El Salvador

Capital San Salvador

Population 6,520,675

Area 21,041 km2

Key facts

El Salvador is a country located in Central America. There are 2 countries (Guatemala, Honduras) that El Salvador shares its borders with. The official language of El Salvador is Spanish. Unfortunately, if you speak English, it might be problematic to communicate fluently unless you know Spanish.

In the EF English Competency Index (EF EPI), which assesses the language proficiency of non-native speaking countries, El Salvador was ranked 54th out of 100 countries in 2021.

The national currency in El Salvador is United States dollar (USD). The dollar ($) is subdivided into 100 cent (¢).

With today's currency rate, 1 EUR is worth 0.97 USD.

Salvadoran
Banknotes

$1$5$10$20$50$1002$

Salvadoran
Coins

10¢25¢$150¢

Check with your bank before your trip to find out if there are any fees for using your card abroad. Some banks do not charge fees when you use a foreign ATM or pay in foreign currency, but others may charge a fixed cost for each transaction or allow a limited number of free withdrawals. The travel card provided by Wise.com, Revolut or Monose might be an excellent option to cut down on transaction fees.

Ookla® Speedtest The average fixed internet speed in El Salvador is 36.49 Mbps and mobile is 31.9 Mbs.The global average is 139.19 Mbps and 77.74 Mbps respectively.

ATM Density When compared to the world average, El Salvador has less ATMs.36.29 ATMs per 100,000 people.The global average is 41.24.

SIM Registration In order to purchase a SIM card in El Salvador, a passport or ID is required as identification.

Socket types

There are 2 socket types used in El Salvador. Type A & Type B are widespread in North America (incl. the U.S.), Central America, Japan, and the Philippines.

Type A 115 V, 60 Hz  Type B 115 V, 60 Hz  

The sockets' shapes and voltage differ from country to country and a travel plug adapter may be required. Portable devices, such as phones, notebooks or tablets, usually handle the entire range of voltages used across the world (110-240V).

Public holidays

In the year 2022, El Salvador will celebrate 26 national public holidays. The next one Children's Day will take place on October 1.

DateHoliday name
May 1, 2022Labor DayDía del trabajo
May 3, 2022The Day of the CrossDía de la Cru
May 7, 2022Soldiers' DayDía del Soldado
May 10, 2022Father's DayDía del Padre
August 1, 2022August FestivalsFiestas de agosto
August 2, 2022August FestivalsFiestas de agosto
August 3, 2022August FestivalsFiestas de agosto
August 4, 2022August FestivalsFiestas de agosto
August 5, 2022August FestivalsFiestas de agosto
August 6, 2022August FestivalsFiestas de agosto
August 7, 2022August FestivalsFiestas de agosto
September 15, 2022Independence DayDía de la Independencia
October 1, 2022Children's DayDía del niño
October 12, 2022Ethnic Pride DayDía de la raza
November 2, 2022Day of the DeadEl día de los difuntos
November 7, 2022National Pupusa FestivalFestival Nacional De La Pupusa
November 8, 2022National Pupusa FestivalFestival Nacional De La Pupusa
November 9, 2022National Pupusa FestivalFestival Nacional De La Pupusa
November 10, 2022National Pupusa FestivalFestival Nacional De La Pupusa
November 11, 2022National Pupusa FestivalFestival Nacional De La Pupusa
November 12, 2022National Pupusa FestivalFestival Nacional De La Pupusa
November 13, 2022National Pupusa FestivalFestival Nacional De La Pupusa
November 21, 2022Day of the Queen of PeaceDia de la Reina de la Paz
December 25, 2022Christmas DayNoche Buena
December 31, 2022New Year's EveFin de año

Food & Hotels

What hotel chains are present in El Salvador?

There are no Mariott hotels in El Salvador.

The Hilton hotel chain operates in El Salvador.

The IHG hotel chain operates in El Salvador.

The Best Western hotel chain operates in El Salvador.

There are no Radisson hotels in El Salvador.

There are no Accor hotels in El Salvador.

What fast food chains are present in El Salvador?

Pupusa are some of the most well-known delicacies to come out of El Salvador. If none of these foods appeal to you, check out the list of fast-food restaurants in El Salvador below.

The McDonald's chain operates in El Salvador.

The KFC chain operates in El Salvador.

The Burger King chain operates in El Salvador.

The Subway chain operates in El Salvador.

The Domino's Pizza chain operates in El Salvador.

The Starbucks chain operates in El Salvador.

Weather

Today the sun in San Salvador, rises at 5:45 AM and sets at 5:48 PM. The climate of San Salvador may be categorized as a equatorial savanna (Aw), according to Koppen's classification system.
TodaySep 29ThunderstormLow: 20.9°C (69.62°F)High: 28.1°C (82.58°F)
FridaySep 30ThunderstormLow: 21.6°C (70.88°F)High: 27.7°C (81.86°F)
SaturdayOct 1ThunderstormLow: 21.1°C (69.98°F)High: 27.9°C (82.22°F)
SundayOct 2ThunderstormLow: 20.6°C (69.08°F)High: 26.9°C (80.42°F)
MondayOct 3ThunderstormLow: 20.6°C (69.08°F)High: 29.1°C (84.38°F)
TuesdayOct 4ThunderstormLow: 21.4°C (70.52°F)High: 29°C (84.2°F)

Weather data for San Salvador (capital city) by Open-Meteo.com

Transport

Railways There are passenger trains operating between some cities.

Subway Systems There is no subway system in any city.

Taxi Apps You can use Uber in 3 cities. Bolt is not available in El Salvador.

Car Rental Avis , Hertz are available, but Sixt is not present in El Salvador.

Road Connectivity Index (2016)  With a score of 4.5, El Salvador is placed 77th out of 129 nations.

Driving Side In El Salvador traffic is right-handed.

Safety

Theft Occurrence Rate  88.00 thefts per 100,000 people in 2020.The global average is 544.

Road Traffic Casualties 20.90 deaths per 100,000 people in 2019.The global average is 16.71.

Travel Advisory Level (U.S. DoS)  Level 3: Reconsider travel. 

Emergency phones in El Salvador

911 Police
132 Ambulance
132 Fire police

Sources

Smoking & Alcohol

Smoking ban Smoking is forbidden in all public indoor locations, with limited exceptions.

Cananbis legality Both recreational and medicinal use of cannabis is prohibited.

Visa

What are visa requirements to enter El Salvador?

Currently, citizens of 87 countries can enter El Salvador without obtaining a visa. This figure includes nationals who can acquire a visa on arrival.

Use the list below to check visa requirements for your country to enter El Salvador.

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