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Note: this page is updated every time the government of Ecuador notifies us of changes to their policies.

Update from the Government of Ecuador:

October 19, 2022

Ecuador withdraws entry guidelines for overseas visitors

After reviewing the report provided by the Technical Committee directed by the Ministry of Health, the National Authority for Emergencies decided to delete the criteria for entering continental and insular Ecuador beginning Thursday, October 20th, 2022 at 00h01. With this decision, the certificate or vaccination card, as well as the PCR or antigen test, are no longer mandatory for international tourists arriving at our destination through air or land borders.

If there is an increase in Covid 19 cases in any country, recommendations for travelers from that nation might be implemented in a targeted manner.

It is important to remember that the “Traveler’s Health Declaration” process remains same and must be completed digitally prior to boarding. This report is available at the following link: https://declaracionsalud-viajero.msp.gob.ec/; if you are unable to use the platform, a paper form must be submitted. It is worth mentioning that travelers who complete the digital form are no longer required to produce the form to the Ministry of Health at the point of entry.

These measures are the results of the Ecuadorian National Government’s efforts to encourage a sustainable recovery of multiple economic activities as well as a boost to the Ecuadorian touristic sector so that more visitors may come our nation.

Is Ecuador and the Galapagos open to visitors?

Borders have remained open since June 2020 and we have successfully welcomed hundreds of visitors to Ecuador and the Galapagos during this time. We are fortunate in that we have a very pro-business and pro-tourism administration in Ecuador.

I need a negative PCR or Antigen test to return home. What are the testing options before departure?

Testing in Quito/Guayaquil
RT-PCR test: You will need to allow 24 hours for test results. Tests can be done in the privacy of your hotel.
ANTIGEN test can be done at Quito airport or hotel and results are delivered within two hours.
ANTIGEN test can be done in Guayaquil at a laboratory, 15 minute-drive from the airport or hotel. Results are delivered within two hours.

We can help arrange these tests, but please note a request for this service must be made in writing at the time of booking.

Testing options on Santa Cruz Island, Galapagos
RT-PCR test: Not available
ANTIGEN test requires 24 hours for results.

We can help arrange these tests, but please note a request for this service must be made in writing in advance.

Due to limited supplies, note that it is easier, quicker and more reliable to take these tests in Quito or Guayaquil.

What Covid protocols can I expect?

Galapagos Safari Camp and all its partners follow strict protocols, put in place by the Ecuadorian Ministry of Health to protect you as well as those working within the industry. These are universally recognised and include standard measures such as the use of masks (*OPTIONAL), vehicle disinfection, luggage and equipment disinfection, and safe distancing.

We expect our guests to comply with these measures and to follow instructions from their guides.

If you would like more information about these protocols, please do not hesitate to ask your Safari Designer and they will be happy to share further details with you.

At Galapagos Safari Camp
In addition to the above, please note the following:

  • Ventilation is permanent in our roomy, open air social areas. The available area per person widely exceeds requirements for maintaining safe physical distancing.
  • An à la carte service has replaced buffet at all meal times, and staff will reduce contact in order to minimize risk. Menus are written on a board, to avoid unnecessary handling of paper.
  • You can also choose your preferred sitting area in our dining room and deck, as well as your preferred dinner time in order to better distance yourself from other guests. Room service is also offered.

To ensure a safe and healthy environment for everyone, please follow the instructions of staff and guides at all times.

Our staff will reduce unnecessary contact to put you at ease. However, please make sure you let our team know if you need assistance of any sort. As long as distances are observed, we do not want to lose our human touch.

In conclusion, as most of the excursions and places in the hotel are now open, conditions are almost the same as they were prior to the pandemic.

What if I need to cancel or reschedule my visit?

Please refer to our booking and cancellation policies which your Safari Designer will share with you at the time of booking.

What if I get infected while in the Galapagos or on the mainland?

You will be required to quarantine for ten (10) days. The isolation will take place in one of the designated hotels, at the traveler’s own expense.

Where can I find the latest information and travel advice?

For the latest Government travel and CDC advice in the US, please check: US State Dept travel advice and CDC advice.

For the latest Government travel advice in the UK, we recommend signing up to receive email alerts for GOV.UK Foreign Travel Advice: Ecuador

If you are based elsewhere, we recommend checking the World Health Organisation (WHO) for the latest information and advice.

Additional Questions

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