European Union to Accept El Salvador’s COVID Vaccination Card for Travel

By Eddie Galdamez  |  Dec 2nd, 2021
El Salvador International Airport
El Salvador International Airport.

Starting on December 1st, 2021, Salvadorans traveling to countries in the European Union can use the COVID-19 certificates issued by El Salvador as proof of vaccination.

The European Commission reported yesterday, Wednesday, December 1st, of the decision to recognize the equivalence of the COVID certificate issued in El Salvador to the digital certificate of the European Union.

El Salvador will be connected to the EU system, and its certificates will be accepted under the same conditions as the digital document of the EU.

El Salvador agreed to accept the European digital vaccine accreditation for their citizens traveling to El Salvador.

The EU digital COVID certificate is an accreditation that a person has been vaccinated, has carried out a test with negative results, or has recovered from the COVID disease.

We continue to increase the numbers of countries connected to the EU COVID digital certificate system: 52 countries and territories on five continents so far, and we expect more soon. This will facilitate safe travel inside and outside the EU,” said EU Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynder.

The Salvadoran Government thanked the European Union for granting these travel considerations to Salvadorans.

The good management of the pandemic and the effective vaccination strategy implemented in El Salvador will allow Salvadorans to mobilize in the 27 countries of the European Union, under the same conditions as European citizens.” Wrote the Bukele administration on Twitter.

The Nayib Bukele administration has received praise locally and internationally for managing the pandemic well.

For example, the International Monetary Fund stated recently that the “management of the pandemic has resulted in a quick economic recovery for the country.”

Also, about 70% percent of Salvadorans are vaccinated against COVID. El Salvador has reached herd immunity.

“There are no vaccine mandates or passports in El Salvador, no mask mandates, no testing requirements to enter the country. But there are vaccines available for everyone, even tourists, including boosters. Everybody makes their own choice. So far, +70% have been vaccinated,” wrote president Bukele on his Twitter account.