What precisely were the entrance requirements for US citizens entering El Salvador?

January 24, 2011 § Leave a comment

The US Department of State’s Travel.State.Gov site says: To enter the country, US citizens must present a current US passport and either a Salvadoran visa or a one-entry tourist card. The tourist card may be obtained from immigration officials for a $10 fee upon arrival in country. The Central America Border Control Agreement, which covers El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua, allows citizens of these 4 countries to cross borders within the region without having to complete “entry and exit formalities at immigration checkpoints” and goes on to state: In isolated cases, the lack of clarity in the implementing details of the CA-4 Border Control Agreement has caused temporary inconvenience to some travelers and has resulted in others being fined more than $100 or detained in custody for 72 hours or longer. But, there appears to be no such thing as a tourist card and apparently, in El Salvador, no visa is required for US citizens. Travel.State.Gov is an undeniably key resource for travelers offering all sorts of important information for tourists. In this instance, however, its information needs to be revised. (excerpts from gadling)

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