Information for U.S. Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents

COVID-19 Information Last updated: October 3, 2022 Updated Requirements for Air Travelers to the U.S. due to COVID-19  Effective June 12, 2022, at 12:01 a.m., a negative COVID-19 test is no longer required for any travelers to the United States.  Vaccine requirements for non-U.S. citizen, nonimmigrant travelers remain in effect. For complete information please refer …

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Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy San Salvador, El Salvador (22 September 2022)

Weather Alert – U.S. Embassy San Salvador, El Salvador (22 September 2022) Location:  El Salvador Event: The Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources and the Civil Protection Agency in El Salvador have increased their warning of dangerous rainstorms throughout the country. The municipalities of Cuscatancingo, Ayutuxtepeque, Santo Tomás, Santiago Texacuangos, Rosario de Mora, Ilopango, Nejapa, …

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Health Alert – U.S. Embassy San Salvador, El Salvador (8 August 2022) 

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy San Salvador, El Salvador (8 August 2022) Location: El Salvador, countrywide Event: The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 2 Travel Health Notice for  Monkeypox in Multiple Countries .  The World Health Organization has determined the multi-country outbreak of  monkeypox  is a Public Health Emergency of International Concern ( click here  to view the WHO’s determination). Actions …

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Weather Alert: U.S. Embassy San Salvador, El Salvador (June 14, 2022)

Weather Alert: U.S. Embassy San Salvador, El Salvador (June 14, 2022) Location:  El Salvador Event:  The National Hurricane Center in the United States (joined by the Ministry of the Environment and Civil Protection Agency in El Salvador) is tracking a low pressure system with the chance of developing into a tropical wave off the Pacific coast …

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Weather Alert for U.S. Citizens- Hurricane Season 2022: U.S. Embassy San Salvador (May 31, 2022)

Weather Alert for U.S. Citizens- Hurricane Season 2022: U.S. Embassy San Salvador (May 31, 2022) Event: The Department of State alerts U.S. citizens in El Salvador to the Atlantic Hurricane Season which lasts through November 2022. Hurricane Season in the Atlantic begins June 1 and runs through November 30. While El Salvador is not located on the …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy San Salvador, El Salvador (April 27, 2022) 

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy San Salvador, El Salvador (April 27, 2022) Location: El Salvador Event:  The Government of El Salvador has extended until May 26, 2022, the validity of emergency measures first enacted on March 27th. These emergency measures temporarily suspend the constitutional rights and guarantees regulated by Articles 7, 12.2, 13.2, and 24, …

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El Salvador – Level 3: Reconsider Travel

El Salvador – Level 3: Reconsider Travel  Reconsider travel to El Salvador due to crime. Country Summary: Violent crime, including armed robbery, homicide and sexual assault are of concern throughout significant portions of the country. Although gang activity varies among departamentos (states) and municipios (municipalities), areas witnessing higher crime rates are often located in close proximity …

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Travel Advisory: El Salvador Updated Travel Advisory- Level 3 (Reconsider Travel)

El Salvador – Level 3: Reconsider Travel Reconsider travel to El Salvador due to crime. Country Summary:  Violent crime, including armed robbery, homicide and sexual assault are of concern throughout significant portions of the country. Although gang activity varies among departamentos (states) and municipios (municipalities), areas witnessing higher crime rates are often located in close proximity to …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy San Salvador (April 4, 2022)

Security Alert – U. S. Embassy San Salvador (April 4, 2022) Location: El Salvador Event:  Per open source reporting, since the Government of El Salvador’s enactment of emergency measures on March 27, violent encounters between law enforcement personnel and alleged gang members continue around the country.  Persons not directly involved in such events can still be at …

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Message to U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy San Salvador (March 23, 2022)

Message to U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy San Salvador (March 23, 2022) Location: El Salvador Event: Deadline for U.S. Citizens to Directly Return to the United States with Certain Expired U.S. Passports Extended to June 30, 2022. If you are overseas and your passport expired on or after January 1, 2020, you may be able to …

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Travel Advisory: El Salvador Updated Travel Advisory- Level 3 (Reconsider Travel)

El Salvador –  Level 3: Reconsider Travel  H C Reconsider travel to El Salvador due to crime and COVID-19. Read the Department of State’s  COVID-19  page before you plan any international travel. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a  Travel Health Notice for El Salvador   due to COVID-19, indicating a high level of COVID-19 in the country.   Your risk of contracting COVID-19 and developing severe symptoms may be lower if you are fully vaccinated with an  FDA authorized vaccine .  Before …

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Social Security Representatives Visit to San Salvador 24-27 January 2022

