COVID-19: Ecuador Travel Updates

Unmissable Places to Visit in Ecuador

Updated 15th May 2022.


LATEST ECUADOR COVID-19 NEWS:

  • 28th April 2022 – Mask mandates have been removed in Ecuador. You are no longer required to wear a mask indoors or outdoors. Source.
  • 18th March 2022 – Ecuador’s vaccination rates have reached over 85%. Thanks to this, restrictions on the number of people allowed at events and gatherings have been removed. Face masks must still be worn in all public places. Source.
  • 19th January 2022 Ecuador has reintroduced the traffic light system of restrictions. Source.

Disclaimer: COVID-19 travel restrictions are changing every day and the following information reflects South America Backpacker’s understanding of the current entry rules. We update this article regularly to ensure the information is as current as possible but we cannot be held responsible for any errors or omissions.

Ecuador Travel Restrictions

Can you travel to Ecuador right now?

Yes. To travel to Ecuador, the following restrictions apply:

Vaccinated Travellers:

Non-resident, foreign travellers who are fully vaccinated can enter Ecuador without taking a PCR test. Proof of vaccination status will be required.

See which vaccines are approved in Ecuador.

Unvaccinated Travellers:

Unvaccinated travellers may enter Ecuador but will be required to show a negative PCR result taken no more than 72 hours prior to arrival. Unvaccinated travellers will not be permitted to travel between the Galapagos Islands.


Entry Requirements 

Before you enter Ecuador, you will need:

Required Entry Documents

  • Passports and visas as normal.
  • Travellers must fill in a Health Declaration form which includes your itinerary and contact details.
  • Proof of vaccination status.
  • Proof of a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours prior to boarding your flight if you are unvaccinated.

Travel Insurance

  • Insurance is mandatory for visiting the Galapagos Islands.

Our Recommended Travel Insurance During the COVID-19 Pandemic – SafetyWing’s Nomad Insurance.

COVID-19 Tests Required

  • If you’re unvaccinated, you’re required to take a PCR test before arriving in Ecuador.

Upon Arrival

Quarantine Period

  • If you test positive for COVID-19 upon arrival in Ecuador, you will be required to quarantine for 10 days in a hotel. This is at your own expense.

Local COVID-19 Rules and Regulations

The rules and regulations below are only meant to serve as a guide and the situation is prone to change rapidly without warning. For more information on local rules and restrictions check with local authorities.

  • FACE COVERINGS – Face coverings are no longer required in Ecuador. Also see: Best face masks for travel. 
  • SOCIAL DISTANCING – Social distancing is recommended in all public locations.
  • CURFEWS – Curfews may be in effect in areas with very high infection rates.
  • PUBLIC TRANSPORT – Public transport is up and running in Ecuador but you will be required to show proof of vaccination.
  • VENUES AND GATHERINGS – There are no restrictions on venues and gatherings.
  • MOVEMENT OF PEOPLE – People are allowed to move freely throughout Ecuador as long as they can provide proof of vaccination if required.

Land Borders: 

The land border with Colombia is open to all travellers but only through the ‘Rumichaca’ crossing, between 8am and 5pm. The land border with Peru reopened on 18th February 2022. This is for all travellers via the Macará and Huaquillas border crossings, between 8am and 5pm.


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5 thoughts on “COVID-19: Ecuador Travel Updates”

  1. This article has me a bit confused.
    Here it’s written:
    Vaccinated Travellers:
    Non-resident, foreign travellers who are fully vaccinated can enter Ecuador without taking a PCR test. Proof of vaccination status will be required.
    Then it also is written:
    Entry Requirements
    Before you enter Ecuador, you will need:
    Required Entry Documents
    Passports and visas as normal.
    Travellers must fill in a Health Declaration form which includes your itinerary and contact details.
    Proof of a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours prior to boarding your flight.

    One part says a fully vaccinated person does not need a PCR test.
    Another part says “Proof of a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours prior to boarding your flight.”

    You can see how confusing this is for somone planning a trip to Ecuador.

    1. Hi Sid!

      Thanks for pointing this out! We’re just a small team here and sometimes things get missed.

      The article has been updated to reflect the current requirements but we always recommend checking with official sources too.

      I hope you enjoy your trip to Ecuador!

  2. I’d really like to visit Ecuador, but I’m having trouble finding any official government site to verify your information that you are able to travel to Ecuador without a vaccine. Please add links to official sources where your information can be verified.

  3. I will be waiting for a return to normalcy with all of these countries before venturing back out in this mine field of requirements. I would be taking Ivermectin, before, during and after any visits, but it is not formally recognized as a prevention to Covid. Thanks for the update.

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