Guasaule, Honduras to Somotillo, Nicaragua | Customs and Immigration

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This is the border crossing from Guasaule, Honduras to Somotillo, Nicaragua.

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Took us 6 hours to get through. Thorough search of our rig on the Nicaraguan side. They do not accept covid vaccination only pcr. The nurse called the lab to make sure it was real.

Word of caution: if you have a drone HIDE IT AT ALL COSTS. We are still waiting on approval of it after multiple customs agents came to check it and we may have to destroy it.

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We crossed from Honduras into Nicaragua on March 25th.

Exiting Honduras you park at immigrations building. Go in and get your passport stamped out. They do your right hand fingerprints.

Next step go close your TIP Honduras does not let you keep it open or pause it.

This part took us all of 15 minutes.

Next you drive around the rotunda and head towards Nicaragua. Skip the line of trucks. Pull over on the left side in the dirt and you will see a little white building with a staircase. Go in there and bring your PCR test and a copy. The nurse will take your temperature. Check your pcr test and keep the copy. They’ll give you a little white paper to take to immigrations. Once this is all done drive up to the blue and white immigrations building. Park and walk into immigrations. It’s set up kind of like an airport. Go to the immigrations officer. They’ll ask where you’re staying and how long you’re staying etc. We did the prechequeo a week in advance and we never got a confirmation it was approved but they never asked us about it. Once this is all done the immigrations official will give you a receipt and you go up to another booth to pay for your entrance visa. It is $13 usd per person. We paid in American dollars. Next step is to go to aduana. If you have suitcases they’ll ask you to put them through the scanner.

Next step is to have the tip paperwork signed by the guy who searches your suitcase. He will also search your car and then he and another official will sign off on the white paper you’re given for the TIP. Then you go to the Aduana window to start your TIP paperwork. Their entire system was down so the official was doing everyone’s tip paperwork by hand the day we crossed. There was no fee and our car wasn’t x-rayed. I don’t know if they usually X-ray smaller vehicles or not. We have a 2016 Crosstrek. This border crossing took 3 hours. But it was because their computer system was down. Once it was actually our turn it only took 15 minutes for him to write out our TIP paperwork. He gave us 30 days.

They also give you a little white piece of paper at immigrations to hand to the officer when you are leaving the border crossing area and entering the country. Give this paper to the man there and he will also suggest you buy car insurance.

A woman walked up to our car to sell us the car insurance. It was $12 and a small piece of paper with the lawyers phone number on it in case we are to get in an accident. It took 5 minutes.

Once we got on the road we came to a police checkpoint within 15 minutes of the crossing and the officer asked for all our paperwork, so I would suggest having it handy. He also asked us for our passports and if we had insurance. I believe you are fined if you don’t have insurance so definitely get some at the crossing!

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Nicaragua to Honduras
Honduras border.
No need of fixer. We filled the prechequeo online (migracion, customs and COVID form) but nobody asked us the proofs.
entering the building, go to the Salud window on the left. Present the original and copy of the PCR test. They keep the copy, take your temperature and give you a little paper to keep and show at the next border crossing.
Go to migracion window. 3$USpp entry stamp. We didn't fill any form. just took our finger prints. Because we stayed over 9 months in Nicaragua because of the pandemia, they only gave us 5 days visa to cross the CA4 area.
go to customs window. Give 2 copies of driver's license/vehicle tittle/passport. Cross the parking lot and make 2 copies of the entry stamp. return to customs. give the copies and pay 35$US. The lady fills in the TIP and gives it to you.
All done.
Drive out. A guy checks TIP and passports and you're good to go.

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Nicaragua to Honduras.
get copies of PCR tests, driver's license, passports and vehicle tittle + original documents ready. An official checks them at the blue tower entry and gives you the customs form to fill in.
then, he directs you to the right to the white building.
migracion 3$USpp (keep the receipt). Because we stayed over 9 months in Nicaragua due to the Covid, they gave us a special exit stamp of 5 days to leave the CA4 area (Honduras, el Salvador,Guatemala) and reach Mexico.
Friendly customs guy. Cancelling TIP took 5 minutes.
At exit blue tower, a customs officer takes the customs form and a migracion officer takes the receipts.
cross the bridge and park near Honduras building.

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Easy border, no very pushy helpers needed. Pass all the trucks and pull into immigration parking on the left. Stamp out of Honduras cancel TIP, stamp pets put at OPSA window if needed. Drive across the bridge. Due to all the construction things get a little crazy. Official at the bridge will look at passport, give declaration form and send you towards fumigation building. I was told to park in the small lot on the left next to the immigration office. Did passport stuff inside and went looking for the DGA guy to inspect the vehicle but was told to do IPSA first. IPSA is a small green building on the far right past all the trucks parked. IPSA guy walked back and looked at the dog and cats then filled all paperwork sitting in my rig $30 US for 1 dog 2 cats. Inside again had to show new IPSA papers to x-ray guy and where they scan all documents. Insurance lady was waiting for me at the last checkpoint $12. All told it's not hard, just time consuming 3 hrs because I have pets. Make sure you have a ton of extra copies of everything. You don't need the very pushy helpers! They are expensive and not needed.

