El Salvador

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 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
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


TEL 2501 2999

Final Blvd. Santa Elena
Antiguo Cuseatlan, La Libertad
San Salvador







El Salvador Travel Advisory

Travel Advisory October 1, 2019

El Salvador – Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

Exercise increased caution when traveling to El Salvador due to crime.

Country Summary: Violent crime, such as murder, assault, rape, and armed robbery, is common. Gang activity, such as extortion, violent street crime, and narcotics and arms trafficking, is widespread. Local police may lack the resources to respond effectively to serious criminal incidents.

Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.

If you decide to travel to El Salvador:

  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Avoid walking or driving at night.
  • Do not physically resist any robbery attempt.
  • Be extra vigilant when visiting banks or ATMs.
  • Do not display signs of wealth, such as wearing expensive watches or jewelry.
  • Engage local guides certified by the national or local tourist authority when hiking in back country areas.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Follow the Department of State on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Review the Crime and Safety Report for El Salvador.
  • U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.

Last Update:  Reissued after periodic review with updates to the Travel Advisory Level.