Borders, Measures & Requirements

Happily, all our destinations are now fully re-opened to national and international tourism. We are stoked to be able 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!


All international travellers are required to register and complete the eTravel Portal.This can be done within 72h before arrival or upon arrival at the latest.

Travelers from 158 countries are allowed to travel to the Philippines and stay up to 30 days without a visa. It is always recommended to check with your embassy to confirm your requirements before traveling. For more detailed information, click HERE.


Since November 17th, 2021, the Government of El Salvador eliminated the Covid-19 test and/or vaccination requirements for entry. Even if there is no specific requirement anymore to enter the country, we highly recommend that you get a complete series of Covid-19 vaccination, minimum 14 days before departure. It’s everyone’s responsibility to keep each other safe!

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 .


Since October, 20th, 2022, the Government of Ecuador eliminated the Covid-19 test and/or vaccination requirements for entry. Even if it’s not mandatory, we highly recommend that you get a complete series of Covid-19 vaccination, minimum 14 days before departure. It’s everyone’s responsibility to keep each other safe!

All international travellers are required to present a declaration of traveler health (the declaration is available on the Ministry of Public Health website).

 No visa is necessary to enter Ecuador. A maximum stay of 90 days in the country is authorized to regular tourists. For more detailed information, you can visit Ecuador governmental website.


*Make sure that you have a travel insurance that covers Emergency Medical Coverage, including COVID-19 medical coverage (mandatory to participate in 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. We highly suggest getting the trip cancellation coverage in the case that you’d unfortunately be unable to attend your trip.

*Make sure that your passport is valid for a minimum of six months following your departure date.

*Make sure that you have a return ticket or onward ticket to another country.

*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 50$ to 100$US).


Everyone must feel comfortable to be spending a week in a group of 12+ participants co-sharing rooms and sharing social areas. All Salty Souls staff team members are fully vaccinated and are taking precautions to minimize the chances of being in contact with the virus. If a staff member were to develop any COVID-19 symptoms and would test positive, she would be sent home to quarantine. If a guest were to develop any COVID-19 symptoms throughout the retreat and test positive to COVID-19, 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. 

*It’s everyone’s responsibility to check the entry requirements to return to their home country and to make sure to have all required documents to board their flight.

The rooms, bathrooms and social areas will be cleaned and disinfected on a daily basis, but you must be ok sharing your room and bathroom with other participants.  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 only factor that could cause a cancellation of the retreats is the closure of the borders of Philippines/ 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 Covid test if it’s needed. 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.

*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.

*We highly recommend getting a travel insurance including a trip cancellation coverage in the case that you’d test positive to COVID-19 and couldn’t attend your trip.


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

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