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How to Calculate Your Passport Fees on Travel.State.Gov: A Step-by-Step Guide

If you’re planning a trip abroad, one of the first things you’ll need is a passport. But before you can jet off to your dream destination, there’s one important thing you need to know: how much it will cost. Fortunately, the U.S. Department of State makes it easy to calculate your passport fees online through their website, travel.state.gov.

Understanding Passport Fees

Passport fees vary depending on several factors such as age, whether it’s a new or renewal application, and if expedited service is needed. The standard processing time for a new passport is 4-6 weeks while expedited service can take up to 3 weeks for an additional fee.

Navigating Travel.State.Gov

To calculate your passport fees on travel.state.gov, start by visiting the website and clicking on “Passports” in the menu bar. From there, select “Fees” and then choose the appropriate option based on your situation (new application or renewal).

Entering Your Information

Once you’ve selected your option, enter your age and indicate if you’re requesting standard or expedited service. If you’re applying for a new passport, also select whether it’s a book or card application.

After entering this information, the website will display your total fees including any additional charges such as execution fees or overnight delivery costs.

Additional Resources

In addition to calculating fees online through travel.state.gov, there are other resources available to help with passport-related questions. The website offers detailed instructions on how to apply for a passport and what forms are required as well as information on where to submit them.


Obtaining a passport is an essential step in international travel planning and knowing how much it will cost is crucial in budgeting for your trip. By following the steps outlined above, you can easily calculate your passport fees on travel.state.gov and be one step closer to embarking on your next adventure abroad.

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Ecuador Travel Advisory

Travel advisory june 22, 2023, ecuador - level 2: exercise increased caution.

Reissued with updates to the kidnapping indicator and crime information in the provinces of El Oro, Manabí, Santo Domingo, Los Rios, Santa Elena, Cañar, and Carchi.

Exercise increased caution in Ecuador due to  civil unrest,   crime , and kidnapping . Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.

Reconsider travel to:

  • Guayaquil north of Portete de Tarquí Avenue due to crime .
  • El Oro province outside the cities of Huaquillas and Arenillas, due to crime .
  • Los Rios province outside the cities of Quevedo, Quinsaloma, and Pueblo Viejo, due to crime .
  • All areas south of Esmeraldas city in Esmeraldas province, due to crime .
  • The provinces of Sucumbíos, Manabí, Santa Elena, and Santo Domingo due to crime .

Do not travel to:

  • Guayaquil, south of Portete de Tarquí Avenue, due to  crime .
  • The cities of Huaquillas and Arenillas in the province of El Oro, due to crime .
  • The cities of Quevedo, Quinsaloma, and Pueblo Viejo in the province of Los Rios, due to crime .
  • Esmeraldas city and all areas north of Esmeraldas city in Esmeraldas province, due to crime .

Country Summary : Crime is a widespread problem in Ecuador. Violent crime, such as murder, assault, kidnapping, and armed robbery, is prevalent and widespread. The rate of violent crime is significantly higher in areas where transnational criminal organizations are concentrated.

Demonstrations occur frequently throughout the country, usually motivated by political and/or economic factors.  Demonstrators routinely block local roads and major highways, often without prior notice. Past demonstrations have varied in duration, with some extending for several days or weeks. Blocked roads may significantly reduce access to public transportation, health services, and airports and may disrupt travel both within and between cities.

Outside of Ecuador’s urban and semi-urban population centers, much of the country’s territory is sparsely populated and isolated. First responders’ and U.S. government officials’ access to rural and remote regions of the country is often extremely limited and can lead to significant delays in assistance to U.S. citizens in these areas.

Read the  country information page  for additional information on traveling to Ecuador.

If you decide to travel to Ecuador:

  •  Enroll in the  Smart Traveler Enrollment Program  ( STEP ) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
  • Follow the Department of State on  Facebook ,  Twitter , and  Instagram
  • Review the  Country Security Report  for Ecuador.
  • Prepare a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the  Traveler’s Checklist .
  • Visit the CDC page for the latest  Travel Health Information  related to your travel.

Level 4: Do Not Travel

Guayaquil,  south  of Portete de Tarquí Avenue, due to  crime .

The cities of Huaquillas and Arenillas in the Province of El Oro, due to  crime .

The cities of Quevedo, Quinsaloma, and Pueblo Viejo in the province of Los Rios, due to  crime.

Esmeraldas city and all areas north of Esmeraldas city in Esmeraldas province, due to  crime .

