eCUador opens its doors for tourism again
Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, several countries have issued entry restrictions, establishing health and safety measures for foreign tourists. Ecuador is not exempt from that, but it is among the countries that are open to tourism and have allowed travelers from various countries of origin to enter since the resumption of commercial flights.
Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands allow tourists to enter the mainland if they meet one of the following requirements: negative result of a PCR test performed within 72 hours prior to arrival in Ecuador or full vaccination protection as of at least 14 days prior to departure. All passengers must present a digital health declaration (Declaración de salud del viajero) prior to boarding for Ecuador and present it again upon entry into Ecuador. This does not apply to children under 2 years of age.
In the case of the Galápagos Islands, please note that the traveler will need a new test result issued by an authorized Ecuadorian laboratory if the PCR test was not performed within 72 hours prior to arrival on the islands AND a COVID-19 vaccination card or certificate indicating receipt of complete doses will be accepted. However, this must have been valid for at least 14 days prior to arrival. If these requirements are met, you can enjoy your long-awaited vacation!
It is recommended that you refrain from traveling if you have been in contact with the virus, if you are COVID-19 positive, if you are ill, or if you are waiting for test results. Persons arriving with a positive PCR test result have to isolate themselves for a period of 10 days in a shelter of their choice and at their own expense.
However, any traveler whose origin, stopover, or transit point is Brazil or India must present a negative PCR test – regardless of the presence of a complete vaccination protection – conducted up to 3 days prior to arrival in Ecuador; even if the test is negative, isolation for 10 days must be performed at home or at any lodging site at the traveler’s own expense upon arrival in Ecuador.
In some cases, a tourist visa is required for entry into Ecuador; it is recommended that you check the status of your reservations with your airline. It is essential that each tourist disposes of a travel insurance at the time of entry into Ecuador, with COVID-19 coverage if applicable. If your stay is of short duration, you may return with the same negative PCR test within 3 days.
Immunity or vaccination certificates for foreign passengers are reviewed on an ongoing basis. In the case of the Galápagos Islands, in addition to the above options that every tourist must present, you must also present the Transit Control Card issued by the Galápagos Islands Government Council.
Likewise, you are required to present a traveler’s health declaration to prove the place of your stay and further a transit control card issued by the Galápagos Government Council. In addition, you will be asked to pay the taxes to the Galápagos National Park upon arrival.
During your visit, the mask is still mandatory in public areas nationwide, it should cover nose and mouth at all times, especially in enclosed places such as buses, airplanes, museums, churches, other forms of public transportation, and tourist centers such as train stations and airports. Follow social distance measures by maintaining a 6-foot distance from everyone. Also, remember to wash your hands frequently and use hand sanitizer.
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