Social Security Representatives Visit to San Salvador 24-27 January 2022 The U.S. Embassy in El Salvador is pleased to announce that representatives from the Regional Federal Benefits Office from San Jose, Costa Rica, will visit Embassy San Salvador to offer services for beneficiaries or individuals with questions about U.S. Social Security benefits. Two events will …

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El Salvador – Level 3: Reconsider Travel  H C 

El Salvador –  Level 3: Reconsider Travel  H C  Reconsider travel to El Salvador due to crime and COVID-19.   Read the entire Travel Advisory. Read the Department of State’s  COVID-19  page before you plan any international travel. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued  a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for El Salvador  due to COVID-19, indicating a high level of COVID-19 in the country.  Your risk of contracting COVID-19 and developing severe symptoms may be lower if you are …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Launch of Online Fee Payments for Adult Passport Renewals on July 25, 2021

The U.S. Embassy San Salvador is pleased to announce a new option to pay for your adult passport renewal by mail application, which is the best option for fastest service for those who qualify.  Beginning July 25, 2021, passport applicants wishing to pay for their DS-82 renewal application online may visit  U.S. Embassy San Salvador Passport Services Website  to determine eligibility to use …

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Temporary Suspension on the Importation of Dogs

On June 14, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a  Notice of Temporary Suspension of Dogs Entering the United States from High-Risk Rabies Countries  suspending the importation of dogs from countries classified by the CDC as high risk for dog rabies AND countries that are NOT at high risk if the dogs have been in high-risk countries during the previous 6 months.  Eligible individuals can apply …

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Repatriation Flights: Booking information

The Government of El Salvador closed the international airport in San Salvador to all departing and arriving commercial flights as of March 18, 2020. They have not announced a date in which the airport will reopen to commercial flights. U.S Embassy-arranged repatriation flight options are open to U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents of the …

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Message for U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy San Salvador, El Salvador

Message for U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy San Salvador, El Salvador (April 13, 2020) Location:  El Salvador The Government of El Salvador announced a suspension of all passenger air travel in and out of the country starting on March 18.  As of today, the airport remains closed.  The U.S. Embassy will provide more information as it becomes available. …

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FAQ

FAQ To receive the most updated information available we recommend you monitor our twitter account: https://twitter.com/USEmbassySV and visit our webpage https://sv.usembassy.gov/ Repatriation Flights Is it true that there are flights going to the U.S.? Yes. We are actively coordinating repatriation flights to depart from the international airport in El Salvador. Please visit our website ( https://sv.usembassy.gov ) for …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy San Salvador, El Salvador

Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Embassy San Salvador, El Salvador (April 7, 2020) Location: El Salvador The Government of El Salvador announced a suspension of all passenger air travel in and out of the country starting on March 18. As of today, the airport remains closed. The U.S. Embassy will provide more information as it becomes available. …

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Message for U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy San Salvador, El Salvador

Message for U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy San Salvador, El Salvador (April 1, 2020) Location:  El Salvador The Government of El Salvador announced a suspension of all passenger air travel in and out of the country until April 19. As of April 1, the U.S. Embassy in El Salvador has assisted 2,100 U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent …

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Message for U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy San Salvador, El Salvador

Message for U.S. Citizens:  U.S. Embassy San Salvador, El Salvador (March 31, 2020) Location:  El Salvador The Government of El Salvador announced a suspension of all passenger air travel in and out of the country until April 19. As of March 31, the U.S. Embassy in El Salvador has assisted 1,739  U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent …

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Alert – U.S. Embassy San Salvador, El Salvador (March 23, 2020)

Alert – U.S. Embassy San Salvador, El Salvador (March 23, 2020) Location:  El Salvador Event: The United States Embassy in El Salvador continues to arrange transportation options for U.S. citizens seeking to return to the United States. We are in the process of coordinating evacuation flights from the international airport in El Salvador. These flights are for …

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Enroll to the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program

To receive emergency messages for U.S. citizens, please enroll in STEP by visiting http://step.state.gov #AmCitSV: The Government of #ElSalvador announced a 15-day suspension of all passenger air travel in an out of the country starting at midnight on March 17. The U.S. Embassy in El Salvador will provide more information as it becomes available from the …

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Hurricane Season Alert – U.S. Embassy San Salvador, El Salvador

Location: Atlantic Ocean, Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico Event: Hurricane Season in the Atlantic Ocean, the Caribbean, and the Gulf of Mexico begins June 1 and ends on November 30, 2018, though most tropical cyclones typically develop between May and October.  The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recommends that those in hurricane-prone regions begin preparations …

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Security Alert – U. S. Embassy San Salvador, El Salvador (February 25, 2018)

