Costa Rican visa for Salvadorian citizens

A visa is NOT required for Salvadorian passport holders visiting Costa Rica for a short-term stay: 90 days.

Visa requirements:

Visa type Purposes Visa requirements Allowed stay
Tourist visa For Salvadorian citizens to enter Costa Rica for a short-term tourism purpose. Not required 90 days
Evisa Costa Rica e-visa for Salvadorian citizens Not Available
Visa on arrival Costa Rica visa on arrival for Salvadorian citizens Not Available

Costa Rica tourist visa requirements:

  • Holding Salvadorian passport that is valid for six months beyond the period of the intended stay in Costa Rica.
  • Proof of onward travel (departure) from Costa Rica.

If you are looking for Costa Rica visa information, such as available types of visas, or how to apply from El Salvador, we recommend you visit or contact the embassy or consulate of Costa Rica nearest your place of residence.

  • San Salvador: The Embassy of Costa Rica in San Salvador, El Salvador (Working hours: Close now)

Costa Rica visa applications & requirements (For reference purposes only, please visit the nearest Costa Rica diplomatic mission offices to El Salvador for guidance)

Tourism Statistics Chart

The line chart shows the number of visitors from El Salvador traveling to Costa Rica from 2008 to 2018.

Year Number of visitors (El Salvador) estimated Change (%)
2008 73,090 N/A
2009 73,859 1.05%
2010 73,090 -1.04%
2011 73,859 1.05%
2012 78,475 6.25%
2013 80,783 2.94%
2014 73,090 -9.52%
2015 76,167 4.21%
2016 77,706 2.02%
2017 73,090 -5.94%
2018 76,937 5.26%

References: UNWTO.org, World Bank and multiple sources. (This data is for informational purposes only. Please see our disclaimer page for more information.)

Costa Rica & El Salvador comparison

Costa Rica's area is approximately 51,060 km2 (19,714 sq mi), while the area of El Salvador is approximately 20,720 km2 (8,000 sq mi). This means El Salvador is 2.46 times smaller than Costa Rica.

As of October 2021, Costa Rica's population is ~8.9 million people - 274,080 fewer people than the population of El Salvador.

We have highlighted Costa Rica & El Salvador’s relative positions on world's map for your reference.

Costa Rica El Salvador Difference
Population (est 2021) 8,894,748 9,168,828 274080 fewer people live in Costa Rica than El Salvador
Number of diplomatic missions abroad (est) 98 94 Costa Rica has 4 more diplomatic representations abroad compared with El Salvador.
Travel freedom (2021) 111 97 Costa Rica passport holders can visit 14 more countries and territories without a visa.
Number of foreign missions hosted 52 46 Costa Rican hosts 6 more foreign missions than El Salvador.

Frequently asked questions, answered

How many visitors from El Salvador travel to Costa Rica in one year?

The number of visitors from El Salvador visiting Costa Rica in 2018 was approximately 76,937.

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Useful Information

  • San Jose to San Salvador: 654.34 km (406.59 mi)
  • Travel time: 1 hours 21 minutes

This page was last updated on: December 25, 2020, 16:39 p.m.