Relations between Switzerland and Honduras are good. The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) is active in the country with various development cooperation and humanitarian aid projects.
Bilateral relations Switzerland–Honduras
Key aspects of diplomatic relations
Switzerland and Honduras have concluded agreements in a number of fields, including technical cooperation, investment promotion and protection, and visa exemption.
Switzerland's diplomatic interests in Honduras are represented by the Swiss embassy in Guatemala. The Swiss embassy in San José deals with consular affairs
Since 1 July 2016 an honorary consul has headed the consular agency in Tegucigalpa
The SDC runs a liaison office in Tegucigalpa. The main regional office is in Managua (Nicaragua).
Trade between Switzerland and Honduras is limited. In the 1990s, Switzerland participated in multilateral debt relief programmes for Honduras. In 2017, Switzerland imported goods from Honduras amounting to CHF 31 million, mostly agricultural products, and exported goods worth CHF 14.4 million. Switzerland mostly exports pharmaceutical products, machines and agricultural products.
Cooperation in education, research and innovation
Researchers from Honduras can apply for Swiss Government Excellence Scholarships from the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI).
Development cooperation and humanitarian aid
Honduras has been a priority country for Swiss development cooperation since 1978.
As set out in the Swiss Cooperation Strategy for Central America 2018–2021, the SDC will continue its activities in the areas of governance and the rule of law, jobs and economic development, and managing climate change, disaster prevention and natural resources. Humanitarian aid is an integral part of the SDC’s programme.
In 2017, the SDC’s disbursements for Central America amounted to CHF 33 million.
Swiss nationals in Honduras
According to statistics on Swiss nationals registered at a Swiss representation abroad, there were 259 Swiss citizens living in Honduras at the end of 2017.
History of bilateral relations
Honduras declared its independence as a republic in 1839. Switzerland immediately recognised the new state and opened a consulate in the country in 1936. The two countries have maintained diplomatic relations since 1957. Swiss diplomatic interests in Honduras are represented by the Swiss embassy in Guatemala.
During the Second World War, Switzerland represented Honduras in Germany and Hungary and from 1962 to 1985 in Cuba.
The SDC has been active in Honduras since 1978 and opened a cooperation office in Tegucigalpa in 1981. The main regional office was moved to Managua in 1993 and the cooperation office in Tegucigalpa was then transformed into a liaison and programme office.