Ecuador & Galapagos Entry Requirements and Tourist Visa

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Information on Visa and Entry

Updated: 28th February 2022

Everyone must go through Ecuador to get to the Galapagos Islands. Please check with your local Ecuadorian embassy regarding entry and visa requirements for Ecuador if you are unsure. As a general rule, your passport should have at least six months of validity for your entry to Ecuador.

According to art. 131 of the Law of Human Mobility, visitors from the following countries are required to apply for a visa before entering Ecuador. Recently added countries are in bold.

AfghanistanAngolaBangladeshCameroonCongoCuba
DRCEgyptEritreaEthiopiaGambiaGhana
GuineaHaitiIndiaIranIraqIvory Coast
KenyaLibyaMaliMayanmarNepalNigeria
North KoreaPakistanPhilippinesSenegalSomaliaSri Lanka
SyriaVenezuelaVietnamYemen
Information taken from https://expatsecuador.com/visas/ecuador-visa-requirements//

Corona measures are effective

Ecuador is coming through the Covid 19 crisis better than its neighbouring countries. The vaccination campaign is showing great success. Since January 2022, more than 86 percent of Ecuadorians are fully vaccinated and a significant number of people has already received the booster vaccination.

In Ecuador, the general obligation to wear a mask will be lifted on the 31st of March 2022 and is strictly respected by the entire population. Hygiene regulations are in force in hotels and restaurants and are implemented very consistently. Respectful spacing also takes place. The measures allow people to move freely in their country again. The same applies to tourists. The government has announced that it will lift all Covid19-related measures by March 31st 2022.

The CEO of Galapagos PRO, Beate Zwermann, has travelled to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands in February 2022 and experienced an almost normal country first-hand. Feel free to call us if you have any further questions. Click here to make an appointment.

A health declaration must be submitted upon entry. Travellers receive a tourist visa by means of a stamp in their passport, which gives them a permit for a stay of up to three months. This is free of charge. Entry data has been stored centrally for several years. So if you are planning a longer stay in Ecuador, it is best to inform yourself about the residence regulations at the embassies of Ecuador in good time.

Entry to the Galapagos Islands

The Galapagos Provincial Council (Consejo de Gobierno de Regimen Especial de Galápagos, CGREG) tightened the entry requirements for visitors to the Galapagos Islands on July 1, 2020: Visitors must now register their travel program in advance with the Ministry of Tourism through a local travel agency or hotel based in the Galapagos Islands and have it approved. All services must be verifiably booked and paid for. The confirmation (a so-called Salvoconducto, SC) must be presented at the airport when purchasing the Transit Control Card (TCC). The itinerary should only include providers (hotels, excursions, and transport) that are registered and certified by the health authorities, as well as the outward and return flights to the islands.

As of 11 February 2022, those entering Ecuador or the Galapagos Islands from the age of three only need proof of vaccination (at least 14 days after the second vaccination) or a (negative) PCR test, which must not be older than 72 hours (from the time the test was taken). Infants under three years of age do not need any proof of vaccination or test.

If travellers do not have a test or proof of vaccination, they must take it directly at the airport and then stay in a hotel in Quito or Guayaquil until the results are available.

Further entry formalities such as the Transit Control Card registration should be done online just like the check-in to the flight. Galapagos PRO takes care of the registration for its guests.

To enter the Galapagos Islands, travellers must present the following documents:

  • Passport
  • Return Flight ticket to and from the Galapagos
  • A negative result of an Antigen- or RT-PCR test, no older than 72 hours before entering the province OR proof of Vaccination no less than 14 days prior to departure.
  • Children under the age of 3 do not have to present either.
  • Salvoconducto (travel plan registration). As of July 1, 2020, all travellers must present their itinerary to the Ministry of Tourism through a travel company or hotel with a registered office in the Galapagos Islands. They will then receive a confirmation which they must present at the airport before departure when applying for the Transit Control Card (TCC). The travel program must be fully pre-booked and paid for. It may only include providers who are certified for compliance with hygiene standards.
  • Transit Control Card – available at the airport
  • Health Declaration, which is filled out upon entry into Ecuador and contains the whereabouts of travelers while traveling in mainland Ecuador
  • Private travel health insurance

At airports in the Galapagos Islands, travelers must purchase/present the following:

  • Presentation of Health declaration form
  • Payment of the national park fee

*Entry is possible without quarantine.

