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Travelers with proof of vaccination can now visit Ecuador — including the Galapagos

March 18, 2021
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Travelers with proof of vaccination can now visit Ecuador — including the Galapagos
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Travelers visiting Ecuador who show proof of vaccination can enter the country, according to one of the largest daily newspapers in Ecuador, El Universo.

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In October 2020, Ecuador's National Emergency Operations Committee announced that travelers arriving by air to Quito or Guayaquil must carry a negative PCR test. Travelers visiting the remote Galapagos Islands, which reopened to travelers in July, were also required to have a negative PCR test to enter taken no more than 96 hours prior to arrival. According to Travel Daily News, quick tests are not accepted.

Related: Where you can go once you are vaccinated: A country-by-country guide

Ecuadorian authorities have released some guidelines for tourists, including:

  • Comply with social distancing, at least two meters (2 yards approx.)
  • Use of face masks/masks
  • Hygiene measures (constant hand washing and disinfection, covering the nose and mouth when yawning or sneezing with the inside of the elbow flexed)
  • Extreme precautions for people over 60 years and for vulnerable groups
  • Public events are prohibited, as well as crowds.
Ecuador's Galápagos Islands have been drawing visitors since Darwin landed there. Image credit: Getty Images.

As of Jan. 26, 2021, everyone age two and older traveling to the U.S. from Ecuador must show a negative viral COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours of departure before being allowed to board their flights; documented proof from a licensed healthcare provider of recovery from the virus within the past 90 days will also be accepted.

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As of June 4, Quito and Guayaquil airports resumed operations. American and United resumed services to both cities, while Eastern, JetBlue and Spirit only operate out of Guayaquil.

Related: When will international travel return? A country-by-country guide to coronavirus recovery

The U.S. State Department removed Ecuador from the Global Health Advisory Level 4. Ecuador is now listed as Level 3: Reconsider Travel. Ecuador has reported over 307,000 cases of the novel coronavirus and over 16,000 deaths, according to a Johns Hopkins University coronavirus tracker.

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