Covid19 update

Information about the current Covid19 situation in Ecuador

Last update: April 28, 2022
Please note: The situation regarding the coronavirus and associated measures in Ecuador are subject to change. We recommend that you request the latest information from us.

Rules upon entering Ecuador

The following rules are in effect for travelers arriving to Ecuador.

Travelers of 3 years and above are required to present one of the following documents:

  • A vaccination certificate with QR code or vaccination card showing that one has been vaccinated. Currently vaccination with 2 doses or 1 dose (depending on the vaccine) is sufficient, with the (last) dose administered minimum 14 days before the flight.
  • A negative PCR test result, taken up to 72 hours before boarding for the flight to Ecuador.

In addition, a truthfully filled out health declaration form is required for travelers of all ages. This form can be filled out here.

NOTE: The documents mentioned above, including the health declaration form, are also required for your flight to Ecuador. You can be denied boarding by your airline if you are unable to show these documents. We recommend to make several printed copies to hand in at departure and upon arrival in Ecuador.

Protocol in case of symptoms of Covid19
Any traveler who shows symptoms of Covid19 on arrival, regardless of whether they have a negative PCR test result or vaccination certificate, will be medically examined on arrival. If necessary, a rapid test will be taken. Only if it turns out to be positive, one is obliged to quarantine for 10 days in a hotel of your choice. The costs for this stay are for the traveler.

Rules upon entering Galapagos

The following rules are in effect for travelers arriving to Galapagos.

Travelers of 3 years and above are required to present one of the following documents:

  • A vaccination certificate with QR code or vaccination card showing that one has been vaccinated. Currently vaccination with 2 doses or 1 dose (depending on the vaccine) is sufficient, with the (last) dose administered minimum 14 days before the flight.
  • A negative PCR test result, taken up to 72 hours before boarding for the flight to Galapagos.

Negative test results from tests taken abroad are allowed. Travelers who want to travel on to Galapagos the day after arrival in Ecuador must therefore perform the test in their home country.

NOTE: Negative test results of tests taken abroad must be emailed in advance to the appropriate government agency of the Galapagos Islands. Therefore, please send a copy to Adore Ecuador Travel as soon as possible after receiving your negative test result, so that we can send it to the authorities in time.

The current situation in Ecuador & Galapagos

These are the main measures currently in force:

  • A vaccination certificate is required in supermarkets, restaurants, shopping centers, cinemas, theaters and other non-essential places. Currently vaccination with 2 doses or 1 dose (depending on the vaccine) is sufficient.
  • A vaccination certificate is also be mandatory when using both public transport and tourist transport Currently vaccination with 2 doses or 1 dose (depending on the vaccine) is sufficient.*
  • Wearing a face mask is no longer mandatory in almost the entire country. The face mask is still mandatory for people who show airway related symptoms of covid. Face masks are also mandatory in hospitals and clinics. In Guayaquil it is still mandatory to wear a mask in certain closed areas such as in public transport, (super)markets and malls, schools and workplaces. Depending on the region, many people still wear face masks.
  • In public spaces (such as supermarkets, restaurants and shops) you might be asked to measure your temperature with a contactless infrared thermometer, to wash your hands or use antibacterial gel or you might be asked to spray a mist of alcohol spray over your clothing/body for disinfection. However, this is not obligated.

* Tour operators can be fined when they are not able to hand over vaccination certificates of their passengers to authorities. Therefore we require a copy of your vaccination certificate upfront.

In addition, the national advice of keeping a distance of 2 meters and washing hands regularly applies. Almost every Ecuadorian leaves the house with a small bottle of disinfecting gel or alcohol spray. These are – just like washable and disposable face masks – widely available in shops and pharmacies.

Things to keep in mind regarding Covid19

Conduct a PCR test or other Covid19 test in Ecuador 

If you need to have a Covid19 test performed in Ecuador, for example before your visit to Galapagos, before your flight back home or in case you are experiencing Covid19 symptoms, you can do this in relatively many places in the country. Most labs guarantee a PCR test result within 48 hours, although some have a 24-hour deadline. The legal maximum price for PCR tests performed in Ecuador is $45.08. Results of an antigen test or rapid test are available more quickly. Please note that labs may be closed on weekends. You can always contact us for advice and consultation if you want to perform a Covid19 test in Ecuador. 

Obligations upon return to your own country or transit country

In addition to the obligations to enter Ecuador, we also recommend that you keep a close eye on the local laws and guidelines in your home country (and possible transit countries). For example, there may be rules in force regarding mandatory tests before the flight back home, (mandatory) quarantine after return and possibly a national and/or European flight ban. Such policies are still subject to change when you are already traveling in Ecuador.

Health insurance for medical expenses in Ecuador

It is not mandatory to take out medical (travel) insurance to enter the country. However, we strongly recommend that you insure yourself for any medical expenses incurred during your stay in Ecuador. You can insure yourself for this through travel insurance or sometimes through your regular health insurance. We always recommend reading the fine print of the insurance policy to ensure that medical expenses incurred in Ecuador are covered. Also, some of our partner tour operators and/or Galapagos cruises may require valid health insurance. 

Cancellation insurance

If a journey in whole or in part cannot take place due to developments regarding Covid19 in Ecuador, the home country (or any transit countries) or due to personal circumstances, the situation is regarded as force majeure. In that case, Adore Ecuador Travel is not responsible for the loss of the right to use booked services, any additional costs, delays, movements or acts of a government or authority.

If your trip is canceled in whole or in part, you may be entitled to a (partial) refund. In many cases it is also possible to reschedule a trip to a later moment, whether or not against payment of additional costs that may result. For more information we refer to our Terms and Conditions.

We strongly recommend taking out cancellation insurance. When taking out cancellation insurance, it is advisable to inquire about the specific conditions for cancellation related to Covid19.

Traveling to Ecuador and Galapagos in 2022

We are currently optimistic about the situation in Ecuador and the possibility of traveling to Ecuador without too much worry. As a significant part of the population has been fully vaccinated by now, it is expected that drastic measures will no longer be necessary from now on. However, this is something we cannot guarantee. We also think that the more generic measures that are currently in place (e.g. wearing face masks in public and social distancing) won’t be withdrawn anytime soon. If you are considering a trip to Ecuador and/or Galapagos, feel free to contact us to get a better idea of the current situation here.

Safe Travels – Safe travel during Covid19

Ecuador was the first country in the region to receive the Safe Travels certificate from the WTTC (World Travel & Tourism Council) in September 2020. This award is given to countries, tour operators and other tourism companies if they meet certain requirements that make traveling as safe as possible during the Covid19 pandemic. As a tour operator, Adore Ecuador Travel also holds this certificate. In addition, hotels, guides and drivers are also obliged to adhere to certain protocols, which minimizes the chance of the virus spreading.

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