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Country Information

El Salvador

Travel money

Recommended:
  • Travel Cash Card in US Dollars (USD)
    For ATM cash withdrawals
    For cashless payments in shops, restaurants, hotels, and online
  • Banknotes in local currency
    For minor expenses on arrival in country of destination
in addition to:
  • Banknotes in US dollar (USD)
    Change cash in local currency when outside larger urban areas

Travel Cash

Phone +41 31 710 12 15

Credit cards

  • 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.

Banknotes

Local currency / ISO Code
El-Salvador-Colón SVC
US Dollar USD
Currency exchange rate (effective date)
USD 1 =~ CHF 1.03 ; CHF 1 =~ USD 0.97 (09/2019)
Import local currency
unlimited; declaration recommended for larger amounts
Import foreign currency
unlimited; declaration recommended for larger amounts
Export local currency
unlimited; larger amounts may have to be declared
Export foreign currency
 unlimited; larger amounts may have to be declared
Note
  • Keep exchange and transaction receipts.
  • US dollars are likewise a common currency in El Salvador. Small amounts (less than US dollar 50.00) better accepted than large amounts.

Time difference with Switzerland

- 7 h / - 8 h during our summer time

National language

Official language
Spanish
Language capabilities
English

Capital

San Salvador

Country code for calling Switzerland

00 41 (disregard '0' preceding Swiss area codes)

Voltage

110 volt / adapter required

Travel documents for Swiss citizens

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.

Swiss Embassy / Consulate

San Salvador, Pasteleria Lucerna, Paeso General Escalón 4363
Tel. +503 2264 1177

Opening hours

Banks
9.00 - 13.00 h and 14.00 - 17.00 h (Mon - Fri)
8.00 - 12.00 h (Sat)
Stores
8.00 - 12.00 h and 14.00 - 18.00 h (Mon - Fri)
8.00 - 12.00 h (Sat)

Driving

Swiss driver's license accepted; international driver's license recommended.
Minimum age for car rentals: 21 to 25 (varies by company).

Health situation

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.

Other information

El Salvador has a number of active volcanoes and regularly suffers earthquakes.
Security
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.

Tourism

For current travel informations visit also http://www.eda.admin.ch/

Important

While every precaution has been taken to verify the information provided, Swiss Bankers Prepaid Services Ltd does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of Country Information. Swiss Bankers Prepaid Services Ltd therefore shall not be held liable for any damage or loss sustained in connection with any errors or omissions contained therein.