Ecuador and Galapagos Islands Tours

Andean Panorama

Ecuador on Horseback: Riding in the Andes

Duration: 6 - 9 days
Highlights: Quito - World Heritage Site, Antisanilla Reserve, Spectacled bears, Papallacta, Bird watching, Hacienda La Alegría, Charga culture, Riding through the cloud forest, Machachi Valley, Optional: Galapagos Islands

Grab your poncho and saddle up - the Andean highlands await you!

From 740,- USD
Price per pax
Lagunas de Ozogoche

Ecuador Rental Car Round Trip: 6 National Parks

Duration: 14 - 21 days
Highlights: Hotel car park , Exchangeable stops and activities, Flexible activities

Visit all six amazing national parks in the Andes by car. All stops are interchangeable.

From 2040,- USD
Price per pax

✪ Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands Tours ✪

Andean Panorama

Ecuador on Horseback: Riding in the Andes

Duration: 6 - 9 days
Highlights: Quito - World Heritage Site, Antisanilla Reserve, Spectacled bears, Papallacta, Bird watching, Hacienda La Alegría, Charga culture, Riding through the cloud forest, Machachi Valley, Optional: Galapagos Islands

Grab your poncho and saddle up - the Andean highlands await you!

From 740,- USD
Price per pax
Lagunas de Ozogoche

Ecuador Rental Car Round Trip: 6 National Parks

Duration: 14 - 21 days
Highlights: Hotel car park , Exchangeable stops and activities, Flexible activities

Visit all six amazing national parks in the Andes by car. All stops are interchangeable.

From 2040,- USD
Price per pax
City of Guayaquil

Rental car tour to/from Guayaquil

Duration: 14 - 21 days
Highlights:

Begin your rental car tour from Guayaquil and visit the best highlights in Ecuador along the way.

From 2450,- USD
Price per pax
Kayak in the Andes

Ecuador & Galapagos Multi-Sport Tour

Duration: 16 - 21 days
Highlights: Quito - Cultural World Heritage, Amazon Rainforest, Swing at the End of the World, Baños, Camping, Horseback Riding, Llanganates National Park, Bike Tours, Waterfalls at Baños, Hiking at the Cuicocha Lake, North Seymour Island, Pinnacle Rock, Bartolomé, Hiking the Sierra Negra Volcano, Penguins on Isabela Island

Get ready to get your heart pumping and sweat it out as you kayak, mountain bike, raft and snorkel in

From 3430,- USD
Price per pax
Travel with professional guides

Ecuador Amazon and Galapagos: Kayak Tour

Duration: 12 - 16 days
Highlights: Explore the Amazon with Kayaks, Kayking in the Galapagos, Camping, North Seymour Island, Penguins at Isabela Island

Kayaking is like horse-riding but on water! This tour will bring you on an adventure in Ecuador and the Galapagos.

From 3430,- USD
Price per pax
Rafting

Adrenaline Rush: Ecuador and Galapagos

Duration: 16 - 21 days
Highlights: Volcanoe, Amazon Rainforest, Swing at the End of the World, Baños, Camping, Horseback Riding, Llanganates National Park, Bike Tours, Waterfalls at Baños, Hiking at the Cuicocha Lake, North Seymour Island, Pinnacle Rock, Bartolomé, Hiking the Sierra Negra Volcano, Penguins on Isabela Island

Get your heart pumping and keep your mind open - travel Ecuador and Galapagos the adventurous way.

From 3430,- USD
Price per pax
Breath-taking Panoramic view

Ecuador Volcano Trekking Adventure Tour

Duration: 16 - 21 days
Highlights: Quito - Cultural World Heritage, Camping, Bike Tours, Waterfalls at Baños, North Seymour Island, Pinnacle Rock, Bartolomé, Hiking the Sierra Negra Volcano, Penguins on Isabela Island

Travel Ecuador and Galapagos the adventurous way as you conquer the volcanic terrain.

From 3430,- USD
Price per pax
Mountain Biking Hacienda El Porvenir

Adrenaline Rush: Ecuador mountainbiking & Islandhopping

Duration: 12 - 16 days
Highlights: Vocanoe, Amazon Rainforest, Swing at the End of the World, Baños, Camping, Horseback Riding, Llanganates National Park, Bike Tours, Waterfalls at Baños, Hiking at the Cuicocha Lake, North Seymour Island, Pinnacle Rock, Bartolomé, Hiking the Sierra Negra Volcano, Penguins on Isabela Island

Get your heart pumping and keep your mind open - travel Ecuador and Galapagos the adventurous way.

