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  2. Safety and security
  3. Terrorism
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  5. Local laws and customs

Summary

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Advice current as at 4:00 am 22 May 2019.

Most visits to El Salvador are trouble free. However, El Salvador has one of the highest crime rates in Latin America so you should take extra care. Take particular care in downtown San Salvador and on roads outside major towns and cities, especially at night. Avoid wearing expensive jewellery or displaying valuable items. Safeguard your passport, mobile phone and cash against pickpockets. See Crime

UK health authorities have classified El Salvador as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. For more information and advice, visit the website of the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.

More recently there has also been an increase in typhoid and hepatitis A. You should avoid bathing in or drinking from any rivers. See Health

There are a number of potentially active volcanoes in El Salvador. You can get up to date information and advice about volcanic activity on the website of the Directorate General of Civil Protection (in Spanish). See Natural disasters

The rainy season runs from June to November. See Rainy season

Although there’s no recent history of terrorism in El Salvador, attacks can’t be ruled out. See Terrorism

You can contact the emergency services by calling 911.

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.


 

Quick Facts Tourist Information for:

El Salvador
Currency: US Dollar (USD)
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Dialling Code: 503
Drive on the: right
Visitors/Tourists: 1,184,000 in 2011
Languages Spoken:
Spanish (official language) 89%


Capital City(s):
San Salvador (also largest city)
Telephone Area Code: + 503
Population:
Latitude: Longitude:



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This tool is being re-developed. The exchange rate is today's; but until development is completed we are using data obtained from a variety of sources in 2013 for the rest of the info, and is not guaranteed to be free of errors - see disclaimer.
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