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similar experience as bruttin.jules. exiting Honduras, drive past long line of trucks and to aduana/immigration building on the left. park and go inside, a lot of helpers, but you don't need it. walk to other side of building to migración (entrada and salida at same windows). get passport stamped and fingerprints (right hand only). walk back around to aduana window, near the entrance, and hand over original TIP (they keep it) and passport with exit stamp (they don't keep it). done with Honduras, we paid no money to exit.

drive past more trucks to enter Nicaragua, will come to an official in a bright vest, he/she will give you a declaration form to fill out (different then the one you can do online). this border crossing is still under some major construction, follow the handmade sign for tourists and another official will direct you where to park. they will want to see the declaration form filled out, and they also asked to see inside our van. you bring the form, along with passport (original +2 copies), drivers license (+1 copy), original vehicle registration (they give it back), to the teal/green building behind parking area. they will show you where to enter, as it's not very obvious. there was a medical official at the entrance checking our passports and asked us to wash our hands (corona virus outbreak time). we then went through the double door to migración, a bunch of windows, we were instructed to go to one guy (for tourists, we guessed), handed over our passports and gave the confirmation number of the form we filled out online. you can find that form on wikioverland. they also asked for passport copies. this process took roughly 40 mins- 1 hour, no sure why...they do give you a receipt, keep it, will be checked at the final point on entry to Nicaragua. charged $12 USD pp. we then went back through the double doors to aduana for TIP. Big window (only one in the room), handed over passport, with receipt (driver only), drivers license, original vehicle registration. paid $5USD for fumigation (received receipt), nothing for TIP. this process maybe took roughly 30 mins. since the official in the parking lot made us declare our dog, we were instructed to the IPSA office. just ask them where to go, it's incredibly not obvious and a bit of a walk.

at the IPSA office, we were able to use the health certificate obtained in Guatemala (it was roughly 19 days old), received our form and paid $10 (they accept dollars/córdobas).

drive to border entry and the official there will want to see passport, with receipt, and TIP. there is an insurance official there as well if you need it, but the insurance we bought in Guatemala was still valid.

this process took roughly 3 hours total...

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1:45 the full process, but we advise to do your pre-registration online at least 7 days before arriving to shorten that time and avoid being asked for document photocopies. Of course it depends on buses arriving at the same time.
Every one was very nice and helpful.

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Cross this border around 11am from Honduras to Nicaragua. With motorcycle.
Take me 2 hour.

On the Honduras side (no fee):
A huge line of truck where there. I pass all of them until I see the aduana. A lot of pushy helper.

-Go through the building, to the other side are the immigration post.
-In front is for your moto where you can cancel your TIP.

-change money if you need (be really careful and aware of the change, they try to take an huuuuge comission)

On the Nicaragua side (10+2+2+12 dollar fee):
-Drive to the other side of the bridge
-There a man check your passeport and give you a formular to fill.
-Fumigation (free)
-As it is in construction you need to go to the other side of the road to the "green" building.
-inside you can have your passeport stamp. 12 dollars (no corobora). Also need to show the formular previoulsy fill om internet.
-Go outside to find the man who will check your motorcycle. And after he will send you to the x-ray room. It's inside the green building, the big black door.
He said that I should take one of my luggage to the x-ray, but I didn't and they sign the paper anyway. They just don't care.
-They scan all your paper and then you good to go. 2 dollar fee again.

- Pass in front the green building to exit.
- Just when you will be on the road again, a man stop me and I needed to show him my paper.
-At the same place you can have your insurance for 12 dollar.

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The most easy border crossing since USA Canada........No help needed.....And we don 't send the mail before....3.5 hours...

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We followed the instructions of « wherearedanyandmatt » and everything went smoothly.

For us, immigration took almost 1 hour, just because we arrived just after a tourist bus. Nevertheless, since we had made the online registration, it took 15 minutes when our turn came. 12$pp (paid in USD) for entering the country.

For TIP, there was no queue at all and the whole process took 30 min. 4$ of aduana fees paid in USD.

No grumpy officers for us, but a little chit-chat in castellano and some jocks may help

There is free wifi in the building, no need of a password. It helps when you have nothing to do except waiting ;)

Note : from Honduras, before arriving at the Nicaraguan border building, you have the pass on a bridge. We were stuck besides several trucks and the queue was not moving at all so a señor made us roll with our van up on the side walk in order to overpass the trucks.

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The process has been described in detail well enough in other posts. But to update, for anyone who, like us, doesn’t submit the online form 7 days in advance. We stupidly waited until the night before crossing from Honduras to Nicaragua to check entry requirements. This is what worked for us at the last minute:
1) https://solicitudes.migob.gob.ni/Tramites/RegistroN
This is the online version of the form that you can fill out and submit. It’s in Spanish but we figured it’s a faster way to get your info into the system than emailing a pdf for someone else to enter on their end. Once submitted, you’ll get an email response giving you your ticket number and verification code. This info is how the border agents will find you in the system.
2) we overnighted in Choluteca the night before crossing. We got up super early and departed at first light to be at the border before the throngs of people trying to cross. After exiting Honduras it was around 6:45am when we entered Nicaraguan customs.
3)we only waited about 5 minutes in a very short line before being asked for the confirmation of our form immediately upon talking to the agent. We explained the situation, gave her our ticket numbers, and even though we had not been processed yet, at least they could find us in the system. Since we were their so early we were on the top of the pile for one of the other agents in a separate office to manually process our entry form. He asked us a few questions (where are you staying? - this one is important, even if you make it up or it’s a loose, unconfirmed plan, tell them something. We gave him hotel names and dates even though nothing was for certain. How long will you be in the country? And where will you be exiting? Again, just give them a confident answer, even if you’re plans are loose).
4)he asked us to sit off to the side and wait. We were the first ones to sit down but by the time he called us back (about 30-45 minutes later) the office was packed with people, many of whom had been told to wait for additional processing like us. I think getting there super early was the only reason we only waited such a short time.

From there, the rest of the process was pretty straightforward. Several agents spoke English and were very helpful. We crossed on two motorcycles. They didn’t look in any bags/panniers. They x-rayed our duffle bags but didn’t make us remove panniers or tank bags etc. Total time at the border was 2 hours 15 minutes. We needed 1 copy of our main passport page for the guy who did the “additional processing”. Not sure if you need copies if you’ve actually received your approval for you online application before you cross.

