LAW OF A FREE TOURIST ZONE IN THE
DEPARTMENT OF BAY ISLANDS
AIM AND CREATION OF A FREE TOURIST ZONE
OBJECT AND DEFINITIONS
ARTICLE 1: OBJECT: The object of this law is to create the legal framework that
is necessary for the establishment and operation of a Customs, Tax and Territorial
Ordering Regime that will operate in all territory comprised in the Department of
Bay Islands, except for the Archipelago of Cayos Cochinos. For its execution, this
Special Regime will adopt the name of Free Tourist Zone of Bay Islands or
ZOLITUR (its acronym in Spanish).
ARTICLE 2: AIM: The aim of the Free Tourist Zone of Bay Islands is to promote
national and foreign investment within its territory in order to allow that the activities
derived from this investment are developed subject to a special regime and an
environment that is consistent with the following: social and economic
development, security of the people and assets, supportable and sustainable
development that protects the environment and is in harmony with the ecology and
tourism of the zone.
ARTICLE 3: TERMS, ACRONYMS AND DEFINITIONS: For the purposes of this
Law, the following terms, acronyms and definitions are adopted:
1) ADMINISTRATIVE COMMISSION: The Administrative Commission of the
Free Tourist Zone of the Department of Bay Islands;
2) DEI: Executive Directorate of Income;
3) PUBLIC SERVICES: Education, health and security, among others.
4) VISITOR: A person that is not a resident of the Department of Bay Islands;
5) ZOLITUR: Free Tourist Zone of the Department of Bay Islands;
6) FREE TOURIST ZONE: The special territory that is subject to a tax, customs
and territorial ordering regime in order to promote services;
7) CETS: Executive Commission of Sustainable Tourism;
8) CUSTOMS VALUE: the value established in the Customs Legislation;
9) BENEFICIARY: Every individual or entity that opts for the benefits of
ARTICLE 4: GEOGRAPHIC AREA: The extension and geographical boundaries
of the Department of Bay Islands, except for the territory of the Archipelago of
Cayos Cochinos, that are included in the scope and effects of the judicial ordering
inherent to the special regime of the Free Tourist Zone, which is hereby created
ORGANIZATION AND COMPETENCE
ARTICLE 5: RESPONSIBLE ENTITY: The Administrative Organization of the Free
Tourist Zone of the Department of Bay Islands is created as a public entity that is
functionally and geographically decentralized and that has its own competence and
jurisdiction; this organization will be responsible for the management of the Free
Tourist Zone with its own administrative, technical and financial criteria. This
organization will have the name of Administrative Commission of the Free Tourist
Zone of the Department of Bay Islands and will be administratively attached to the
Ministry of Finances.
The patrimony of the Free Tourist Zone of the Department of Bay Islands includes:
1) The movable and immovable assets acquired or received from the State or the
Municipalities as contribution or by transfer;
2) Inheritances, cessions or donations received from public institutions,
individuals or entities, whether national or foreign;
3) Income from the payment of taxes or special charges created by this Law and
that will be assigned to the budget of the Free Tourist Zone;
4) Income from the sale of assets and investments; and
5) Income from services rendered by the organization.
ARTICLE 6: INTEGRATION AND JURISDICTION: The Administrative
Commission of the Free Tourist Zone of the Department of Bay Islands comprises
the following members:
1) The Minister of Finances, or the corresponding Vice-Minister, who will chair the
2) The Minister of Tourism, or the corresponding Vice-Minister;
3) The Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, or the corresponding
4) The Governor of the Department of Bay Islands;
5) The Majors, or failing them the Vice-Majors, of the Municipalities of the
Department of Bay Islands;
6) One or more owner or substitute representatives appointed by the Chamber of
Commerce and Industry of the Department of Bay Islands;
7) One or more owner or substitute representatives appointed by the Chamber of
Tourism of the Department of Bay Islands;
8) One or more owner or substitute representatives appointed by the Councils
(patronatos) that have legal status.
