Update from Ecoventura for travel to the Galapagos in 2020

AUTHOR The Ecoventura Team

Dear Ecoventura Guests and Partners in Travel,

We hope that you are all safe and in good health as our lives return to some normalcy. One thing that keeps us positive is knowing that soon, we will once again welcome visitors to the wonderful Galapagos Islands. Our crew on board the Origin, Theory, Letty, and Galapagos Sky are safe and in good health, while they maintain the Ecoventura fleet.

The Galapagos Islands officially reopened their doors to tourism on July 1st with new control regulations and are reported to be COVID-free.  Starting in August, Avianca will operate flights to San Cristobal and Baltra on Sundays and Ecoventura will resume our cruise operation.  As we reopen, 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.

All arrivals to Ecuador are required to provide a negative RT-PCR test result taken up to 7 days prior to the arrival date in Ecuador and fill out a Traveler Health Declaration Form (one per family) that identifies the location of your stay (hotel) while in the mainland.

For arrivals traveling to the Galapagos, effective August 1st, a RT-PCT test is required at the airport upon arrival at an additional cost to the traveler.  The test is given by a laboratory approved by the Agencia de Asuramiento de la Calidad de los Servicios de Salud y Medicina Prepagada (ACESS) and is not mandatory for children age 11 and under.  Preventative isolation is required at the guest’s accommodation (hotel) until the results of the test are available within 48 hours.  All arrivals to Galapagos will be required to provide the negative RT-PCR test results taken in Ecuador within 96 hours prior to departure for entrance to Galapagos.

Tour boat companies or hotels will apply for a Salvoconductos or safe passage for all arriving guests to be able to enter Galapagos.  Only guests with a “safe passage” form issued by a company with established bio-safety protocols authorized by the Ministry of Tourism will be allowed to travel to Galapagos.  Ecoventura will process this form for all of our cruise passengers.

Upon check-in for the flight to Galapagos, a representative from Ecoventura will have your digital safe passage form, and the park entrance fee and transit card receipts if prepaid.  Mandatory health insurance (a medical insurance ID card) is now required for all foreign tourists (Article 49 of the Organic Law of the Special regimen for the Province of Galapagos). During the flight to Galapagos, guests will be asked to fill out a bio-safety control form.

If you should have any questions about the entry requirements, please do not hesitate to get in touch. We are all working remotely and are available only by email until we return to the office.

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Galapagos will be waiting for you, and so will we.

The Ecoventura/ Galapagos Network Team