COVID-19
LEGAL UPDATES

EL DESARROLLO LEGAL ACTUAL RELACIONADO CON LA PANDEMIA COVID-19 EN NUESTRAS JURISDICCIONES

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General

February 10th 2020
Executive Decree PCM 005-2020
Executive Power
Declares a state of sanitary emergency, aimed at preventing the effects of coronavirus COVID-19 due to its high capacity for propagation and the risk to persons’ right to health

March 12th 2020
Statement
Executive Power
The Office of Presidential Communications and Strategy informs the provisions adopted in PCM 005-2020

March 15th 2020
Executive Decree PCM 021-2020
Executive Power
Restriction of constitutional guarantees; Suspension of activities in the public and private sectors; Public events; Suspension of public transportation operations; Closing of businesses; Closing of border; Exceptions to restriction.

March 17th 2020
Message of the President of the Republic on Economic Measures
Executive Power

    • BANHPROVI shall freeze financing fees for three months, without affecting credit record.
    • BANHPROVI shall grant 200,000,000 lempiras to banks to reactivate the construction industry for middle class housing.
    • BANHPROVI shall grant loans or credits to finance institutions for approving applications for agro-credit.
    • Private banking is summoned to structure an economic relief plan.

March 19th 2020
National Address from the President of the Republic regarding contribution from telecommunications companies
Executive Power
From March 23rd, TIGO and CLARO will provide certain services free for 30 days.

March 20th 2020
National Address from the President of the Republic regarding second part of economic measures
Executive Power
Announces economic measures including delivery of food to vulnerable families, technical assistance to producers, agricultural supply bonus and special authorizations to agricultural and food sectors

March 21st 2020
Executive Decree PCM 022-2020
Executive Power
Reestablishes restricted constitutional guarantees related to freedom of expression and not being detained for longer than 24 hours, both restricted through PCM 021-2020

March 26th 2020
Executive Decree PCM 026-2020
Executive Power
Extends restriction of constitutional guarantees for seven more days, until April 5th

March 30th 2020
National Address from the President of the Republic regarding measures for tax, economic and labor aid
Executive Power
Informing bill submitted to Congress

April 4th 2020
Executive Decree PCM 028-2020
Executive Power
Extends restriction of constitutional guarantees for seven more days, starting April 5th. Special provisions for the Department of Cortés and the Municipality of El Progreso, Yoro, applying absolute restriction of guarantees until April 12th, with certain exceptions.

April 9th 2020
Executive Decree PCM 30-2020
Executive Power
Declares the support of food and agro-industrial sectors a national priority. Decrees measures for ensuring food security and sovereignty.

April 18th 2020
Executive Decree PCM 33-2020
Executive Power
Extension of restrictions on fundamental rights and ratification of special provisions for municipalities in the departments of Colón and Cortés, and El Progreso, Yoro.

April 26th 2020
Executive Decree PCM 36-2020
Executive Power
Extension of restrictions on fundamental rights. Ratification of special provisions for municipalities in the departments of Colón and Cortés, and El Progreso, Yoro, adding Las Vegas, Santa Bárbara to these special measures.

May 17th 2020
Executive Decree PCM 45-2020
Executive Power
Gradual restriction of constitutional guarantees in order to reinforce social distancing and prevent spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Special provisions on intelligent reopening of activities essential to society.

 

March 12th 2020
Decree 029-2020
Legislative Power
Exemptions from ISV and Production and Consumption Tax for: i. Local purchase and import of products to attend the sanitary emergency; ii. State institutions, on the local purchase and import of health products and medicines to attend the sanitary emergency.
The State and non-profit civil associations are exempt from showing tax solvency in applications for customs franchises and acquisitions of humanitarian aid derived from the sanitary emergency.

March 13th 2020
Decree 31-2020
Legislative Power
Special Act for Economic Acceleration and Social Protection before the effects of coronavirus COVID-19, containing special authorization for procurement of public works, goods and services related to the pandemic; special authorization for electronic platforms and licensing contracts; empowering BANHPROVI to adopt financial measures to reduce the impact of the pandemic on productive sectors; authorization for the implementation of work-from-home.

