U.S. Relations With Honduras
More information about Honduras is available on the Honduras Page and from other Department of State publications and other sources listed at the end of this fact sheet.
Honduras is an ally of the United States, and its population has historically registered some of the highest favorability ratings in the hemisphere toward the United States. U.S. policy in Honduras focuses on strengthening democratic governance, including the promotion of human rights and the rule of law; enhancing economic prosperity; and improving the long-term security situation in the country. U.S. government programs promote a healthy and open economy capable of sustainable growth, an improved business and investment climate, protection of U.S. citizen and corporate rights, and the well-being and security of the Honduran people. The United States works with Honduras to address regional challenges – including the fight against transnational criminal networks, narcotics trafficking, money laundering, illegal immigration, and trafficking in persons – and encourages and supports Honduran efforts to protect the environment.
An estimated one million Hondurans reside in the United States, approximately 600,000 of whom are believed to be undocumented; consequently, immigration issues are an important item on the bilateral agenda. The U.S. government’s engagement in Honduras is designed to work with the Honduran government, civil society, and private sector to address root causes of illegal immigration and provide avenues for Hondurans to build a productive future in their country.
With the inclusion of cruise ship visitors primarily visiting the Bay Islands (Roatan), more than one million U.S. citizens visited Honduras in 2017, and approximately 19,000 U.S. citizens presently reside in Honduras.
U.S. Assistance to Honduras
U.S. foreign assistance in Central America is guided by the U.S. Strategy for Central America (“Strategy”). Announced in 2015, the Strategy is a bipartisan, multiyear effort promoting institutional reforms and addressing development challenges in all seven Central American countries (Belize, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Panama). The Strategy aims to secure U.S. borders and protect American citizens by addressing the security, governance, and economic drivers of illegal immigration and transnational crime, while increasing opportunities for U.S. and other businesses. The Strategy focuses on three overarching lines of action: 1) promoting prosperity, 2) enhancing security, and 3) improving governance.
The Strategy supports and complements the Plan of the Alliance for Prosperity (A4P), a joint initiative adopted by the Northern Triangle Governments of El Salvador, Guatemala, and Honduras. In 2016-2017, the Northern Triangle governments committed $5.4 billion of their own funds to support A4P initiatives to develop opportunities for their people, improve public safety, enhance access to the legal system, and strengthen institutions.
Bilateral Economic Relations
The United States is the chief trading partner for Honduras. Bilateral trade between the two nations totaled $11.4 billion in 2017. The value of U.S. goods exported to Honduras was $5 billion in 2017, with Honduras exporting $4.6 billion in goods to the United States.
The U.S.-Central America Free Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR) entered into force in 2006. It eliminates most tariffs and other barriers for U.S. goods destined for the Central American market, provides protection for U.S. investments and intellectual property, and creates more transparent rules and procedures for conducting business. CAFTA-DR also aims to eliminate tariffs within Central America and facilitate increased regional trade, benefiting U.S. companies that manufacture in Honduras. Leading U.S. exports to Honduras include petroleum products, textile and fabrics, cotton yarn, electrical equipment, chemicals, manmade staple fibers, computer and electronic products, machinery, food products and cereals (corn, soybean meal, wheat, and rice). Nearly all textile and apparel goods that meet CAFTA-DR’s rules of origin are duty-free and quota-free, offering opportunities for U.S. fiber, yarn, fabric, and apparel manufacturers.
According to the U.S. Department of Commerce, U.S. investment in Honduras was $1.1 billion for 2016 and $1.1 billion for 2017, largely concentrated in manufacturing, textiles, infrastructure construction, and wholesale trade.
Honduras' Membership in International Organizations
U.S. initiatives in international fora generally garner Honduran support. Honduras and the United States belong to a number of the same international organizations, including the United Nations, Organization of American States, the World Trade Organization, and the International Monetary Fund.
Principal U.S. embassy officials are listed in the Department's Key Officers List.
Honduras maintains an embassy in the United States at 1250 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 700, Washington, D.C. 20036 (tel. 202-966-7702).
More information about Honduras is available from the Department of State and other sources, some of which are listed here:
Department of State Honduras Country Page
Department of State Key Officers List
CIA World Factbook Honduras Page
USAID Honduras Page
History of U.S. Relations With Honduras
Human Rights Reports
International Religious Freedom Reports
Trafficking in Persons Reports
Narcotics Control Reports
Investment Climate Statements
Office of the U.S. Trade Representative Countries Page
Export.gov International Offices Page
Millennium Challenge Corporation: Honduras
Library of Congress Country Studies