (no charge). Had to also pay a road tax of USD$1 or NIO24 (receipt was given) to the guard at the border, before another border guard who checked all my other paperwork would let me pass. Whole process took about 1 hr. 30 mins. Couldn't find any sign posted hotels until Esteli which was around 100kms into Nicaragua. Think there were a few gas stations on the way though.

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