• Useful Information El Salvador

    VISAS AND PASSPORTS:

     

    You must present a valid passport, as well as return tickets to enter El Salvador. Some nationalities require a visa. Depending on that requirement you may need a Tourist Visa (issued by the Salvadoran Embassy or Consulate) or a Tourist Card, that you can acquire for $10 in any entry point of the country, which has a validity of 10 days.

     

    More information is available at the following webpage: www.rree.gob.sv

     

     

    EXIT FEES:

     

    To leave El Salvador you are required to pay an exit tax of $38, which is included in the airline ticket. There is also an exit fee for leaving by sea or land, which varies according to the point of departure.

     

     

    CURRENCY:

     

    The US Dollar is the legal tender since 2001.

     

     

    TIPS:

     

    Although tipping is not required, we recommend leaving a tip of 10% of your bill.

     

     

    LANGUAGE:

     

    Official Language: Spanish.

    Other Languages: English is spoken in almost all tourist destinations. Some zones still use indigenous languages like nahulat and potón.

     

     

    INTERNET DOMAIN: SV

     

     

    TELEPHONE AREA CODE: +503

     

     

    ELECTRIC CURRENT:

     

    110 volts, with flat plug-ins, although there are installations with three holes (two round and one flat). European appliances require an adaptor.

     

     

    TIME ZONE:

     

    GMT -7 hours.

     

     

    CLIMATE:

     

    El Salvador has a tropical climate, with a mean temperature of 25ºC, although it is higher in coastal zones. Between November and April, they have their dry season and the rainy season is from May through October.

     

     

    EMERGENCIES: 911

     

     

    TOURISM OFFICES:

     

    Central American Tourist Promotion Office (Oficina de Promoción Turística de Centroamérica) (CATA)

    C/ Capitán Haya 56-1ºD, 28020 Madrid (Spain)

    Telephone: (34) 91 572 08 54 // 55

    info@visitcentroamerica.com

    www.visitcentroamerica.com

     

    Ministry of Tourism and Corsatur (Ministerio de Turismo y Corsatur)

    Edificio Carbonel #1, Colonia Roma, Alameda Dr. Manuel Enrique Araujo, Pasaje Carbonel,

    San Salvador, El Salvador.

    Telephone: (503) 2243 - 7835 // (503) 2241 - 3200, Fax(503) 2223 - 3200

    www.elsalvador.travel

     

    Chamber of Tourism (Cámara de Turismo) of El Salvador

    Pasaje 1 Casa No. 8 Col. Avila, San Salvador, El Salvador

    Telephone: (503) 2132 – 0200 // (503) 7874 - 4372, Fax: (503) 2132 - 0200, Ext. 7

    asistente@casatur.org

    www.casatur.org/

     

     

    EMBASSY OFFICES:

     

    Spain:

     

    Calle La Reforma, 164 bis. Colonia San Benito. San Salvador. POBox 496.

    Telephone: 257 57 00 // 01 // 02 // 03 // 04, Fax: 257 57 13 // 257 57 12

    emb.sansalvador@maec.es

     

     

    CONSULATES:

     

    Italy:

     

    Calle La Reforma, 158. Colonia San Benito, San Salvador

    Telephone: (503) 2224 – 4161 // (503) 2223 - 4806, (503) 2223 - 4831; Fax: (503) 2298 - 3050

    info@embafrancia.com.sv

    www.ambsansalvador.esteri.it

     

    France:

     

    1ª calle Poniente, #3718. Colonia Escalón. San Salvador
    Telephone: (503) 279 4016; Fax: (503) 298 1536

    info@embafrancia.com.sv

    www.embafrancia.com.sv

     

    Germany:

     

    7ª calle Poniente, #3972, esquina 77ª. Avenida norte, Colonia Escalón. San Salvador
    Telephone: 279 4016; Fax: 298 1536

    linfo@san-salvador.diplo.de

    www.san-salvador.diplo.de

     

     

    VACCINATIONS:

     

    If you are coming from Europe you need no vaccinations, unless you have visited an endemic country beforehand. However, if you plan to stay long in the country, the WHO recommends vaccination against tetanus, hepatitis A and B. More information is available at the Ministry of Health website: www.msc.es

     

     

    AIRPORTS, PORTS AND HIGHWAYS:

     

    Airports:

     

     - The El Salvador International Airport(SAL), commonly known as the Comalapa International Airport, is 50 km from San Salvador.

     - El Salvador International Airport (SAL): Comalapa Highway, San Luis Talpa, La Paz, El Salvador.

     

    Being a small country it has no national company offering domestic flights, however, several international and Central American companies like: American Airlines, Delta, Iberia, Taca, TransAmerican Airlines or Spirit.

     

    Sea Transport:

     

    The main ports of the country include: La Libertad, Acajutla and La Unión. The latter being the largest and most modern of the region, having a port for the exclusive use of Cruise Ships.

     

    To better visit the coast you can contract a tour in launch along the Costa del Sol or Bahía Jiquilisco.

     

    Highways:

     

    Travel by road is a good option, since El Salvador has the most modern highway system of Central America.

     

    The country’s principal roads are the Panamerican Highway and the Coastal Highway.  The Pan-American Highway crosses the country from Guatamala to the border with Honduras and connects the principal cities of El Salvador: San Salvador, San Miguel and Santa Ana.

     

    You can rent a car in one of the offices near the airport, but you must have a temporary license to drive in the country. You can purchase it when renting the vehicle, for $20 with a validity of 3 months. There is also a large fleet of buses connecting the different tourist destinations.

     

     

    TRAVEL TIPS:

     

    Travel Insurance, high powered sun screen, sun glasses, mosquito repellent, a rain coat (if you are visiting in the rainy season), light cotton clothing, avoid dark colours, especially in the rainy season, comfortable walking shoes, camera, binoculars, flashlight, swimwear, a jacket and sweater, because in some highland areas it can get very chilly and a small first aid kit with a stomach protector and serum.

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