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As of November 17, no COVID vaccination or test is required to enter El Salvador
El Salvador has removed all entry requirements related to the COVID-19 pandemic. From November 17, travelers to the Central American country will no longer have to provide proof of vaccination or negative COVID tests.
It joins a small number of countries around the world that have eliminated all health restrictions for visitors.
The announcement was made on Wednesday by the General Directorate of Migration of El Salvador, which acted on the recommendation of the Ministry of Health.
According to the ministry, “the management of the pandemic allows El Salvador to relax the sanitary measures to enter the country”.
Despite the relaxation of the rules, the government still recommends that individuals take responsibility themselves, by getting vaccinated, wearing masks or doing tests when returning and leaving the country.
The government had already informed the airline industry as well as other tourism and commercial entities that would be affected by the new rules. Again, individual entities can use their own restrictions, but they will not be enforced by the government.
Previously, Mexico, Costa Rica, Colombia and the Dominican Republic were the only countries in the world without entry restrictions focused on vaccinations, testing or quarantines. Not all of the countries mentioned still have entry restrictions, but it should be noted that Costa Rica, the Dominican Republic, and Colombia have all rolled out different forms of vaccine passports, meaning that experience in the country can be limited.
Colombia’s vaccination passport should be compulsory for visitors and citizens to be able to enter public spaces. The spaces include bars, restaurants, churches, public and private events and cinemas. The requirement went into effect on November 16.
Costa Rica’s decision is similar and was released in October. It also restricts the entry of unvaccinated travelers into public spaces like bars and restaurants, severely hampering the number of activities a visitor to the country could engage in.
The Dominican Republic, on the other hand, has a vaccination passport but does not apply the rule in seaside resorts. Under this standard, a visitor would not be assigned to their hotels and would include amenities. But if they stray outside the neighborhood, they would be subject to the same rules and regulations as the rest of the country.
El Salvador has seen a reduction in COVID cases in recent months, which is attributed to the increase in vaccination rates. The country of 6.7 million people hopes to fully immunize nearly 6 million people, of whom 3.9 million have already completed their full dose.
Since the start of the pandemic, the country has recorded nearly 120,000 registered cases and more than 3,000 deaths. A 30-day quarantine was imposed in March 2020, before the borders were completely closed. The country reopened again in September 2020, with typical COVID test requirements, before allowing proof of vaccination.
Pre-covid, the country received nearly 2 million visitors per year. With the loosening of border restrictions across the world and El Salvador’s now-abolished vaccination requirement, the country’s tourism industry is hoping for a strong resurgence.
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