The Salvadorian passport is currently ranked 38th place on the Guide Passport Index. It provides visa-free access to 133 countries. This grants it an overall high mobility score and makes it a desirable passport. Salvadorian passport holders have visa-free access and visas on arrival to countries such as Singapore, United Kingdom, Russia, Brazil and the entire European Union. This allows almost instant travel opportunities to worldwide prime destinations. Salvadorian passport holders do however require a visa to enter about 96 destinations. Some countries where a visa is required are China, India, the United States and Australia.
The El Salvador passport ranking relative to other global passports is calculated by adding up the number of countries that allow El Salvador passport holders to enter without a visa (i.e. visa-free countries) and those that allow El Salvador passport holders to enter by obtaining a visa on arrival (i.e. visa-on-arrival countries) or electronic travel authorization (eTA). There are currently a total of 99 El Salvador passport visa-free countries, 32 El Salvador visa-on-arrival countries, and 2 eTA destinations.
Altogether, El Salvador passport holders can enter a total of 133 destinations—either without a visa, through a visa on arrival, or via an eTA. As a result, the El Salvador passport ranks 38 in the world.
Separate from these El Salvador visa-free countries and visa-on-arrival countries, there are 96 additional destinations in which El Salvador passport holders either need a physical visa to enter or an eVisa (i.e. visa required countries).
The Republic of El Salvador consists of 14 departments. The most important departments are San Salvador, Santa Ana, and San Miguel. The country is situated in Central America, bordering Guatemala and Honduras. It is the smallest nation in Central America with a total surface of 21,041 square kilometers. The country’s terrain is mostly mountainous with a central plateau and a coastal belt. Its climate is tropical but cooler in certain regions.
The overall population is over 6 million people making it the second least populated country in Central America. The capital of the country is San Salvador. It is also the most populous city with over 2.4 million inhabitants. Other major cities are Santa Ana, San Miguel, and Santa Tecla. The nation’s largest airport is El Salvador International Airport Saint Oscar Arnulfo Romero y Galdamez (SAL) with over 3.4 million annual passengers. This makes it the 3rd busiest airport in Central America. The airport provides access to regional and North American destinations.
Salvadorian culture is a mix of Spanish and indigenous heritage. The majority of the population is Christian. The official language is Spanish. The Salvadorian legal system is the civil law with judicial review of legislative acts. The government form is a presidential republic. Both positions of the chief of state and head of government are held by President Nayib Bukele.
The official currency is the US Dollar (USD) since 2001. The country has an open economy, generating a GDP of approximately $33.75 billion, placing it in the 14th spot among the Caribbean and Latin American countries. Its citizens have a per capita income of $5,308. The GDP is mostly made up of the industrial and agricultural sectors. These sectors are an especially important contributor to the economy with the exportation of products such as coffee, sugar, textiles, apparel, gold, iron, and steel. Furthermore, foreign remittances from Salvadorians abroad contribute as much as 16% of the GDP.
El Salvador is a growing tourism destination known for its historical cities and beaches. The main activities for tourists are surfing, coffee tours, hiking, diving, and animal watching. There are two UNESCO World Heritage sites. Some of the main destinations include La Libertad, Apaneca, San Ignacio, Ruta de las Flores, La Palma, Santa Ana, Nahuizalco, Apaneca, and Suchitoto. El Salvador has a total of approximately 2.6 million tourists visiting every year. Most of the tourists are originating from the Americas.