In case that a member is absent or incapable, he or she will be substituted by his
or her legal substitute.
The following positions are hereby created: Executive Director, Executive Sub-
Director, Special Payer and Auditor of the Free Tourist Zone.
All the government offices and independent, semi-independent or decentralized
institutions shall participate with their concurrent competence subject to the
Administrative Commission of the Free Tourism Zone in order to achieve the best
performance and accomplish their plans.
ARTICLE 7: ATTRIBUTIONS AND COMPETENCES: The Administrative
Commission will have the following attributions and competences:
1) Formulate rules and regulations as well as adopt the resolutions deemed
necessary to the accomplishment of its goals.
2) Coordinate activities with the public and private sectors related to the
development of the Free Tourist Zone.
3) Prepare the annual budget, which shall include a provision that states that at
least thirty percent (30%) of the income will be assigned to infrastructure,
public services, cultural activities and environmental projects coordinated with
the municipalities of the Free Tourist Zone and submitted to the Ministry of
Finances in order to include it in the General Budget of the Republic.
4) Execute yearly the budget in compliance with the Organic Law of the Budget
(Ley Orgánica del Presupuesto) and the General Provisions of the Budget
(Disposiciones Generales del Presupuesto) of that year.
5) Create the agencies and offices deemed necessary to properly conduct the
administrative, tax and customs issues of the Free Tourist Zone.
6) Submit reports or institutional claims and recommend the municipalities
appropriate regulating and controlling measures for local, national and
international migration from and to the territory of the Free Tourist Zone.
7) Promote sustainable tourism in the Free Tourist Zone in coordination with the
Municipalities of the Department of Bay Islands and the CETS in order to
protect the general community in relation to security, public order, health,
education, historical and cultural aspects that are representative of the national
8) Designate the Executive Director, Executive Sub-Director and Auditor of the
Free Tourist Zone; the rest of the members will be appointed by the Executive
9) Approve the administrative and functional organization submitted by the
10) Approve immovable assets lease contracts, assets and services supply
contracts, consultancies, public works, concessions and other documents
submitted by the Executive Director.
11) Approve the Annual Operative Plan of the Free Tourist Zone.
12) Ensure that the Ministry of Finances accurately transfers the taxes and other
contributions established by this law to the Free Tourist Zone quarterly.
13) Manage the patrimony of the Free Tourist Zone.
14) Sign cooperation agreements with public and private organizations in order to
ensure the accomplishment of the objectives of the Free Tourist Zone.
15) Request the intervention of governmental and municipal entities and
institutions needed to solve specific situations in the Free Tourist Zone.
16) Inform the Procuraduría General de la República or Tribunal Superior de
Cuentas about any case that implies pre-judicial or judicial actions that are
brought against or that could be detrimental to the State of Honduras.
Likewise, the Ministerio Público shall be informed of these cases.
17) Know and apply the environmental regulations of the
Department of Bay Islands as well as Articles 17, 27 and 28 of the Territorial
Ordering Law so that they could be concurrently applied with the municipalities
and other government entities or institutions in compliance with its attributes
established in the Agreement of the Executive No 005/2002 in order to create
the Executive Commission of Sustainable Tourism (CETS) of the Department
of Bay Islands.
18) Contribute with the control of entrance and exit activities to and from the
territory of the Free Tourist Zone due to customs, tax, security and territorial
ordering reasons, which will be subject to the regulations of this Law.
19) Any other attribution derived from this Law and the judicial ordering currently in
force of the Republic of Honduras, in general.
ARTICLE 8: DECISIONS: The Administrative Commission, as a registered organ,
will make its decisions by a majority of four fifths (4/5) of the present members; in
case of tie, the President will have the decisive vote.
ARTICLE 9: SESSIONS: The Administrative Commission will hold ordinary
sessions every two (2) months and extraordinary sessions whenever it is
requested by a member, provided that the issue is deemed urgent. Quorum
requires the presence of four fifths (4/5) of its members.
