El Salvador bans foreigners from entering the country as of March 11 along with other measures.

Severity: Critical Alert

This alert began 12 Mar 2020 06:31 GMT and is scheduled to expire 01 Apr 2020 23:59 GMT.

  • Event: Travel Ban
  • Location(s): Nationwide (map)
  • Time Frame: Indefinite
  • Impact: Travel disruptions

Summary
President Nayib Bukele announced late March 11 that foreign nationals other than Salvadoran residents and diplomats, will not be allowed to enter Salvadoran territory. It is unclear until when the measure will remain in place. Reports indicate that authorities will test Salvadoran citizens returning to the country for infection with SARS-CoV-2 and further quarantine for 30 days. It is unclear if officials will restrict mandatory quarantine to symptomatic patients and others to self-quarantine. Bukele additionally ordered all schools in the country to be closed until April 1.

Background and Analysis
Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a viral respiratory disease caused by infection with the SARS-CoV-2 virus (previously known as 2019-nCoV). Symptoms occur 1-14 days following exposure (average of 3-7 days). These symptoms include fever, fatigue, cough, difficulty breathing, sometimes worsening to pneumonia and kidney failure - especially in those with underlying medical conditions.

Older individuals, infants, and those with chronic illness are more susceptible to infection and are at increased risk for severe complications. Human-to-human transmission can occur, though it remains unclear how easily the virus spreads between people.

Advice
Consider delaying travel to El Salvador. Contact airlines to inquire about flight cancellations.

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