New requirements to travel to Ecuador – COVID 19

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic Ecuador has put in place specific measures for people coming from any foreign country.

Here are the new requirements from June to travel in Ecuador:

These conditions may evolve and change in the coming weeks

Travel to Ecuador:

Ecuador approved resumption of commercial flight operations beginning June 1, 2020. However, no flights to Europe are scheduled before July.

All arriving passengers are required to have the results of a PCR (polymerise chain reaction) COVID test from within the last seven days prior to arrival in Ecuador. If testing is not available in the departure country, arriving passengers need to sign a document promising they will undergo testing by Ecuadorian health authorities. Testing will be conducted immediately at the airport upon arrival or on subsequent days.

All passengers arriving in Ecuador will be required to comply with mandatory preventive quarantine (aislamiento preventativo obligatorio) for 14 days upon arrival. Ecuadorian residents with negative PCR results and other Ecuadorian residents in “priority” groups (children, adolescents without parents, pregnant women, those with.

à All travelers who are not Ecuadorian citizens or residents must quarantine the entire 14 days in government-designated temporary housing/hotels even if they present negative PCR test results.

If you belong to the protected categories (minors, pregnant women, elderly or seriously ill, etc.), you will be allowed to carry out the quarantine at home.

Country-Specific Information:

Ecuador has confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in all 24 provinces.

Ecuador has begun lifting some but not all restrictions on individuals travelling into the country. 

A national curfew with varying hours of operation in different provinces is introduced. Failure to observe the curfew is punishable by a fine and imprisonment in the event of a repeat offence;

Wearing a mask in public spaces is mandatory.

Sea and land borders are closed.

The movement of people from one province to another is restricted, and tourists returning by plane can get passes to the airport, but these do not allow movement elsewhere during the curfew.

The Government of Ecuador has restricted movement throughout the country. Some provinces are relaxing these restrictions, but foreigners or travelers should continue to comply with all local laws and monitor local news for any updates. Note these restrictions can change at any time for the most up to date information regarding curfew times and other restrictions.

The Government of Ecuador provides coronavirus-related information at this website:

The most up to date information can be found on the Ministry’s Twitter account:

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Written by Joanne BARMES

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