Entry requirements for travel to Ecuador and the Galapagos

AUTHOR The Ecoventura Team

Entry Requirements for Ecuador & Galapagos

Updated on: September 10, 2020

The Galapagos Islands reopened to visitors on July 1st with new biosecurity regulations.  International flights into GYE and UIO are operating regularly and Avianca operates a flight to San Cristobal and Baltra on Sundays.  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

All arrivals to Ecuador are required to have a negative RT-PCR test for COVID19 within ten days prior to the arrival date in 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 location of your stay (hotel) while in the mainland.

For arrivals to Galapagos

All visitors traveling to Galapagos must show a negative RT-PCT test result for COVID19 taken within 96 hours before the flight to Galapagos.  The same PCR test used to enter Ecuador can be presented if taken within 96 hours.  Otherwise, you will be required to take a second RT-PCR test in Ecuador before boarding the flight to Galapagos. Ecoventura can arrange for a lab approved by ACESS to perform a test taken at your hotel on Saturday morning. The test results are usually available within a few hours.  The cost of the test is approximately $120 per person.

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.

Departure Day (Sunday)

Upon check-in for the flight to Galapagos, a representative from Ecoventura will have your digital safe passage form, the park entrance, 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 or until we return to the office.

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The Ecoventura/ Galapagos Network Team