El Salvador Vaccinations and Travel Advice

El Salvador Vaccinations and Travel Advice

While traveling to El Salvador, please keep in mind some routine vaccines such as Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, etc.

Nestled between Honduras and Guatemala, El Salvador is a quiet and little known, but a destination with many assets. Its historical passage, delicious gastronomy, but also its rich and unspoiled nature will definitely surprise you. Are you passionate about history? Then, you will love to discover the great archaeological sites, the temples and pyramids of El Salvador. Inland, you will immediately notice that El Salvador managed to keep its yesteryears’ charm. This country proudly displays its historical homes with colourful facades. Add to that the incredible beauty of nature and the vast golden sanded beaches. You will undoubtedly experience a dream-like vacation with your family.

While traveling to El Salvador, please keep in mind some routine vaccines such as Hepatitis A, Hepatitis B, etc.
El Salvador’s architectural beauty

What vaccines do I need for El Salvador in 2021?

The Government of Canada and CDC recommend the following vaccinations for travelling to El Salvador in 2021: MeaslesHepatitis ATyphoidHepatitis BMalariaRabies, Flu, COVID-19.

Recommended travel vaccinations for El Salvador

VaccineDisease Transmission
Traveler’s diarrheaContaminated water/food
Hepatitis A
Hepatitis BContaminated body fluids
(blood, sex, razors, needles, etc.)
RabiesInfected Animals
InfluenzaAirborne Droplets

Recommended Medication for Travelling to El Salvador

MedicationAdditional Information
Acetazolamide or DexamethasoneRecommended for prevention of acute mountain sickness
Ciprofloxacin, Azithromycin or SupraxAntibiotic in case of traveler’s diarrhea

Medical Care in El Salvador

The Salvadorian health care system is far from satisfactory. Although medical staff are well trained, medical infrastructures are unreliable. Medical supplies are also difficult to access in Salvador. You should seek treatment from private health facilities, as they are better equipped than public hospitals. The Hospital Centro de Emergencias offers a 24/7 emergency room which offers diverse medical services.

Despite the existence of many city pharmacies, these are not well supplied and you should, therefore, carry a personal first aid kit.

In order to call for an ambulance, dial 911. Please be aware that the response may be slow depending on traffic, and therefore taxi or private car are often better options.

Is El Salvador Safe for Travel?

Safety and Security Descriptive
Crime Risk present
San Salvador Caution required in general
Borders with Guatemala and Honduras Drug turf wars risk present
Demonstrations Risk of violence
Road safety Caution required in general
Public transportation Use only reputable tour operators; Do not use local or intercity public buses;Taxis are widely available (use only those recommended by a major hotel chain)
Hiking Click the link below for precautions
Health Zika virus and Chikungunya warning
Risk level High degree of caution
Please click here for more information.

Do I Need a Visa to Visit El Salvador?

Prior to travel, make sure you check with your transportation company about any passport requirements. This is important as in some cases their regulations on passport validity may be more strict than those of the destination country.

Only a passport is required to enter El Salvador. Your passport must be valid for at least six months beyond the date of departure.

You must buy a tourist card to enter El Salvador, which costs US$10 and is valid for 30 to 90 days.

Please click here for more information.

Embassy of Canada to El Salvador information

When travelling to another country, it is important to know where the Canadian embassy is located in the event of:

  • A legal problem
  • A lost passport
  • The need to report a crime

It is advisable to make a copy of your original passport in case you lose it.

Canadian Embassy to El Salvador
Street Address:
Gigante Financial Centre, Tower A, Lobby 2, Alameda Roosevelt and 63 Avenue S, Colonia Escalón, San Salvador, El Salvador

Tel.: (503) 2279-4655 / (503) 2279-4657/ (503) 2279-4659
Fax: (503) 2279-0765

Email: [email protected]

Click here to access the embassy’s website