El Salvador has one of the highest crime rates in Latin America. Violence between gangs is common, mostly targeting rival gang members, military or police. While most gang violence occurs away from tourists and visitors, no location is completely safe. Most visits to El Salvador are trouble-free but there have been isolated attacks on tourists including robberies, car-jackings, and violent assaults.
Travelers should remain cautious to petty street crime such and pickpocketing, bag snatching and robbery. Additionally, public transport is unsafe and should be avoided especially at night. Road standards are generally good, especially from major travel hubs to tourist destinations but the driving standards are variable. Having a security driver as part of a robust travel plan will significantly improve personal security. Click here to learn more about the Threat overview of El Salvador.
El Salvador is unfortunately subject to various types of natural disasters, whether that be hurricanes, volcanoes, fires, or earthquakes. Between June and November, El Salvador is at a higher risk of hurricanes during the rainy season which in turn can lead to flooding and landslides.
Travel Security training pre-departure is suggested and is always included for free when utilizing our transport and Executive Protection services, please visit our Travel Security eLearning course for more information.
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