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El Salvador Travel Information

The Basics

Local Customs

The people are warm, welcoming and friendly, however etiquette in El Salvador can be formal in address. Always use the formal pronoun 'usted' with strangers and acquaintances, and use titles of respect. Greetings are common in shops and in passing on the street, and it is considered rude not to return a greeting. El Salvador culture is patriarchal and women traditionally show respect to men. It is considered rude to put your feet up on a chair or table, or to yawn without covering your mouth.

Duty Free

Visitors to El Salvador may import the following goods: 200 cigarettes/50 cigars, two litres of alcohol, six units of perfume, gifts valued up to US$500.

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