Travel Requirements: Controversy in El Salvador

After the Constitutional Court halted the government's decision to request a negative PCR test to covid-19 from travelers arriving in the country, the Executive assures that they will demand this requirement from the airlines.

Friday, September 18, 2020

Arguing that the right to enter the territory is restricted, on September 15 the Supreme Court of Justice suspended the decision of the Executive Autonomous Port Commission (CEPA) to demand proof of covid-19 from Salvadorans and foreigners with definitive residence in the country, who want to enter El Salvador when the international airport resumes operations for commercial flights as of September 19.

See "Central America: Interest in Travel is Recovering"

A statement from the Presidency of El Salvador dated September 17, indicates that airlines wishing to land in El Salvador will have to require their passengers to take a Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test that serves to diagnose whether a person is infected with covid-19. The result of the test must be negative.

The test must be presented previously by the traveler when boarding the aircraft and must be valid for a maximum of 72 hours, according to the document issued by the authorities.

With regard to the disposition of the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court of Justice, President Nayib Bukele, indicated that "... all airlines that want to land in our airport, will have to demand from all their passengers a negative PCR test of covid-19 taken, at the most, 72 hours before the trip. Otherwise, we will be forced to close the airport again."

This requirement that airlines will have to implement with passengers before they set foot on the plane will be applicable temporarily until they are sure that the epidemiological curve of the cases of infection has been controlled, the statement details.

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