April 3rd 2020
Decree 32-2020
Legislative Power
Ratifies Executive Decrees PCM 021-2020, PCM 022-2020 and PCM 026-2020

April 3rd 2020
Decree 33-2020
Legislative Power
Act for Aid to the Productive Sector and to Workers due to the Effects of the Pandemic Caused by COVID-19

 

March 15th 2020
Statement No. 2
Judiciary Power
Authorizes work-from-home for personnel over 60 years of age; Suspends the transfer of inmates to their hearings if not in violation of their right of defense; Internal measures for courts and offices of the Judiciary to prevent spread of the virus and infection of judicial servants.

March 21st 2020
Accord PCJS 10-2020
Judiciary Power
Extends the term of suspension of activities for the Judiciary until March 29th 2020; Declares the days of suspension as non-working; Allows operation of certain courts in the criminal, family, children and adolescents, domestic violence and public defense jurisdictions.

March 29th 2020
Accord PCSJ 13-2020
Judiciary Power
Prolongs measures taken through Accord PCJS 10-2020, extending suspension until April 5th 2020.

April 10th 2020
Accord PCSJ 15-2020
Judiciary Power
Extension of term for suspension of work until April 19th 2020, declaring non-working days

April 19th 2020
Accord PCSJ 18-2020
Judiciary Power
Extends term of suspension of work until April 26th 2020, declaring those days as non-working. Certain courts, the Public Defenders’ Office and the General Supervision of the Judiciary Power are enabled for urgent matters.

May 3rd 2020
Accord PCSJ 28-2020
Judiciary Power
Extends suspension of work nationwide until May 17th. Certain courts will continue working for specific matters. Details judicial services to be provided.

March 16th 2020
Statement
Public Attorney’s Office
Informs suspension of works between March 16th and 22nd, suspension of terms on administrative procedures, and continuing services of certain offices.

 

March 12th 2020
Statement
Secretary of the Interior, Justice and Decentralization
Cancels all activities, events and religious celebrations which cause movement, gathering or concurrence of persons.

March 16th 2020
Statement
Secretary of the Interior, Justice and Decentralization
Declares as non-working the days of suspension of activities, for legal effects, terms, acts and periods.

March 23th 2020
Statement
Secretary of the Interior, Justice and Decentralization
Extends declaration of non-working days until March 29th.

March 29th 2020
Statement
Secretary of the Interior, Justice and Decentralization
Extends declaration of non-working days until April 12th.

March 20th 2020
National Address of March 20th 2020
Secretary of Security
Declares a national absolute curfew until March 29th

March 15th 2020
Press Release
Secretary of Security through the National Police
The General Director of the National Police issued orders to all police authorities for police officers to accompany members of SINAGER in operations to prevent gathering of persons and identify commercial establishments failing to comply with measures.

March 17th 2020
Press Release
Secretary of Security through the National Police
Declares curfew in San Pedro Sula, maintaining measure of preventing transit of persons in four cities with absolute curfew.

March 18th 2020
Press Release
Secretary of Security through the National Police
Allows the population to exit their homes to obtain gasoline, food and medicine, carry out transactions at banks and cooperatives.

March 19th 2020
Press Release
Secretary of Security through the National Police
Extends absolute curfew to the cities of Puerto Cortés, Santa Cruz de Yojoa and El Triunfo, all three in the Department of Cortés.

March 20th 2020
Press Release
Secretary of Security through the National Police
Declares absolute national curfew until March 29th 2020, authorizing grocery stores, mobile Banasupro units, restaurants, pharmacies and other home delivery services, agricultural and food distribution sectors, to continue operating. Foreigners wishing to return to their countries may do so by land or air transportation.

March 24th 2020
Statement
Secretary of Security through the National Police
Allows the population to carry out transactions at financial entities on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays starting March 25th 2020.

March 29th 2020
Press Release
Secretary of Security through the National Police
Implements supply system through ID numbers, allowing exit of persons according to the last digit of their ID, passport or residency card on certain days until April 12th 2020.

April 1st 2020
Public Clarification
Secretary of Security through the National Police
Clarifies: i. During the curfew, supermarkes, pharmacies and gasoline stations are authorized to operate without exception on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; ii. Grocery stores are authorized to operate every day; iii. Opening of restaurants and sale of food is prohibited (including home delivery service) during the absolute curfew; iv. Producers of basic grains, fruits, vegetables, dairy products, meats and heavy transport of food, fuel, medical supplies, export and import products necessary to attend the emergency are allowed to circulate.

