Travel Advisory for El Salvador

Some Facts about the Country El Salvador in Central America

Capital City

San Salvador

El Salvador airport

SAL – Monseñor Oscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport

Language

Spanish

Time Zone

GMT – 6

El Salvador’s flag

It is made up of three horizontal stripes: two blue stripes with a white stripe in the center. The blue stripes on the top and bottom represent the two oceans that border Central America: the Atlantic and the Pacific. The central white stripe represents peace.

Travel Documents

All foreign visitors to El Salvador must hold a return or onward ticket, and the travel documents that are required for your next destination.
Your passport should be valid for at least six months after departure from El Salvador. Please note that passport requirements can change in a short notice. Therefore we advise you to check the passport requirements with the embassy or consulate of your country.

Visa

There is no visa required for a stay of up to three months in El Salvador.
Please note that visa requirements can change in a short notice. Therefore we advise you to check the visa requirements with the embassy or consulate of your country.

Airport Tax

A tax is required for visitors departing El Salvador by air or sea. However, this tax is usually included in the price of the ticket.

Currency

American dollar (USD)

Bank Facilities

Withdrawing money from ATMs can be done in all larger cities. Usually you can only withdraw with a Visa card. Maestro and Master-card are not accepted everywhere. You can always withdraw money by credit-card, however there is an additional fee attached. Make sure you have no bills larger than 20 dollars as there is not always enough change.

Cuisine

The cuisine of El Salvador is a blend of Spanish and indigenous cultures.
Corn, beans and tomatoes are in almost all dishes Soups and seafood are also very popular.

Vaccinations

There are no vaccinations required to enter El Salvador. However, you are advised to take precautions against Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis, Measles, Mumps, Rubella, Polio. A vaccination certificate is required when you arrive from a Yellow Fever infected area. Furthermore, you are advised to discuss your travel plans with a health- care provider to determine which vaccinations you might need.

Health

While traveling in El Salvador, you are advised to avoid tap water, fountain drinks and ice cubes. It is advisable to only drink bottled or boiled water.

Voltage

The electricity current is 115 volts, 60Hz. El Salvador generally accepts the following plugs:

  • Flat blade plug
  • Two parallel flat pins with ground pin
  • Three round pins arranged in a triangle
  • V- shaped flat prongs
  • Two round pins

Weather in El Salvador

The larger parts of El Salvador have tropical temperatures throughout the year. The higher altitudes of El Salvador have a climate that is significantly cooler. During the winter months, the top of the mountain ‘Cerro El Pital’, is the only place in El Salvador covered in snow