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Layover in San Salvador airport

Dallas, Texas
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Layover in San Salvador airport

We will be flying from Dallas to Lima and back with a 65 minute layover at San Salvador airport (7:05-8:10). We are concerned about the limited time for transit.

Would this be enough time to transit? Would it be safe to stay at the airport overnight?

Do we need to go through El Salvador’s immigration and customs?

Do we need to claim baggage at San Salvador airport? Or can you check in our luggage all the way to Lima or back to Dallas?

Is it correct that U.S. citizens do not need visas to enter El Salvador and Peru?

Thank you for your help!

4 replies to this topic
Chicago, Illinois
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1. Re: Layover in San Salvador airport

USA citizens do not need a visa for simple tourist trips to Peru. For your other questions you should ask in the El Salvador forum.

Dallas, Texas
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2. Re: Layover in San Salvador airport

Thank you very much!

Paris, Canada
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3. Re: Layover in San Salvador airport

We have had many short layovers in San Salvador. Once we even only had 35 minutes. It is a small airport. No problem. You get off the plane, walk down the hall and get on another one.

Chicago, Illinois
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4. Re: Layover in San Salvador airport

I just got back from a similar layover, Lima to Chicago via El Salvador. We did not have any problems with a 60 minute layover. We got off one plane, walked through basic security (X-Ray of bags & metal detector) and to the gate of our next plane, our luggage was checked through. It is not a large airport.

On our way back, we had a 6 hour layover overnight. We found a charging station and made camp for a few hours. Our luggage was checked through. We did have to go through basic security (X-Ray of bags & metal detector) at the gate since the flight was to the USA.

We did not go through customs or immigration due to it being a connecting flight.

No visa needed for Peru for US Citizens.

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