Travel Information El Salvador
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- CAPITAL San Salvador
- GOVERNMENT Republic
- CURRENCY Salvadoran Colon (SVC)
- POPULATION 6,704,932 (July 2005 estimate)
- TOTAL AREA 21,040km² (water: 320km² land: 20,720km²)
- LANGUAGES Spanish, English and Nawat (less than 1% of the people, Amerindians)
- DECIMAL SYSTEM El Salvador uses metric system (kilograms, centimeters, °C)
- TIME ZONE Time zone is UTC-06:00
- LOCATION Located in Central America
Most popular cities in El Salvador
- San Salvador – national capital; San Salvador department
- San Miguel, San Miguel department
- La Libertad
- Puerto Cutuco (La Union)
- San Francisco Gotera, Morazán department
- Santa Ana
- Santa Tecla
Sockets & Plugs
El Salvador uses 120V, 60Hz with sockets and plugs Type A and Type B.
El Salvador uses the United States dollar (symbol: $), code USD.
Banknotes come in denominations of 100, 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 dollars. Dollar is subdivided into 100 cents. Coins come in denominations of 1 dollars and 50, 25, 10, 5 and 1 cents.
Automatic teller machines are common in El Salvador. You can usually find them in both large & small cities.
You do not need a chip & PIN card to use an ATM — your standard magnetic card will work fine.
Internet speed in El Salvador is on average 3.4 Mbps.
WiFi coverage is low. It is not as easy to find one.
You can buy a SIM card for about $13.99, which includes 2 GB of data plan. You can choose from 4 telecoms: Movistar, Digicel, Claro or Tigo.
El Salvador uses GSM mobile networks GSM 900, GSM 850 and GSM 1900.
If you don’t want to buy SIM card in El Salvador upon arrival, make sure to check the roaming charges with your telecom provider before your departure so there are no surprises when you return home.
To call El Salvador, dial +, then 503 (the country code for El Salvador), then the area code and the local number.
High crime rate
El Salvador has a high crime rate . Keep large amounts of money, expensive jewellery, cameras and phones out of sight. Don’t change or withdraw large sums of money in busy public areas including foreign exchange facilities or ATMs. Thieves operate at international airports, and bus and railway stations. Keep your valuables safe and baggage with you at all times. Don’t pick up strangers or stop to help apparently distressed motorists, as this is a technique sometimes used by hijackers.
It’s highly recommended to follow security precautions like wearing a money belt, leaving valuables in your hotel room safe or well out of sight, securing your bag, staying vigilant in crowds and steering clear of commotions.
IDP is required
An International Driving Permit (IDP) is required alongside your original license. IDP can be issued by your local automobile association before you leave home.
Rent a car
In order to rent a car:
- you must be over 25
- must hold a full license for at least a 1 year
- almost always have a credit card (Visa & MasterCard are the best)
Alcohol, drugs & prostitution
Prostitution is legal (in a way of exchanging sex for money). Brothels are legal.
Cannabis is illegal & criminalized
Drugs (including cannabis/marijuana) are illegal & criminalized which means you are risking jail time with other penalties (fine, community service, rehabilitation) if you are caught.
- Police 911
- Ambulance 132
- Fire department 913
Vaccinations listed are recommended
The following vaccinations listed for this country are recommended for your protection and to prevent the spread of infectious diseases.
- Typhoid fever
- Hepatitis A
- Yellow Fever
These apply only to select travelers or persons on work assignments.
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