Location: El Salvador, countrywide Event: Sunday, March 4, 2018, is Election Day in El Salvador and citizens of every department and municipality will be casting ballots for their choice of elected officials. The U.S. Embassy anticipates large groups of people will gather at the various polling stations and that travel will be seriously impacted by …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: Absentee Voting Week is September 26-October 3

U.S. Embassy San Salvador, El Salvador Message for U.S. Citizens: Absentee Voting Week is September 26-October 3 September 19, 2016 Be an Active Voter by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2016 U.S. elections and participating in Absentee Voting Week! In many states, the voter registration deadline for the November 2016 elections is …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Worldwide Caution

As part of the State Department’s continuous efforts to provide U.S. citizens traveling abroad with information about relevant events, we are updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. Current information suggests that terrorist groups continue to plan attacks in …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: July 4th Voting Message

Celebrate democracy this 4th of July by taking the necessary steps to vote in the 2016 U.S. elections! In order to vote in the November 2016 elections, all overseas U.S. citizens need to have completed a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) in 2016.  Whether you are a first-time voter or have already received ballots and voted absentee in past elections, …

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Message for U.S. Citizens: U.S. Persons Prohibited from Engaging in Transactions with the La Riviera Chain of Duty Free Stores

Pursuant to the Kingpin Act, on May 5, 2016, the Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated eight individuals and 69 entities for their involvement in international narcotics trafficking-related activities. Nidal Ahmed Waked Hatum and Abdul Mohamed Waked Fares co-lead the Waked Money Laundering Organization (Waked MLO) which specializes in the …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Worldwide Caution

The Department of State is updating the Worldwide Caution with information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. Current information suggests that ISIL, al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram, al-Shabaab, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions.  Recent terrorist attacks, whether by those affiliated with terrorist entities, copycats, or individual perpetrators, …

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Voting in U.S. Elections

Your vote counts!  Did you know that many U.S. elections for house and senate have been decided by a margin smaller than the number of ballots cast by absentee voters? All states are required to count every absentee ballot as long as it is valid and reaches local election officials by the absentee ballot receipt …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: CDC Zika Warning

The U.S. Embassy in San Salvador informs U.S. citizens that the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) is upgrading its advisories regarding the Zika Virus . For general information about Zika, please visit the CDC website . To obtain Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( CDC ) travel notices, call the  CDC  at 1-800- CDC -INFO (1-800-232-4636) from within the United States, or 1-404-639-3534 from …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Travel Warning – El Salvador

The Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens that crime and violence levels in El Salvador remain critically high, and U.S. citizens traveling to El Salvador should remain alert to their surroundings. This Travel Warning supersedes the Travel Warning dated June 22, 2015, and includes updated information on crime and security in El Salvador. Tens …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: World Wide Travel Alert

The State Department alerts U.S. citizens to possible risks of travel due to increased terrorist threats.  Current information suggests that ISIL (aka Da’esh), al-Qa’ida, Boko Haram, and other terrorist groups continue to plan terrorist attacks in multiple regions.  These attacks may employ a wide variety of tactics, using conventional and non-conventional weapons and targeting both …

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Security Message for American Citizens: Risk of Violence

On July 29, 2015, this Embassy warned U.S. citizens of an increase in the frequency and intensity of security incidents in El Salvador.  Today’s discovery of an explosive device inside a car parked near the Ministry of Justice and Public Security is evidence of a further escalation in the level of violence.  The Embassy is …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Worldwide Caution – UPDATE

1. The Department of State is updating the Worldwide Caution to provide information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. Recent terrorist attacks, whether by those affiliated with terrorist entities, copycats, or individual perpetrators, serve as a reminder that U.S. citizens need to maintain a …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Increased Risk of Crime and Violence

In recent weeks, there has been an increase in the frequency ‎and intensity of security incidents in El Salvador, including multiple attacks on transportation workers and security forces.  The U.S. Embassy is aware that criminal elements in El Salvador have threatened to escalate the level of violence by attacking hotels, restaurants, shopping malls and other …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Travel Warning – El Salvador

The Department of State continues to warn U.S. citizens that crime and violence levels in El Salvador remain high, and U.S. citizens traveling to El Salvador should remain alert to their surroundings.  This Travel Warning supersedes the Travel Warning dated November 21, 2014, and includes updated information on crime and security in El Salvador. Tens …

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Security Message for U.S. Citizens: Worldwide Travel Alert

The Department of State is updating the Worldwide Caution to provide information on the continuing threat of terrorist actions and violence against U.S. citizens and interests throughout the world. Recent terrorist attacks, whether by those affiliated with terrorist entities, copycats, or individual perpetrators, serve as a reminder that U.S. citizens need to maintain a high …

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