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We're a Chinese couple in our 60s drove a Chinese plate SUV, we were a bit worried about if we'll get rejected at Nicaragua border, but they were surprisingly nice. Because our nationality we had to pay the extra 50USD which makes 62USD for the border crossing. All we had to do was to sit in their office, they did all the work, copying documents and explain things to other staffs at different departments. Took total 2.5hrs to exit Honduras and enter Nicaragua(would be faster but one of the lady was a bit confused with our documents). They asked us how many suitcases did we have, we had four and put it through the machine, they did not check inside of the car. We got our insurance at Leon , the girl was nice but worked really slow took an hour to get our insurance done.

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I expected the worst and got the best. I arrived just after noon and thought lunchtime is the worst time to be there. I was completely wrong.

On the Honduran side there's just one building where you can get everything done. There was a bunch of pushy helpers, but at least they don't follow you inside and only pester you when you're in the car. There was no queue to either migration or customs. Everything took five minutes, completely hassle free. First, they check your passport, then cancel your TIP. Once done, you drive across the bridge to Nicaragua.

In Nicaragua, the process is more complicated, but even without reading all the tips provided here you'll be fine.

First, there's a checkpoint where customs will ask for your documents (passport, driving licence, car registration). They will hand you an immigration form, which you need to fill out and present to customs further on. Right after the checkpoint there's a fumigation station. It was free and no-one asked for any receipts at any point.

After that it's a bit more complicated. There are major roadworks in the area, and it's easy to go in the wrong direction, but there's a greenish building to the left, where the offices are. First you need to go through immigration. It's a separate booth from where everyone else queues to have their IDP's checked. I stood in that queue and the officer took me to the right one once he saw my passport and I gave him the reference number of my online application. At the right booth I paid $12 (they're able to give change in dollars, but it may be in coins) for the tourist card. That was it.

In the meantime the jefe checking the cars outside asked me a couple of times about my car and brought a lady who would check it, whilst I was queuing to immigration. When I got back to him, he couldn't be bothered and only asked me how many suitcases I have. When I said I have one, he said I have zero, wrote that on the form, and signed. That meant that when I went to the room with X-ray scanners, they didn't want anything from me and just co-signed the form.

Finally, in the same room, there was a bit of a queue to get the TIP, but it didn't take long. Perhaps half an hour. They didn't even want any copies, scanned everything on the spot and no paper involved. The biggest challenge seemed to be finding out whether I'm English, British or United Kingdom-ese according to their systems.

Finally, you need to drive around the construction site slightly back and to the right to exit. They'll check your passport and the TIP at this point again. You'll also need to present a receipt of payment for the tourist card, that they'll keep. This is also where the ladies changing money sit in the shade.

That's it. Everyone, particularly the officials, was very helpful. It took 1:40h altogether rather chaotically on my part. No helpers at all on the Nicaraguan side. Everything very professional and zero hassle.

A good idea is to eat and fill up near the border. The road is good going east, but there's little by it for miles ahead. I didn't see any other petrol station until Leon.

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Insurance for Nicaragua is sold outside of the building by ladies that don't look too official, but it seems to be legit. I have been stopped by police before I made it to Chinandega, they asked for insurance and was ok with what was presented.

I had filled the application online, didn't get any response, checked using the link they emailed and printscreen the result. They were ok with it at migration. Motorcycle import was quite fast and without any troubles.

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Exiting Honduras: Once again circumnavigate the extremely long line of trucks. Sometimes they will need to slide ahead or backwards to allow you to tuck in to clear on coming traffic. Once clear of trucks bear right and park in front of one story office building. All can be accomplished within that one building. 1st immigration window and around the corner to customs. All of it is done there. Dogs, vehicle all of it. Very easy then drive on to Nicaragua.

Entering Nicaragua: Very challenging. Avoid “helpers” they are extra bad here. Same situation with trucks just go around the line and keep inching ahead. A man will give you a form to complete for immigration and then direct you to fumigation. We were required to go to a small green hut on the right to process dog paperwork. Then drive around trucks and get to another large one story building and get dogs inspected. This is where we received 2nd form for dogs. From here we had vehicle inspected and purchased our vehicle insurance from ladies sitting at desks outside. Then we went inside to immigration. Very important to have $12US per person to enter. No change given or cards accepted. We filled out the online form and printed our acceptance letter. That seemed to expedite things. When finished with immigration we entered the only air conditioned office directly behind immigration lady. This AC office is where we paid $4US for our fumigation and paid for our 30 day TIP. Again this was a multi step process but avoid “helpers “ at all cost. Bring USD in small denominations. We were not X rayed and our vehicle inspection and dog inspections were minimal.

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Leaving Honduras, the aduana staff were gone. No idea where. People said they would come back. Stood around for an hour just waiting for someone to return and stamp my bike out of the country in my passport. Hard to understand how customs official would just vacate their post with no explanation.

Entering Nica - I did not complete the form in advance. Had somewhat good luck - good-spirited immigration officer was friendly and happy that I was able to chat a little in Spanish. As such, he made my entry easy. Aduana, as usual, was illogically time consuming. Took 2.5 hours in total on the Nica side, mostly due to aduana line/watching staff manually type details into their computer. Drunks on both the Honduras side and Nica side harassed me fairly persistently.

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Hicimos La salida de Honduras en 45 minutos. Solo hacer la fila y te atienden muy amablemente. No se paga nada al salir.
La entrada a Nicaragua nos tomó 2 horas y media. Nosotros no traíamos el formulario hecho (hay que hacer el pre chequeo online) y nos atendieron muy amablemente e hicieron ellos el chequeo online por nosotros. Nos dijeron que podíamos esperar en el Motorhome si queríamos y ellos nos avisaban cuando estuviera listo.
Así fue como sucedió!
Recomendamos venir con el pre chequeo hecho y será muy rápido el trámite. Se pagan Us$12 por persona de trámite migratorio y el seguro del coche es obligatorio. Otros Us$12

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Crossed here and found the guides here super helpful, but we experienced some minor differences.

Nobody asked to pay for fumigation when we did it, and we only got asked for the receipt when we left, so we paid then.

Insurance was sold by people outside instead of in the green building.

