Updated 11th September 2021.
LATEST ECUADOR COVID-19 NEWS:
- The state of emergency has been renewed in El Oro and Guayaquil city. Source.
- From April 7th, passengers arriving in Ecuador from Brazil (including those who have transited through the country) will need to self-isolate at a Ministry of Tourism accredited hotel. This requirement is regardless of a COVID-19 PCR test. Source.
Ecuador Travel Restrictions (September 2021)
Can you travel to Ecuador right now? SUMMARY:
Before you enter Ecuador, you will need to:
- Take a PCR test no more than three days before you arrive in the country. A negative result is required to board the aeroplane. (Exemptions: airline crew, children under 2 years of age, passengers in transit to other countries.)
- You are exempt from the above requirement if you meet all of the criteria below. In this case, you will need to obtain an official Medical Certificate in your home country to certify that you have already had COVID.
- You have been diagnosed with COVID-19 through a positive result from a PCR test.
- Over a month has passed since your symptoms began.
- You continue to show a positive test result.
(As more research is done into COVID-19, it appears that some coronavirus patients test positive for weeks even though they may no longer be contagious. Source.)
- Bring your official vaccination certificate if you have one. As of March 22nd 2021, those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 can present the certificate instead of the negative PCR test result. Bear in mind that the vaccine certificate scheme is subject to constant review by the authorities.
- Make sure you have travel health insurance that covers COVID-19. (We recommend SafetyWing.)
Visitors who test positive on the arrival test given at the airport in Ecuador will be required to quarantine for 10 days. This self-isolation period can be carried out in any hotel for non-residents. Locals and those who qualify as ‘priority attention groups’ (those who are most vulnerable to COVID-19) will be permitted to self-isolate at home. This can include but is not limited to children, pregnant women and those over the age of 65.
Face coverings must be worn in public places. Check out this post if you are looking for recommendations for the best face masks for travel.
COVID-19 Tests Required:
- Unless you are exempt because you are fully vaccinated or have had a positive COVID infection over a month ago and can produce a Medical Certificate, you will need to take a PCR test or antigen rapid test up to three days before your arrival in Ecuador.
- When you arrive in the country, you may be required to take another PCR test (at your expense) and sign a health declaration form with your local contact details and itinerary for your trip.
- If you are a foreigner over 16 years old travelling to the Galapagos Islands, you will need to present a PCR test with negative result, taken no earlier than 72 hours before your departure. You will also need proof of your COVID-19 vaccination status (the final dose must be administered at least 14 days prior to travel).
- International travellers ranging from 2-16 years old will also need to present a negative PCR test, again taken up to 72 hours before travel.
- You will also need to fill in your Galapagos Transit Control Card at least 24 hours prior to the flight. As always for entry into the Galapagos, a return flight and travel insurance are mandatory requirements.
- If you are showing any signs of a COVID-19 infection upon arrival, you will be denied entry.
Internal Travel Restrictions in Ecuador:
Regional restrictions are determined by the relevant local authorities and can change with short notice. As of July 1st 2021, the ‘Hoy no circular’ system has been reintroduced in the urban areas of the Quito district. This prohibits certain vehicles from circulating on weekdays between 7am to 7pm.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility has authorised a 30-day visa extension for eligible visitors. This applies to those whose visas expired between 19th March 2020 – 21st January 2021. If this applies to you, you can book an appointment at your local immigration office online.
Until further notice, all ports remain closed. Land borders with both Peru and Colombia also remain closed for the foreseeable future. However, the Rumichaca and Huaquillas northern and southern borders are serving eligible Ecuadorian nationals and foreign residents.
Mass gatherings are not permitted and social distancing rules should be adhered to at all times in public spaces. There is also mandatory use of face masks in these areas.
On the ground: Traveller Reports:
These reports have been taken from our South America Backpacker Facebook community.
Traveller report 17th July 2021 – “All good in Ecuador and Galapagos. No restrictions.” – Jo