El Salvador - Regulations on Entry, Stay and Residence for PLHIV

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No restrictions for people with HIV/AIDS. All existing restrictions repealed (see below).

HIV-specific entry and residence regulations for El Salvador

El Salvador has repealed existing restrictions:
March 22, 2004: The General Direction of Migration and Alienage has repealed existing regulations requiring HIV testing for temporary and permanent residency permit applicants. 

(Source: 1)

There are no regulations restricting entry or stay of people with HIV/AIDS. No test results or medical certificates are required. HIV-infected people are not expelled. A diagnosed HIV-infection has no effect on residency status. Antiretroviral medication can be imported for personal use and for the duration of stay.

(Source: 2)

We have evidence that an HIV test has been required in the past when applying for a residency permit.

(Source: 3)


HIV treatment information for El Salvador

No information available.


HIV information / HIV NGOs in El Salvador

You can get updated information through the aidsmap search engine at www.aidsmap.com/en/orgs/ux/default.asp.


Global Criminalisation of HIV Transmission Scan

The Global Criminalisation Scan is an initiative of GNP+. It aims to collect and keep up to date information on national and state level laws criminalising the transmission of or exposure to HIV. It also aims to provide an easily accessible ‘clearing-house’ of resources, research, and initiatives on the subject and to provide a platform for advocacy initiatives.

Find out more about the scan and the criminalisation of HIV transmission legislation at http://criminalisation.gnpplus.net/.



  1. Rita Estrada de Marín, Asistente Director General de Migración y Extranjería, El Salvador, by e-mail (July 2004)
  2. Embassy of El Salvador, Berlin, December 20, 2007
  3. Embassy of Germany, San Salvador, March 26, 2008


updated: 9/8/2008
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