We did the only form a few days in advance but never got a confirmation, so the migration process took ages, the lady was not nice and asked millions of pointless questions leading to nothing. This was annoying, but in the end more for here than for us.

One thing she got stuck with was that she wanted to know exactly where we were staying etc, which we didn’t know and didn’t want to plan. This took at least an hour before she accepted that.

Outside, our vehicle was checked literally within 2 sec, instantly approved.

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Exiting Honduras took 15 minutes, easy.
Entering Nicaragua: terrible, very unorganized. Took us 3,5 hours although we were more or less the only ones. We filled the online form, but nobody wanted to see it. We followed the instructions below (which are perfect), but when we queued for the tourist card some weird immigration officer came by and started to ask questions. First we thought its small talk but then he started to write random things down and asked very detailed questions about our trip. He looked stoned and acted really weird. This delayed everything pretty much and other overlanders which arrived more than an hour after us were gone before us. Bad luck I guess.

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Crossed today. Took about 2h30. HIGHLY RECOMENDED to do the online form @ https://solicitudes.migob.gob.ni
Then send email to [email protected]

That will save you more than 1h

They say insurance is compulsory, 12$

You can skip the spry by driving to the left as you enter the country after the bridge

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Crossed this border on foot and found it quite easy and straightforward.

Leaving Nicaragua: l was handed an immigration form at the first passport check and then proceeded to the building and joined a small queue to get my exit stamp. Took 10-15 minutes and then had to pay a 2 dollar fee. Wasn’t asked for the form I had filled out. However, after I left I passed a final passport check and they asked for the form there along with a yellow piece of paper I had gotten with my stamp.

Entering Honduras: Joined the main immigration queue but a bus load of people had just arrived so the line took just under an hour. When I reached the window, I paid a 3 dollar fee and got my entry stamp. Walked outside and there were no final passport checks.

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*Fill the form online before coming to Nicaragua (did 2 days before and got the answer the day before crossing) and made it so easy!
*you can find the form on WikiOverland (nicaragua).
*A friend of mine passed 2 days before me and got
stuck there 4 hours, got interviewed and waited in line for long time ! she didn’t do the form in advance)
*took us about 1:30 and it was done!

-Did fumigation on the right side. Then drove back on the left side to Aduana building. *make sure you have change in paper bill (US$), the lady at the “bank” to pay for the stamp was a real problem, it was 24$ for 2 pp and didn’t accept our only 4 25 cents (they do accept 1$ in coin). Then nobody around had change for 4 quarters, we were told to wait at the bank the other side of the street but the line was just too long. We went back to the fumigation building and got change there then came back and paid, she didn’t even looked at me and through my papers at me in the window, bad day for her !
-then did the inspection with a blue pollo guy outside, filled the paper and went back inside the aduana building, in the back, where the scanner are, to get our TIP.
*Make sure to declare your animals there, we came to exit Nicaragua further and they saw we had pets and wanted to see the certificate of nicaragua and didn’t had any because nobody told us anything even if they saw it at the inspection!We could have been in trouble but they let us go without saying anything hoping for us to be able to get in costa rica no problem.

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we crossed from Honduras to Nicaragua here. After a long day we made some mistakes and were consumed by fixers. Do not except help from anyone here, they will scam you out of lots of money! Follow the words of the others here and do everything yourself. Pass the massive line of trucks, take your time to go through the steps, and it won't be bad.

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Followed the instructions below and all went fairly smoothly. We got lost after fumigation though - first off they didn't even fumigate our car. We just paid for a ticket then drive round a load trying to find the fumigation area until we return to where we bought it and they said we didn't need it done. After it drive forward and park outside the bank you can walk through it to the immigration building .

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Entramos de Nicarágua para Honduras.

Os trâmites de saída de pessoa e carro foram rápidos, pagamos $2,00 dólares por pessoa para sair.

Em Honduras a imigração foi rápida e pagamos $3,00 dólares por pessoa para entrar.

Já a aduana demorou bastabte, pagamos $35 dólares para entrada do veículo.

O seguro para carros não é obrigatório, não revisaram a Kombi e não pediram nenhum papel para o cachorro.

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We followed the description from „wherearedaniandmatt“ and crossed the border very smooth! We had about 2 hours- each border one hour (in Honduras a bus just arrived before us so we had to stay in line for 45min).

They didn’t ask or search for drones! Not even checked one cabinet in our van at the Nicaragua border.
Most people are very friendly and helpful! Just be friendly and patient. :)

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One of the longest and most tedious border crossings so far. Arrived at 6:30 am when it was empty and people were nice but as the morning went on the staff got more irritated and annoyed. If you haven’t filled out the permit online, you can do it there. Took about an hour but be ready to answer tons of questions from where you’re going to profession and marriage. Some super personal. Then we had our van thoroughly inspected and they even brought a dog to sniff it. Wanted to see all of our camera gear (we hid the drone). After 4 hrs of this they messed up the van paperwork and put down the wrong make and model. When we asked to correct it they said ‘Eh should be fine’ and refused to correct it. I guess we shall find out when we exit Nicaragua.

If you have a pet you will need health certificate and rabies shots. Costs $10 right next to fumigation.

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We arrived at the border around 830pm and it was pretty breezy. Nicaragua took a bit for the paperwork so they let us sleep in the parking lot and showed us a place to eat then opened again at 5am and sent us on our way after processing the car's paperwork. Really nice/funny people.

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Border Update: coming from Honduras with cars, the immigration does not let foreigners (German, French, Russian) into Nicaragua citing security concerns.
This happened yesterday and today at Guasaule and El Espino.

I don’t think this will change in the next week...

Also the online form (approved) was mandatory.

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>> Nicaragua
Didn’t need fumigation as it rained.

Immigration checked my job title online via Google, etc (1.5h +)...I suppose they are currently rigorous due the security situation in Nicaragua.

Only got 4 weeks visa...since you can only stay in the 4C (Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador & Nicaragua) for 90 days.

