Emergency Financial Assistance

Updated January 2024

Transferring Funds

If you find yourself without economic resources in El Salvador and need urgent financial assistance, the Embassy may help you contact your family, friends, bank, or employer to arrange for them to send funds.

The easiest way to receive funds in El Salvador from the United States, would be through international money transfer services such as Western Union or Money Gram, which have agent locations in El Salvador close to the U.S. Embassy, in San Salvador, and in many other areas of El Salvador.

What Receivers Need
In order to collect the money, senders usually must provide the cash recipient with:

  • Reference number.
  • Full (and correct) name and telephone number of the sender.
  • Name, address, and telephone number of the office in the U.S. from which the money was sent.
  • Photo identification.

If for some reason, these services are unavailable, there is also the option of transferring funds through the State Department.  You may find instructions on how to perform the transfer at the State Department Website.