Transnational criminal groups and local gangs regularly engage in violent criminal acts in these areas, including indiscriminate attacks without warning in public spaces. Violent crimes have included murder, targeted assassinations, armed robberies, bombings, kidnappings, and assaults, among others. Violence in these areas has steadily increased in frequency and brutality in recent months, posing an increased security risk to U.S. citizens. U.S. government personnel are prohibited from traveling to these areas without prior authorization. As a result, the U.S. government is limited in its ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in these areas.

Level 3: Reconsider Travel

Guayaquil  north  of Portete de Tarquí Avenue, due to  crime .

El Oro province outside the cities of Huaquillas and Arenillas, due to  crime .

Los Rios province outside the cities of Quevedo, Quinsaloma, and Pueblo Viejo, due to  crime .

All areas south of Esmeraldas city in Esmeraldas province, due to  crime.

The provinces of Sucumbíos, Manabí, Santa Elena, and Santo Domingo, due to  crime.

Transnational criminal groups and local gangs have sporadically engaged in violent criminal activity in these areas, with violence increasing in recent months. U.S. government personnel are directed to exercise extreme caution and maintain increased vigilance when traveling in and around these areas. 

Visit our website for  Travel to High-Risk Areas .

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Entry requirements

This page has information on travelling to Ecuador.

This page reflects the UK government’s understanding of current rules for people travelling on a full ‘British Citizen’ passport, for the most common types of travel.

The authorities in Ecuador set and enforce entry rules. If you’re unsure how Ecuador entry requirements apply to you, contact its UK embassy, high commission or consulate .

All travellers

If you present symptoms such as high temperature, cough, loss of sense of smell/taste or a skin rash, please fill in the Health Declaration Form . You can fill this form online or physically on arrival at the airport or land border.

As of October 2021, international cruise ship operations are authorised at the following ports: Esmeraldas, Manta, Guayaquil and Puerto Bolivar. However, there are strict guidelines and measures to comply with to obtain the relevant permissions.

If you’re fully vaccinated

There are no vaccination requirements to enter Ecuador.

If you’re not fully vaccinated

If you’re transiting through ecuador.

If you are transiting through Ecuador, you are subject to the same COVID-19 requirements as for entering Ecuador.

Airline crew members are exempt from Ecuador’s current entry requirements.

Yellow fever certificate requirements

Check whether you need a yellow fever certificate by visiting the National Travel Health Network and Centre’s TravelHealthPro website . Please check if you will be required to present a yellow fever certificate to travel to your next destination from Ecuador. See Health .

Check your passport and travel documents before your travel

Passport validity.

Both visitors and residents must have a minimum of 6 months’ validity on their passport from the date of entry.

This is a strict legal requirement from the Ecuadorean government. If your passport does not meet this requirement, you will be denied entry to Ecuador.

Check with your travel provider to make sure your passport and other travel documents meet their requirements.

If you are a British passport holder visiting Ecuador for up to 90 days in any 12 month period, you do not need a visa. If you plan to stay longer, you should consult the  nearest Ecuadorean Embassy  before travelling. On entry, you may be asked about your reason for travel, and asked to provide evidence of a return or onward flight/bus ticket.

You can extend your 90 days (only once) online by a further 90 days by paying a fee. If you wish to extend your stay, you must begin the extension process before the first 90 day period expires. For general immigration information, please visit the Ecuadorean Migration website . For general enquiries contact: [email protected] .

For any other lengths or types of stay, including studying or working, you should consult the nearest Ecuadorean Embassy before travelling. For further details on visa applications for Ecuador, check the Ministry of Foreign Affairs website .

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility (MFA) encourages customers not to approach their offices without a confirmed appointment. For general guidance contact: [email protected] [email protected]

Get the relevant emails for other MFA’s Coordinaciones Zonales here.

Permanent and temporary resident visas are issued electronically (digitally sent by email)

Overstaying your visa

The penalty for overstaying is a fine. You will be notified by immigration officials on departure that you have a fine pending and that your name will remain on immigration records. It is only possible to pay this fine within Ecuador. Once the fine is paid and recorded, you can return to Ecuador.

Arriving across a land border

If you enter Ecuador via the border with Peru or Colombia, you must ensure you get an official entry stamp at the border showing the date of your arrival. There have been cases of buses not stopping at the border, which has caused great difficulties for foreign visitors for failing to comply with immigration regulations. Travellers may face a fine when leaving Ecuador if their passport does not have an entry stamp. If your passport was not stamped on entry, approach an immigration office for further guidance.

