The General Directorate of Migration and Aliens reported that from January to November 2022, it served more than 4.5 million foreigners who entered and left El Salvador at immigration posts.
According to migration data, surfing, crypto tourism, and investment exploration have become the main motivations for visiting the country.
“According to statistical data, from January to date and together with the December projections, Migration would be closing out 2022 with more than 9.8 million entries and exits, between Salvadorans and foreigners,” said the director of Migration, Ricardo Cucalón.
In addition, the official explained that, as part of the tourism gear, he is ready to meet the high demand of travelers who will cross all the country’s borders during the Christmas and New Year seasons.
“In migration windows, we project to serve more than 1.2 million entries and exits, which would represent a growth of 31% compared to the same period in 2021, when we registered 868,000 entries and exits,” he highlighted.
In this context, Cucalón explained that more than 450 immigration officers will be serving nationwide 24 hours a day to strengthen and expedite care at all land, air, and seaport borders with the purpose of guaranteeing an efficient and orderly migration flow.
During this season, the Immigration branches will be providing service normally until December 23, but due to the demand for passport issuance and other immigration procedures, they will enable extraordinary hours on Monday, December 26 and Tuesday, December 27 at the Cascadas branch, San Miguel, Usulutan, and Santa Ana.