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 United States.

HUMANITARIAN REPATRIATION FLIGHTS (Buy your ticket from the airline. Prices set by the airlines.)


If you desire to depart El Salvador, The U.S. embassy has facilitated humanitarian flight permissions for United Airlines to depart from El Salvador to the United States.
Humanitarian flights are operated by private airlines who set their own prices, which we have seen are higher than the pre-COVID market pricing. However, these types of flights offer a travel schedule to a set location. You may get one to two luggage allowances, and you can work with the airline on pet travel options. If you have an urgent need to return to the United States, we strongly urge you to consider this option.  

  • May 25 – El Salvador (SAL) to Houston, Texas (IAH)
  • May 27 – El Salvador (SAL) to Houston, Texas (IAH)
  • May 28 – El Salvador (SAL) to Houston, Texas (IAH)
  • May 29 – El Salvador (SAL) to Houston, Texas (IAH)
  • May 31 – El Salvador (SAL) to Houston, Texas (IAH)
  • June 1 – El Salvador (SAL) to Houston, Texas (IAH)

** There may be additional flights listed by United Airlines on their website which have not yet recieved final landing permission by the Government of El Salvador. As with all airline tickets, should these flights be cancelled or rescheduled, you will need to work directly with the airline for ticket changes or refunds.

Traveling to the airport:

  • Passengers with return tickets to the United States should consider the following:
  • 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 airlines will provide documents confirming your flight.  Please print this letter and a copy of your ticket to present at checkpoints when traveling to the airport. You should also give a copy of this letter and your flight confirmation to friends/family members who drive you to the airport to facilitate their return home.
  • 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.

Please continue to monitor the Embassy website and social media accounts for additional options as they become available.

Read our FAQ: https://sv.usembassy.gov/19-repatriation-flights-qa/

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 visit their website for additional information: 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)