April 4th 2020
Press Release
Secretary of Security through the National Police
Informs measures to be taken against municipal employees or private citizens who prevent access to communities.

April 5th 2020
Press Release
Secretary of Security through the National Police
Informs absolute curfew between April 6th and 12th at 3:00pm, in the Department of Cortés and the Municipality of El Progreso, Yoro.

April 5th 2020
Notice
Secretary of Security through the National Police
News media personnel are authorized to circulate without restriction

April 5th 2020
Press Statement
Secretary of Security through the National Police
Authorizes circulation of cargo, merchandise and imported vehicles transportation. All personnel involved in logistics, from port or customs until final destination, are granted safe passage analogous to DUCA, being able to circulate for 5 days since its issue.

April 7th 2020
Press Statement
Secretary of Security through the National Police
Temporary suspension of right to carry firearms for private citizens

April 10th 2020
Notice
Secretary of Security through the National Police
Supply measures according to ID number are not applicable to the municipalities of the department of Cortés, and El Progreso, Yoro.

April 10th 2020
Press Statement
Secretary of Security through the National Police
Specific circulation measures for supply of the populations of municipalities in the departments of Colón, Cortés, and El Progreso, Yoro.

April 13th 2020
Notice
Secretary of Security through the National Police
Issued travel documents for safe passage are still in force throughout the national territory.

April 15th 2020
Notice
Secretary of Security through the National Police
Hardware stores are authorized to resume operations throughout the country starting April 16th 2020.

April 19th 2020
Press Statement
Secretary of Security through the National Police
Absolute curfew is extended until Sunday April 26th 2020. Circulation for food supplies is permitted according to the last digit of the identification card, passport or residence card.

April 21th 2020
Press Statement
Secretary of Security through the National Police
For municipalities in the departments of Colón, Cortés and El Progreso, Yoro: Circulation calendar is extended and absolute curfew is maintained until May 1st 2020.

April 23th 2020
Notice
Secretary of Security through the National Police
Health system personnel may circulate without restriction (doctors, nurses, microbiologists, dental surgeons, etc.).

April 24th 2020
Notice
Secretary of Security through the National Police
Personnel working in the pharmaceutical industry, drugstores and pharmacies may circulate without restriction, so long as they justify carrying out work tasks and carry the corresponding identification of the Pharmaceutical Chemists Association and labor certificate detailing their schedules and turns.

April 26th 2020
Press Statement
Secretary of Security through the National Police
Extends absolute curfew until May 3rd 2020. Circulation for food supply to continue based on the last digit of identification number.

April 30th 2020
Press Statement
Secretary of Security through the National Police
Temporarily cancels measures of supply circulation for the municipalities of the department of Cortés; El Progreso, Yoro; and Las Vegas, Santa Bárbara. Extends absolute curfew until May 6th.

May 3rd 2020
Press Statement
Secretary of Security through the National Police
Extends absolute curfew until May 17th, segmenting population according to the last digit of their identification card. For the entire national territory except for the municipalities of the department of Cortés; El Progreso, Yoro; and Las Vegas, Santa Bárbara.

May 6th 2020
Press Notice
Secretary of Security through the National Police
Absolute curfew starting May 6th for the municipalities of the department of Cortés, and the municipalities of El Progreso, Yoro and Las Vegas, Santa Barbara.

May 10th 2020
Press Notice
Secretary of Security through the National Police
Circulation schedule for the municipalities of the department of Cortés, El Progreso, Yoro and Las Vegas, Santa Barbara, in relation to the absolute curfew starting May 11th.

May 17th 2020
Press Notice
Secretary of Security through the National Police
Absolute curfew throughout the country until May 24th. Population may circulate according to the last digit of their identification number.

May 22nd 2020
Notice
Secretary of Security through the National Police
Documents for safe passage issued by the National Police and the Exceptions Committee remain in force throughout the national territory.

May 24th 2020
Press Notice
Secretary of Security through the National Police
Extends nationwide absolute curfew until May 31st, and sets a new circulation schedule according to the last digit of identification number, passport or residency card.

 

April 5th 2020
Statement
Association of Municipalities of Honduras (AMHON)
Agreeing measures for entry into municipalities, due to obstacles in some parts of the country.

Labor and Social Security

March 15th 2020
Safety and Hygiene Protocol for Workplaces in Prevention of COVID-19 
Secretary of Labor and Social Security
Measures for the prevention and control of infection and spread of COVID-19, applicable to all employers and employees in Honduras.

