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🇸🇻 EL SALVADOR

DOCUMENTATION EL SALVADOR
Passport Valid for length of stay
Boat Documentation Coast Guard Doc (Original)
Proof of Insurance Liability Insurance may be required by marinas
Crewlist Required at checkin/out
Zarpe Required at checkin/out
OFFICIAL PROCEDURES  
Official Country Visa None if stay is less than 90 days
Immigration Visa Good for 90 days with one 30-day extension; CA-4 Tourist Card ($10) available if travelling via land between Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Honduras
Required Permits Temporary Importation Permit  (fee $1/day); cruising permit (valid for 2 months)
Upon Arrival Visit: Immigration; Custom; Port Authority; Port Captain
Upon Departure Visit: Immigration; Port Captain
Entry & Exit Fees: Free to $50
Notes: Visas obtained in El Salvador are issued for 90 days and are good for four Central American countries, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, and Honduras but only for those traveling by land.  If you take your boat to one of the other countries you will have to get a new visa and a Zarpe.

Tourists who wish to remain in the four-country region beyond their initial 90-day visa can obtain a one-time in-country (not required to leave) 90-day extension by applying at Migration in San Salvador and paying $25. You will be required to show reason why you cannot leave the country (hurricane season, illnesses. etc) and have a resident or company sign an affidavit to “sponsor” you.  Forms are available on-line and you will need two photos. When that visa expires, you are required to leave the four-country area, the nearest being Mexico, Belize, or Costa Rica. Many cruisers schedule their inland travel to include travel briefly outside the four-country region to renew their visas just prior to the expiration date.Port fees are $1 per day to use Salvadorian waters.  The fee is payable in 30-day increments up to 90 days.  After 90 days you must renew your permit at the port offices (AMP) located on the hotel grounds.  The permit has unlimited renewals.  If you leave your boat unattended over 90 days you can pay for your permit when you return.
   
OTHER  
Required Vaccinations None
Pets Vaccinations Certificate
   
Currency: US Dollar
Crime Index Safety Index Corruption Index Corruption Score GDP Pop (M) Life Ex. Cost of Living Groc. Rest. $ Loc.Purch.P.
71.57 28.43 95 36% 4,330 6.5 73.5 48.05 43.9 37.8 28.88

COUNTRY CONTACT – EL SALVADOR RALLY

US EMBASSYTEL 2501 2999

Final Blvd. Santa ElenaAntiguo Cuseatlan, La LibertadSan Salvador

 

WEATHER

SWELL
  In El Salvador the Bar crossings need to be timed to low swell and calm conditions.
Watch for large Southern Ocean events which travel and make surfers happy but bar-crossings dangerous .

WIND

TIDES

Pacific coast of Central America has semi-diurnal tides with a  range of 6-9 feet /  2–3 m in El Salvador

 

PILOT CHARTS

El Salvador Pilot Charts depict averages in prevailing winds and currents, air and sea temperatures, wave heights, visibility, barometric pressure, and weather conditions at different times of the year. The information used to compile these averages was obtained from oceanographic and meteorologic observations over many decades during the late 18th and 19th centuries.  The charts aid the navigator in selecting the fastest and safest routes with regards to the expected weather and ocean conditions.  In El Salvador the Bar crossings need to be timed to low swell and calm conditions. Details on El Salvador Climatology and how to read Wind-roses follow this link.

 

EL SALVADOR HISTORIC HURRICANE TRACKS

EL SALVADOR CHARTS

Entering or Exiting the Bar should only be done with a pilot vessel and with less than 4 feet of swell running and with all systems fully functioning

 

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EL SALVADOR ROUTE SEGMENTS

SOUTH BOUND

🇬🇹 PUERTO QUETZAL - BAHIA DEL SOL 🇸🇻
125 nm

🇸🇻 BAHIA DEL SOL - GOLFO DE FONSECA - 🇸🇻 🇭🇳 🇳🇮
80 nm