Honduras-problems crossing back from Jocotan, Guatemala into Honduras(Part 17)
Do you remember in Post #13 where I said I should have known better than to cross the border with only a copy of my passport? Yep, it was time to pay the price for that.
When we arrived back at the Honduran border after a day in Jocotán, there was a man waiting outside the bus to make sure we checked in with the immigration office. This was a big change because when we had crossed into Guatemala that morning there was no one at the border making sure we stopped and checked in.
The man at the border made sure that we checked in with the Guatemala immigration office where the guard was stunned that we had originally entered the country without registering. After a long discussion, he told us we would have to pay a fine of $10 per person. Grudgingly we paid the fine. We were not negotiating from a position of strength.
We thought we had satisfied everything and were ready to leave when we were told we would also have to check with Honduran authorities. That is where it really got difficult. The guard was not going to allow us to re-enter Honduras because I only had a photocopy of my passport which was not sufficient to allow me entry.
When I tried to tell the guard that all my stuff was in Copán Ruinas, Honduras and I was enrolled in a school there, she wanted to know what proof I had that I had EVER been in Honduras! Naturally without my original passport with the Honduran arrival stamps in it, I had no proof that I had ever entered the country legally. I was in a real mess!
To be continued
Steve Barrymore firstname.lastname@example.org
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