Summons for ordinary sessions shall be sent by the Secretary of the Free Tourist
Zone enclosing the agenda and other support documents with at least ten (10)
days in advance.
ARTICLE 10: LABOR REGIME: Labor relations of the personnel that works for the
administrative organization of the Free Tourist Zone are regulated by the Civil
Service Regime, except for the cases of professional service contracts which will
be ruled by the conditions agreed by the parties.
Furthermore, workers will have the benefits as participants of the National Pension
and Retirement System for the Executive (Sistema Nacional de Jubilaciones y
Pensiones del Poder Ejecutivo).
FREE TOURIST ZONE
SPECIAL CUSTOMS REGIME
ARTICLE 11: APPLICATION SCOPE: The Special Customs Regime for the Free
Tourist Zone includes all legal activities that consist on the trade of assets and
merchandises or services that have been authorized and are developed within the
territory of the Department of Bay Islands; according to this law, all these activities
are expressly exempted from the payment of tax or customs charges. This Regime
comprises only those actions, contracts and operations that are conducted within
the geographical territory of the Free Tourist Zone, except for the Archipelago.
ARTICLE 12: INTRODUCTION OF ASSETS OR SERVICES: Without any further
limitations than those established in this law, all kind of legal merchandise, assets
or services can be introduced into the Free Tourist Zone provided that they are
legally possessed or traded, whether they come from a foreign country, a free zone
or a Processing Industrial Zone (ZIP), and despite the fact that they are introduced
for being consumed by the importer or for being traded, processed, transformed,
stored or re-exported.
ARTICLE 13.- EXEMPTION FROM THE PAYMENT OF TAXES: The permanent
introduction of merchandise, assets or services into the territory of the Free Tourist
Zone by the beneficiaries that are subject to and authorized by the Special Regime
established by this Law is exempted from the payment of taxes or customs duties,
import duties, special charge taxes, sales tax, production tax, consumption tax or
value added tax, as well as any other kind of internal taxes and the payment of
consular fees or stamps.
The temporary introduction or re-export of these merchandise, assets or services
will be also exempted from the payment of all taxes, duties or charges as indicated
in the previous paragraph.
The Regulation of this Law will broadly and thoroughly establish the activities or
investments related to tourism, trade, industry, factory, real estate, construction,
handicraft, logistics and service that will be considered within the aim of this Law
and will be subject to the exemption.
ARTICLE 14: MERCHANDISE OR ASSETS IN QUARANTINE: The import, trade
or use of merchandise or assets that shall be kept in phytosanitary quarantine or
that are subject to the obtaining of a license or permit shall follow the procedure
established in the special law.
Illegal assets or merchandise as well as those whose trade or possession is
prohibited by national laws or international agreements signed by the Republic of
Honduras, assets or merchandises that are considered weapons, ammunition,
explosives, narcotics or drugs as well as the products from which they are made,
products that are prohibited or other products such as polluting substances or
products that impoverish the environment, cannot be imported nor introduced to
the Free Tourist Zone unless they are duly and expressly authorized by the
competent authority of Honduras as well as the country where they come from.
ARTICLE 15: COASTAL TRADING: The carrier of merchandise by means of
Costal trading activities as well as private transportation or transfer by air or sea
between islands, except for the Archipelago of Cayos Cochinos, shall have a
Waybill authorized by the Administrative Commission; this Waybill shall include a
description of the merchandise and other necessary information meant to identify
the content of the load.
The carrier shall be considered responsible is he fails to fulfill this obligation and
will be sanctioned according to the seriousness of the case.
ARTICLE 16: MERCHANDISES COMING FROM THE CONTINENTAL
TERRITORY: The transport of merchandise or assets of free trade that are
transferred from the continental Honduran territory into the territory of the Free
Tourist Zone by means of personal transportation or coastal trading by air or sea,
shall not pay customs duties or sales tax; this shall be stated in the document that
the carrier gives to the user for identification and claim.
