Security Alert – U.S. Embassy San Salvador, El Salvador (April 27, 2022)

Location: El Salvador


The Government of El Salvador has extended until May 26, 2022 the validity of the emergency measures first enacted on March 27and. These emergency measures temporarily suspend the constitutional rights and guarantees regulated by Articles 7, 12.2, 13.2 and 24, in relation to Article 131.27, and Article 29 of the Constitution of the Republic, which refer to:

  • Freedom of association
  • The right to be immediately informed of the reason for detention
  • The right to have a defense lawyer during initial investigations
  • Extends administrative detentions from 3 to 15 days
  • The right to private communications

Although there is no indication that US citizens are being targeted, those traveling or residing in El Salvador should be aware that US citizens have been arrested under the emergency measures. Also, while the emergency measures are due to end on May 26andother extensions are possible.

Actions to take:
  • Avoid walking after dark. Avoid going to remote and/or unfamiliar places after dark;
  • Stay aware of your surroundings and keep a low profile;
  • Maintain a high level of vigilance, take appropriate measures to improve your personal safety and follow the instructions of local authorities;
  • Do not physically resist any attempted theft;
  • Monitor local news for updates, including local events and statements from the government of El Salvador.

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