El Salvador Visa and Passport Requirements

Passport required Return ticket required Visa required
Australian Yes Yes No/1
British Yes Yes No
Canadian Yes Yes No
EU Yes Yes No/1
USA Yes Yes No

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To enter El Salvador, a passport valid for at least six months is required by all nationals referred to in the chart above.

Passport note

El Salvador is party to the Central America Border Control Agreement (CA-4).

Under the terms of this agreement, tourists may travel within any of the CA-4 countries (Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala) for a period of up to 90 days, without completing entry and exit formalities at border immigration checkpoints.

This period begins at the first point of entry in to any of the CA-4 countries. Fines are applied for travellers who exceed this 90-day limit, although a request for a 30-day extension can be made before the 90 days limit expires.


Visas are not required by nationals referred to in the chart above for stays of up to 90 days, except:

1. Nationals of Australia, Bulgaria, Croatia and Latvia, who must buy a 30-day tourist card on entry for US$10.

Nationals not referred to in the chart are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements for El Salvador.

Visa note

Sufficient funds and an ongoing ticket are required for visas.

Types and cost

Tourist card (on arrival): US$10; single-entry visa: US$30; multiple-entry visa: US$60.


Tourist cards are valid for 30 days; single-entry visas are valid for 30, 60 or 90 days; multiple-entry visas are valid for a year.

Application to

You can obtain tourist cards on arrival. For other visas, you must apply to the consulate (or consular section at the embassy).

Working days

One to three days, or five to eight for applications referred to the immigration department for authorisation.

Embassies and tourist offices

Embassy of El Salvador in the USA
Telephone: (202) 595 7000. Website: http://www.elsalvador.org Opening times: Mon-Fri 0930-1730
Embassy of El Salvador in the UK
Telephone: (020) 7224 9800. Website: http://elsalvador.embassyhomepage.com/ Opening times: Mon–Fri 1000–1600
British Embassy in El Salvador
Telephone: (020) 7224 9800. Website: https://www.gov.uk/government/world/el-salvador Opening times: Mon-Thu 0730-1630, Fri 0730-1130.

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Visa and passport information is updated regularly and is correct at the time of publishing. You should verify critical travel information independently with the relevant embassy before you travel.