ARTICLE 17: MERCHANDISE OR ASSETS COMING FROM ZOLITUR: The
transport of merchandise or assets that belong to individuals or entities that have
previously opted for the Special Regime of the Free Tourist Zone, whether they are
natural, manufactured, agricultural, livestock or fishing products that have not been
previously imported from abroad or from a Processing Industrial Zone, can be
transferred to the continental territory of the Republic of Honduras free of any
customs duties or sales tax, as long as the requirements established in Article 16
ARTICLE 18: MERCHANDISE OR ASSETS TO BE RE-LOCATED: When
merchandise or assets coming from abroad arrive in the territory of the Free
Tourist Zone in order to be sent to the continental territory of Honduras, they shall
come through the corresponding customs offices and be subject to the importation
regime and the national customs legislation.
ARTICLE 19: CUSTOMS INSPECTION: The customs office will always inspect
the merchandise or assets that are intended to be permanently or temporarily
introduced by means of the corresponding control and security methods or
ARTICLE 20: REFUSAL TO INSPECTION: Except in the cases expressly
established in the Regulation of this Law, no one can refuse the obligatory
inspection that is established in the previous Article; this inspection shall be
conducted in front of the receiver, or failing that the carrier, his legal representative
or a shipping or customs agent.
ARTICLE 21: PERSONAL ITEMS AND LUGGAGE OF A VISITOR TOURIST IN
THE TERRIOTRY OF THE FREE TOURIST ZONE: The merchandise or assets
that are brought into the territory of the Free Tourist Zone as personal items or
luggage from abroad by a foreign tourist will be exempted from the payments, as
established in Article 13 of this Law.
ARTICLE 22: COMPETENT AUTHORITY: The Ministry of Finances, by means of
the Executive Directorate of Income (DEI) is the authority competent for and
concurrent from the Administrative Commission of the Free Tourist Zone for
acknowledging and solving any issue related to the Customs Regime and the
Special Tax Regime in the Free Tourist Zone. DEI will act by means of its
personnel working in the Customs and Tax Offices (Oficinas de Aduana y
Tributación) located in the territory of the Free Tourist Zone.
ARTICLE 23: INSTALLATION OF PARKING LOTS: The Ministry of Finances, by
means of the Executive Directorate of Income (DEI) and upon request of the
Executive Direction of the Free Tourist Zone will be entitled to authorize the
installation of lots for the parking or storage of containers in transit or provisional
interaction as well as other facilities or storage warehouses as long as they have
the same purpose.
The Ministry of Finances, by means of the Executive Directorate of Income (DEI)
will prepare the corresponding Regulation for the Installation of Parking Lots.
ARTICLE 24: MINOR, EVENTUAL OR EXTRAORDINARY CUSTOMS
ACTIVITIES: The Regulation of this Law will rule minor, eventual or extraordinary
customs activities related to:
1. Import tax or customs exemption for the introduction of household items and
other personal items that belong to an individual that was domiciled in the
territory of the Free Tourist Zone for more than a (1) year and then decided
to change his domicile to any other municipality of the continental territory of
2. Temporary entrance and exit of assets, equipment, machinery, vehicles and
other items needed for work, public works, private works, repairs,
exhibitions, entertainment, and other related activities; specially in relation to
term, guarantee and other conditions;
3. Exemption for the import of foreign vehicles for the transportation of people
or load, motor vehicles, aero-engines, or water vehicles; specially in relation
to its age, capacity, quantity, frequency, replacement, resale and reexportation;
4. Customs limitations related to the following aspects: sanitary, security,
transportation, lack of documentation, missing items, dangerousness and
5. Extraordinary tax and customs exemptions related to import activities
concerning a declared emergency, public or natural disaster; diplomatic
service, humanitarian service, military service and security activities.
