Official Name

Republic of El Salvador

Capital City

San Salvador

Legal tender

US dollar. We recommend you to change the currency at the airport. Credit cards are accepted in most shops and stores.

Government

Democratic Republic.

Official language

Spanish.

Other languages

English is very common within the community business.

World time

GMT -06:00

Climate

Generally, the climate of El Salvador is warm or tropical during the greater part of the year. The annual average temperature is 28°C, ranging between 25°C and 28°C.

Weather

We advise to check the weather in El Salvador before packing: www.marn.gob.sv

Bank hour service

08:00 – 16:00. Some exceptions working up to 17:00 or 19:00 hours.

Electricity

110v

Currency

US Dollar (US $)

Time Reference

GMT-6

Entry Requirements

Passport, depending on the country of origin. Sometimes a tourist visa or tourist card at a cost of $ 12 is needed and are usually valid for 90 days.

Electricity

110 volts AC, 60 Hz, 220 Volt

Internet

Easy access to the Internet via WiFi hotspots in business centers, hotels, cafes and restaurants.

Tipping

10% is appropriate in most restaurants and bars. Some already include the tip in the bill.

Foreign exchange

Visitors are advised to change money only at banks.

Travelers Checks

They can be exchanged at banks and hotels, upon presentation of a passport.

Airport Tax

EE.UU. $ 32.00

Airlines that wish to enter El Salvador must require their passengers (except for crew, diplomats or children under 2 years of age), a negative PCR test, issued by the laboratory, 72 hours before boarding the flight.

If the test is sent by the laboratory through any electronic means (E-mail, whatsapp, text message, etc.) the passenger will have to print the certificate, to present it at the airline counter in the country of shipment.

The test certificate, to be presented at the airline, does not require the signature and seal of the laboratory or of the person responsible for having performed the examination.

All visitors must verify the immigration requirements needed to enter El Salvador before starting their journey to avoid unwanted setbacks or episodes. Passports should expire in no less than 6 months.

Nationals of the following countries do not require a visa to visit El Salvador for tourism or family visit for a period not exceeding 90 days or for transit.

This visa-exempt countries may require a tourist card, which can be obtained at the border points of entrance to the country, and has a cost of US$12.00.

If your country is not listed above, you will need to apply for a Consular Visa at the Salvadoran Embassies abroad or a Consulted Visa through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It is highly recommended to review these requirements in the following web page: http://www.migracion.gob.sv/visas-prorrogas-y-permisos/

Additionally, for any of the visa categories please consider the following:

  1. The maximum length of stay that can be given to a tourist is 90 days. If an extension is required, one can be requested per year.
  2. People arriving from Panama, South America or Africa must have received the yellow fever vaccine at least 15 days before their trip to El Salvador.

Here is the list of recommended transportation El Salvador

https://elsalvador.travel/surfcity/transportation-options/

More About El Salvador

In El Salvador, you will find many English speakers in the tourism sector.

In the Salvadoran culture, it is important to cultivate interpersonal relationships.

The typical dish of El Salvador is the “pupusa” which is a corn cake or rice cake stuffed with ground beans, chicharrón (pork beef) and/or cheese. It is recommended for domestic and foreign tourists who come from abroad to consider their ingredients before tasting them.

Tourism in El Salvador

In El Salvador, in a short time you can move to different tourist places such as beaches, volcanoes, lakes, colonial towns, cities, and ruins.

To learn more about the outstanding tourist sites we invite you to explore the following links:

https://www.asotur.org/