Here you will find important tips and useful information for El Salvador.
in US Dollars (USD)
For ATM cash withdrawals
For cashless payments in shops, restaurants, hotels, and online
in local currency
For minor expenses on arrival in country of destination
Local currency / ISO Code
Currency exchange rate
SVC 100 = ~ CHF 0.11 ; CHF 1 = ~ SVC 9.06 (09/2022)
Payment by credit card is relatively common. For more detailed information, please contact the credit card issuer.
Credit cards are recommended for car rentals. Prepaid cards are generally accepted for payment but not for reservations. Please check the possible payment methods with the car rental company in advance.
- 7 h / - 8 h during our summer time
00 41 (disregard '0' preceding Swiss area codes)
110 volt / adapter required
Passport still valid 6 months or more after arrival, return or onward travel ticket and proof of sufficient funds for stays up to 3 months.
San Salvador, Pasteleria Lucerna, Paeso General Escalón 4363
Tel. +503 2264 1177
9.00 - 13.00 h and 14.00 - 17.00 h (Mon - Fri)
8.00 - 12.00 h (Sat)
8.00 - 12.00 h and 14.00 - 18.00 h (Mon - Fri)
8.00 - 12.00 h (Sat)
Swiss driver's license accepted; international driver's license recommended.
Minimum age for car rentals: 21 to 25 (varies by company).
Do not drink tap water.
Mosquito protection advised.
Risk of dengue fever.
Minimum risk of malaria.
Vaccination against diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis A, polio and measles recommended.
El Salvador has a number of active volcanoes and regularly suffers earthquakes.
Travelers should pay close attention to their personal security.
Nighttime travel not advised. Inquire locally about safety in those areas to which you intend to travel.
Walking the streets after nightfall is not advised.
Relatively high crime rate, especially in the cities.
Do not carry valuables (watches, jewelry, expensive cameras, etc.) on you.
Special legal regulations
Very strict laws to fight illegal drugs.
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