Next to the immigration building is a small tourist ministry office for tips on sights & safety (roadblocks).

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We just crossed this border and it wasn’t that bad! Just a bit slow, that’s all!
Make sure you do your online form before arriving, it’ll speed up the process so much more!
Follow the steps by wherearedaniandmatt down here, it’s exactly what you need to do!
Re the drone: just hide it well and when asked if you have one, say no! ;) They don’t scan the vehicle and barely search it. They just pick any random bags you have lying around for scanning (if they do).
Just be patient and relax, you’ll soon be driving away! :)

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Crossed the border today and it was exactly how ‚wherearedaniandmatt‘ on March 26th described. Just more chaotic, total time 4:15h, more than 3,5h to enter Nicaragua!
Maybe you should fill out a document online which is kind of a registration form who should make the procedure faster they said
https://solicitudes.migob.gob.ni/
7 days in advance. Check photo attached!
Oh and insurance for 12,- US is valid for 30 days.

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3 USD fumigation
12 USD immigration fee
12 USD insurance for 30 days
TIP FREE

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Positives first:

Exiting Honduras:

An absolute breeze -
1. Immigration (passport) on one side of building
2. Exit TIP on other side

In and out within 15 mins - no fees.

Entering Nicaragua (approx 2.5 hours):

Agree with fellow overlanders - this is the worst border crossing we have experienced in CA. That said, if you know the process it will make it much smooth but very slow.

Here are the steps we experienced.

1. Once crossing the bridge you are stopped by immigration officer, asked where going, want to see passport, and should provide a customs form - make sure you ask for this form (we had to remind the officer to give it to us - if you don’t get it it could set you back in the process and will require you to drive back to this area to get it!)

2. Fumigation - easy, drive to right of fork. Pay $3USD

3. In front of fumigation is a green building where you can buy insurance. It was US$12. Get the compulsory insurance as if you get pulled over later on your trip you could be fined!

4. After this you drive from
Green building around and park outside blue and white building for immigration. This is where you get your passports stamped, clear customs and obtain TIP. It is VERY important to follow the follow in order otherwise you will be subject to massive delays.

A. Once parking enter building and go to immigration to passport stamped and pay for tourist visa (12 dollars pp)

B. IMPORTANT (we did this order wrong and it cost us lots of time due to significant lines for the TIP permit) - Go outside and look for a vehicle inspector - wearing blue shirts and reflective vests and give them your completed Customs form (the form you received when first entering Nicaragua). They will inspect vehicle and likely require you to pull a few bags for scanning at their selection (they made us pull out 4 bags). The bags were scanned - the girl was very grumpy and was asking me how many guitars in my guitar case in Spanish - and it’s value!

C. Enter the TIP permit line (this line is in the same room as the large scanner like at an airport and at the back of the same immigration building.

D. To obtain your TIP provide - we experienced a very grumpy lady who yelled spanish at us, after we apologised for knowing little Spanish in espanol. What she is yelling is basically requesting the customs form, originals title, passport, registration, licence documents. This line was painful and don’t wait here unless you have completed your customs form and had your vechile checked outside by the inspector and (if requested bags scanned) first!! We made this mistake and had to wait in this line twice!!!

E. When exiting - you will be stopped again and documents checked!

Lots of grumpy people but once through Nicaragua looks like a beautiful country!!! Have fun!!

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Exit Honduras: Terrible. We had to wait 1:30 minutes in queue just to get our passports stamped. A lot of hustle with people trying to sell you peanuts and exchange money, very dirty and uncivilized. When it was finally our turn a guy appeared with a “client” and forced his entry ahead of us. We made noice about it to the officer, but he accepted the other person first and than us. Very corrupt. Disgusting.
Enter Nicaragua: The worst so far. They inspected our vehicle and saw we had a drone. They put a custody on our drone and send a guy with us to cross the border up to Costa Rica. The process took us more than 3 hours at the customs, the banking system to pay the custody failed. A complete mess and a tedious useless process. Paid 40$ for the custody of the drone that would involve carrying with us a guy that would make sure we would not use the drone inside Nicaragua up to the borders with Costa Rica. Apparently in Nicaragua is illegal to use drones. So hide your drone if you have one when crossing this border. The officer that did our inspection expected a bribe, called the police to scary us. We were not impressed. We preferred to pay at the customs and follow the process rather than give them a bribe. After we thought everything is ready and we can go a guy insisted that we are obliged to buy car insurance. I don’t think so. But the “custody” insist that we should buy it, so we did pay 12$ for the insurance. What a mess. A miserable system and corrupted people.

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Exiting Honduras/Enter Nicaragua - the most bureaucratic and frustrating border crossing. Lots of corrupt people

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Easy crossing to Nica from Honduras. All together took an hour for both side (that include car permit and immigration (on both sides), insurance, and duty free shop.
Roads are bad on Honduras side (last 40km), Awesome on Nicaragua side.

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Worst border ever. Honduras side was pretty fast and simple like described before. Nicaragua was hell, they don’t like motorcycle, so we had a lot of extra stuff (like interviews with the officals and others stuff) and they made it very complicated for us.
Fees: 3$ US for fumigation, 12$ US for tourist card, and NO fees for the motorcycles (i think there is no more fees for the importation permit at all). We didn’t bought insurance. There is an ATM if you need, because they only take US at the border.
Nica side:
1-Fumigation
2-You go to your left after the fumigation, you cross the street and it’s a blue green building
And you do the costoms and the permit in this building.
We needed some photocopy of liscence, immatriculation, exit stamp of honduras and our main page of passport. (there is a tienda but it close at 6 PM)
They need to scan your stuff (we just bring 3 bags and not everything anyway they don’t look they just don’t care). It took us about 3 hours just for the Nica side.(and there was almost only us doing the process) We arrived at 5 PM a wednesday and gone at 8PM. (It was still open when we left).9

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We crossed this border from Honduras into Nicaragua. I found these step-by-step instructions for borders very useful, but didn't see any here, so I'll type up how it was when we crossed

