Coronavirus and FAQs at (UIO) airport

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

IMPORTANT: The information provided below is only a quick guide, but it may be subject to change due to permanent changes in the health situation. Therefore, always corroborate the information with the official entities and the airline with which you intend to travel to and also check if at the time of your trip, the country you are coming from is not within the list of High Risk Countries.
Quito airport (UIO)

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.

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: January 10, 2022


World situation. General considerations
Due to the advancement of vaccination worldwide, documentation and testing restrictions have been eliminated in many countries. In fact, in some countries, by presenting the complete vaccination certificate against Coronavirus, RT-PCR or antigen test results are no longer required, nor is a health affidavit form.

However, we insist once again, that in the situation of constant changes, it is always important to consult and finalize details with the airline and, if necessary, with the airport as well as, in the case of international flights, with the embassy or consulate near the final destination, and also with the countries involved for connecting flights, if any.
In this sense, it is useful to review the International Map of the current restrictions of each country.

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