Last update 22 August 2023Diplomatic missions
Level 2: Increased attention (please be informed in detail about the current situation in the country)
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Republic of El Salvador
The Republic of Bulgaria does not have a functioning embassy in the Republic of El Salvador. The Embassy of Bulgaria in the United Mexican States is accredited for the Republic El Salvador.
Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Mexico
Address: Paseo de la Reforma 1990, Col. Lomas de Chapultepec, Del. Miguel Hidalg, c.p.11000, México D.F.
Telephone: +52 55 55963283; +52 55 55963295
Fax: +52 55 55963295/108
Emergency mobile out-of-hours hotline: (+52 1) 55 6064 5199 (044 55 6064 5199 when dialed from a landline phone in Mexico and 55 6064 5199 when dialed from a mobile phone of a Mexican mobile operator within Mexico)
Information via phone: Mon – Fri, 09:00 – 15:00
Following the emergency measures introduced by the government in March 2022, mass arrests of suspected criminals were carried out, thus led to an improvement in the security situation in the country. The state of emergency remains in force. If you are in the country: you may be subject to searches by security forces; if necessary, provide assistance to the security forces - army and police; always carry an identity document and be prepared for various checks at certain checkpoints; limit your movement after dark; monitor the local media to stay informed of the developing situation and follow the instructions of the local authorities.
It is recommended to carry a copy of your ID document and a minimum sum of money while in the country.
Taking a taxi from the street, visiting outlying districts, and traveling at night are not recommended.
Specifics of the legislation
The possession and use of drugs is a crime severely punishable by law.
There is no set requirement for vaccines. In case the stay in the country will exceed 90 days, it is recommended to have hepatitis A and B vaccine.
There have been cases of Dengue disease caused by mosquito bites.
Consumption of bottled water is recommended.
Buying food from street vendors should be avoided.
Each foreigner may bring into the country, without being subject to declaration, up to USD 10,000 or their equivalent in euros.
It is desirable not to use public transport.
Travel around the country should be carried out mainly by persons who know the local situation well.
Salvador Colon (SVC)
Equally applicable are the US dollar and the national currency — the colon.
It is possible to exchange dollars and euro at bank offices or exchange bureaus in the country. It is not recommended to exchange large amounts of currency.
The climate is tropical, with well-defined dry (summer) and rainy (winter) seasons. The dry season lasts from November to April—May. The rainy season, which is accompanied by hurricanes, is from June—November.
Travel papers and visas
A travel document is a passport that is valid for at least six months after the last day of stay in the country.
Bulgarian citizens can stay in the country without a visa for a period of up to 90 days. The stay can be extended on the spot by the migration authorities.
For further information on visa and other issues, citizens can contact the following telephone numbers and e-mail addresses:
Ministry of Foreign Affairs — Consular Affairs:
Telephone: +503 2231 1000; +503 2231 2900
E-mail: [email protected]
EU delegation in El Salvador:
Telephone: +503 2243 2424; +503 2243 8833
E-mail: [email protected]
Embassy of El Salvador in Italy:
Telephone: +39 06 8076605
Traveling of children
In case of children traveling with you accompanied by only one parent or unaccompanied, a document from the parents certifying their consent to the child’s travel should be necessarily drawn up.
Certifications and legalizations
El Salvador a party to the Hague Convention for the certification of public documents with an Apostille. When submitting public acts from these countries to Bulgaria and from Bulgaria to the indicated countries, the only requirement is that the documents certified with an Apostille must be translated into the respective language and the translation must be certified by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the country concerned or by its diplomatic or consular mission.
Issuance of identity documents
Bulgarian citizens residing in El Salvador, wishing to renew their Bulgarian identity documents — passport, identity card, driving licence or to be issued an Emergency Travel Document can do so by submitting an application at the Embassy of the Republic of Bulgaria in Mexico. Upon acceptance of applications for Bulgarian identity documents, biometric data is taken, which requires the applicants to be present in person.
In case of emergency (such as a stolen or lost passport), Bulgarian citizens can seek on-the-spot assistance from a diplomatic mission of an EU Member State to obtain an Emergency Travel Document.