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Covid-19: Regulations for travel to Ecuador

If you have transited through another country that is considered to have a variant of the virus, the entry of travelers will not be allowed. The list of countries and more information can be found at

Other restrictions

Travelers going to the Galapagos Islands must submit a negative PCR test, taken within 72 hours prior to departure to Galapagos. All travelers must present a return ticket off the island. Foreign travelers must have travel medical insurance. A 'Galapagos traffic control card' must be completed at least 24 hours prior to departure. More information can be found at

Mandatory vaccination

Travelers must present a valid international certificate for complete vaccination against COVID-19, with the use of an approved vaccine. The final dose must have been administered at least 14 days prior to departure.

It is mandatory to submit medical certificate / proof

Proof of a negative RT-PCR test, taken within the previous 72 hours, must be provided upon departure.

Other medical measures

Those showing symptoms related to COVID-19 will be evaluated by a healthcare worker and can be taken to the nearest health center for a full evaluation. Travelers who test positive will be required to undergo self-isolation for 10 days.

Additional documents required

All travelers must complete a traveler's health declaration form upon arrival. This can be completed in advance if the flight information, such as the seat number, is known before the trip.

Always remember to check with your airline, your itinerary and requirements at the time of boarding, to comply with the protocol and restrictions according to the destination you are going to.

 Tips before departing

Esmeraldas airport (ESM)
  Make sure you arrive at Esmeraldas airport (ESM) at least 3 hours before the flight if it is an international flight or 2 if it is a domestic one.

  Check the luggage limits (size, weight, items forbidden, etc) with your airline.

  Have all the documentation to carry out the check in (ticket, passport, Visa).

  Check the  Transportation available towards the Esmeraldas airport (ESM) and the Terminal where you depart. If you arrive at the airport by car check the airport   Parking facilities.

  Check the   Facilities and Lounges (if there are) within the airport grounds, to organize your waiting.

  Once inside the terminal, look at the electronic screens to know the status of your flight. If necessary, declare your new electronic devices at the Tax office.

  At the check-in desk (if necessary) you can check the big baggage, show your ticket (printed or in your phone) and passport and receive your boarding pass. In case you do not need to check a luggage, some airports have self-service check in kiosks where you can get and print your boardking pass.

  Then, at the security control area, if you bring a laptop or a similar device, in you cabin luggage, you will have to place it outside the hang bag. After passing the security area you will get in at the boarding zone. Check you boarding gate and wait the airline call, always having in hand your passport and boarding pass.

  If you are a handicapped passenger, you should coordinate your trip with your airline at least 48 hours in advance and check the  Disabled Passengers facilities. Enjoy your flight!