Entry requirements & Testing procedures

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A valid passport is required to enter Ecuador. However, passports must be valid for six months and a day after you plan to leave Ecuador. No Visas are required for U.S., Canadian and most European citizens. Visas are required for some Asian, Central American and Eastern European countries. It is the passenger’s responsibility to check with local immigration offices or the Ecuadorian consulate prior to sailing to determine if a visa is necessary.

Effective  March 22, 2021, the requirements to enter Ecuador and Galapagos are:

Ecuador – Visitors are required to present one of three documents; either a negative RT-PCR test for COVID-19, or a negative Antigen test from a reputable facility taken within 72 hours before arrival, or  a vaccine certification card that proves you have received the complete COVID-19 vaccine doses to be granted entry.

All arrivals must complete a  Traveler Health Declaration form that identifies the address of your stay while in Ecuador.  Upon arrival, you will be screened for symptoms, a temperature reading, and complete an immigration form.  Arriving travelers with a valid test certificate who present symptoms may be subject to a random rapid antigen test.

Galapagos – All visitors must present a negative RT-PCR test for COVID taken within 96 hours prior to the arrival of the flight in Galapagos.   The same RT-PCR test used to enter Ecuador may be presented to enter Galapagos provided the test was taken within the time limit.  Please send a copy of your RT-PCR test to travel@ecoventura.com when using the same test for both entries.

We highly recommend all guests arrive to Ecuador with a RT-PCR test to enter both Ecuador and Galapagos.  Otherwise, visitors age 18 and older will be required to take a second RT-PCR test in Ecuador before boarding the flight to Galapagos.  Testing can be arranged in advance through your hotel, DMC, or Ecoventura at your own expense.  Testing is performed by an approved lab at your hotel in Quito or Guayaquil on Saturday morning and the results are available the same day.  The cost is $50 per test in Guayaquil (cash only) and $65-75 in Quito in cash, add $10 to use a credit card (subject to change).

At check-in for AV flight 1636, a representative from Ecuador will assist you with your boarding pass, digital safe passage (salvoconducto) form, park entrance fee, and transit card receipts if pre-paid.

In addition to the negative PCR test results within 96 hours of the flight, tourists must present a  Salvoconductos or safe passage form before boarding the flight to Galapagos.  The digital form is processed by Ecoventura for all our guests the week before arrival granting pre-travel authorization.  You may be asked to present a return flight ticket and a medical insurance  ID card.  During the flight, you will be asked to complete a bio-safety control form.  Our crew will be waiting for you when you land to provide a safe and quick transfer to your yacht.  Once onboard, you will be asked to fill out a one-page questionnaire concerning your health and medical conditions.  The Captain will screen all guests with a temperature check and oxygen saturation level during the cruise.

Starting June 1, 2021, verified labs will be open at both airports in Ecuador (UIO and GYE) for Antigen testing.  Medical VIP in Quito open 24/7 and VERIS in Guayaquil open every day from 3:30PM to 11PM.  The cost is $40 and results are available within 30 minutes, cash or credit cards are accepted.