Coronavirus and FAQs at (UIO) airport

Quito airport (UIO)

Coronavirus Answers and Frequently Asked Questions for Passengers at Quito airport (UIO)

  • Any person who has an RT-PCR test (performed up to 10 days before travel or after arrival) and is found negative is exempt from the APO (Mandatory Preventive Isolation) time.
  • People in priority care groups do not need an RT-PCR test and will perform the APO at home. If they arrive in the country with a negative RT-PCR test, they will not be required to perform the APO.
  • Passengers must complete the APO at home.
  • Passengers must complete and sign, prior to arrival, the Traveler's Health Declaration, which will be given to the MSP (Ministry of Public Health) upon arrival.
  • The MOH will classify passengers into: priority and non-priority groups, the latter group will be classified by whether or not they have a negative RT-PCR result and will then be screened for vital signs and given the Traveler's Health Declaration of all passengers at entry points.
  • Passengers will be asked for a negative RT-PCR test result, performed no later than 10 days prior to travel.
  • After arrival in Ecuador, a traveler who does not have a negative RT-PCR test upon entry into the country may have an RT-PCR test performed, at his/her own cost, and comply with the OPA until the negative result is delivered. The traveler must personally arrange with an ACESS (Agency for Quality Assurance of Health Services and Prepaid Medicine) accredited laboratory for the laboratory service to reach the temporary accommodation where they are complying with the APO. Mobilization of the traveler to the laboratory sampling point is not permitted.
  • In the event that the traveler leaves Ecuador with a negative RT-PCR test issued no more than 10 days prior to travel and returns within that period, the traveler should not perform the APO upon return, nor perform another RT-PCR test in the country of origin.

The Aeroservicios is an executive bus that for 8 USD covers the journey from the airport to the city of Quito. A less comfortable option, although cheaper, is to use the public bus (2 USD each way)

The fee varies between 25 and 35 USD. Uber and Cabify are available for a similar rate, although the stop next to the entrance to the terminal is exclusively for taxis, so you must coordinate the meeting point with the driver.

As a first requirement, you will need to have an accommodation reservation for every day that you are going to be on the island, in addition to the roundtrip plane ticket. Also during the check-in process, you must complete an entry form to the islands. Then you must go to the office of the Governing Council of the Galapagos Special Regime (located inside the airport – 5 am to 12 am) to deliver the form. There they will also check your luggage to make sure you are not carrying any of the restricted products (water, animal and vegetable derivatives, etc.). After the check, you will get the transit card by paying 20 USD (card or cash.

Once, landed at the Seymour Galapagos Airport, collect suitcases and pass the passport control, you must pay the National Park Entrance Fee in cash. Non-resident foreign tourists 100 USD (under 12 years old 50 USD) – Foreign non-resident tourists, but from one of the countries belonging to the Andean Community of Nations or Mercosur 50 USD (under 12 years old 25 USD). Non-resident foreign students or teachers registered 25 USD. For nationals or foreigners residing in Ecuador (USD 6 and USD 3 under 12 years old)

The SIM Store is located in the Quito Airport Center shopping area, 2nd floor, and in the public arrivals hall and the international pre-boarding area, Wifi To Go and Smartphone Soluciones.

There are several services available 24 hours, among which are some shops, duty free, gastronomic options and cafeterias, as well as VIP lounges and luggage storage service to make your wait more comfortable and worry-free. If your wait is very long, you can consider resting at the Wyndham Quito Airport, located steps from the terminal building. In addition, there are many options for booking nearby

In the public Arrivals hall you can find BAGPARKING, which provides luggage custody service and is available 24 hours a day.

If your luggage is lost inside the Airport, you should check with the Airport Security Office at (593-2) 395-4260 ext. 2101. EPMSA offices are located at the entrance to the Administrative Area (Level 1) of the Passenger Terminal, through the entrance door to the Administrative Area.
If, on the other hand, your belongings or luggage was lost during your flight, you should go to the airline’s counter, in the Arrivals hall.

Both the National or International pre-boarding lounges have free access.

Global Exchange has a currency exchange service in the Public Departures Hall, International Arrivals and Public Arrivals Hall.

The Airport Medical Center takes care of medical emergencies; It is a service granted to the Hospital de los Valles. Tel (593-2) 395-4200 ext. 2708.

The costs of the transfer as well as the medical attention are the responsibility of the passenger. If the passenger has already been checked by the airline or something happens to him in the boarding or disembarking process, the airline is responsible for assisting him but not for covering the expenses.

On the other hand, MedicalVip offers a comprehensive service to its patients, within its Medical Center located in the Quito Airport Center, in front of the Mariscal Sucre Airport terminal, floor 2. Cash and credit cards are accepted.

The terminal has entrance ramps from the outside designed to provide accessibility to people with special needs. It also has escalators and large elevators, toilets, drinking fountains and sinks adapted for passengers in wheelchairs. Both the accesses to elevators and bathrooms are marked with the Braille system.


Latest updates: November 02, 2021


General considerations
It is an almost generalized concept that each passenger must have a certificate of vaccination against the Coronavirus (if they already have it), a RT-PCR test result within 48 hours of boarding,10-day quarantine, filling out the form and affidavit of health (including in some cases the COVID-19 vaccination certificate), in addition to complying with the distancing protocols, hand washing and use of mask.
But also, given the situation of constant changes, it is always important to consult and finalize details with the airline and also, if necessary, with the airport as well as in the case of international flights with the nearby embassy or consulate to wherever the destination is. final, as well as the countries involved in flight stopovers.
In this sense, it is useful to review the International Map of the current restrictions of each country.

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