About El Salvador

Official Name: Republic of El Salvador

Capital City: San Salvador

Legal tender: US dollar. It is recommended to change currency at the airport as any other currency is not accepted within the national territory. Credit cards are widely accepted.

Government: Democratic Republic.

Official language: Spanish. English is very common within the business environment.

World time: GMT -06:00

Climate: generally, the climate of El Salvador is warm or tropical during the greater part of the year. The annual average temperature is 28°C, ranging between 25°C and 28°C.

Government office hours: 7:30 am – 3:30 pm

Bank hour service: 08:00 – 16:00. Some exceptions working up to 17:00 or 19:00 hours.

Migratory requirements

Nationals of the following countries do not require visa to visit El Salvador for tourism or family visit for a period not exceeding 90 days or for transit: Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cypress, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Fiji, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxemburg, Malta, Monaco, Netherlands (Holland), New Zealand, Norway, Panama, Paraguay, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, San Marino, São Tomé and Príncipe, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, South Korea (Republic of Korea), Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, Ukraine, United States, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and Special Administrative Regions of the Popular Republic of China, Vatican City (Holy See).

Some visa-exempt countries may require a tourist card, which can be obtained at the border points of entrance to the country, and has a cost of USD 10.00: Australia, the Bahamas, Bahrain, Barbados, Belize, Brazil, Brunei, Bulgaria, Croatia, Kuwait, Lithonia, Macedonia, Madagascar, Malaysia, Marshall Islands, Mexico, Qatar, Saint Lucia, Salomon Islands, Singapore, Taiwan, Tuvalu, United Arab Emirates, Vanuatu.

If your country is not listed above, you will need to apply for a Consular Visa at the Salvadoran Embassies abroad or a Consulted Visa through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It is highly recommended to review these requirements in the web page of the Directotate – General for Migration and Foreign Nationals: http://www.migracion.gob.sv/visas-prorrogas-y-permisos/

Additionally, for any of the visa categories please consider the following: :

a) The maximum length of stay that can be given to a tourist is 90 days. If an extension is required, one can be requested per year.

b) People arriving from Panama, South America or Africa must have received the yellow fever vaccine at least 15 days before their trip to El Salvador.

Customs

All Forum participants are subject to local customs regulations. These regulations can be reviewed at : http://www.mh.gob.sv/portal/page/portal/PMH/Servicios/Guia?_piref476_2099380_476_2084258_2084258.task=detail&_piref476_2099380_476_2084258_2084258.servicio=305

Media participants should please ensure that they have pre-registered their equipment.

Accommodation

The forum organisers have negotiated special rates with some hotels for foreign attendees; these will be allocated on a first come, first serve basis. Please contact the hotel representative directly and they will gladly help you.

Sheraton Presidente Hotel

Contact: Nury Servellon nury.servellon@sheratonpresidente.com.sv
Standard: $115.00 + 13% VAT + 5% Tourism Tax (breakfast and internet included)
Executive: $145 + 13% VAT + 5% Tourism Tax (breakfast and internet included)

Barceló Hotel (Official Delegation Accommodation)

Contact: Desiree Santiago sansalvador.grupos@barcelo.com
Standard: $100.00 + 13% VAT + 5% Tourism Tax (breakfast and internet included)
Executive: $154 + 13% VAT + 5% Tourism Tax (breakfast and internet included)

Crowne Plaza Hotel (The Event Venue)

Contact: Luisa Alegría luisa.alegria@agrisal.com
Standard: $120.00 + 13% VAT + 5% Tourism Tax (breakfast and internet included)
Standard: $120 + 13% VAT + 5% Tourism Tax (breakfast and internet included)
Executive: $160 + 13% VAT + 5% Tourism Tax (breakfast and internet included)
http://crowneplaza.nezko.com/crowne-plaza-san-salvador/58b605c20f328

Terraza Hotel

Contact: Fabiola Aguirre fabiola.aguirre@terraza.com.sv
Standard: $70.00 + 13% VAT + 5% Tourism Tax (breakfast and internet included)
Executive: $125 + 13% VAT + 5% Tourism Tax (breakfast and internet included)

Air transport

El Salvador is served by one international airport: Monseñor Óscar Arnulfo Romero International Airport (IATA: SAL) previously known as Comalapa International Airport. It is an airport located about 50 km (31 mi) from the Capital City San Salvador.

Ground transportation

All transfers included in the agenda are being provided by PROESA. If a participant wants to go out on their own, it is recommended to use the taxi service that can be reached through the reception at the hotel of your choice.

In El Salvador taxis do not have taximeters, however the cost of the taxi is acceptable. Rate shall be negotiated by the visitor before using the service.

Dress code

Sessions: Business attire

Dinners: Smart casual

Cultural routes: Informal

Translation services

Simultaneous translation will be provided in Spanish and English in the plenary room, in the sectorial roundtables and in the cultural routes.

Weather

Participants should please check the weather in El Salvador before packing: www.marn.gob.sv

Business culture in El Salvador

The following are some tips about business culture in the country:

a. Business breakfasts and lunches are very common activities in the business and executive agendas;

b. It is required to make an appointment in advance, which it is expected that you compliance with an acceptable margin of punctuality. Any mishap or delay arising will be suitable to make the corresponding notice as far in advance as possible;

c. The use of business cards is important at the time to attend an Executive meeting or business;

d. It is common to greet shaking hands between men and women;

e. In El Salvador it is frequent that business executives speak English;

f. At the Executive level, it is common for the Salvadoran Executive to give gifts that show the culture of the country;

g. For clothing, in business activities is customary casual clothing for the day and formal attire for special meetings. Essential formal attire in the events during the night unless otherwise stated;

h. Within the Salvadoran culture, cultivate interpersonal relationships is very important and in the field of business entails the ease of maintaining this link.

Tourism in El Salvador

In El Salvador, in a short time you can move from and to different tourist places such as beaches, volcanoes, lakes, colonial towns, cities, and ruins.

To learn more about the outstanding tourist sites we invite you to browse the portal of the Ministry of Tourism of El Salvador www.mitur.gob.sv