Covid testing sites in El Salvador: Antigen and PCR for travellers

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Note: El Salvador currently does not require PCR, Antigen or any other testing in order to enter the country. This is regardless of your country of origin or arrival. No Testing is required to enter El Salvador. No Vaccinations are required to enter El Salvador.

If you’d like to get vaccinated it is available to anyone who wants it regardless of citizenship, tourists included. It is 100% voluntary and not required for any activities inside El Salvador.

We do not provide COVID-19 Testing of any sort and are not affiliated with any labs providing those tests. The following information is provided for your convenience, but we do not run any kind of COVID-19 tests, we are a real estate company.

We’re often asked by clients if it’s easy, fast and convenient to get a COVID-19 test prior to their return to their home countries. The short answer is yes. In San Salvador, the capital city, there are dozens if not more labs that will run a COVID test for you. Most labs have antigen tests available, averaging about $30- USD with same-day result delivery, often in two hours or less. For destinations that require a PCR test they are also available at the larger labs, with 24 hour result time, for around $100- USD. In the major cities and towns you can at least find antigen testing available. Your hotel can often schedule in-hotel testing for your party.

There are a total of 159 labs certified for COVID-19 Antigen testing, the full list with addresses here:

The following hotels offer in-house testing, usually a lab visiting at a set hour every morning, check with the front desk:

Sheraton Presidente San Salvador

Barceló San Salvador

Crowne Plaza San Salvador

Holiday Inn San Salvador

Marriott Courtyard San Salvador

The following malls have testing sites: Estación del Casco, Plaza Villavicencio
Hospitals with available testing 24/7: Hospital de Diagnostico (both Escalon and Colonia Medica locations have 24/7 labs), Hospital de la Mujer. PCR Tests also available.

We also recommend all ANALIZA locations, all MAX BLOCH locations, PARAVIDA also has multiple locations in the city as they provide reliable testing with results in two hours or less. We’ve noticed many foreigners end up getting a test at ProFamilia Hospital, nothing wrong with that but it’s a longer drive since it’s not close to the hotels. 

In the Surf City, La Libertad area (close to the city of Puerto de La Libertad, El Tunco, El Zonte and other beaches) there’s also covid testing available at the following location:

Laboratorio Clínico La Familia M & R: 3A AVENIDA NORTE Y CALLE EL CALVARIO, FRENTE A DEL SUR DE LA CIUDAD DE PUERTO DE LA LIBERTAD, LA LIBERTAD (Located in front of DEL SUR power company office in Puerto de la Libertad.