March 26th 2020
Statement
Secretary of Labor and Social Security
Authorizes employers and employees of the private sector to consider the holidays provided in article 339 of the Labor Code as granted and enjoyed by employees during the period of the state of national sanitary emergency due to spread of COVID-19. Employers may grant as vacation the days employees cease to work due to the state of emergency. Employers and employees must sign agreements to such effects, which must be sent to the Secretary of Labor and Social Security.

March 30th 2020
Statement
Economic Cabinet
A solidary contribution for temporary maintenance of income shall be structured for suspended workers participating in the Private Contributions Regime (RAP), composed of contributions from RAP, employers and government.

April 3rd 2020
Decree 33-2020, Act for Aid to the Productive Sector and to Workers due to the Effects of the Pandemic Caused by COVID-19
Legislative Power
Taxpayers keeping all employees, without furlough and paying salaries, may receive a special deduction on their gross income, calculated as 10% of the salary payments in the months during the state of emergency.

April 3rd 2020
Decree 33-2020, Act for Aid to the Productive Sector and to Workers due to the Effects of the Pandemic Caused by COVID-19
Legislative Power
Workers placed on furlough due to force majeure may receive a temporary contribution. Establishes a special procedure for furlough applications. Parties may enter into agreements different from furlough which further benefit the worker.

April 3rd 2020
Decree 33-2020, Act for Aid to the Productive Sector and to Workers due to the Effects of the Pandemic Caused by COVID-19
Legislative Power
RAP is authorized to implement mechanisms for applying benefits established in the Act. Includes temporary relief measures, such as suspension of fees.

April 12th 2020
General Workplace Biosafety Manual due to COVID-19 Pandemic
Secretary of Labor and Social Security
Preventive measures for workplaces in order to guarantee employee health and safety, in all economic activities, organizations and workplaces.

April 12th 2020
Biosafety Protocol due to COVID-19 Pandemic for Maquila Sector Workplaces
Secretary of Labor and Social Security
Protection of employee health, and aid to workplaces affiliated to AHM in order to implement business continuity plans for preservation of employment during the COVID-19 pandemic, by adopting measures related to employee health and safety.

April 15th 2020
Biosafety Protocol due to COVID-19 Pandemic for Car Maintenance Workshops for Supply Chain
Secretary of Labor and Social Security
Aimed at preventing and diminishing the consequences of propagation and infection of SARS-CoV-2 in the country’s working population, by implementing a harmonized set of preventive and virus control measures.

April 16th 2020
Statement
Secretary of Labor and Social Security
Publication of the biosafety protocols and manuals does not constitute authorization to operate or a return to economic activities. Its purpose is to allow employers to prepare regarding mandatory measures for operation during the emergency or after.
The State will implement inspections to verify compliance of companies authorized to operate, under penalty of sanctions and closing.

April 17th 2020
Statement
Secretary of Labor and Social Security
Labor contract suspension procedure, for companies deciding to abide by Legislative Decree 33-2020.

May 6th 2020
Notice
Secretary of Labor and Social Security
Establishments authorized to operate that do not comply with biosecurity measures, shall be sanctioned first with temporary closing until the situation is amended. In case of repeat offense, it shall be closed until the state of emergency ends.

ECONOMIC AND FINANCIAL

March 16th 2020
SEGSE CM No.2/2020
National Banking and Insurance Commission
The banking system, financing entities and private financial development organizations must define and provide to users, all means at their disposal for use of financial products and services, observing prevention measures for users, employees and other persons facilitating them. The insurance system must establish expedited mechanisms to serve insured users, without exposing personnel due to physical presence at their offices.

March 16th 2020
Notice CNBS No. 004/2020
National Banking and Insurance Commission
Informs closure of offices between March 16th and 20th, suspending legal terms.

March 21st 2020
Notice CNBS No. 005/2020
National Banking and Insurance Commission
Decision No. 174/21-03-2020.
Enables working days and hours for administrative procedures related to decisions for mitigation of economic effects over institutions supervised by CNBS.

March 21st 2020
Notice CNBS No. 006/2020
National Banking and Insurance Commission
Approval of temporary financial measures. Entities supervised under CNBS may grant grace periods to debtors affected by reductions in cash flow as a result of measures adopted to prevent spread of COVID-19, not exceeding June 30th 2020.

