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

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.

What are the entry requirements for Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands?

Please note there are two sets of requirements, one for Ecuador mainland, and one for the Galapagos Islands.

1.- ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR ECUADOR MAINLAND

Any traveler over 3 years of age must present a mandatory vaccination certificate with QR code or COVID-19 vaccination card valid with at least 14 days of validity after completing the scheme, OR the negative result of a qualitative RT-PCR test or antigen test in real time carried out up to 72 hours prior to boarding to Ecuador.

Passengers under 3 years of age are exempt.

In addition, any person who enters mainland Ecuador by international air must present the Digital Traveler’s Health Declaration when boarding the airline, which is available at the following link: https://declaracionsalud-viajero.msp.gob.ec/

If you experience any problems submitting this form online, you must present a physical, printed form. (NB: travelers who submit a digital form are no longer required to submit the form at the point of entry to the Ministry of Health).

 

2.- ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR GALAPAGOS

All travelers entering Galapagos, over 3 years of age, must present a mandatory vaccination certificate with QR code or COVID-19 vaccination card valid with at least 14 days of validity after completing the scheme, OR the negative result of a qualitative RT-PCR test or antigen test in real time carried out up to 72 hours prior to boarding to the Galapagos province.

Passengers under 3 years of age are exempt.

Additionally, for domestic or foreign tourists to Galapagos that wish to enter, the transit control card, issued by the Governing Council of the Galapagos Special Regime, must be presented.

Note

1. The only types of test authorized for entry into the country are the qualitative real-time RT-PCR test and antigen tests

2. Any person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 and who after one month continues to obtain a positive result in the RT-PCR / antigen test, must present a medical certificate issued in the country of origin that guarantees their state of health of not being in the contagion phase to enter Ecuador, provided that, have no symptoms.

3.  Note that the 72 hour period of a negative PCR / antigen test must cover your arrival in both Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands.

 

Note: Requirements are subject to change
Please note the Ministry of Public Health will review these requirements two weeks after they are implemented, and may choose to modify or update them.

Do I have to quarantine upon arrival?

Airlines are now required to verify that travelers meet the criteria above before boarding at the point of origin. As long as the traveler does not present symptoms of COVID, the traveler does not need to perform mandatory preventive quarantine and they may freely move within the continental territory of Ecuador.

What if my test is negative, but I have symptoms of Covid?

Regardless of whether a negative COVID RT-PCR test is provided, passengers that present symptoms of COVID-19 will be evaluated by Ministry of Health personnel on arrival. Rapid antigen testing may also be conducted. If the rapid test is positive, the traveler must isolate for ten (10) days. The isolation will take place in one of the designated hotels, at the traveler’s own expense. If the rapid antigen test is negative, no isolation is required.

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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