Health Alert – U.S. Embassy San Salvador, El Salvador

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy San Salvador, El Salvador (April 11, 2020)

Location:  El Salvador


  • There are 93 active cases of COVID-19 in El Salvador.
  • The Government of El Salvador reports six COVID-19 related deaths. 
  • The Government of El Salvador created a platform for sharing COVID-19 information:  
  • On March 21, the Government of El Salvador implemented a nationwide home quarantine for 30 days, and on April 6 this was extended for an additional 15 days.  All individuals are required to self-quarantine in their home, hotel or residence.  Only one individual per household is permitted to leave the home, hotel or residence to purchase basic necessities (i.e. food, medicine) or for medical treatment.  Essential services such as supermarkets, gas stations, banks, pharmacies, public transportation, law enforcement, hospitals, and some government offices will remain open. 
  • The Embassy has been informed that Salvadoran health officials have quarantined some travelers, including U.S. citizens, who may have had contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case.  We urge U.S. citizens to comply with instructions and regulations from Salvadoran health officials.  If you need assistance, please contact the American Citizens Services unit at
  • International humanitarian flight options currently exist in El Salvador.  U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make flight arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared to remain abroad for an indefinite period.   

The U.S. Embassy will continue to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens.

Smart Traveler Enrollment Program:

The Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) is a free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad to receive emergency messages.  To enroll in STEP, visit

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