March 21st 2020
Official Statement
National Banking and Insurance Commission
Adoption of measures in first phase of the plan for mitigation of economic and financial impact of COVID-19. Entities supervised under CNBS carrying out credit operations, may grant grace periods to debtors affected by reductions in cash flow as a result of measures adopted to prevent spread of COVID-19, not exceeding June 30th 2020, for which they must prove the economic impact suffered. Debtors may formalize refinancing or restructuring of their loans with banks, who shall not apply charges to debtors for commissions, interests, administrative charges or others associated with the relief operations.

March 23rd 2020
Notice CNBS No.007/2020
National Banking and Insurance Commission
Suspension of legal or administrative terms granted to supervised institutions, in all matters or procedures before CNBS started before March 16th.

March 26th 2020
Notice CNBS No.008/2020
National Banking and Insurance Commission
Approval of temporary relief mechanisms allowing the insurance sector to mitigate economic repercussions of COVID-19. They may grant a period of grace for the payment of insurance, not exceeding June 30th 2020, applicable at the discretion of the insurer or upon request of the insured.

March 24th 2020
Notice PE-10-2020
BANHPROVI
Informing all financial intermediaries that rediscounts for the Production, MIP and ME and Housing sectors are active. Realignment of all rediscounted loans will be carried out through transfer of fees for March, April and May 2020, creating an extension of the due date on credits.

March 16th 2020
Executive Decree 020-2020
Secretary of Finance
All institutions of the non-financial public sector shall have a reduction in their budgets applied by the Secretary of Finance.
No new institutions or programs implying an increase to the institution’s total budget may be created without prior approval from SEFIN.
The creation of new permanent offices is restricted during 2020, except those originated in restructuring or coverage extension processes, which allow more efficient delivery of priority services.
No appointment of personnel with salaries higher than established by an Act for rationalizing public expenditure is allowed.
The purchase and lease of vehicles and real estate by the non-financial public sector is restricted.
The purchase of moveable goods is restricted for all institutions which will be transferred to the Government Civic Center.

April 6th 2020
Statement
Secretary of Finance
All taxpayers classified as “large taxpayers” exonerated from Income Tax must submit application for exoneration through the PAMEH platform pending process before DGCFA, with the purpose of issuing exoneration decision and notifying SAR.

March 30th 2020
Statement
Economic Cabinet
Delays until June 30th 2020 the obligations of declaration and payment of Income Tax, Solidary Contribution and Net Assets, Contribution to the Social Sector of the Economy, Leases, Excedents of Operations for the Educational Sector and the Social Contribution of the Cooperative Sector, for small and medium-sized taxpayers.
Small and medium-sized taxpayers who declare and pay up to April 30th 2020 may receive a discount of 8-5% on the payable tax.
Delays until April 30th the declaration and payment of Income Tax for large taxpayers.

April 3rd 2020
Decree 33-2020, Act for Aid to the Productive Sector and to Workers due to the Effects of the Pandemic Caused by COVID-19
Legislative Power
Authorizes the Secretary of Finance to reorient financing destined to confronting the pandemic, for the National Health System.

April 3rd 2020
Decree 33-2020, Act for Aid to the Productive Sector and to Workers due to the Effects of the Pandemic Caused by COVID-19
Legislative Power
Authorizes the Secretary of the Interior, Justice and Decentralization to transfer budget to municipalities.

April 3rd 2020
Decree 33-2020, Act for Aid to the Productive Sector and to Workers due to the Effects of the Pandemic Caused by COVID-19
Legislative Power
Authorizes implementation of best practices in development banking at BANHPROVI, in order to guarantee financing to strategic sectors of the economy.

HEALTH

March 10th 2020
Statement
Secretary of Health
Officially informs the first two confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the country, and provides general protection recommendations.

March 15th 2020
Statement
Secretary of Health
Asking the population to remain calm and obey the 14 days of red alert, and informing closure of borders for persons, except for cargo and supply.

March 20th 2020
National Address of March 20th 2020
Secretary of Health
Confirms the number of confirmed cases in 24 persons infected with COVID-19 and reiterates preventive measures for the population.

April 1st 2020
Statement C-003-ARSA-2020
Sanitary Regulation Agency (ARSA)
Temporary provisions for quality control of tests for detection and diagnosis of SARS-CoV2.

