El Salvador Visa
You need a passport and either a Salvadoran visa or a one-entry tourist card to enter El Salvador.
You may obtain a tourist card when you arrive at the airport or seaport from immigration officials for a $10 fee. The card is valid for 90 days.
If you plan to remain in El Salvador for more than 90 days, you must apply in advance for a multiple-entry visa, issued free of charge, from the Embassy of El Salvador in Washington, D.C. or from one of the 17 Salvadoran consulates in the United States.
In June 2006, El Salvador entered into the “Central America-4 (CA-4) Border Control Agreement” with Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. Under that agreement, U.S. citizens who legally enter any of those four countries may travel freely among the other three countries for up to 90 days.
If you wish to remain in the CA-4 region for more than 90 days, you must request a one-time extension from local immigration authorities in the country where you are present. If you are, “expelled” from one of the four countries, you are expelled from the entire CA-4 region.
Minors: A U.S. citizen minor present in El Salvador for more than 180 days is considered a resident of El Salvador. To depart El Salvador, a minor resident needs written consent from any parent not traveling with the minor. The process to obtain parental travel consent that is accepted by Salvadoran immigration can be lengthy. Plan ahead if you intend to have your minor child travel without both parents.