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 (Costa Rica) handles consular matters.
The SDC maintains a liaison office in Tegucigalpa, which has a consular section. The main SDC regional office is in Managua (Nicaragua).
The volume of trade between Switzerland and Honduras is low. In the 1990s, Switzerland participated in multilateral debt relief programmes for Honduras. In 2019, Switzerland imported goods – primarily agricultural products – worth CHF 29 million from Honduras and exported goods worth CHF 19.2 million. Switzerland mainly exports pharmaceutical products, machinery and agricultural products to Honduras.
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 its cooperation strategy for the 2018–21 period, the SDC will continue its work in relation to governance and the rule of law, jobs and economic development, climate change, disaster prevention and natural resources. Humanitarian aid is an integral part of the SDC’s programme.
In 2019, the SDC had a budget of approximately CHF 17 million for Honduras.
The SDC also supported the Mission to Support the Fight against Corruption and Impunity in Honduras (MACCIH) initiated by the Organization of American States (OAS) until its end at the start of 2020.
Swiss nationals in Honduras
According to statistics on the Swiss abroad, there were 218 Swiss citizens living in Honduras at the end of 2019.
History of bilateral relations
Honduras declared its independence as a republic in 1839. Switzerland immediately recognised the new state. A consulate was opened in 1936. The two countries have maintained diplomatic relations since 1957. During the Second World War, Switzerland represented the interests of 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 moved to Managua in 1993. The cooperation office in Tegucigalpa was then transformed into a liaison and programme office.