April 3rd 2020
Decree 33-2020
Act for Aid to the Productive Sector and to Workers due to the Effects of the Pandemic Caused by COVID-19
Authorizes certain agencies to make direct contracts to meet institutional demands for the pandemic, being exempted from taxes.

TAX

March 13th 2020
Statement
Revenue Administration System (SAR)
SAR will provide window service starting March 16th for applications of RTN from persons according to the termination of heir ID card.

March 13th 2020
Statement
Revenue Administration System (SAR)
Informs suspension of works between March 16th and 20th, suspending legal terms.

 March 16th 2020
Statement
Revenue Administration System (SAR)
Informs extension of deadline for issuing printed tax documents until March 23rd.

March 23rd 2020
Statement
Revenue Administration System (SAR)
Informs extension of suspension of legal terms until March 30th.

March 23rd 2020
Statement
Revenue Administration System (SAR)
Informs extension of deadline for issuing printed tax documents until March 30th.

March 29th 2020
Statement
Revenue Administration System (SAR)
Extension of suspension of legal terms until April 13th 2020.

March 30th 2020
Statement
Revenue Administration System (SAR)
Informs extension of deadline for issuing printed tax documents until April 13th.

April 19th 2020
Accord SAR-191-2020
Revenue Administration Service (SAR)
Enables non-working days and hours between April 19th and July 19th 2020, for carrying out oversight, control, verification, notification, debt recovery and other acts from SAR.

April 21st 2020
Statement
Revenue Administration System (SAR)
Communicates to all taxpayers with fiscal benefit of exoneration from payment of Income Tax, Total Net Assets and Solidary Contribution, that all exoneration ruling issued directly by the DGCFA of the Secretary of Finance will be registered.

April 22nd 2020
Comunicado
Revenue Administration System (SAR)
Clarifies the manner in which to materialize the discount of 8.5% of Income Tax payable from tax year 2019, contained in article 2 of Decree 33-2020.

April 25th 2020
Public Clarification
Revenue Administration System (SAR)
The habilitation of non-working days and hours referred to in Accord SAR-191-2020 is only for purposes of consumer protection and corruption complaints in the context of the sanitary emergency.

April 27th 2020
Statement
Revenue Administration System (SAR)
Extends suspension of legal terms.

 

March 30th 2020
Statement
Economic Cabinet
First three fees of account payments are postponed.
Delays until July 31st 2020 the presentation of annual sworn statement on transfer pricing.
Printing authorization password is authorized for all taxpayers who had it blocked or suspended.
Allows the use of tax documents whose limit date of issue expires during the period of the state of emergency.
Taxpayers who maintain their employee payrolls respecting payment of salaries and benefits, may recognize a deductible expense for an additional 10% for the fiscal year 2020.
Taxpayers not operating during the state of emergency are granted an extension on terms for filing and payment of ISV Declaration. Those who do operate must file and pay within the terms set by law.

March 30th 2020
Statement
Economic Cabinet
Postpones all obligations for filing and payment of various taxes until June 30th, for small and medium-sized taxpayers. Those who file and pay up to April 30th may receive a discount of 8.5% on payable tax. Large taxpayers’ filing and payment of Income Tax is extended until April 30th.

IMMIGRATION

March 21st 2020
Immigration Flows during COVID-19 Pandemic 
National Institute of Immigration
Land immigration control posts are operating for the entry of Hondurans, the exit of foreigners and the entry and exit of cargo transportation. Sea immigration control operates only for cargo shipments and the crew is not allowed to disembark. Air immigration control is closed for commercial flights and operating for exit of foreigners. Entry of foreigners into the country is not allowed.

INDUSTRY AND COMMERCE

March 12th 2020
Ministerial Accord 018-2020
Secretary of Economic Development
Determination of maximum prices for sale of certain products.

March 18th 2020
Acuerdo Ministerial 023-2020
Secretary of Economic Development
Determines maximum prices for certain products of basic consumer goods.

March 18th 2020
Statement
Secretary of Economic Development
Freezes prices on basic consumer goods and personal and home hygiene products.

March 26th 2020
Accord 027-2020
Secretary of Economic Development
Sets national maximum prices for consumer products, between March 26th and April 26th.

April 9th 2020
Ministerial Accord 30-2020
Secretary of Economic Development
Sets maximum sale price of products such as facemasks and antibacterial gel to final consumer.

