Coronavirus travel health
Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for El Salvador on the TravelHealthPro website
See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Entry and borders
See Entry requirements to find out what you will need to do when you arrive in El Salvador.
Returning to the UK
Travelling from and returning to the UK
Check what you must do to travel abroad and return to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting.
You should contact local authorities for information on testing facilities (only available in Spanish).
Be prepared for your plans to change
No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.
If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.
Plan ahead and make sure you:
- can access money
- understand what your insurance will cover
- can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned
Travel in El Salvador
Most businesses and services are operating. However some COVID-19 restrictions and other measures remain in force.
Anyone leaving their accommodation must wear a face covering. Other measures could be introduced with little or no notice. You should familiarise yourself with any local measures or restrictions, and comply with these and any other emergency measures.
Please check that your planned accommodation is available and whether any COVID-19 restrictions are being applied before travelling.
Public spaces and services
Most businesses and services are open; entry controls, temperature checks, social distancing measures and limits on customer numbers are common. Schools, universities and some museums are subject to restrictions, and some forms of larger gatherings are discouraged.
Proof of a negative COVID-19 test, or evidence that you are fully vaccinated and have received two doses of the COVID-19 vaccine (or one dose if vaccinated with the Johnson & Johnson vaccine) is required for entry to public sports events and may be required for other public events.
British-issued prescriptions cannot be used locally. To find a pharmacy (“farmacia”) look for one of the big national chains such as Farmacia San Nicolas, Farmacias UNO or Farmacias Economicas, among others; a quick search online should help you to identify the nearest open one. For contact details for English speaking doctors visit our list of healthcare providers.
Your emotional and mental wellbeing is important. Read guidance on how to look after your mental wellbeing and mental health.
View Health for further details on healthcare in El Salvador.
See also the guidance on healthcare if you’re waiting to return to the UK.
COVID-19 vaccines if you live in El Salvador
We will update this page when the Government of El Salvador announces new information on the national vaccination programme. You can sign up to get email notifications when this page is updated.
The El Salvador national vaccination programme started in March 2021 and is currently open to those age 6 and above. El Salvador is using the AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, Sinopharm and Sinovac vaccines, though recipients cannot generally choose which they receive.
From 18 October, COVID-19 vaccination is available to non-resident foreigners in El Salvador, including tourists and visitors. British nationals resident in El Salvador are also eligible for vaccination if they choose to join the programme. To make an appointment and for further information on the vaccination programme, please visit the Government of El Salvador Ministry of Health website (accessible only from within El Salvador). You will need to bring photo identification to your appointment.
Find out more, including about vaccines that are authorised in the UK or approved by the World Health Organisation, on the COVID-19 vaccines if you live abroad.
If you’re a British national living in El Salvador, you should seek medical advice from your local healthcare provider. Information about COVID-19 vaccines used in the national programme where you live, including regulatory status, should be available from local authorities.
If you need urgent consular assistance, contact your nearest British embassy, high commission or consulate. All telephone numbers are available 24/7.