SPECIAL TAX REGIME
ARTICLE 25: TAX OBLIGATIONS: Every individual and entity, whether Honduran
or foreign, that has opted for the Special Regime of the Free Tourist Zone or that
has or introduces investments into this territory, is obliged to declare and pay, if
applicable, the following taxes and fees:
1. Four percent (4%) instead of the capital profit tax established by the Law
of Income Tax; this tax will be paid on the profit of the capital produced
for each transaction by which an onerous title of an immovable asset and
the improvements built on it are transferred; it will also be paid on the
transfer of corporate assets, stocks or social sharing in trading
companies, immovable assets owned by individuals and assets subject
to the payment of this tax, provided that they are located within the
territory of the Free Tourist Zone, except for those located in the territory
of the Archipelago de Cayos Cochinos.
2. Fees aimed to preserve the environment and security of the Free Tourist
Zone and that will be charged as follows:
a) Two American dollars (US$ 2.00) or its equivalent in Lempiras, that
will be paid by each passenger reported in the sea transportation ship
manifest that enters the territory of the Free Tourist Zone from a
b) Six American dollars (US$ 6.00) or its equivalent in Lempiras, that will
be paid by each foreign passenger or visitor that enters the territory
of the Free Tourist Zone from a foreign country by air; and
c) One American dollar (US$ 1.00) or its equivalent in Lempiras, that will
be paid by each passenger that enters the territory of the Free Tourist
Zone by air or sea by means of domestic transportation.
The Administrative Commission of the Free Tourist Zone will determine the
distribution of this income in its budget in order to strengthen the Executive
Commission of Sustainable Tourism and the Municipalities of the Free Tourist
ARTICLE 26: EXEMPTION: Except for the provisions of Article 25 and without
detriment of the payment of the Real Estate Transfer Tax, Capital Profit Tax or any
other fees created by this Law, every individual or entity, whether Honduran or
foreign, that has opted for the Special Regime of Free Tourist Zone, is exempted
from the obligation of paying any other tax to the State of Honduras. This
exemption comprises only those actions, contracts and operations that are
conducted within the geographical territory of the Free Tourist Zone.
Obtaining the registration and operation permit or license will be necessary to
benefit from the exemptions established by this Article, which will only include
those actions, contracts and operations that are conducted and originated within
the geographical territory of the Free Tourist Zone.
In case that it is verified that an individual or entity fails to pay the tax obligations
established by this Law, the Administrative Commission of the Free Tourist Zone,
by means of the Executive Directorate of Income (DEI) will be entitled, if
applicable, to suspend or cancel the tax and customs exemptions that benefit the
infringer and suspend or cancel the operation permit or license.
The Regulation of this law will specify the cases and sanctions that will be applied
without detriment of other legal actions that could be brought in compliance with
the provisions of the Tax Code or the Criminal Code.
ARTICLE 27: MUNICIPAL TAXES AND CHARGES: Every individual and entity,
whether Honduran or foreign, that has opted for the Special Regime of the Free
Tourist Zone, is obliged to pay municipal taxes, services fees and other charges or
sanctions established by the Municipalities located within the territory of the Free
Tourist Zone by means of the corresponding Tax Plans or Municipal Orders.
SPECIAL TERRITORIAL REGIME
ARTICLE 28: AIM: The aim of the Special Territorial Regime of the Department of
Bay Islands is to achieve that both activities that are typical of the Free Tourist
Zone as well as those related to the social and economical development of the
Department of Bay Islands, are consistent with the demographic and urban growth
of the territory and that the exploitation of human and natural resources as well as
the physiographic conditions are conducted with balance, sustainability and
ARTICLE 29.- GROUNDS OF THE SPECIAL TERRITORIAL REGIME: The
Special Territorial Regime will be elaborated subject to the scheme prepared by
the Bay Islands Environmental Development Project (Proyecto del Manejo
Ambiental de Islas de la Bahía) and the provisions of the Law of Territorial
Ordering (Ley de Ordenamiento Territoria), the Nation Plan (Plan de Nación) and
the comprehensive development plans.
