Honduras to Collect Travel Tax to Finance Border Security
By Dialogo January 18, 2012
In order to finance security at its airports and other border posts, both maritime and on land, Honduras will collect a new tax from travelers who enter and leave the Central American country, with proceeds of approximately 270 million dollars over ten years in the case of the air terminals alone.
The Interior and Population Secretariat signed a 10-year contract with the U.S. firm Securiport to set up an advanced biometric registry of travelers, from whom it will collect 17 dollars upon entry and another 17 dollars upon departure from the nation.
Honduran Interior Minister Áfrico Madrid justified the new fee as an additional measure to guarantee national security. “It’s a matter of preventing the entry of individuals involved in organized crime, terrorists, drug traffickers, kidnappers, hitmen, arms traffickers, and money launderers who use our country as a center of operations due to the lack of scientific mechanisms of immigration control,” he argued.
The contract, approved on December 14, will go into effect once it is published in the official daily La Gaceta, and the charge will be applied 120 days after that publication.