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How to import your car into Nicaragua from Honduras

If you are attempting this at Los Manjos border crossing, be prepared to get frustrated and take twice the length of time that all of your previous borders have taken.

 

Honduras side

1) Clear immigration. Lets hope you kept the receipt that you paid the entry tax, otherwise they will try to charge you again now! 

2) Go to customs and cancel the temporary car import.  Cross to Nicaragua side...

 

Nicaragua side

They were not interested in our passage de carnet.

1) Pay for a pesticide spray.  This is 76 Limperas and can be paid in either bordering country currency or USD.

2) Go to immigration and get stamped in. Here you will have to buy a tourist permit, which is 300 cordobas or 12USD per person. 

3) Go to customs. They will take awhile entering all of your details. You will have to explain to them where all the information is on your vehicle title, drivers licence and passport. They will give you 2 copies of a form. 

4) Get your car 'inspected'. The inspector will then sign both forms. 

5) Return to customs to get this form stamped.  Don't go to the back of the queue, just poke it through the window. Interestingly we did not have to pay for the temporary vehicle import. 

6) Proceed to the police check. Give them a copy of your passport, licence and vehicle title (copies are available at the border for 3 Lempira per copy) 

7) Buy insurance. It is mandatory to buy vehicle insurance, at a flat rate of $12USD.

8) Pay another $1USD entry fee. You get a ticket for this. Keep it until you exit the county so they don't try and charge you again. All payments on the Nicaraguan side can be made in Lempira, Cordobas or US dollars.

Driving in Nicaragua 

The roads in Nicaragua are some of the best we have encountered on our trip so far. Smooth, flat and straight. This was a total surprise to us 

Fuel was roughly 29 cordobas (0.87GBP or $1.47usd) for a litre and fuels stations were frequent along the main routes. 

We used Caarte Data GPS sat nav. It performed satisfactory but sometimes had a big lag in our location.


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