ARTICLE 30.- CONTENT OF THE SPECIAL TERRITORIAL REGIME: The
Special Territorial Regime shall:
1) Strengthen in a comprehensive way the municipal management;
2) Promote the knowledge of comprehensive development among local
authorities and civil society;
3) Apply a Environmental Management Plan, which shall be sustainable and
will be yearly evaluated; this Plan shall include the treatment given to
sewage coming from the Free Tourist Zone before it arrives to the sea;
4) Promote the development and diversification of tourist products that link
and stress natural, historical and cultural features of each municipality of
the Department of Bay Islands;
5) Promote, together with the Municipalities, projects focused on creating and
improving the coverage and quality of public services, communications and
other related projects;
6) Encourage and strengthen the Support Commissions in order to consider
all the development areas in the municipalities of the Department of Bay
7) Determine the policies, strategies, zonings, rules, usage plans,
comprehensive and balanced occupation of the Department of Bay
8) Encourage human development in the region, promoting educational and
training programs among residents;
9) Establish sustainable criteria for social, economical and environmental
development including the load capacity of the ecological area and
allowing the identification of control and solution mechanisms for the
achievement of a harmonic integration between residents and visitors; and
10) Encourage sustainable development in relation to:
a) Area of the Coral reef and emerging coral;
b) Protected and restricted areas;
c) Tourist areas as well as areas where cultural, ethnical or archeological
patrimony are located;
d) Areas for the production and preservation of water;
e) Sea areas where artisanal and sport fishing as well as diving activities
f) Areas or species in close season;
g) Areas for public use;
h) Protected woods and mangroves;
i) Industrial and commercial production areas;
j) Risk areas due to natural or anthropogenic phenomena;
k) Human settlements;
l) Public and private infrastructure and public services;
m) Special areas with demographic incidence;
n) Zoning, rules for construction and urban development; and
o) Areas for the expansion of cities and towns.
ARTICLE 31.- SOCIAL AND ECONOMICAL DEVELOPMENT: Every activity
related to social and economical development shall be subject to the guidelines
and regulations of the Territorial Regime. In case of the authorization of installation
and operation permits for the Free Tourist Zone, especially in those cases that
require a significant dependency on labor, the Free Tourist Zone shall consider the
hiring of local labor and shall avoid provoking massive labor immigration.
Activities that violate or avoid in any way industrial property as well as any other
object legally protected by the Law of Industrial Property and international
agreements, will not be authorized.
POPULATION OF THE FREE TOURIST ZONE
ARTICLE 32: ENTRANCE OF RESIDENTS OR INDIVIDUALS DOMICILED IN
THE FREE TOURIST ZONE: The entrance and stay of individuals that are legally
domiciled or are residents of the Free Tourist Zone is free and their rights and
obligations will be ruled by this Law. Requirements, obligations and conditions of
the entrance, stay and exit of visitors will be also ruled depending on the individual
It is prohibited to carry weapons in public within the territory of the Free Tourist
Zone. Authorized possession of weapons will be limited to the inside of houses,
only. Weapons will not be allowed within businesses or premises open to the public
or in any public or private means of transportation, except for the army, the police
and legally authorized security officers, provided that they are on duty.
ARTICLE 33: CENSUS: Municipalities of the Free Tourist Zone shall conduct a
census of residents, sole traders and trading companies domiciled in their territory
within the term established by this Law and in compliance with the Law of
Municipalities; the information will be transformed into a database that will be used
for administrative, tax and customs control within the territory of the Free Tourist
ARTICLE 34: DOMICILE: In order to apply this Law, the domicile of any individual
or entity cannot be assumed or unilaterally considered to be located within the
territory of the Free Tourist Zone but shall be exclusively proven, identified,
accepted and declared by the corresponding Municipality.
