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COVID-19 in Ecuador and The Galapagos

December 18, 2023 by Gina

As people start to ease back into travel, there are many questions and concerns that come to mind. At Inca Expert Travel, we are here to answer those questions and help bring your travel dreams to reality. The borders of Ecuador are now open to tourists, with certain measures in place to ensure the safety of everyone. Likewise, the awe-inspiring Galapagos Islands off Ecuador’s coast are accepting visitors as well, with various health protocols. Browse below for the most commonly asked questions about traveling while there is coronavirus in Ecuador. 

Coronavirus in Ecuador FAQ

Is it still safe to travel to Ecuador?

Yes, with exercised caution. Ecuador is taking extensive precautions to ensure the protection of both foreign travelers and citizens. All visitors to the Galapagos Islands aged 16 and up must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and present a negative molecular test issued within 72 hours of departure. Visitors aged 2 through 16 are exempt from the vaccine requirement but must present a negative molecular test issued within 72 hours of departure. Any person who enters Ecuador internationally must also present a digital “Traveler’s Health Declaration form” when boarding the plane. For more information don’t hesitate to contact one of our Travel Advisors.

Please check the new guidelines approved by the Ministry of Tourism to enter Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, these will come into effect starting February 11th, 2022.

  • A vaccination certificate with QR code or Covid-19 vaccination card, with a the full dose no earlier than 14 days after arrival or
  • A Negative result of an RT-PCR test performed up to 72 hours before boarding to Ecuador or Galapagos.
  • Passengers under 3-years-old do not fall under these requirements.

    Are Ecuador’s borders open?

    Yes, Ecuador’s international borders are open to travelers. However, there are certain health protocols in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. Any person who enters Ecuador internationally must present a digital “Traveler’s Health Declaration form” when boarding the plane. To fill out the form enter the following link. If the platform is not available, the physical form must be submitted at the point of entry in Ecuador to the Ministry of Health officials.

    Is there mandatory testing and quarantine in Ecuador? 

    All visitors to Ecuador aged 2 and up must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 or present a negative molecular test issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure time.

    All visitors to the Galapagos aged 2 and up must present a negative molecular test issued no more than 72 hours prior to departure time, regardless of vaccination status.

    Are the Galapagos Islands open to visitors? 

    Yes, the Galapagos Islands are open to fully vaccinated visitors. When entering the Galapagos, travelers can show the same international certificate used to enter Ecuador, as long as it has been completed within 72 hours from an authorized laboratory. Please get in touch with your Travel Advisor if you need any assistance.

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    How can I minimize my risk of exposure while traveling? 

    While the Ecuadorian government and the tourism industry as a whole are taking steps to help prevent the spread, it’s up to each traveler to play their part as well. It is more important than ever to be a conscious, safe traveler and take the measures suggested by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and other official health organizations to keep themselves and others healthy. Here are some tips:

    1. Choose airlines that have explicitly stated their commitment to helping maintain social distancing on flights and keeping their aircrafts sanitized.
    2. Wear a mask for the entire time you are in the airport, plane and any taxi or rideshare service taking you to or from the airport.
    3. Keep six-foot distance between yourself and others at all times.
    4. Wash your hands with water and soap as frequently as possible when in the airport, for 20 seconds or more. Use sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol content when handwashing stations are not available.
    5. Avoid touching high-touch surfaces like buttons, handrails, doorknobs, etc. If you must touch something, sanitize it first or at least wash or sanitize your hands directly after.
    6. Sanitize your chair, tray table and armrest once you arrive at your seat on the plane.
    7. Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth as these are the top areas that make it easier for the virus to be transmitted from your hands into your body.

    Your Trip to Ecuador

    Our expert travel advisors will help guide you through safely and responsibly planning your dream trip to Ecuador and The Galapagos. We will ensure that you have all the latest information about coronavirus in Ecuador protocols and help plan each detail accordingly. It is a difficult time, but luckily travel to some of the most prized destinations in the world is becoming a possibility again. Contact us today and we will plan and customize your ideal getaway.


    Inca Expert Travel does not specialize in healthcare advice. The information we’ve compiled about coronavirus in Ecuador is based on guidelines and details from reputed institutes cited in this article. Some details may not be up-to-date despite our greatest efforts.

    About the author

    Gina loves the hidden turquoise rivers of the Andes, the magical pink dolphins of the Amazon, and the lush ocean-view parks of Lima. She finds Peru to be the most inspiring country in the world, and has been exploring and writing about this sacred place since 2014.

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