Entry requirements for travel to Ecuador and the Galapagos

AUTHOR The Ecoventura Team

Entry Requirements for Ecuador & Galapagos

Updated on: July 15, 2021

Ecoventura has operated dozens of safe departures since the Islands reopened to tourism last summer. Our guests traveling this year tell us they are fully vaccinated and ready to travel.  Flights are operating regularly into GYE and UIO and  Avianca operates a flight to San Cristobal on Sundays.

On June 8, the US State Department of state downgraded the Travel Advisory for Ecuador from a Level 4 (Do not Travel) to a Level 3 (Reconsider Travel).  Ecuador has vaccinated 30% of the entire population. The government of Ecuador under a new administration aims to have 80% of the entire adult population vaccinated by this Fall.

What are the current entry requirements? 

Travelers must present a negative RT-PCR test for COVID-19 issued within 72 hours of the flight arrival or a vaccination certification card that proves completion of the complete Covid-19 doses two weeks or more prior to the arrival date in Ecuador.  Children age two and younger are exempt.  We suggest that you bring a printed copy of your test result with you to Ecuador.  Upon arrival, you will be screened for symptoms, a temperature check, and be asked to fill out a Traveler Health Declaration Form (one per family) that identifies the address of your stay (hotel) while on the mainland.

Travelers who require a negative Antigen test result in Ecuador (to return to the US or travel to Peru)  can be tested at the airport in Quito; VIP Medical is open 24/7.  In GUAYAQUIL, VERIS is open on Sundays at 3:30 PM through a special arrangement made by Ecoventura.  Upon arrival to GYE on AV1637, our representative will escort our guests to the lab’s location in the business center.  The cost is $40 and results are available within 30 minutes, credit cards are accepted.

Departure Day (Sunday)

Upon check-in for the flight (AV 1636 only) to Galapagos, a representative from Ecoventura will assist you with your boarding pass, the park entrance, and transit card receipts if prepaid. A safe passage form or “salvoconducto” is no longer a requirement. During the flight to Galapagos, passengers are asked to fill out a bio-safety control form. Upon arrival, you may be asked to present a return flight ticket and a medical insurance ID card as mandatory health insurance is required for all foreign tourists (Article 49 of the Organic Law of the Special regimen for the Province of Galapagos).

Our guides and crew will be waiting for you when you land and provide a safe and quick transfer to your yacht.  The Galapagos is the first province in Ecuador to be immunized against Covid-19. The entire adult population of 30,000+ have received both doses of the Pfizer vaccine. This includes all our crew members who work a rotation of four weeks creating a Covid-free bubble onboard.  The prompt vaccination of the inhabitants and measures to control the spread of Covid is a determining factor for the success of the economic recovery that depends on tourism.  #GalapagosSinCovid

Ecoventura resumed our cruise operation in August and we guarantee to provide the same luxurious experience we have always provided our guests. Your well-being and safety continue to be one of our top priorities. While we have always maintained very rigorous cleaning procedures, Enhanced cleanliness and sanitation measures have been established according to WHO recommendations.

If you should have any questions about the entry requirements, please do not hesitate to get in touch by email or

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The Ecoventura/ Galapagos Network Team