From 3430,- USD
Price per pax
Traveling With Your Nature Guide

Ecuador and Galapagos: Compact Tour

Duration: 14 - 18 days
Highlights: Cultural World Heritage, Quito, Otavalo Markets, Avenue of Volcanoes, Shaman Experience, Devil's Nose, Cotopaxi National Park, Ingapirca - Inca ruins, Cajas National Park, Guayaquil, Galapagos Islands , Santa Cruz Island, North Seymour, Isabela

Ecuador's most beautiful places - the majestic Andes, lush Amazon Rainforest and enchanting Galapagos islands

From 3460,- USD
Price per pax
Galapagos Giant Tortoises

Ecuador Complete: Amazon, Andes and Galapagos Islands

Duration: 16 - 20 days
Highlights: Cultural World Heritage Quito, Ingapirca's Incan Ruins, Cajas National Park, Guayaquil, Galapagos Island Hopping

Discover the many faces of the world's most biodiverse country!

From 3560,- USD
Price per pax
Highlands of Papallacta

Best of Ecuador: Rental Car and Galapagos Island Hopping

Duration: 21 - 28 days
Highlights: Papallacta, El Angel , Devil's Nose, Ingapirca - Inca Ruins, Santa Cruz Island, Isabela Island

Experience Ecuador with a rental car before island hopping through the Galapagos archipelago

From 3800,- USD
Price per pax
Río Napo

Copy of Ecuador Complete: Amazon, Andes and Galapagos...

Duration: 16 - 21 days
Highlights: Cultural World Heritage Quito, Otavalo Art and Crafts, Avenue of Volcanoes, Choose Your Amazon Experience, Ingapirca's Incan Ruins, Cajas National Park, Guayaquil, Galapagos Island Hopping

Discover the many faces of the world's most biodiverse country!

From 4040,- USD
Price per pax
Galapagos Legend

Ecuador Complete: Amazon, Andes and Galapagos Cruise

Duration: 16 - 21 days
Highlights: Quito - Cultural World Heritage, Otavalo Craft Markets, Avenue of Volcanoes, Cuenca - Colonial History, Guayaquil - Economic Hub, Galapagos Cruise

Discover the diversity of Ecuador: Andes Mountains, Amazon Rainforest and Galapagos Islands

From 4440,- USD
Price per pax
The River Boat Manatee

Cruise Ecuador: Amazon Cruise and Galapagos Cruise

Duration: 12 - 16 days
Highlights: Yasuni National Park, Isabela & Fernandina, Santa Cruz and North Seymour, Includes all transfers and domestic flights

The three wonders of Ecuador in one trip: Andes Mountains, Amazon and Galapagos Islands

From 4890,- USD
Price per pax
Train at the station

Scenery and Society: Ecuador and Galapagos

Duration: 18 - 26 days
Highlights: UNESCO World Heritage Quito, Andes panorama, Charles Darwin Station, 4 days in the Amazon, Avenue of Volcanoes, Devil's Nose, Galapagos giant tortoise breeding centre, Snorkelling the Los Tuneles, Cycling through Isabela, VIP tour Charles Darwin Foundation, Bartolomé and Sullivan Bay, Las Grietas Gorge

Experience the diverse landscapes and intriguing culture of Ecuador

From 5840,- USD
Price per pax
Specialised Equipment

Accessible Travel: Ecuador and Galapagos Islands

Duration: 12 - 14 days
Highlights: Specialised Wheelchairs, Quito-World Heritage Site, Train ride to Cotopaxi, Accessible rainforest lodge, Andes highlands via Baños, Galapagos Islands, San Cristóbal Island, Lobería on San Cristóbal island, Lobos Island, Tortoise breeding center

A curated experience of the enchanting land of Ecuador without barriers.

From 6000,- USD
Price per pax
View of Hotel Luna Runtun

Ecuador and Galapagos: Compact Tour Deluxe

Duration: 17 - 20 days
Highlights: Cultural World Heritage, Quito, Avenue of Volcanoes, Shaman Experience, Devil's Nose, Cotopaxi National Park, Ingapirca - Inca ruins, Cajas National Park, Guayaquil, Galapagos Islands , Santa Cruz Island, North Seymour, Isabela

Ecuador's most beautiful places - the majestic Andes, lush Amazon Rainforest and enchanting Galapagos islands

From 7100,- USD
Price per pax