Tourism

El Salvador visa requirements for South Africans

Salvadoran Visa is not required for South Africans

Stay Duration: 3 months

Entry Requirements

  • South Africans can visit El-Salvador for a duration of three months without a visa. 
  • South Africans visiting El-Salvador must have a passport valid for six months on arrival in El-Salvador. 
  • Passports should carry blank pages for entry and exit stamps.
  • South Africans visiting El-Salvador must have an onward or return ticket and the travel documentation for their next destination. 
  • South Africans visiting El-Salvador must have a yellow fever vaccination certificate. 
  • South Africans visiting El-Salvador as tourists must possess a tourist card upon arrival in El-Salvador. 
  • The maximum amount of time a South African visiting El-Salvador can ask for an extension is six months. 
  • Intending visitors can get to San Salvador, El-Salvador from any international airport in Johannesburg, Bloemfontein and Cape Town.
  • South African Airways, British Airways, Lufthansa, Air France, KLM, are some of the carriers that fly from South Africa to El-Salvador.
  • The estimated flight time from Johannesburg to San Salvador is 23 hours, 44 minutes, 1 day, 4 hours from Cape Town, and 1 day, 3 hours from Bloemfontein.
  • Because El-Salvador’s official currency is the United States Dollar, visitors with dollar bills would have no need to make a currency exchange, however, if intending visitors will be travelling with the South African Rand, they can exchange it for dollars in any foreign exchange offices or banks in El-Salvador. It is best though to travel with dollar bills beforehand so as to avoid the hitches that might come with currency conversion.
  • ATMs are available in many parts of El-Salvador, and they can be found in most hotels and major places of business, where credit and debit cards are readily accepted. Other local business outlets strictly accept cash.
  • The exchange rate is currently at 1 EUR= 1.12 USD and 1 ZAR= 0.072.
  • Salvador’s climate is tropical, with distinctly dry and wet seasons. While the Pacific lowlands are collectively hot and humid; the central plateau and mountain areas have more tempered weather.
  • Salvador’s numerous natural beauties and other historical attractions put it out as a great place for tourists and visitors looking to experience the richness of nature and to discover El-Salvador’s diverse and multi-layered culture.
  • El-Salvador uses the Central Time (GMT-6) which makes South Africa eight hours ahead of it.
  • Power sockets and plugs used in El Salvador are of type A and B. The standard supply voltage is 115 V, with a standard frequency of 60 Hz.
  • A large number of El-Salvadorans identify as Roman Catholics, and Protestants, with some marrying their faith with other traditional beliefs or without any faith.
  • Getting around in El-Salvador is possible with taxis, buses, ferries, car rentals, Uber, etc.
  • Because Spanish is El-Salvador’s official language and is spoken by many, alongside Salvadoran Spanish, Nahuatl and Lenca, it can be a bit difficult for tourists and visitors to be able to communicate with locals outside of tourists sites.
  • Intending visitors are advised to pick up a few basic Spanish phrases so they can minimally bridge the language barrier.
  • El-Salvador is home to an interesting, unique and fascinating culture and history. Visitors are expected to be courteous and conscious of existing rules and customs as they go about their activities.