Honduras side:
- long line of trucks, pass them on the left side
- lots of "helpers" around, I think you'll be just fine without them
- big yellow building features immigration (migracion) on the left side (inside), go there first, they ask you where you go (Nicaragua), do finger-print-scans and make some sign in your passport - quite fast, no fee
- go around the row of counters to the right side (inside) of the building, you'll find the costums (aduana) for canceling your temporaray vehicle permit (permiso). You give them the multi-colored permit that you got when you entered Honduras, they stamp "salida de vehiculos" into your passport and that's it - very fast, no fee
- you drive forward, somehow try to further pass the line of trucks. The line of trucks is also across the border-bridge, just pass them whenever there is noone coming the opposite direction (a man, whose function we didn't understand, held us back for a while for no apperent reason, said we can't pass the trucks - when we saw another car just ignoring the man, we just took off and crossed, it worked)

Nicaragua side:
- at the other end of the bridge, there is an aduana-officer who asks for your passport and destination and hands you a customs declaration
- couple of meters later, there are several ladies waving with note-boards at you. this is the insurance - you are not asked for the insurance at the border, but if you want to have one, you can get it here - price was 15 USD for 30 days.
- about 100 meters later is the fumigation, a guy with a a spray-canister walks around your car and sprays some chemicals on your wheels - costs 3 USD, payable at a little building to the right
- now there are two greenish/blueish buildings on the left - one right in front of you, the other accross the street - you take the second one, park in front of it. Then you fill out the customs declaration that you got from the officer at the beginning
- you go inside and get your tourist card (they ask you about destination, marital status and profession), it costs 10 USD + 2 USD service fee
- you go to your vehicle and search for an aduana-officer (usually bright blue shirt) who inspects your car - other overlanders next to us had to get their luggage scanned by a security scanner, some had to go by a drug-detection dog - we didn't have to do any of that (lucky us)
- you go back into the building where you got your tourist car, yet not by the main door, but a door to the right of it - you enter a room with a large security scanner like on an airport - there is an aduana-counter where you can do your temporary vehicle import - there is no fee and they even make all the copies they need themselves (they scan your documents - passport, license and title). In the end they give a the vehicle-permit and your customs declaration.
- you drive past the trucks towards the exit, an officer looks at your passport and takes the customs declaration from you and off you go

The Honduran side was quite fast, the Nicaragua side took more than two hours. But they said they had computer problems that day, so it might normally be faster.

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We did 2 boarders in one day (north to south). Arrived here at 2pm and were all done two hours later. Nothing special. We didn't signed up with eMail/online formular. But they did not even mensioned it.

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Easy border crossing!

NICARAGUA TO HONDURAS

EXITING NICARAGUA
1. First stop to check your TIP and the guy gives you an Aduana paper you have to fill up
2. Migracion: bue building on the right stamp your passport and pay the exiting fee ($2 pp)
3. Look for the aduana inspectors outside the building and ask some to check your car (they might ask to x ray your bags)
4. Go back to Aduana in the blue building and you're done

PUT YOUR SEAT BELTS ON AND DRIVE ACROSS THE BRIDGE

ENTERING HONDURAS
1. Politely ignore the helpers
2. Big old building go to Migracion where they take your finger prints and your picture
3. Same building go to Aduana they fill up the paper for you. Make all the copies ($1 outside) and pay the car fee ($35)

Now you're ready to drive the worst 'paved' road ever!!! Have a safe trip ;)

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I travel by motorbike... Super easy border... Took me 30min for everything coming from Nicaragua. Played 35$ for my bike. There is no control... so in case you are planning to do Honduras twice -> this is the border to do... Last time I left Honduras via Sokoto and they cancelled my bike out... Would had been no problem here and could had saved me this dollars... I didn't had a lot of trucks coming from the south... On the other side though there was like at least 50 big trucks waiting... Knowing both borders I also highly recommend using the other one if you travel something bigger then a motorbike...

cheers.

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Pretty straight forward. 2pm on a Thursday and it took about 1.5hrs. Could have taken one if your Spanish is good. Oddly large amount of little papers and recipets for everything. Lots of copies and Remember the insurance ladies.
Again I don't know why the one set of ppl thought expired papers and law breaking at a boarder would be ok. Thou they posted it on all the boarder crossings. Follow the rules and it's an easy cross. Everyone was nice.

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What an experience. I did this border at night. OMG. First mistake. Drunken folks everywhere. Ended up paying $100usd in bribe to get the hell out AS FAST AS POSSIBLE. Took 30 minutes. So fast. No one in lane. Would do again. 10/10, if you want your life to be a movie.

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Honduras Nicaragua con bicicleta.
10$ pp y 60C pp en la entrada a Nicaragua. Te hacen recibo por tanto debe ser normal pagar.

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Exited Nica no problem. No help needed. Standard exit plus an inspection. 30 minutes. Man named Francisco followed along politely as we explained we didn't need his help.

Hopped in van, crossed bridge, and was greeted by first Honduran police stop on other side. Messed up and didn't have our seatbelts on.

Cop demanded my license. Wouldn't accept a copy. Then stated that it was a 75 usd fine payable at a bank 40 km down the road, and license would be returned after receipt from bank. we said point us in the right direction. That's when a helper named Sabado stepped in to f up our whole day. Up until this day we've made border crossings without helpers from Argentina northward.

He offered to get the license back for 60 usd which we agreed to. He then stated that he could get us through in thirty minutes without hassle. We agreed and it went downhill for the rest of the long day.

He pointed out the expiration date on the insurance portion of our Canadian title and said that in Honduras that it's illegal and we wouldn't be allowed entry but that he had talked with the official who agreed to take a bribe of 2000 lempira to allow us to pass. After trying to talk with the official the guy at the window claimed that if we asked his boss the car wouldn't be allowed to enter. We relented just wanting to pass on our way and ended up paying 1400, or 88 usd to get our TIP. Then after getting everything he demanded 500 lempira for a road tax that does not exist. He became aggressive and would give us our documents so of course we paid the 500, so in total we spent 165 usd to get into Honduras.

