El Salvador’s position before Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic:
El Salvador tourist visa is not required for citizens of Australia for a stay up to 90 days.
Under the Central American Border Control Agreement (CA-4), foreigners may travel for up to 90 days between El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua and Guatemala without completing exit and entry formalities once per year. This period begins at the first point of entry of any of those countries. A tourist card must be purchased upon entry (USD10 in May 2016).
Visitors can request an extension of their CA-4 visa prior to its expiry.
Airport tax on exit is USD32 and is sometimes included in the cost of the airline ticket.
A valid Yellow Fever Vaccination Certificate is required for travellers arriving in El Salvador from Yellow Fever endemic countries. The World Health Organisation provides a list of countries in which Yellow Fever is endemic.
Ensure you have your passport stamped when entering El Salvador by air, road or water.
Make sure your passport has at least six months’ validity from your planned date of return to Australia.
Travelling with medications
If you are carrying medications into El Salvador, they must be transported in their original container and have a clear label. Prescription and controlled medications must be accompanied by a prescription from your doctor, stating the medications’ generic names.
Travelling with children
Any adult travelling with children may be required to show evidence of parental, custodial or access rights. Minors travelling on Salvadoran passports and who are travelling alone, with one parent or with a third party must have the written permission of the absent parent(s) or legal guardian to depart El Salvador. A Salvadoran notary must notarise these documents.
Australia has a Consulate in El Salvador, headed by an Honorary Consul. The Consulate provides limited consular assistance (not including the issue of Australian passports). Contact details for the Consulate are:
Australian Consulate, San Salvador
12 Calle Poniente 2028
Colonia Flor Blanca
San Salvador, El Salvador
Phone: +503 2298 9447
The Consular Services Charter explains what the Australian Government can and can’t do to assist Australians overseas. You can obtain full consular assistance from the nearest Australian Embassy which is in Mexico:
Australian Embassy, Mexico City
Ruben Dario 55, (Polanco)
Colonia Bosque de Chapultepec
11580 Mexico D.F. MEXICO
Telephone: +52 55 1101 2200
Facsimile: +52 55 1101 2201
In a consular emergency if you are unable to contact the Consulate or Embassy you can contact the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305, or 1300 555 135 within Australia.