Health Alert – U.S. Embassy San Salvador, El Salvador (June 19, 2020)

Location: El Salvador


  • The Government of El Salvador reports 4,329 confirmed cases of COVID-19, 86 deaths and 2,310 recovered patients.
  • Starting June 16, the Government of El Salvador began a five-phase approach to reopening the economy. As of today, the airport remains closed for commercial passenger travel.

Humanitarian Flights:

United Airlines and Avianca notified the U.S. Embassy that they will offer humanitarian flights for U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents.


To purchase a ticket with Avianca, please follow the steps below. Please do not contact the Embassy to purchase a ticket.

  1. Go to
  2. Select one-way trip.
  3. Enter the following route: origen SAL (San Salvador) and destination MIA (Miami).
  4. Select June 22.
  5. Enter the following promotion code: AB2JS920SJ
  6. Continue with the booking process.

Avianca will offer a flight on the following date:

  • Miami, FL (MIA)
    • Monday, June 22 – Miami, FL – Departure 8:00 a.m.

If you currently have a ticket with Avianca for the same route (San Salvador to Miami), you can complete the following online form to change your flight date to June 22. Online form

United Airlines

To purchase a ticket with United Airlines, please visit, email or call 2207-2040 / 2136-7590. Please do not contact the Embassy to purchase a ticket. United is offering flights on the following dates:

  • Houston, TX (IAH)
    • Friday, June 19 – Tuesday, June 30: United Airlines is offering a non-stop humanitarian flight to Houston, TX for U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents every day in June. All flights will depart at 12:10 p.m
  • Los Angeles, CA (LAX)
    • Sunday, June 21 – Los Angeles, CA – Departure 14:10 p.m.
    • Friday, June 26 – Los Angeles, CA – Departure 14:10 p.m.
    • Tuesday, June 30 – Los Angeles, CA – Departure 14:10 p.m.
  • Washington, D.C. (IAD)
    • Tuesday, June 23 – Washington, D.C. – Departure 9:30 a.m.
    • Sunday, June 28 – Washington, D.C. – Departure 9:30 a.m
  • Newark, NJ (EWR)
    • Monday, June 29 – Newark, NJ – Departure 10:00 a.m.

Traveling to the airport:

  • Anyone with flu-like symptoms will not be allowed to board a flight. Travelers exhibiting flu-like symptoms should not come to the airport. These individuals should self-quarantine and seek medical attention if their symptoms worsen.
  • The airline will provide documents confirming your flight.
  • Normal services at the airport are closed. Please take snacks, food, and water that you may need for your trip.
  • We suggest travelers carry additional cash for their trip to cover any unexpected expenses.

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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