Ecuador has recently reopened its borders for tourism. As of August 15th, it will no longer require a 14-day quarantine for all travelers if they bring a negative COVID-19 PCR test result that’s been issued no more than 10 days before arrival.
Special rules continue to apply to visiting the Galapagos islands which are described below.
Who Can Enter Ecuador?
The good news is that all countries and nations are welcome to Ecuador. In regards to visa requirements, most countries can enter Ecuador, but you should verify this yourself in regards to the passport you hold.
What Are The Entry Requirements For Ecuador?
- All travelers should fill out a Health Declaration Form before arrival.
- Most importantly, all travelers should have a negative COVID-19 PCR test result no older than 10 days before arrival into the country. However, if a traveler failed to bring this test, they will be tested on arrival and forced to quarantine until results are available. Also note that only COVID-19 PCR type tests are accepted and rapid tests are not.
- All passengers should expect health screening at the airport and questions from border control and temperature/symptom checks.
Additional Entry Requirements For Visiting the Galapagos:
Any international traveler wishing to transit via Quito or Guayaquil International Airport to the Galapagos should first arrive in-country into Ecuador with proof of a recent PCR test and then take a second PCR test at their own expense upon arrival.
Travelers should then proceed to local lodging (in parts of Ecuador currently rated as Green or Yellow, but not Red, for COVID) for at least 48 hours to await test results. A second negative test result is required to be able to proceed to the Galapagos Islands. All persons present in Ecuador (regardless of nationality or residence status) wishing to travel to the Galapagos Islands must present negative results from a PCR test taken no more than 96 hours prior to arrival.
In all cases, a negative PCR test is required prior to travel to the Galapagos. With such results in hand, there is no quarantine required upon arrival in the Galapagos (nor to return to the mainland of Ecuador).
For more information, please see July 23, 2020 protocol released by the Special Regimen of the Galapagos Government Council, Ministry of Tourism, and the Ministry of Public Health: http://www.ecuador.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/lineamientos_para_el_ingreso_de_turistas_a_gal%C3%A1pagos.pdf
Safety Measures and Health Protocols
- As of Aug. 13, authorities in Ecuador have concluded the temporary special curfew measures in Quito and other yellow-coded cantons across 18 provinces.
- Mandatory use of face masks in public indoor and outdoor areas. Fines will be given to those who do not comply. Each city will define the cost of the fine.
What’s Open in Ecuador
- Most hotels have reopened with a limited capacity and with strict protocols to prevent COVID-19 spread.
- Restaurants and shops can reopen to the public but with 50% of their capacity
- Urban bus or tram transport at 50% capacity
- Physical activities in closed spaces will be only for Green-rated cantons. Outdoor activities can push through if they comply with local social distancing measures approved by each canton.
- Some beaches reopened as of August 5th but will be monitored through the “Distancia2” app.
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