Entry requirements for travel to Ecuador and the Galapagos

AUTHOR The Ecoventura Team

Entry Requirements for Ecuador & Galapagos

Updated on: November 4, 2020

The Galapagos Islands are open to visitors with new biosecurity control regulations.  International flights into Ecuador (GYE and UIO) are operating regularly.  Avianca operates a flight to San Cristobal or Baltra on Sundays and seats are available in business class upon request.

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.

For arrivals to Ecuador

Travelers must present a negative RT-PCR test for COVID-19 issued within ten days of the arrival date in Ecuador.  You will need to send a copy of your RT-PCR test results to enter Ecuador to provided that it will be the same test used to enter Galapagos (valid 96H or less).  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 in the mainland.

For arrivals to Galapagos

All foreign visitors traveling to Galapagos must show a negative RT-PCT test for COVID taken within 96 hours or less before the arrival of the flight to Galapagos.  The same PCR test used to enter Ecuador may be presented provided the test was taken within 96 hours prior to the flight.

We highly recommend guests arrive with a RT-PCR fest to enter Galapagos.  Otherwise, visitors age 18 and older are required to take a second RT-PCR test in Ecuador before boarding the flight to Galapagos. Testing is not available at the airports and will need to be arranged in advance through your hotel, DMC, or with Ecoventura at your own expense.  PCR testing is performed by an approved lab at your hotel in Quito or Guayaquil on Saturday morning and results are available the same day.

In Guayaquil, the lab is Arreaga, the cost is $80 cash or credit card + $15 fee for hotel exam In Quito: the lab is EcuaAmerican, the cost is $85 cash or credit card with $10 fee.  Labs are subject to change.

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 the safe passage form for all of our cruise passengers the week prior to your cruise departure.

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, digital safe passage form, the park entrance, and transit card receipts if prepaid.  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.  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