Ecuador & Galapagos Entry Requirements and Tourist Visa

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Information on Visa and Entry

Updated: 25th October 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. Generally, 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 must apply for a visa before entering Ecuador. Recently added countries are in bold.

Afghanistan Angola Bangladesh Cameroon Congo Cuba
DRC Egypt Eritrea Ethiopia Gambia Ghana
Guinea Haiti India Iran Iraq Ivory Coast
Kenya Libya Mali Mayanmar Nepal Nigeria
North Korea Pakistan Philippines Senegal Somalia Sri Lanka
Syria Venezuela Vietnam Yemen
Information taken from https://expatsecuador.com/visas/ecuador-visa-requirements//

Corona measures were lifted

Ecuador is abolishing all restrictions on entry to the country that were previously in force in relation to the Corona pandemic. This also applies to the Galapagos Islands. Holidaymakers who want to visit the South American country and the archipelago no longer have to present a vaccination or test certificate with regard to a possible Corona disease when entering the country. Neither a PCR test nor an antigen test is required, nor proof of Corona vaccinations. The COE Nacional, the national committee for emergency measures in Ecuador, which was set up in view of the Corona pandemic since March 2020, has thus reacted to the current decline in incidences and lifted all health-related entry restrictions for Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands after 31 months.

However, travellers still have to – as was already the case before the Corona pandemic – provide (Declaración de salud del viajero), show it before boarding and present it again upon entry.

There are currently no more Corona-related restrictions on exit and transit. The obligation to wear a mask in the country has also been abolished.

The CEO of Galapagos PRO, Beate Zwermann, travelled to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands in October 2022 and experienced a thriving 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 more extended 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 (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) registered and certified by the health authorities, as well as the outward and return flights to the islands.

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
  • 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.
  • Transit Control Card – available at the airport
  • Health Declaration, which is filled out upon entry into Ecuador and contains the whereabouts of travellers while travelling in mainland Ecuador
  • Private travel health insurance

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

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

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