This information was updated on 27th October 2020
Local municipalities and authorities are now in charge of regulations and control measures.
The National Emergency Operations Committee (COE) will continue to review the COVID-19 situation nationwide.
- Face masks will continue to be mandatory in public spaces and people must follow social distancing measures
- Citizens are being urged to use self-protection measures to continue slowing the spread of COVID-19. If cases begin to spike, be prepared for strict measures to be reimposed.
For the most up to date information on inter-provincial travel and services available in each region, check out this website. You can also contact them via their instant messaging service.
The Government of Ecuador lifted movement restrictions throughout the country, but some provinces maintain local restrictions on movement. U.K. citizens should continue to comply with all local laws and monitor local news for any updates. Note these restrictions can change at any time.
For more information, updates and useful links, please visit the following websites:
For general information regarding restrictions, please CLICK HERE.
For specific resolutions, CLICK HERE.
Another reference for local requirements is Ecuador’s reopening map can be found HERE.
Plans to reopen to international tourism
RT-PCR test requirement for entry into the country:
International travellers who arrive in the country by air presenting a negative covid-19 PCR test will no longer have to perform mandatory preventive isolation. This was decided by the National Emergency Operations Committee (COE in Spanish) on Friday, September 11. The test must have been carried out within 10 days prior to entering the country. Quick tests are not valid.
The approved protocol also establishes that passengers who do not present a negative test upon arrival in the country must carry out mandatory preventive isolation. If the passenger wishes, a PCR test can be performed, at his / her cost, using the services of a laboratory accredited by the Agency for the Assurance of Quality of Health Services (ACESS). If the PCR test is negative, the person can leave the isolation.
SPECIAL, ADDITIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS:
Tourists who wish to travel to the Islands and coming from the Quito and Guayaquil airports must present the following:
- An identity document (I.D. or passport).
- A round trip air ticket to the Galapagos province.
- An RT-PCR test negative result performed up to 96 hours before entering the province. Tests carried out in Ecuador must come from a laboratory recognized by the Agency for Quality Assurance of Health Services and Prepaid Medicine (ACESS). These tests will not be compulsory for minors.
- A safe-conduct issued by the tour operator or the tourist accommodation establishment that will provide services in Galapagos. These tourist services must be hired in establishments with a tourism registry and the established biosafety protocols.
- A traffic control card issued by the Government Council of the Galapagos Special Regime.
- A Traveller Health Declaration Form in order to identify the place of stay, for tourists who start the trip in Ecuador. For tourists starting the trip abroad, this form will be completed upon arrival in the country.
- Mandatory health insurance. This applies only to foreign tourists (Art. 49 of the Organic Law of the Special Regime for the Province of Galapagos).
Upon arrival in the Galapagos province, all tourists must pay.
- The current tax of the Galapagos National Park for national and foreign tourists.
- Transfers and other hired services.
The guidelines will be subject to permanent review and may be modified according to the epidemiological situation in Ecuador and the world.
Flights from the UK
Passengers from the UK can consider the following airport connections for arrival to Ecuador:
Plans for reopening other entry points
The borders by air in Ecuador are open. COE authorized and increased air frequencies up to 50%, starting August 1st.
Land borders and sea ports remain closed.
The Binational Service Centers remain open in Border Rumichaca with Colombia and Huaquillas with Peru for activities of foreign trade and entry of national and foreign citizens residents according to requirements
The National COE approved the reopening of interprovincial and touristic transportation with 75% of their capacity, using biosecurity equipment such as facial mask and antibacterial gel to prevent the spread of the virus. Moreover, the Ministry of Tourism, the Ministry of Transport, the Metropolitan Transit Agency (ANT, AME), Ministry of Transit Commission of Ecuador, Ministry of Public Health, National Police, Ministry of Production, and the COE worked on the preparation of the Official Protocols document for Reactivation and Operation of the Tourist Land Transport Service.
What Covid 19-related safety measures can travellers expect?
According to Ecuadorian authorities, every tourist must:
- Comply with social distancing, at least two meters (2 yards approx.)
- To wear a face mask in public spaces is mandatory
- Hygiene measures (constant hand washing and disinfection, covering the nose and mouth when yawning or sneezing with the inside of the elbow flexed)
- Extreme precautions for people over 60 years and for vulnerable groups
- Public events are prohibited, as well as crowds.
People must comply biosecurity measures in every space. Likewise, they require compliance of biosafety protocols in places they visit which may have specific measurements required at shops or tourist sites.
The National COE established general measures according to its methodology were each Ecuadorian territory is assigned with a specific colour (red, yellow or green) refelcting their own situation in terms of key health indicators. Most of the regions (cantons) in Ecuador are currently in yellow, which allow tourists to have the following services:
- Food and beverage (restaurants and coffee shops)
- National Parks
- Museums, Archaeological sites
Other Covid 19-related safety measures
Ecuador joined the list of international destinations that have obtained the Travel Safety Stamp granted by the World Travel and Tourism Council, having complied with the hygiene and sanitation protocols that will help to regain the trust of visitors, once the authorities decide to open tourist destinations.
The WTTC, which represents the global private travel and tourism sector, designed the seal with the aim of contributing to the responsible and safe reopening of tourism, once the local authorities determine that the conditions exist for it.
Every tourist who visits Ecuador must bear in mind the establishment’s commercial capacity that goes along with the assigned colour by the National COE in each territory. Presently, 93% in yellow and 6% in Green, only 1% is in red.
Accommodation establishments such as hotels, hostels, haciendas, etc. have limited capacity which is less than the usual capacity allowed.
In the same way, boats should be limited to only a maximum occupancy of 50%.
In public transport, the capacity is up to 50%.
Transportation in some territories is allowed as long as they are in yellow or green colour.
To check the colour of each Ecuadorian territory, please CLICK HERE
It is important to note that every tourist needs to be kept informed, on a daily basis, by visiting the official channels provided by the Ecuadorian Government:
National Risk and Emergency Service (SNGRE):
Moreover, it is very important to mention that the measures may change from day to day, depending on the key biosecurity factors analyzed by the National COE hence we recommend reviewing official information related to the colour of each territory, all biosecurity protocols and the current COE resolutions.
Ecuador Destination Update - 18th August 2020
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