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Biosafety protocol in El Salvador

Due to the current sanitary emergency situation, each visitor must comply with migratory and biosecurity requirements both at origin and upon entry into El Salvador.


To enter El Salvador a negative PCR test is required. To know the requirements of such a test click on the following link


To download the Biosafety Protocol for beach sporting events click here

If you have any questions regarding PCR testing, please contact Katya Escalante by e-mail at kmescalante@istu.gob.sv or by cell phone at 503 7985-1114.


From the time the results are sent or presented to the person by the laboratory, is when the requested 72 hours will be counted. It is recommended that each visitor confirm directly with their airlines and perform the validation count of their test from the exact time of arrival in the country for the test to be valid.

Travel Requirements

It is important that all visitors verify the immigration requirements to enter El Salvador before starting their trip in order to avoid mishaps or unwanted episodes. As a rule, it is important that the passport of each person has a minimum validity of 6 months.

Citizens of some countries do not require a visa to enter El Salvador for a visit that does not exceed a period of 90 days or transit travel.

Some visa exempt nationalities may require a MIGRATION ENTRY CARD, which is acquired at the border entry points and costs USD 12.

If your country is not listed then you will need to apply for a Consular Visa at one of the Diplomatic Representations of El Salvador abroad or a Consulted Visa to be obtained through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of El Salvador.

Therefore, it is highly recommended that each visitor reviews his or her travel requirements on the web page of the General Directorate of Immigration and Foreigners.

Additionally, all travelers should take into consideration the following: 

a) The maximum length of stay that may be granted as a tourist is 90 days. If an extension is required, one extension may be requested during the year.

b) All countries of South America and Africa, as well as Panama require visitors to have been vaccinated against yellow fever 15 days prior to their trip to El Salvador and must carry the certificate or booklet of such vaccination as it may be requested by the health authorities of El Salvador at the point of entry to the territory.

For any questions regarding immigration requirements, please contact Francis (Chute) Hasbún at hostsurfcityesa@mitur.gob.sv or by cell phone at 503 7886-2367.

Entrance To El Salvador Airport

Representatives of the government of El Salvador, duly identified, will be waiting for you at the airport, so it is important that when you get off the plane you are aware of their identities.

It is recommended that all visitors bring USD 5.00 and USD 10.00 bills to pay for the luggage handling cart inside the airport if they consider that they will require it.

El Salvador also implements a biosecurity protocol inside the International Airport and for details of its implementation please visit the following link.

Migration and Customs


  • Each visitor will be received at the International Airport by a duly identified representative of the government of El Salvador who will guide and accompany him/her throughout the migration and customs procedures at the airport.
  • If the participant has sent unaccompanied baggage, it will arrive at the airport’s cargo terminal. The recovery of the baggage will be coordinated and guided by another government representative of El Salvador.
  • All cargo baggage in El Salvador will be given diplomatic treatment and must be consigned as indicated: 


Participant’s name / ISA 


The organizer will provide each delegation with transportation from Monday, May 24 through Monday, June 7, 2021.

If you have any questions regarding transportation, please contact Lya Salazar at lrsalazar@corsatur.gob.sv or cell phone +503 7740-3981.

Dress Code

Events with authorities: casual attire and closed footwear

General Tips On The Culture Of El Salvador

The following is a description of some of the main cultural customs in El Salvador in the context of tourism:

    • It is customary to shake hands between men and women. However, in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, this cultural habit has ceased to be practiced and now has its variants in the form of a forearm or clenched fist greeting.
    • In El Salvador, it is common for company executives and personnel related to tourism services to speak English.
    • Within the Salvadoran culture, cultivating interpersonal relationships is very important and in the field of tourism it makes it easier to maintain a satisfactory relationship.
    • The typical dish of El Salvador is the “Pupusa” which is a corn or rice cake stuffed with ground beans, pork rinds and cheese. It is advisable for national and foreign tourists coming from abroad to consider its ingredients before eating it. In addition, if you wish to eat it, it is advisable to do so in a pupusería or restaurant that implements biosecurity measures.

Key Contacts In El Salvador

Surf City El Salvador ISA WSG 2021

Francis (Chute) Hasbún

Liaison with international participants

Languages: Spanish and English


503 7886 2367

Alejandra Durán

General Manager of the Salvadoran Tourism Corporation, CORSATUR and General Coordinator of the event.

Languages: Spanish, English and French


503 7786 9301

Katya Escalante

Contact for PCR test (COVID 19)


503 7985 1194

Emergency Number

Country Code


Policía Nacional Civil


Sistema de Emergencia Médica

Bomberos de El Salvador

Cruz Roja Salvadoreña

Cruz Verde Salvadoreña

Comandos de Salvamento

ISS Médico Quirúrgico

Hospital Nacional Rosales

Hospital Bloom