Country Guide: El Salvador

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Updated: June 06, 2015

Household Goods and Personal Effects

Documents Required

  • Passport
  • Numero de Identificacion (NIT) from the Ministry of Finance (registered at customs system)
  • Certificate of Migratory Movement from the Immigration General Office
  • Original Bill of Lading (OBL) / Air Waybill (AWB)
  • Detailed inventory in Spanish indicating quantity per item for customs purpose
  • Packing list
  • Letter of Employment (foreign citizens)
  • Diplomatic Franchise (Diplomas)

 

Specific Information

  • All shipments are subject to inspection.
  • The shippers must be present for Customs clearance.
  • The shipment must arrive within 90 days of the shipper’s arrival. (Returning citizens applying for exemption of duties and taxes) 
  • Normal customs clearance takes approximately 3-5 business days.
  • Returning residents must have lived abroad for at least 3 years for duty-free import and provide proof of residency abroad; citizens must not have returned to El Salvador for more than 30 consecutive days during the 3-year period of official residency abroad. Contact the destination agent for specific requirements of eligibility.
  • The packing list must include the value of each item and the make, model and serial number of electrical appliances. (Including size in case of TV)
  • Foreign Diplomats and certain government/organization members are granted duty-free entry. Documents must be received by the destination agent 15 days prior to the shipper’s arrival.

Motor Vehicles

Documents Required 

  • Passport
  • Driver’s License
  • Certificate of Title / Registration
  • Purchase / Commercial Invoice
  • OBL (rated)
  • Diplomatic Franchise (Diplomats)

 

Specific Information

  • Diplomats can import vehicles duty and tax free.

Pets

Documents Required 

  • Vaccination Record (including rabies)
  • Veterinary Health Certificate
  • Import Permit (Agriculture Ministry Government at destination)

 

Specific Information

  • The Veterinary Health Certificate must be issued within 15 days of arrival of the animal by a licensed veterinarian at origin.

Restricted/Dutiable Items

  • The following items require an original invoice and are subject to the payment of duties:
    • Antiques and works of art
    • Precious metal objects, including jewelry and coins

Prohibited Items

  • Illegal drugs
  • Pornographic and subversive materials
  • Military clothing and equipment
  • Cleaning chemicals and supplies
  • **Firearms and ammunition (a permit from the local police is required)
  • **Live plants (an original invoice, Phytosanitary Certificate and a permit from the Ministry of Agriculture are required; subject to payment of duties)
  • **Medications (a permit from the local drug administration is required)
  • **Cigarettes (200) and cigars (50)
  • **Alcohol (an Import Permit is required)

 

 

**Prohibited items only within Household Goods, they can be imported as General Cargo under certain circumstances.Check with the local agent.  

Consignment Instructions

Recommended: Contact the destination agent to ensure all requirements have been met prior to import, especially for differences regarding air / sea shipments.

 

IAM Note: Customs regulations can change at any time with or without notice. This document is provided as a guide and for information only. While IAM has exercised reasonable care in publishing this document, IAM makes no representation, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy or applicability.

 

Helpful Website(s):

http://www.elsalvador.org

http://travel.state.gov/travel/cis_pa_tw/cis/cis_1109.html

IAM Note: Customs regulations can change at any time with or without notice. This document is provided as a guide and for information only. While IAM has exercised reasonable care in publishing this document, IAM makes no representation, either expressed or implied, as to its accuracy or applicability.