El Salvador has one of the highest crime rates in Latin America. Take particular care in downtown San Salvador and on roads outside major towns and cities at night. Avoid wearing expensive jewellery or displaying valuable items. Safeguard your passport, mobile phone and cash against pickpockets. See Crime

There are a number of potentially active volcanoes in El Salvador. On 29 December 2013, the Chaparrastique volcano in the department of San Miguel erupted causing disruption to flights and some local communities. It remains under close observation.You can get up to date information and advice about volcanic activity on the website of the Directorate General of Civil Protection (in Spanish). See Natural disasters.

The rainy season runs from June to November. See Rainy season

There is a low threat from terrorism. See Terrorism

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.