Information for U.S. Citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents

Please visit https://covid19.gob.sv/ for the latest information on the spread of COVID-19 in El Salvador.

Message from the U.S. Embassy Spokesperson:

 

The Government of El Salvador has declared that the country is in a state of national quarantine. There are no commercial flights entering or departing El Salvador at this time. To date, the U.S. Embassy in El Salvador has assisted over 5,500 U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents to return to the United States through repatriation flights. As it is impossible to predict how long these repatriation flights will continue, if you are interested in repatriating we encourage you to visit our repatriation flight booking page and confirm a departure reservation as soon as possible. https://sv.usembassy.gov/repatriation-flights-booking-information

Starting May 7, the Government of El Salvador implemented additional movement restrictions based on the last digit of an individual’s Salvadoran identification document (DUI) or — for U.S. citizens and other foreigners —  it will be based on the last digit in an individual’s passport or residency card (carné de residencia).  Only one individual per household will be permitted to leave the home, hotel or residence to purchase basic necessities or to access banking services.  Please also note that public commercial transportation services are currently restricted. Movement will be restricted to the days designated by the Government of El Salvador, which appear on the following table:

If you intend to stay in El Salvador, please make sure that you have registered in the Smart Traveller Enrollment Program (STEP) at http://step.state.gov/. The registration process is broken down into two easy steps. First, you’ll have to create an account and fill in your personal information (date of birth; passport number; and email address or US phone number). You are also asked to provide an emergency contact. You will also create a password to access your account.  Second,  you will log-in with the username and password that you just created. You then register that you are in El Salvador and the U.S. Embassy in San Salvador is your nearest US government office.  You may put any date of arrival, but you should check the box for departure date is “indefinite”. You are not required to put a purpose of travel, and you may leave this box blank if you choose to. However, you must provide one El Salvador phone number and/or address. That’s it!  If you have any trouble using this application, please email CASTEP@state.gov.

Generally a lawful permanent resident can remain outside the United States for up to one year without having a problem to re-enter the United States. Legal permanent residents who have questions about their length of time outside of the United States should contact the  U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Please read the information on this website: https://www.uscis.gov/green-card/after-green-card-granted/international-travel-a-permanent-resident  (Spanish: https://www.uscis.gov/es/tarjeta-verde/despues-de-otorgada-la-tarjeta-verde/viajes-internacionales-como-residente-permanent)

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Please read the latest Health Alert information very carefully, as it is pertinent to U.S. citizens in El Salvador, which is listed on this page of the website: https://sv.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/security-and-travel-information/

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Flight booking Information: https://sv.usembassy.gov/repatriation-flights-booking-information/

Frequently asked questions: https://sv.usembassy.gov/19-repatriation-flights-qa/