What are the Passport Requirements in El Salvador

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The passport is that document with international validity, which is processed by the immigration authorities of a nation, which proves a legal permit or authorization to travel abroad and, failing that, to enter through the international ports or airports of the destination country. Next we will detail the passport requirements.

Passport Requirements

The requirements to be able to process the passport in El Salvador depend on the type of applicant, however in all cases the Printed Passport Application obtained from the internet application must be presented. Additional requirements are detailed below:

For minors

The requirements to obtain a passport in El Salvador for minors are the following:

  • Recent original birth certificate, no more than one year after being issued
  • To be accompanied by both parents with their respective Identity Documents (DUI) in original and a copy enlarged to 150% each, if one or both parents do not present themselves, present a specific notarial or consular authorization for the issuance of passport.
  • Cancel $ 25.00 dollars only in the collecturías located in our branches.

For seniors

The requirements to obtain a passport in El Salvador for senior citizens are the following:

  • Unique Identity Document (DUI) in original and a 150% enlarged copy.
  • Cancel $ 25.00 dollars only in the collecturías located in our branches.

If you need an additional document, it will be communicated to the citizen’s mail when the appointment is assigned.

For residents

The requirements to obtain a passport in El Salvador for residents are the following:

  • Unique Identity Document (DUI) in original and a 150% enlarged copy.
  • Pay $ 25.00 dollars only in the collectives located in our branches.

If you need an additional document, it will be communicated to the citizen’s mail when the appointment is assigned.

For adults

The requirements to obtain a passport in El Salvador for adults are the following:

  • Unique Identity Document (DUI) in original and a 150% enlarged copy.
  • Cancel $ 25.00 dollars only in the collecturías located in our branches.

If you need an additional document, it will be communicated to the citizen’s mail when the appointment is assigned.

Steps to get the Passport

The steps to follow to carry out the passport process in El Salvador basically consist of filling out the forms via the web and collecting all the necessary documents and complying with all the conditions and requirements, and then going to the branches detailed later in this article. The steps to follow are those:

  • Document Review: Present the documentation required for the type of citizen applicant in the Information Area, including receipt of payment for the issuance of passport.
  • Data Capture: the applicant citizen will be attended at the window to enter data into the system and the corresponding file will be printed. In the case of children and adolescents, they must attend with their parents.
  • Passport delivery: Finally, the passport will be delivered after having passed the window where the data and photograph were taken. It usually takes about 45 minutes when it is not the peak demand season.

Passport cost

The cost of the passport in El Salvador is $ 25.00 dollars and must be paid only at the branch where you go to obtain said travel document.

Passport format

If I have a passport, do I have to apply for a visa to enter other countries?

Every citizen who has a passport will be authorized to leave El Salvador and international boarding to any other country.

However, there are certain countries that request the so-called visa or visa, as a document added to the corresponding passport, in order to enter that country.

The visa or visa is an authorization printed in the passport that allows you to legally travel from one country to another, even if you do not have the nationality of that country or free entry is not allowed. Having a visa from the country you are going to enter shows that you have already been examined and approved to travel to that country.

The visa is issued by the Department of State through the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or Chancellery of the country to which it is requested. The official bodies in charge of processing and subsequently granting visas are generally the embassies and consulates.

To travel to Honduras, Guatemala and Nicaragua you can do it only with your Unique Identity Document (DUI) or only with your passport, you can choose with which of the two you will identify yourself for the immigration record.

Where to go to get your Passport?

You must go to the Immigration branches for the issuance of passports, included below:

  • CENTRAL BRANCH: CENTRAL
    9ª Calle Poniente and end 15 Avenida Norte. Government Center, between PGR and Government. San Salvador.
    Services: Extension and renewal of passport, revision of notarial acts, land pre-check of passengers, requests and deliveries of migratory movements and migratory restrictions.
    Hours of Service: Monday to Friday from 07:30 am to 03:30 pm, without closing at noon.
    Information to the User: 2213-7778
    Switch: 2213-7700
  • FOREIGN DIRECTORATE

    Services exclusively for foreigners
    Paseo General Escalón and 69 ° Avenida Sur. N ° 3563, San Salvador.
    One block west of the monument to the Divine Savior of the World.
    Services: Residence Procedures, Visas, Extensions and Permits.
    Hours of Service: Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
    Switch: 2213-7800