Helper was nice enough to call ahead to El Salvador border and tip off his friends and cops about our title issue. In all a 300 dollar day. Woohoo finally we have our very own panamerican nightmare story.

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We sleep at the border, a better night than pemex in mexico, secure and tranquilo !!

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All good. Took 1,5h on a Sunday afternoon. Crossed from El tunco (El salvador) to Nicaragua in one day. All as decribed (inkl. Prices). Aduana was a little strange, as they really wanted us to declare even our rusty bikes etc.

First go to Migration, then get an aduana official in the parkinglot to sign you filled out form, then go to tge aduana guy inside and let him type and scan away. Insurace for 12US$ outside from guy in pink shirt who also exchanges money. Then it's fumigation time, and you are out of there. Remember to always drive past the truck lines!

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Crossed from honduras to nicaragua right before new years. Big mistake. Super long lines and people try to screw you over everywhere. We crossed with a truck camper and they wanted us to pay taxes for the oven and some tools we use to repair whatever is broken in the camper... We had to talk our way out of it and it took a while. If you are debating between borders, save yourself some trouble and go to el espino. Much better roads and relax border.

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Crossing from el salvador/honduras to nicaragua.

Classic border, go to migration, then declare the vehicule and do the paperwork. Not too much of a hassle and almost no helpers harassement, only wait periods and heat to slowly melt you down

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we were worried that this border would be insane as per other reviews but it wasn't bad, took us about an hour - maybe less.

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If you can, do not cross here, but go to Lafraternidad/somoto, where it is much more relax. Here is what we wrote about it : SOMOTO BORDER : Very easy border, we encountered no tramitadors ! We came from Nicaragua into Honduras and it cost 3$ per person plus 35 for the car. When we came down we crossed into Nicaragua through Guasaule border : big mistake, lots of stress and fear, lots of people telling lies. If you are hesitating between borders this one is way better

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nicaragua to honduras- quicker and easier than the reverse going down.
total time to exit Nicaragua and cancel vehicle permissio- 15 mins
to enter Honduras- 20 mins.

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Honduras to Nicaragua on a Saturday morning. arrived at 930am- 2 adults, 2 kids in our campervan and 2 dogs. We did pay a helper who was really kind about 5$ U.S as it did make things alot easier- he also spoke english. We were finished and in Nicaragua 1 hour later. A lot quieter on weekends early.

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Nicaragua -> Honduras -> El Salvador
We arrived at this border a sunday at 6:15 AM and finished all the paperwork at 8:45 AM.
They will not stamp your passeport to leave Nicaragua. Only to enter Honduras.
Paid * 45 cordobas pp to exit Nicaragua
* 3$ pp to enter Honduras
* 35$ for the camper to enter Honduras
No vehicle insurance needed for Honduras.

Sunday morning seems to be a good option to avoid police / military check-point and their bride when crossing Honduras (we saw only three check-points but never been stopped)

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From my early 2010 border crossing. Blog at A Few More Miles http://afewmoremiles.com/2010/01/12/nicaragua/
Usually as we approach a border we’re surrounded by local guys speaking English who offer to “help” us through the border process. They tell us that it will take 6 hours but that they know someone who can make it faster or that the costs are expensive but they can get us a deal or that or that the papers have changed recently and they will help us complete it. I’ve heard horror stories about these guys always asking for more and more money (that they eventually pocket) for things that aren’t even needed. We always decline the offer. Helpers aren’t needed and we always get through the process with relative ease without paying any of these guys for help.

Many of these Central American borders are difficult to navigate because there’s no signs telling you which dilapidated building contains the immigration or customs office. Then within each building there’s a dozen different windows to go to. Charles and I have developed a new system. We continue to drive past all the buildings until someone comes running after us telling us that we need to go here or there to get paperwork. That makes it easy.
Before we can park the bikes some lady comes up to us telling us to fill out paperwork. We do then she says it’s a $12 USD fee. Huh? Is this a scam? She’s not even dressed at all professionally and has no certification badge (event he helpers have fake badges). I can’t read the Spanish document. I hang on to the papers and tell her I’ll pay later. Again, I take our paperwork to get the visas and vehicle import papers while Charles watches the bikes. I enjoy the border rigamoro and Charles is happy to let me do all the paperwork. Having 2 people is great for the border crossings to be able to keep an eye on all the gear.

I get all of our paperwork sorted and I ask an official if this paper the woman handed to me is legit or if it’s because I’m a gringo. He says it’s legit but I’m still not buying it… I’ve heard too many fake gringo tax stories. Charles and I are getting ready to mount the bikes and the lady is demanding that we pay. I tell her that I’m not certain it’s necessary and ask her why she’s been following me around and hasn’t had anyone else pay. She rambles. I tell her I’m sorry but we’re not going to pay. Another man comes over (also without any ID). He motions that the cops will handcuff us if we don’t have this receipt. Charles and I look at each other. It’s just a scare tactic we’re thinking. I tell her that we’re not paying and she gets pissed and rips the papers from my hand. Another woman comes over and now there’s 3 people yelling at us. We suit up and decide that if anyone signals us to pull over we’ll just pretend we didn’t see them and continue on.

That night we run into another motorcycle traveler. I ask him about the $12 at the border. Ya, he says, it’s the mandatory insurance. Ohhhhhhhh…

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This post is from  Life Remotely [LINK: http://www.liferemotely.com/] . To read their full experience and see photos, see the detailed article at  http://liferemotely.com/trip-shenanigans/honduras/170-honduras-to-nicaragua-border-crossing

Border name: Guasaule 
Closest major cities: Guasaule, Honduras and Somotillo, Nicaragua 
Cost for visas: $12 per person
Cost for vehicle: $3 for fumigation. $12 for insurance. Permit is free.
Total time: 1 hour

Note: This is part two of the border crossing marathon day. We left from San Miguel, El Salvador in hope of reaching Leon, Nicaragua on the same day.  Part 1 of the border crossing is here. http://liferemotely.com/trip-shenanigans/el-salvador/169-el-salvador-to-honduras-border-crossing  To complicate matters, we were attempting this on the Friday of Semana Santa, which turned out to be a blessing. Borders were quiet and touts had better places to be. We were in Leon drinking mojitos before sun down.

