Ecuador’s borders have reopened for business back mid-August now, and Ecuador has been letting international visitors from all nations in the country since. With the opening of our Wildlife Conservation Project in Ecuador early October, here are few Ecuador Travel Regulations updates you should be aware of to help you prepare for your trip.
Before you travel
One of the Ecuador Travel Regulations Update is that you must take a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test for COVID-19, up to 7 days prior to departure. Locations of quick turnaround PCR testing facilities can be found here for US citizens. You may also want to contact your family practitioner for recommendations.
What to expect when you arrive in Ecuador
Upon entry in the country, you will be required to sign a declaration form with your itinerary and local contact details. You will also be required to present your PCR test results to the immigration officer.
Note that you can visit Ecuador without a visa, but you may be asked about your reason for travel and to provide evidence of a return or onward flight ticket when you arrive. On arrival in the country, you’ll normally be allowed to remain in Ecuador for up to 90 days per year.
What else should you be aware of
Ecuador operates on a traffic light system as its primary tool to manage the COVID-19 global emergency. Each Ecuadorian municipalities are using the traffic light systems depending on the active number of cases and how restrictive their measures should be for their specific areas. Red is used for those areas that need to remain in strict shutdown. Yellow is used for those areas where a curfew is implemented from 9 pm to 5 am, no more than 15 people can be together and no contact sports are allowed. And green is used for those areas that are more or less back to normal.
Although Ecuadorian Travel Regulations do no longer require quarantine, as responsible travelers, we want to make sure our participants are not a source of contamination, which is why we have organized a cultural quarantine camp to get you ready for your placement for the time being.
One of our in-country team members will meet you at the airport to bring you to the designated Kaya quarantine camp location in the Middle of the World.
Follow local guidance
Once in Ecuador, we ask all participants to follow local guidance. Our in-country director will be sure to communicate with you any new local laws. Current local restrictions include the practice of social distancing, wearing a face mask in public places, as well as respecting the nighttime curfew.
Our local team and Kaya risk assessment team are keeping a pulse on any developments when it comes to Ecuador travel regulations update, so we will be sure to communicate with you as things may change.