ARTICLE 35: REGISTRATION: Every individual or entity with domicile or legal
residency in the territory of the Tourist Free Zone shall be registered in a registry
specially created for this purpose in order to be entitled to opt for the Special
Regime. Previous to the registration, individuals and entities shall present a
certificate that proves that they are actually alive or have been legally incorporated,
and that they are domiciled in the territory of the Free Tourist Zone; furthermore,
they shall submit a tax payment solvency (solvencia de pago de impuestos) for the
taxes to which they are subject.
ARTICLE 36: OPERATION PERMIT: Traders Operation Permits that have opted
for the Special Regime created by this Law, provided that they are legally
domiciled in the territory of the Free Tourist Zone, shall be subject to the
consideration of the competent authorities of the Free Tourist Zone and municipal
corporations in order to be authorized and revalidated.
ARTICLE 37: PROCEDURE: The judicial regime of the Free Tourist Zone is Public
Law; its actions shall be specifically ruled by the General Law of Public
Administration (Ley General de Administración Pública), the Administrative
Procedure Law (Ley de Procedimiento Administrativo), the Law of State
Contracting (Ley de Contratación del Estado) and the Law of Jurisdiction of
Administrative Disputes (Ley de la Jurisdicción de lo Contencioso Administrativo).
The Jurisdiction of Administrative Disputes is the competent law to solve disputes
that might arise from the application of this law.
ARTICLE 38: SANCTION: Tax or common felonies or offenses that violate this law
shall be sanctioned according to the Tax Code and the Criminal Code,
ARTICLE 39: FUNDS TRANSFER: In order to guarantee an optimum
management of the Free Tourist Zone and fulfill the aim of this Law, the Ministry of
Finances will transfer the funds that come from the collection of fees and
percentages of the taxes in order to provide the needed budget and fulfill its
ARTICLE 40: TRANSITION: A transition period of one hundred and twenty (120)
calendar days from the date this Law comes into effect is given to the
Administrative Commission of the Free Tourist Zone in order to:
1) Prepare the Regulation that rules this Law and subject it to approval;
2) Prepare and approve the operation manuals of the Free Tourist Zone;
3) Prepare the profiles of the personnel that will work in the Free Tourist Zone
and designate or hire them by means of its Executive Director;
4) Approve the Operation Plan;
5) Implement the infrastructure that is deemed necessary for the appropriate
operation of the Free Tourist Zone;
6) Agree on and sign inter-institutional agreements that are deemed necessary
for the appropriate operation of the Free Tourist Zone;
7) Create customs control mechanisms;
8) Ensure that the Municipalities of the territory of the Free Tourist Zone
conduct the census established in Article 33 of this Law;
9) Spread this Law and its Regulations.
ARTICLE 41: REGULATION: The Executive, by means of the Ministry of
Finances, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and the Ministry of
Tourism, shall regulate this Law within a term of no more than one hundred twenty
(120) days beginning from the date it comes into effect.
Until the control facilities are distributed in all the ports that will be authorized or
certificated to conduct import and export customs operations, the only premises
authorized are the certified sea facilities of the port of Roatan and the airport of the
Municipality of Roatan. The Regulation will rule the periodic or extraordinary
operation of other premises located within the territory of the Free Tourist Zone in
case they are needed and when control and operation facilities are authorized.
ARTICLE 42: EFFECT: This Law will come into effect twenty (20) days after its
publication in the Official Newspaper La Gaceta; the day after this Law comes into
effect, the Administrative Commission will be formally installed.
Issued in the Municipality of Roatán, Department of Bay Islands, during the session
held in the premises of Coral Cay, on the nineteenth of November of the year two
thousand and six.
ROBERTO MICHELTTTI BAIN
JOSE ALFREDO SAAVEDRA PAZ
GONZALO ANTONIO RIVERO
To the Executive.
Therefore: Execute it.
Tegucigalpa, December 29th 2006.
JOSE MANUEL ZELAYA ROSALES
PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF HONDURAS
Minister of Tourism