  • CASCADAS BRANCH

    Jerusalem Avenue and Panamericana Street. Mall Cascadas Shopping Center. 2nd level, premises 217 and 218.
    Hours of Service: Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, without closing at noon.
    In addition, extraordinary service is provided on Saturdays from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.
    Services: Extension and renewal of passport, revision of notarial acts, land pre-check of passengers.
    Branch office: 2243-8006 and 2243-3325
    Switch: 2213-7700

  • BRANCH PLAZA MUNDO (SOYAPANGO)
    Plaza Mundo Shopping Center, Second Floor, Locals 40 and 41. Soyapango.
    Services: Passport extension and renewal.
    Hours of Service: Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, without closing at noon.
    Branch office: 2227-5363
    Switch: 2213-7700
  • PASATIEMPO BRANCH (LOURDES COLÓN, LA LIBERTAD)
    Pasatiempo Shopping Center, Local 19 B.
    Highway to Santa Ana, Km 25 and a half, Lourdes Colón, La Libertad.

    Services: Extension and renewal of passport, revision of notarial acts for the departure of minors and land pre-check of passengers.
    Hours of Service: Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, without closing at noon.
    Branch office: 2319-6288

  • SANTA ANA BRANCH
    Centro de Gobierno calle Libertad Oriente between 11 and 9 Av.Sur.
    Santa Ana Department.

    Services: Extension and renewal of passport, pre ground check of passengers, revision of notarial acts, immigration services, applications and deliveries of migratory movements.
    Hours of Service: Monday to Friday from 07:30 am to 03:30 pm, without closing at noon.
    Foreigner: 2447-7027
    Branch office: 2526-3418

  • SAN MIGUEL BRANCH
    La Plaza Local Anchor 2 Shopping Center, located on Roosevelt Avenue.
    San Miguel (ex Plaza Goldtree)
    Services: Extension and renewal of passport, immigration services, revision of notarial acts for the departure of minors, land pre-check of passengers, requests and deliveries of migratory movements.
    Service hours: Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, without closing at noon.
    Branch office: 2526-3419
    San Miguel Immigration: 2667-8641
  • USULUTÁN BRANCH
    Puerta de Oriente Shopping Center, Local # 20, km. 113, exit towards San Miguel, El Litoral highway, Usulután.

    Services: Extension and renewal of passport, revision of notarial acts for the departure of minors, land pre-check of passengers and service for online passport processing.

    Service hours: Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm, without closing at noon.
    Branch office: 2526-3420

How long is the Passport valid for?

The common passport in El Salvador it is valid for five (5) years from the date of issue and can be revalidated for another five (5) years.

Requirements to renew passport

The citizen can start the process of renewal of his passport six (6) months before the expiration date. The requirements are as follows:

  • Passport expired or about to expire
  • Unique Identity Document (DUI) in original and a 150% enlarged copy.
  • Pay $ 25.00 dollars in the collecturías located in our branches.

For more information on procedures in the General Directorate of Migration and Foreigners, please visit the page www.migracion.gob.sv

Frequent questions

It is common that there are additional doubts and concerns in passport applicants in El Salvador, below we carry out a section of frequently asked questions to solve these questions:

  • How long do I have to wait to get the appointment for the passport process?

The request that the user enters on this site will be reviewed and the attached documentation will be verified. If the application meets all the requirements for passport processing, the application will be approved and you will be granted an appointment for the next day on the date you requested. If the attached documentation has problems or is incomplete, you will be contacted via email or by phone, to resolve the inconsistencies.

  • How do you notify about the appointment?

The user will be able to view the day and time of their appointment on this same site, using the option “Status of requests”. You must enter the same username and password for this application. Additionally, you will receive an email confirming the day and time of your appointment at the Consulate or the Immigration Branch where you request to do the passport process.

  • Is the passport sent to the address?

No, the passport is delivered in person at the Consulate or Immigration and Immigration Branch where you requested to complete the passport process.

  • What if the appointment cannot be kept, how can it be rescheduled?

The appointment can be rescheduled by entering with your username and password to this same site. In the option “Status of requests” and click on the message “Reassign appointment”.

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