Health Alert – U.S. Embassy San Salvador, El Salvador (March 22, 2020)
Location: El Salvador
On March 21, the Government of El Salvador implemented a nationwide home quarantine for 30 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 U.S. Embassy in El Salvador is actively working to support U.S. citizens who wish to return home. We are exploring all options and will provide additional information once available. In an effort to better serve you, we ask that you complete our online form. Please continue to monitor the Embassy’s website and social media accounts for updates. https://bit.ly/2U8utPI
The Government of El Salvador announced a 15-day suspension of all passenger air travel in and out of the country starting on March 18. Please continue to monitor the Embassy’s website and social media accounts for updates.
The U.S. Embassy will continue to provide routine and emergency services to U.S. citizens.
We encourage individuals who take medication to visit a local pharmacy with the prescription medication and purchase a refill for at least the next 30 days. We understand some pharmacies have medical personnel on site who can provide general medical guidance and basic patient care.
Access to, and infection control procedures at local hospitals may become compromised. Local hospitals will likely be overwhelmed if there is a high volume of patients. Local doctors may be unavailable as they have been called to public duty, as part of the government’s emergency declaration.
The U. S. Embassy in San Salvador has compiled a list of health care providers. The majority have had training overseas, are familiar with U.S. medical care, and have a reasonable command of English. The list is not meant to be exhaustive or definitive nor does it represent either a guarantee of competence or endorsement by the Department of State or the U.S. Embassy. You can find a list of hospitals and medical providers by visiting https://sv.usembassy.gov/u-s-citizen-services/doctors/.
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 https://step.state.gov/.
Actions to Take:
- Monitor the webpage and twitter account of the Ministry of Health.
- Check the twitter account of the General Directorate of Migration of El Salvador for more information regarding entry restrictions.
- Consult entry restrictions at 503-2213-7778 or 503-2213-7700 or online at www.migracion.gob.sv
- Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
- Check with your airlines or cruise lines regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
- For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19 please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
- Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on travel.state.gov for the latest information.
- Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in El Salvador
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the U.S.