When you see a small shack on the left of the road with a guard. Go to the far left. It will look like a bomb recently went off in the area, and your intuition will be telling you that you are about to be mugged. Welcome to the Guasaule border.The guard will ask to see your permit and they wave you forward. I repeat, stay to the LEFT. Drive all the way to the back, past the sketchy buildings. In the back of the parking lot you will see two gray buildings.In the building to the left chances are the official will have moved his desk outside cause it’s too damn hot. That’s immigration. Give the hot grumpy dude your passport. Be nice, this has to be the worst border post on the planet.He will stamp the passports and return them.Wander aimlessly around the bombed out wasteland looking for customs. Finally walk to the back side of the building on the left (directly behind where immigration was).There is no door, just a bunch of windows. Finally, a smiley lady will tell you through the barred window that she is a customs (aduana) official. Hand over your original Honduran vehicle permit and the driver’s passport. She will keep the original permit and scribble on the stamp in the driver’s passport, effectively cancelling the permit.Then with a smile, she’ll wave you back to your car. Where you should go, immediately, before the bombing starts again (ok, just kidding).Drive back out of the parking lot, and head to Nicaragua.When entering the border area, stay to the right. There will be a fumigation area. Roll up your windows and get fumigated.Go to the window just after fumigation and pay the $3 fumigation fee. Keep the receipt.At some point you will need to buy mandatory insurance. For us this happened at the fumigation shack. It cost $12, and you can buy it from anyone with a clipboard, providing they don’t try to charge more than $12. He/she needs to see the driver’s passport and title. She will ask for 2 copies of the drivers' IDs. Our insurance lady didn’t keep the copies, she returned them with the vehicle paperwork.From there, take a sharp left and park on the left side of the big parking lot. Look for the signs to migracion and aduana.Go into the long building on the left of the parking lot (hidden behind all the trees). Immigration is in front of the building.Hand over your passports, pay a $10 tourist card fee, and a $2 tax per person. They do accept USD and have an ATM in the lobby that dispenses USD and Nicaraguan Cordobas. Keep the receipt from the passports.

NOTE: Be aware that, even though Honduras doesn’t respect the CA-4, all other countries count your time in Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras and Nicaragua cumulatively. You have 90 days total. No exceptions. We were reminded of this when we entered Nicaragua.Head over to the aduana counter. Hand over your title, drivers passport and drivers license. The official will want a copy of the driver's documents but doesn’t need a copy of the title.The official will ask some random questions about the car and where you are going, then will issue a permit. Check the info on the permit carefully. Ours claimed that Kobus was from Sudan. Not far off from South Africa if you’re in Nicaragua, I suppose. The guard corrected without hassles.With the vehicle permit, tourist card receipts, fumigation receipt and insurance paperwork in hand, drive to the right past the immigration building.Just past the building, officers will stop and ask for all of the above paperwork and may verify your VIN. Then they'll send you on your way to Nicaragua.Get to hostel, and have a mojito or six. Pass out. Do not repeat.

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Exit Honduras

When you start seeing the helpers swarm your car you know you have arrived. Park next to the large yellow building.

Honduran Immigration: When you enter the building, go around to the other side of cubicles to the window marked Migracion. If you happen to have a small puppy, the friendly lady will ask you to push your puppy through the hole in the glass so she can play with the puppy. After she has carried the puppy around for a little while and shown all of the other immigration officers, she will return your puppy and ask for your passports and tourist visas. She will stamp your passports and keep your visas. No Fee.

Honduran Cuarentena: At the OIRSA window next to Migracion, hand in your dog permit. They will stamp the dogs out of Honduras and give you a copy. No Fee.

Honduran Customs: On the other side of the cubicles, where you originally entered the building, look for the window marked Turismo. Hand over the driver’s passport and your original Honduran vehicle permit. The customs officer will keep the permit and write in your passport. No Fee.

Enter Nicaragua

Drive out of the parking lot and into Nicaragua.

Nicaraguan Fumigation: When you approach the border area, stay to your right. Roll up your windows to avoid helpers and get fumigated. Go to the window right after you get fumigated (on the right) to pay and get a receipt. Keep receipt as you will need it later. 3.75 USD

Continue driving ahead and make a sharp left. Park next to the large building.

Nicaraguan Immigration: At the Migracion window, hand over your passports and receive tourist cards. 620 NIO

Nicaraguan Cuarentena: Hand over all your original dog paperwork plus one copy. They will write down payment instructions on a piece of scrap paper. Take the payment instructions to the bank and pay. Go to the copy shop and make two copies of the receipt. Return to Cuarentena where they will return your original paperwork but keep the canceled Honduran import permit and give you a new Nicaraguan import permit. 359 NIO for the permit plus 16 NIO for copies.

NOTE: The copy shop is outside, on the other side of the building.

Nicaraguan Customs: Hand over your vehicle title, driver’s passport plus one copy and driver’s license plus one copy. They will ask where you are going and then issue an import permit. No Fee

Check the import permit carefully. Ours said Jason was from Slovakia. When we pointed out the error, the customs woman typed up a correction on the bottom of the form.

Nicaraguan Insurance: Outside of the Immigration building, there was a friendly lady selling insurance. She will look at the driver’s license and issue you insurance good for one month. 12 USD

Drive out of the parking lot to the right. Just after parking lot, an official will ask to see your tourist card receipts and passports. Another official will want you to hold up the vehicle import permit but he won’t actually look at it.

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