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Risk Ratings  

    LOW TRAVEL RISK for Ecuador
    HIGH TRAVEL RISK for Colombian border areas
    MEDIUM TRAVEL RISK for Quito, Guayaquil

COVID-19 Impact

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Travel): Low -

Inbound travel is broadly possible with some inconvenience; restrictions affect a limited range of travellers.

Restrictions in place for a limited range of originating countries / nationalities arriving in country.  Mandatory testing and quarantine in designated facilities may apply.

COVID-19 virus imageCOVID-19 Impact Rating (Domestic Operations): Low -

COVID-related precautions and restrictions causing some inconvenience to business operations. Most businesses are operating.

Both essential and non-essential businesses are operating, though outbreaks may impact medical and/or logistic factors  and cause disruption, often at short notice. Pre-existing security risks likely to be exacerbated by COVID-19-related political and socio-economic concerns in the near/medium term, though these disruptions will not affect the stability of the overall security environment. Elective surgery may not be accessible at times and VERY HIGH and HIGH Medical Risk Rated countries will be under pressure. Basic elements of BCPs – such as reduced or staggered staffing, social distancing, limited face to face interaction – may be active, with clear escalation and de-escalation triggers as well as mitigation measures.

RestrictionsInboundEntry Rules:

A) Airports have resumed domestic and international flights at a reduced capacity with enhanced screening measures.

B) Any international traveller wishing to transit the capital Quito's Mariscal Sucre International Airport (UIO) or Guayaquil's Jose Joaquin de Olmedo International Airport (GYE) to the Galapagos islands should first arrive in-country with proof of negative PCR test. Entry to the Galapagos is allowed upon providing a negative PCR test taken within 96 hours prior to arrival, medical insurance and a 'salvoconducto' provided by your tour operator or accommodation. No quarantine is necessary upon arrival, nor for returning to the mainland.
(Until further notice)
Test Requirements:

A) All travellers must present a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken no more than three days before arrival into the country or present a vaccination card proving that the traveller received a full set of vaccinations. Airlines are now required to verify that travellers have this documentation prior to boarding at the point of origin. Vaccinated travellers are exempt from testing with proof of vaccination.

B) Passengers who present symptoms will be evaluated by health ministry personnel. Rapid testing may be conducted. If the test is positive, the traveller must isolate for ten days at a private resident or hotel of the traveller's choosing. If the test is negative, no isolation is required.
(Until further notice)
Quarantine Requirements:

There is no mandatory quarantine. The authorities will randomly select travellers for a rapid antigen test upon arrival. Travellers presenting COVID-19 symptoms upon arrival in Ecuador will be required to take a RT-PCR test at the airport and proceed to quarantine at a shelter designated by the Ministry of Health, even if the traveller presents a negative PCR test at the airport of entry. It is no longer permissible to self-isolate at a private residence or hotel. Land borders and sea ports remain closed.
(Until further notice)
Passenger locator forms/declarations:

Travellers must fill out a health declaration form to be provided at Immigration upon arrival. The health declaration form can be found here: http://www.aag.org.ec/docs/Formulario_de_Salud_del_Viajero_MSP2020.pdf
(Until further notice)
OutboundThere are no known restrictions on individuals seeking to depart the country.
(Until further notice)
Internal / DomesticProvincial authorities will determine the alert level applicable for their region based on a three-tiered system announced by the government: red, yellow and green. Each level entails varying degrees of restrictions. Most areas of the country are under the ‘yellow’ level alert. Most non-essential businesses have reopened but must limit occupancy and practice enhanced sanitisation. You can find information about which province/canton is in which phase here: https://www.coronavirusecuador.com/movilidad/
(Until further notice)
Face masks are mandatory in public.
(Until further notice)

23 Jun 2021 (Updated Daily)

Risk Summary


Please see our:

Medical and Security Alerts for Ecuador

COVID-19 information for Ecuador

Dedicated COVID-19 website


Petty crime remains the main security concern for business travellers. Street crime, such as bag-snatching, is a particular problem in urban areas, especially tourist areas and crowded market places. Travel after dark is not advisable. Protests and demonstrations related to political, environmental and socio-economic issues are common in Ecuador's main cities and may occasionally turn violent.

While short-term abductions are increasingly common in large cities such as Quito and Guayaquil, the risk of kidnap-for-ransom is higher in jungle and Colombian border regions. Foreign oil workers have been abducted from these areas and held for ransom, sometimes across the border in Colombia.

The country lies in an active seismic zone and has approximately 30 active volcanoes – the Tungurahua volcano last erupted in May 2010 and has been emitting ash since April 2011, resulting in restrictions to travel in its vicinity, including the tourist city of Baños (Tungurahua province).

This information is intended as a summary of the travel security environment; however, the risks can change at short notice during a crisis or evolving situation. Please check our travel security alerts to ensure you are informed of the most recent developments.


Vaccinations For Ecuador
Hepatitis ARecommended for all travellers and expatriates,
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Hepatitis BRecommended for most travellers and expatriates,
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Typhoid feverRecommended for adventurous and long-term
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Yellow feverEcuador is a country with a risk of yellow fever
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Routine Vaccinations

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