• A visa is not required for stays of up to 90 days for citizens of the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Switzerland or the European Union, among other countries.
  • Citizens of the USA, Canada, Australia, Bulgaria, Croatia and Romania among other countries must buy a US$10 tourist card on arrival, valid for 90 days.
  • Citizens of the European Union (except Bulgaria, Croatia and Romania), New Zealand and most South and Central American countries do not require a tourist card.

Customs Regulations

People entering El Salvador are permitted to bring in the following:

  • 200 cigarettes or 25 cigars and cigarillos or 250g of tobacco
  • Up to 12L of alcoholic beverages
  • Up to six units of perfume
  • Other articles up to a value of US$500

All visitors leaving and entering El Salvador go through customs. Be prepared for bag checks at both airports and land borders.


A visa is generally not required for stays of under 90 days, although a $US10 tourist card is obligatory for the citizens of certain countries.

Further Information

The Central America-4 agreement allows for travel between the borders of Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Nicaragua for up to 90 days, with one passport stamp and one US$10 tourist card (unless you are a from a country that is exempt from needing a tourist card).

A full visa – if you a from a country which requires one – costs US$30.