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El Salvador

Risk Ratings  

    MEDIUM MEDICAL RISK for El Salvador
    HIGH TRAVEL RISK for El Salvador

COVID-19 Impact

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Travel): Low -

Inbound travel is broadly possible with some inconvenience; restrictions affect a limited range of travellers.

Restrictions in place for a limited range of originating countries / nationalities arriving in country.  Mandatory testing and quarantine in designated facilities may apply.

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Domestic Operations): Low -

COVID-related precautions and restrictions causing some inconvenience to business operations. Most businesses are operating.

Both essential and non-essential businesses are operating, though outbreaks may impact medical and/or logistic factors  and cause disruption, often at short notice. Pre-existing security risks likely to be exacerbated by COVID-19-related political and socio-economic concerns in the near/medium term, though these disruptions will not affect the stability of the overall security environment. Elective surgery may not be accessible at times and VERY HIGH and HIGH Medical Risk Rated countries will be under pressure. Basic elements of BCPs – such as reduced or staggered staffing, social distancing, limited face to face interaction – may be active, with clear escalation and de-escalation triggers as well as mitigation measures.

RestrictionsInboundEntry rules:

A) Inbound travel for foreign nationals (including Canada, US and EU/EEA/Schengen nationals):

Entry is permitted. El Salvador International Airport (SAL) has reopened for international travel. Enhanced health protocols such as face masks, social distancing and temperature checks are currently in place.

B) Inbound travel for COVID-19 variant areas:

Citizens and residents of Panama may be required - in addition to providing the required negative COVID-19 test - to quarantine in a 'hospital hotel' until determined by the authorities to no longer pose a threat of COVID-19 transmission.

C) Border closures:

Borders are open.
(Until further notice)
Testing requirements:

All travellers must present a negative RT-PCR COVID-19 test with an original certificate from a laboratory taken within 72 hours prior boarding.

Passengers who have completed their COVID-19 vaccination course will no longer be required to present a negative RT-PCR test for entry but can present proof of vaccination instead. Travellers are advised to verify with their airline that they have implemented this change and their specific documentary requirements.
(Until further notice)
Quarantine requirements:

A) Who must quarantine and for how long?
There is no mandatory quarantine in effect for inbound travellers. Passengers and aircrew members arriving at airports may be subject to health screening measures. Those exhibiting symptoms may be subject to additional testing and/or asked to quarantine voluntarily.
(Until further notice)
OutboundThere are no restrictions on individuals seeking to depart the country.
(Until further notice)
Internal / DomesticThe National Civil Police (PNC) has implemented measures to verify public transport services are complying with bio sanitary measures.
(Until further notice)
The use of face masks is recommended at all times.
(Until further notice)

19 Jun 2021 (Updated Daily)

Risk Summary


Please see our:

Medical and Security Alerts for El Salvador

COVID-19 information for El Salvador

Dedicated COVID-19 website


Opportunistic and violent crime poses the main security risks to foreign personnel. While the country has a high homicide rate, most murders are the byproduct of gang rivalries. Business travellers are unlikely to be targeted in such attacks, but may face the risk of incidental exposure to violence if they unknowingly travel into a gang-held neighbourhood. In all areas of the country, individuals may be targeted based on perceived wealth and it is advisable to exercise caution at all times, and especially in tourist areas and crowded marketplaces. Armed street crime, such as bag-snatching and robbery, is a problem.

Travellers to the Honduran border region should consider travelling with a local guide due to the presence of landmines and unexploded ordnance close to the border. Travellers should exercise precautions if crossing overland into Guatemala, as criminals have targeted such travellers in several instances. The country is vulnerable to tropical storms and hurricanes during the Atlantic Basin's hurricane season (June-November), which can cause severe travel disruption. Internal travel and communications are complicated due to infrastructure deficiencies.

This information is intended as a summary of the travel security environment; however, the risks can change at short notice during a crisis or evolving situation. Please check our alerts to ensure you are informed of the most recent developments.


Vaccinations For El Salvador
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travellers and expatriates,
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Hepatitis BRecommended for all travellers and expatriates.
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RabiesConsider for certain travellers, especially: For
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Typhoid feverRecommended for all travellers and expatriates.
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Yellow feverA yellow fever vaccination certificate is
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Routine Vaccinations

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