Visa policy of El Salvador

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El Salvador entry stamp and tourist card issued to a National of Singapore at Monseñor Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport

Visitors to El Salvador must obtain a visa from one of the El Salvadorean diplomatic missions unless they come from one of the visa exempt countries. All visitors must hold a passport valid for 6 months.

Visa policy map[edit]

  El Salvador
  Visa-free access to El Salvador
  May not enter on Canada/Schengen/US visa

Visa exemption[edit]

Holders of passports of the following 87 jurisdictions can visit El Salvador without a visa for up to 90 days (all visitors except the nationals of Belize, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua and Panama must hold proof of sufficient funds to cover their stay and documents required for next destination):[1][2]

1 - except for holders of British National (Overseas) passports.

Visa exemption also applies to residents of countries that are visa exempt as well as holders of a valid visa issued by Canada, the United States or a Schengen member state. This does not apply to nationals of Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Armenia, Bangladesh, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Botswana, Cameroon, China, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Haiti, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kenya, Laos, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Mali, Mongolia, Mozambique, Nepal, Nigeria, North Korea, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Timor-Leste, Vietnam and Yemen and holders of British National (Overseas) passports who also can't obtain a visa on a simplified procedure but their application needs to be approved in El Salvador.

Holders of diplomatic, official or service passports of Belarus, Bolivia, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Egypt, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Jordan, Kenya, Montenegro, Morocco, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Serbia, Suriname, Thailand, Venezuela and Vietnam do not require a visa.

Transit without a visa is allowed for travellers who normally require a visa but are transiting within 48 hours and hold onward tickets.

Tourist card[edit]

All visitors must obtain a tourist card upon arrival (USD 10). Exempt are the visitors holding a valid visa issued by El Salvador and the citizens of the European Union / EEA (except Bulgaria, Croatia and Romania), Argentina, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Monaco, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, Sao Tome and Principe, South Africa, Switzerland, Turkey, Trinidad and Tobago, Uruguay and Vatican City.

Visitor statistics[edit]

Most visitors arriving to El Salvador for tourism purpose (excluding an one-day visits) were from the following countries of nationality:[3]

Country 2015 2014 2013
 Guatemala 530,531 511,829 465,055
 United States 447,628 431,792 422,811
 Honduras 202,339 177,777 171,763
 Mexico 32,654 27,567 27,489
 Costa Rica 28,737 27,981 25,150
 Nicaragua 28,262 33,931 32,937
 Canada 24,796 29,188 31,911
 Spain 8,565 7,850 7,788
 Germany 3,532 4,123 5,440
Total 1,401,598 1,345,165 1,282,792

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