 

April 3rd 2020
Decree 33-2020, Act for Aid to the Productive Sector and to Workers due to the Effects of the Pandemic Caused by COVID-19
Legislative Power
Administrative simplification for implementing e-commerce mechanisms and e-signature. Exempts payment of tax and customs duties on imports to free trade zones of supplies and material for manufacture of medical supplies and protection.

 

April 17th 2020
Statement
Honduran Council of Private Enterprise
Regarding all companies in need of suspending their employees’ labor contracts.

 

April 23th 2020
Statement
Institute of Property – General Directorate of Intellectual Property
Enables online filing of trademark applications and electronic signature starting Monday, April 27th 2020.

 

AIR AND LAND TRANSPORTATION

March 17th 2020
STATEMENT #2
Civil Aeronautics
Closes international airports until March 29th: i. Toncontín International Airport; ii. Golosón International Airport; iii. Juan Manuel Gálvez International Airport. Ramón Villeda Morales International Airport will operate only for cargo flights and strictly exceptional supply and flights, with prior authorization from the competent authority.

March 20th 2020
STATEMENT #3
Civil Aeronautics
Ramón Villeda Morales International Airport will provide regular and irregular cargo flights. For air transportation of equipment and donations to attend the COVID-19 emergency, prior authorization from SINAGER is required.

March 27th 2020
STATEMENT #4
Civil Aeronautics
Places at disposal the Center for Reception of Authorizations of National and International Rescue Flights, Humanitarian Aid, Medical Evacuations and Private Flights. All flight applications will be received 24 hours in advance.

April 13th 2020
STATEMENT #7
Civil Aeronautics
An instructional document has been published for the digital receipt and internal procedure for applications and technical-administrative documents filed before AHAC which do not require a ruling.

April 13th 2020
STATEMENT #8
Civil Aeronautics
International airports to remain closed until April 19th, except Ramón Villeda Morales Airport, which will be open for cargo flights. Describes procedure to be used by humanitarian air operations, measures for crew, and designates the address SeturHonduras2020@gmail.com to receive applications for humanitarian flight permits.

March 14th 2020
Official Statement IHTT-03-2020
Honduran Institute of Land Transportation
Public transportation must continue operating. Permit granting procedures are suspended. No more than 50 persons may be transported by each unit. Concessionaires must provide health and safety measures to operators and users.

April 13th 2020
Public Clarification
National Director of Roads and Transportation
Extends term of expired drivers’ licenses. Conciliation hearings are suspended. Issue and renewal of licenses are suspended.

CUSTOMS

March 14th 2020
Statement
Customs Administration of Honduras
The authority and the Republic of El Salvador, agree to expedite the commerce of merchandise between their border customs El Poy, El Amatillo and Mocalempa.

March 17th 2020
Statement
Customs Administration of Honduras
Air, sea, land, internal or border customs will operate normally in activities of foreign commerce of import and export of merchandise, applying safety and hygiene protocols.

March 24th 2020
Certification No. ADUANAS-SG-059-2020
Customs Administration of Honduras
Approval of temporary measures for customs operation, guaranteeing the operation of customs aiming to expedite the import and export of the industrial sector, and declaring non-working days for the effect of legal terms established by law.

ENVIRONMENTAL & TELECOMMUNICATIONS

March 27th 2020
Statement
Secretary of Natural Resources and the Environment
Project developers may file their applications for environmental licenses online. Those operating with an expired license may continue to do so and apply for renewal afterwards. Those in process of obtaining a definitive license may continue to operate during the state of emergency. Those required to present compliance reports, licensing payments, fines and inspections, may carry them out afterwards.

March 31st 2020
Statement
National Telecommunications Commission (CONATEL)
Suspension of legal terms until April 10th, and of surcharges for late payment during such term. 

April 7th 2020
Statement
National Telecommunications Commission (CONATEL)
Operators have agreed to not suspend telecommunications services during the crisis, and will establish measures allowing all users with economic hardship for paying service to receive a free basic service plan

April 3rd 2020
Decree 33-2020, Act for Aid to the Productive Sector and to Workers due to the Effects of the Pandemic Caused by COVID-19
Legislative Power
Authorizes CONATEL to accelerate implementation of the National Broadband Plan, creation of e-service platforms, modification of mobile telephone and personal service contracts.