Moving to Honduras
Despite being one of the poorest countries in the world, there are a number of factors which serve to draw expats to the beautiful Central American destination of Honduras. The country’s expat population may be small but is growing steadily with expats from Germany, France, Norway and the USA, in particular, looking to Honduras to find a piece of Caribbean paradise.
Expats moving to Honduras do so for a number of reasons. Many of the expats living in Honduras have taken advantage of the favourable property prices and low cost of living and have chosen it as their retirement destination. Others move to the country to work for an NGO, a missionary organisation or in the medical field.
Those relocating to Honduras should prepare themselves for a slower pace of life and general bureaucratic backlogs. Crime is a major social concern in Honduras and the country is experiencing a rise in the number of armed robberies and violence. Generally, the most dangerous areas are parts of urban centres and the areas close to Colombia’s border. However, most crimes committed against foreigners are opportunistic and expats can avoid being targeted by taking measures not to draw attention to themselves.
Spanish is the official language of Honduras and taking a basic language course before relocating is advisable. Those who take the time to learn the local language will find their expat experience far richer, thanks to their ability to interact with the locals.
The quality of healthcare in Honduras depends on an expat's location. There are a few private hospitals in the urban centres but expats are advised to invest in a fully comprehensive health insurance plan that covers the cost of being flown to the USA for emergency medical treatment.
Expats moving to Honduras with children should be aware that there are only a handful of international schools in Tegucigalpa and San Pedro Sula. Therefore, it's best that expat parents start the application process early to secure a spot for their child well before they move to Honduras.
While expats relocating to Honduras may be shocked by the high levels of poverty, those that choose to settle down in this country will be rewarded with a relaxed and peaceful lifestyle, a great climate and the opportunity to contribute to the development of the country.