August 2, 2021: Information on entry restrictions, testing and quarantine regulations in Ecuador
Entry For Vaccinated Travelers: Allowed
Vaccination Requirements: Travelers can visit Ecuador as long as they show proof of vaccination at the airport before departure.
You do not need to provide PCR test.
Visitors will be asked about and screened for symptoms (such as fever, cough, general malaise, loss of smell, loss of taste) upon arrival in Ecuador and will be evaluated by health ministry personnel. If there’s cause for concern, travelers will be required to take a rapid antigen test and, if it comes back positive, isolate for 10 days at their own expense. If the rapid antigen test is negative, the visitor can continue on their trip and will not need to isolate.
Travelers in Ecuador must abide by safety protocols including mandatory mask wearing, maintaining a social distance, and avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people.
Tourist Entry: Allowed
Testing: Covid-19 test is required for travellers without covid-19 test result.
Quarantine Required: Depends
Quarantine Details: Quarantine for 10 days required for all travellers without covid-19 test results.
Lockdown in Effect: Yes
Transport: Operational with restrictions
Restaurants and Bars: Open with restrictions
1. Passengers must have:
– a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure; or
– a COVID-19 vaccination certificate showing that they were fully vaccinated at least 14 days before departure.
This does not apply to:
– passengers younger than 2 years;
– passengers arriving from or who have transited through Brazil or India.
2. Passengers arriving from or who have transited through Brazil or India must have a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken at most 72 hours before departure.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 2 years.
3. Passengers could be subject to a COVID-19 antigen test upon arrival.
– This does not apply to passengers younger than 14 years.
4. Passengers are subject to medical screening.
5. A completed “Declaracion de salud del viajero” must be presented upon arrival. The form can be found at https://www.cancilleria.gob.ec/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/formulario_de_salud_del_viajero_revisado.pdf.pdf_1-1.pdf .
6. Passengers arriving from or who have transited through Brazil or India are subject to quarantine for 10 days at their own expense.
Tourists with the COVID-19 vaccine can enter the country and travel to one of its most popular island destinations: the Galapagos Islands. In addition to their vaccination certificate, travelers must show proof of a negative PCR or antigen test taken within 72 hours of their trip.
Unvaccinated travelers are also allowed to visit Ecuador and its famous island archipelago with proof of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure. Those traveling from Ecuador to the Galapagos will need a negative PCR test taken within 96 hours of travel, according to the U.S. Embassy in Ecuador. Travelers who tested negative to enter Ecuador will have to test again, at their own expense, if their trip to the Galapagos is not within 96 hours.
All visitors are required to comply with social distancing regulations and wear face masks throughout their stay.
Power to impose traffic restrictions and controls on social gatherings lies with local municipalities and other competent authorities, in conjunction with Ecuador’s National Emergency Operations Committee (COE).
Please check more detailed information with local authorities – details below – to ensure that you comply with any local restrictions, including vehicle circulation restrictions in your area.
The general nationwide biosecurity measures include:
-extra precaution advised for people over 60 years old, and those whose medical conditions make them vulnerable to COVID-19
-mandatory use of face masks in public spaces.
-all individuals to comply with social distancing measures and practice frequent hand washing
-in-person school classes have been suspended since 2020. Blended classes (mix of in-person and online) will be allowed to take place from 26 April, if the school’s COVID -action plan has been approved by the National Emergency Operations Committee (COE)
-remote working continues to be encouraged
-public gatherings and mass events are prohibited
-the reopening of beaches will continue to be monitored via the “Distancia2” app.
-authorised labs to undertake COVID-19 tests
-a nationwide tracing app ( ̔ASI Ecuador̕ ) is available to alert people if they have been in contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case during the last 15 days. The app is -supported via Bluetooth and maintains the confidentiality of users
-land borders with Colombia and Peru remain closed until further notice. However, Ecuadorean nationals and foreign residents may be allowed to enter Ecuador via the —Rumichaca and Huaquillas northern and southern borders.
-ports remain closed for travel/tourism activities. Only cargo services are allowed
The state of emergency for the provinces of Azuay, El Oro, Esmeraldas, Guayas, Loja, Manabi, Pichincha and Santo Domingo de los Tsachilas, ended on 9 April 2021. However, the National Emergency Operations Committee made a recommendation in their resolution of 14 April, that these provinces, plus those of Santa Elena, Los Rios and Zamora, should consider restricting vehicle circulation from 8pm to 5am from 16 April to 2 May. They also recommended that the Ministry of Education should suspend in-person classes in all these provinces due to the increased number of COVID-19 cases reported.
COE´s resolution of 14 April also recommends a further traffic restriction along national highways, from Friday to Sunday between 8pm and 5am, during the whole month of April.
The above vehicle restrictions do not apply for key sectors such as public and private healthcare, security, basic public services, emergency response, produce sectors and those who need to transport goods and food; people who are transporting passengers to/from the airport (showing flight tickets) and for verified medical emergencies and appointments are also exempt.
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