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21 August 2020

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The Emergency Operations Committee (Comité de Operaciones de Emergencia – COE) of the Ecuadorian Government published the new protocol for entering the country by air:

 

1. All travelers visiting Ecuador must enter with a negative corona test (COVID-19 RT-PCR test) valid for up to ten (10) days before entering the country and without symptoms (fever, coughs, sore throat, rhinitis, headache, gastrointestinal symptoms –diarrhea and any other that has been published by the medical community) upon arrival. In this case, it will not be necessary for you to comply with a Mandatory Preventive Isolation period (Aislamiento Preventivo Obligatorio – APO) and you can continue with the itinerary in Continental Ecuador.

On the other hand, if upon arrival in Ecuador, you have symptoms, even with a negative RT-PCR test, you must have yourself tested, at your own expense at the airport of entry and immediately go to Mandatory Preventive Isolation period (APO) in one of the authorized hotels by the National COE until receiving the test result. If this test is negative, you can continue with your itinerary in Continental Ecuador. If the corona test is positive, you should continue with the APO and the necessary health care will be provided at the traveler’s expense and according to the clinical picture.

2. All travelers who enter without a RT-PCR test must have themselves tested at their own expense upon arrival at the airport of entry and immediately go to Mandatory Preventive Isolation (APO) in one of the hotels authorized by the National COE until receive the result. With a negative test result performed upon arrival, the APO will end and you can continue with the planned visits. If the test is positive, you should continue with the APO and the necessary health care will be provided at the traveler’s expense and according to the clinical picture.

3. These protocols apply to citizens of any country and flights from any destination

4. Travelers under the age of 18 are considered a priority group and do not need to have negative PCR tests.

 

PROTOCOLS AND REQUIREMENTS FOR TRIP TO THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS

 

  • Negative PCR test certificate taken within 96 hours prior to your flight
  • Travelers can use their international negative PCR test certificate to travel to the Galapagos Islands as long as it has been issued up to 96 hours before entry. If not, a test must be performed in Ecuador to comply with this protocol for entry to the Galapagos Islands
  • Children under 12 years old are not required to have a PCR test
  • Upon arrival in Galapagos, travelers go through various controls similar to those implemented upon arrival in Ecuador

 

General Information:

 

1. Upon arrival in Ecuador, travelers go through several controls such as: Temperature taking, disinfection footbaths, they have to wash their hands with disinfectants and wear masks at all times, and observe social distance

2. The costs of PCR tests that must be carried out in Ecuador as well as the Mandatory Preventive Isolation period (APO), hospitalization and/or required medicines are paid by the passenger.

3. Both to enter Ecuador and to enter the Galapagos Islands, clients are required to bring their travel insurance with medical coverage.

4. These protocols could change at any time. It is important that you check the most up to date status by contacting us as soon as you have decided to travel to Ecuador and or the Galapagos Islands.

 

We are at your disposal for any questions or further information.

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