The government extends general tourism permits in El Salvador for up to 180 days.

The President of the Republic, Nayib Bukele, confirmed this Thursday night that the general tourism permits in El Salvador have been extended from 90 days to 180 days. The measure was confirmed by the president through his Twitter account.

“The general tourism permits in El Salvador have just been extended from 90 to 180 days,” said Bukele, confirming that the tourism industry has flourished in the recently ended year of 2022 in El Salvador, thanks to the security measures and the attractiveness it has gained. the country for foreign investors and tourists.

The tourism industry in El Salvador has established itself as a firm and important pillar for the national economy. According to the Ministry of Tourism, in 2022, a total of 2.5 million tourists visited El Salvador, which is equivalent to a recovery of up to 96% compared to 2019, the year before the COVID-19 pandemic.

This increase in the number of tourists that arrived in El Salvador allowed the country to collect up to $2.6 billion, thanks to the tourism industry. This represents an increase of 50% in foreign exchange income for this item compared to 2019.

The Ministry of Tourism also detailed that, in 2022, tourist and cultural parks were visited by 6.5 million people throughout the year, a record that exceeded that of previous years.

Finally, the tourism authorities detailed that, in 2022, the most visited destinations in El Salvador were Sunset Park, which was inaugurated in September 2022, as well as the Tourist Complex of the port of La Libertad, the Cerro Verde Natural Park, the Natural Balboa, and the country’s beaches.