El Salvador - Country Commercial Guide
Temporary Entry

Discusses requirements for products entering the country/economy temporarily. Includes information on warranty and non-warranty items shipped for repairs.

Last published date: 2021-11-05

Customs may authorize temporary entry of foreign merchandise with temporary or partial suspension of duties for specific purposes, under the condition that the merchandise is re-exported within the time authorized and without any modification.  A bond must be presented as the guarantee that the temporarily imported goods will be re-exported within the time authorized.  Temporary entry of goods for transformation, manufacture, or repair is granted under laws that regulate free trade zones and services.

The temporary entry of the following merchandise is allowed provided it will be exported in the same condition in which it arrived:

  • Vehicles to be used in tourism
  • Merchandise to be exhibited in fairs, trade shows, and international conventions or congresses
  • Equipment, vehicles, and goods that are the property of a circus or similar public show
  • Merchandise to provide assistance in emergency situations caused by catastrophes or natural phenomenon, including medical, surgical, and laboratory equipment and similar materials, none of which can be for profit-making activities
  • Educational, religious, and cultural merchandise to be exhibited to support an activity in this field
  • Scientific equipment to support scientific research
  • Machines, equipment, instruments, and tools to be used in public works
  • Goods to be used by the Salvadoran government
  • Commercial vehicles and parts
  • Commercial goods to be used in the demonstration of products
  • Other goods according to specific norms or international agreements

Each person entering the country may bring tax-free:  personal goods such as clothes, handbags, and toiletries; medicines; food; medical devices; sport items; surfboards; one photography camera, one movie camera, one image record device, and one personal computer; musical instruments; working tools; sample goods; books; CDs; 500 hundred grams of tobacco; hunting and sport weapons; up to two pets (cats or dogs); and other goods valued at less than USD $500.