COVID-19 TRAVEL UPDATES

Borders, Measures & Requirements

Happily, Ecuador & El Salvador are now fully re-opened to national and international tourism. With proper prevention measures, we feel ready to run our retreats again. We would all benefit from a tropical vacation, right?!… Early wake-up call for sunrise surf sessions, healthy & delicious meals, deep conversations with like-minded souls, afternoon naps, sunset yoga… & REPEAT for 8 days… Yes Please!

EL SALVADOR ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

El Salvador has opened its borders and started welcoming back foreigners since September 2020. On November 17, 2021, the Government of El Salvador removed the COVID-19 test and/or vaccination requirements for entry. However, you must verify with your airline that they have implemented this change to avoid complications at the departure airport. Even if there is no specific requirement anymore to enter the country, we are requiring every participant to take a COVID test prior to departure in order to avoid inconveniences and put other people at risk. It’s everyone’s responsibility to keep each other safe! Regardless of COVID, no visa is required to enter El Salvador. Upon your arrival at the airport, you’ll simply be asked to pay 12$US for a tourist visa. You’ll then be allowed to stay for 90 days in the country. For more detailed information, you can visit El Salvador governmental website .

ECUADOR ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Ecuador approved resumption of commercial flight operations in June 2020. Upon entry to Ecuador, all travelers must provide:

  • a COVID-19 with QR code or a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing the traveler received a complete series of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to entering Ecuador.

-OR-

  • a PCR test certificate with a negative result received not more than 72 hours prior to your arrival to the country.

-AND-

*Make sure to have a PRINTED version of your PCR test. There is no quarantine required. Verify with your airline if they have specific requirements regarding COVID-19. Special rules apply to travellers if their point of origin is Brazil or India or if they transit these countries en route to Ecuador. Reach out to us in case these countries are part of your itinerary. There’s no visa necessary. A maximum stay of 90 days in the country is authorized to regular tourists. For more detailed information, you can visit Ecuador governmental website.

FOR BOTH DESTINATIONS, a travel insurance that covers Emergency Medical Coverage, including COVID-19 medical coverage  is required to participate to the Experience. Lots of credit cards offer coverage for short holidays. We advise you to check with your bank. Otherwise, here’s a list of travel insurance agencies that cover COVID-19. *If you need a PCR test to return back to your home country, we will organize that for you on site. The cost of the PCR test is NOT included in the retreat and therefore, you should plan some money for this (usually between 100$ to 150$US).

ON-SITE PROTOCOLS

All Salty Souls staff team members are taking precautions to minimize the chances of being in contact with the virus. If one staff member were to develop any COVID-19 symptoms or would test positive, she would be sent home to quarantine. For all participants, regardless of the requirements to enter the country, we require that everyone comes in with their COVID-19 vaccination or a negative COVID-19 test to insure everyone else’s safety. We ask that everyone do their best to take precautionary measures to minimize the risk of exposure to the virus by washing their hands regularly and limit close contacts with people outside of the villa. We want to  make sure everyone feels safe to be spending a week in a group of 14 (10 participants + 4 staff) co-sharing rooms and sharing social areas. If a guest were to develop any COVID-19 symptoms throughout the retreat and test positive, we will help her to accommodate comfortably in a separate location from the group throughout the necessary quarantine time. The cost of this private accommodation, food and medicine -if needed- would be at your own expense. This is why we recommend having a travel insurance that covers ALL costs related to COVID-19 (a travel insurance that covers emergency medical including COVID-19 is mandatory, but we recommend having one that also covers the costs related to the self isolation period). We also recommend having a flexible flight ticket that allows changes in case of testing positive to COVID-19 and not being allowed to take your flight back home. You should also check the entry requirements to return to your country. Most countries accept either a proof of a negative result OR a positive test result received in the previous 11 to 180 days (the number of days varies from one country to the other, this is the number of days for Canada.) That means that even if you keep receiving a positive result to a COVID-19 test, you would be able to fly back home after a certain number of days.

ABOUT MASKS, SOCIAL DISTANCING & CO-LIVING

The participants of a retreat + the staff members are considered a social bubble. Therefore, masks and social distancing are not mandatory while inside the Salty Souls villa, but this is at your own discretion. We ask to please consider and respect everybody’s personal protocols and avoid entering in other people rooms without their permission. If something doesn’t make you feel comfortable or you prefer not to participate in an activity, please reach out to one of our staff members: no judgement here, we really want you to enjoy your well-deserved vacation and will honour your requests with love.

The accommodation, both in Ecuador and in El Salvador, are in shared rooms of 2 to 4 people, so you must be ok sharing your room and bathroom with other participants. The rooms, bathrooms and social area will be cleaned and disinfected on a daily basis. The cleaning/kitchen team will also be tested prior to each retreat and will be wearing masks.

During activities outside of the villa, the masks is only required in indoor public spaces. We encourage practicing social distancing with the people that are outsiders to our group.

CANCELLATION POLICY

The only factor that could cause a cancellation of the retreats is the closure of the borders of El Salvador/ Ecuador. If this were to happen, we will offer a travel credit of the same amount, that can be used on any further trip of the same value, any of our destinations, with no expiry date.

It’s everyone’s responsibility to have a printed version of their vaccination card showing the complete series of the COVID-19 vaccine taken at least 14 days prior to entering the country and/or a Negative PCR Covid test received maximum 72 hours before the arrival to the country. We highly suggest doing the test in a private clinic to be sure to receive the result on time. It’s also your responsibility to check with your airline if they have some specific requirements. We are NOT responsible if a document is missing to embark on your flight.

In the case that you receive a positive PCR test making you unable to participate to the Experience, we will offer you a travel credit of the same amount, that can be used on any further trip of the same value, any of our destinations. If you were to develop any COVID-19 symptoms prior to departure, we require you to advise us and cancel your trip. We will offer you a travel credit, available to be used on any further trip for any of our destinations. If you are already in El Salvador/ Ecuador prior to the retreat and develop symptoms and/or receive a positive COVID-19 result, you could choose to either get a travel credit OR you could decide to take part in the Experience 5 days after the beginning of your symptoms -if the symptoms are going away- or after receiving a negative COVID-19 result, whatever comes first. The accommodation and food during your self-isolation are at your own expenses.

*We are not responsible for flight schedule changes / cancelled flight. We suggest purchasing refundable airline tickets and to check with your travel insurance agency what their coverage is, in the event that you would miss your trip or a part of it due to a flight change.

GOT MORE QUESTIONS 

Please visit our Frequently Asked Question section where we address most of the traditional concerns about travelling with us.

For any further interrogation, email us at bookings@saltysoulsexperience.com