Wednesday, 23 November 2022 16:41

Government ready for the high season of visitors during the end of the year holidays

Written by Evelyn Alas

The Central Government is ready to guarantee an optimal attention to tourists and nationals arriving to El Salvador's International Airport during the high season of visitors to the country.

Given the high flow of passengers entering the air terminal facilities due to the different tourist and sports activities to be developed in the coming days, as well as the end of the year festivities, an attention plan is being implemented with more than 1,600 employees, including air operations personnel, user service, cleaning, security, rescue, medical and response team, Customs, Immigration, PNC, Ministry of Agriculture and Ministry of Health.

This effort is also joined by 70 elements of the National Academy of Public Safety and Transit managers of the Vice Ministry of Transportation who will be in the different public areas of our airport, as part of the coordinated work carried out between government institutions.  

Migration and Immigration, as part of the tourism sector, is ready to meet the high demand of travelers who will cross all the country's borders during the Christmas and New Year's Eve season.

"In Migration windows we project to attend more than 1 million 265 thousand entries and exits, which would represent a growth of 31% compared to the same period of 2021, which we registered 868 thousand entries and exits", said the head of Migration, Ricardo Cucalón.


More than 450 immigration officers will be providing service nationwide 24 hours a day to strengthen and streamline the attention in all land borders, air and sea ports, thus ensuring an efficient and orderly migratory flow.

According to statistical data, from january to date and together with the december projections, Migration would be closing this 2022 with more than 9 million 865 thousand entries and exits, between salvadorans and foreigners.

Likewise, more than 4 million 588 thousand migratory records of entries and exits correspond to foreigners who have traveled to El Salvador for tourism, work or business to date; surfing, crypto tourism and investment exploration have been, to a great extent, the motivation to visit the country.

During this season, Migration branches will be providing normal service until december 23, but due to the demand for issuance of passports and other immigration procedures, they will open special hours on monday december 26 and tuesday december 27 in Cascadas, San Miguel, Usulután and Santa Ana branches.

Thanks to the leadership and security strategy of President Nayib Bukele, of the war against gangs, our country is now a safe destination and an increase of tourists and a greater entry of products into the country is expected. Therefore, as customs we have taken several actions:

Reinforce with personnel at the Passenger Terminal to serve travelers from different banks of flights.

We have established schedules according to the demand, in La Hachadura and Amatillo we are attending 24/7; Anguiatu, San Cristobal, Las Chinamas and El Poy from 5:00 a.m. to midnight.

We have the extension to $1,500.00 of the exemption of duties and taxes for the introduction of new goods for travelers coming from abroad during the period from december 1st of the current year to january 31st of the following year.

As customs, in addition to facilitating, we exercise control through our scanner equipment at the airport and at border and maritime customs, with a monthly average of 9,637 scanning operations.

At the Passenger Terminal of the international airport alone, we receive approximately 76,528 baggage tickets and 1,427 operations (Cargo Declarations) processed per month.

Personnel from the different central government institutions, at the International Airport and at all our land and port customs offices work in coordination to efficiently serve national and foreign users.

More than 400 customs personnel, including Customs Administrators, Customs Officers, Vista Accountants and Transportation Controllers will be providing service at all entry and exit points nationwide and have strengthened their capacity to serve our users.

We are carrying out several coordinated actions during this Christmas and New Year's season so that our tourists and compatriots feel well attended and have an excellent experience in our beloved El Salvador.

Translated by: A.M