How to Get a Tourist Visa for El Salvador

El Salvador Tourist Visa

El Salvador Tourist Visa

El Salvador has pretty easy to follow information for tourists.  If you are considering going there as a tourist, you might need to get yourself a tourist visa depending on what country you are from.  A lot of people are eligible for the Tourist Card on arrival as well. There are basically three different categories of tourists for El Salvador:

  • Citizens of countries that do not need a Tourist Card and can get a Tourist Card on Arrival (Check the latest prices here).
  • Citizens of countries that do need a visa in order to enter El Salvador.  This is known as the “Visa Consular.”
  • Citizens of countries that need prior approval from the Directorate General of Immigration in El Salvador.  This is known as the “Visa Consultada.”

This page here will show you which of the three categories above you fall into.  Just look for your country in the list at the bottom of that page. (Go to my El Salvador visa page for information on other types of visas for El Salvador) I’ll break everything down for you below about how to go about getting the El Salvador Tourist Visa if you are from a country that needs to get a visa before you go.

  • Visa required for U.S. citizens before you go to El Salvador:  No.
    • To enter the country by air or sea, U.S. citizens must present a current U.S. passport and either a Salvadoran visa or a one-entry tourist card.
Find your closest consulate
  • If you’re inside the U.S: Check this page to see what jurisdiction you are in based on your State.
  • If you’re outside of the U.S.:  Click this link to see the dropdown menu which will take you to the page of the embassy or consulate that services your country.
Gather documentation

The official list of required supporting documents is here at the El Salvador Directorate General of Immigration for the different types of tourist visas.  Nevertheless, I recommend you also double check the website of the Consulate or Embassy you found in Step 1 above to confirm what is required for you.

Visa fee
  • Visa fees might vary depending on where you apply, so go to the website of the Embassy or Consulate you found in Step 1.
Submit materials
  • Submission instructions will vary from consulate to consulate and embassy to embassy, so you will need to check the submission instructions at the website of the embassy or consulate you found in Step 1.
Receive your visa

Congratulations!  The Embassy or Consulate of El Salvador will give to you your brand new El Salvador visa.

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