El Salvador Climate & Key Facts

El Salvador’s dry season runs from December through to April, and the rainy season runs from June through October, with May and November being the ‘shoulder’ periods as one season evolves into the other from dry to rainy or rainy to dry.

El Salvador’s temperature averages 22⁰C, with variances due more to altitude rather than season. 

Up-to-date visa and entry requirements for El Salvador can be found at https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/el-salvador.


British nationals can visit El Salvador for up to 90 days without a visa. You may be refused entry if you don’t have an onward ticket out of El Salvador.

Passport validity

Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into El Salvador.

UK Emergency Travel Documents

UK Emergency Travel Documents (ETDs) are valid for entry into El Salvador. ETDs must also have a minimum period of 6 months validity from the date you enter El Salvador.

Central America Border Control Agreement

El Salvador is party to the Central America Border Control Agreement (CA-4).  Under the terms of this agreement, British tourists can travel within any of the CA-4 countries (Honduras, Nicaragua, El Salvador and Guatemala) for a period of up to 90 days without completing entry and exit formalities at border immigration checkpoints. This period begins at the first point of entry of any of the CA-4 countries. Fines are applied for travellers who exceed this 90 day limit, although a request for an extension can be made for up to 30 days by paying a fee before the 90 days limit expires. If you’re expelled from any of the four countries you are also excluded from the entire CA-4 region.

Yellow fever

Yellow Fever vaccination is required for travellers arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission.

For up-to-date advice on any vaccination requirements and any health risks associated with visiting El Salvador, contact your local GP.

Additional useful Information is also provided at www.fitfortravel.nhs.uk/destinations/central-america/el-salvador.aspx, an NHS web site specialising in providing health information to travellers from the UK.

For up-to-date UK government advice concerning travel to El Salvador –  https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/el-salvador.

Major Credit cards are accepted at larger hotels, restaurants and larger shops.

El Salvador uses the US Dollar.

Sterling is not readily changed or accepted, so take $US dollars which can be exchanged in banks or in some of the larger hotels.  You should make sure that notes are clean and undamaged as torn dollar notes may be rejected.

There should be no problems finding an ATM in the more major areas – the airport when you arrive; the capital, San Salvador and all other major tourist destinations. However, ATMs in more rural area are more scarce.

El Salvador uses the US dollar and exchange rates are subject to change at any time.

GMT -6 hours

Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport (SAL)

San Salvador

115V AC 60Hz – same plug type as USA

El Salvador’s population is 6.127 million (2015)