All visitors to the Galapagos Islands should be ready to provide a copy of their hotel booking, or an invitation letter from a host if staying with a resident, upon entry. National and foreign tourists must also present evidence of a return flight, as well as the Galapagos Transit Control Card , to be filled out online at least 24 hours before the flight. Travel health insurance is mandatory for foreign tourists.The maximum stay in the Galapagos Islands as a tourist is 60 days.

Travelling with children

Under Ecuadorean law, children under the age of 18 born in Ecuador are automatically considered as Ecuadorean citizens, even if travelling on a British passport (dual nationals).

They, along with British minors who have resident status in Ecuador, will need notarised written consent from the non-accompanying parent(s) to leave the country. In non-straightforward situations due to a legal dispute, the child will need judicial written permission (Autorización de Viaje Judicial) issued by a judge (Juzgado de la Niñez y Adolescencia). If one of the parents is deceased, the other parent will need to submit the death certificate to a public notary, so that an indefinite notarial permit to travel with the child is issued. The immigration authorities are responsible for checking all the above legal documents.

British children (or British-Ecuadorean dual nationals) who have tourist status in Ecuador do not need these permissions.

Minors entering Ecuador with someone other than a legal guardian(s) do not need to present written consent. The obligation to check these permissions lie with the country they departed from.

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Latest updates: Safety and security - information on nationwide power outages

Last updated: October 30, 2023 12:17 ET

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Safety and security, entry and exit requirements, laws and culture, natural disasters and climate, ecuador - exercise a high degree of caution.

Exercise a high degree of caution in Ecuador due to high levels of crime.

Northern provinces - Avoid non-essential travel

  • Sucumbíos

Border area with Colombia - Avoid all travel

  • Carchi (except for the Panamericana International Highway which connects to the official border crossing with Colombia at Tulcán/Ipiales)

Minefields near the southern portion of the border with Peru - Avoid all travel

  • Tiwinza in the province of Morona-Santiago
  • El Pangui, Nangaritza and Palanda, in the province of Zamora-Chinchipe

Follow the advice of local authorities and respect exclusion zones.

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Nationwide power outages

On October 27, 2023, power rationing measures were introduced across the country. Power outages are planned for 2 to 4 hours every day between 07:00 and 18:00 and are expected to continue until mid December 2023.

An official schedule provides advance notice of the planned power outages. However, they can also occur with very little notice.

Power outages can affect the following services and businesses:

  • telecommunications and security systems
  • stores and food supply
  • hotels and other accommodations
  • banks and ATMs
  • public lighting and traffic lights

If you’re in Ecuador:

  • make sure you always have a complete emergency kit on hand, including several flashlights
  • always carry a cell phone, power banks, chargers and a list of emergency numbers
  • keep a sufficient supply of water, food and fuel on hand
  • monitor local media
  • follow the instructions of local authorities

Useful links

  • List of planned outages - Quito Electric Company (in Spanish)
  • List of planned outages - Guayaquil Electric Company (in Spanish)

Emergency Measures

On August 10, 2023, the government of Ecuador declared a national state of emergency. Emergency measures are in place for a period of 60 days.

While a state of emergency is in effect, police and military have the power to:

  • monitor correspondence and communications
  • enter private properties to conduct searches

If you're in Ecuador:

  • expect a heightened security presence and travel disruptions due to additional security checks
  • monitor local media to stay informed on the evolving situation
  • avoid demonstrations and large gatherings
  • follow the instructions of local authorities, including curfew orders

Areas bordering Colombia

Travel to and within areas immediately bordering Colombia is dangerous due to the presence of drug traffickers and criminal organizations. The risk of violence, kidnappings, armed assaults and extortion is high.

Canadian and other foreign tourists and oil workers have been kidnapped in these areas.

Demonstrations and civil unrest

Demonstrations occur frequently. Even peaceful demonstrations can turn violent at any time. They can also lead to disruptions to traffic and public transportation.

  • Avoid areas where demonstrations and large gatherings are taking place
  • Follow the instructions of local authorities
  • Monitor local media for information on ongoing demonstrations

Mass gatherings (large-scale events)

Crime rates in Ecuador are high. Arrest and detention rates are low and contribute to high levels of criminality.

Petty crime

Petty crime, including purse snatching, car break-ins and pickpocketing, is a daily occurrence in major cities.

Thieves often work in teams, in which one thief diverts the victims’ attention while the other snatches their possessions. Groups of street children who sell candy are often engaged in this type of team operation.

The hotel zones in Quito are often targeted by thieves and muggers who believe tourists are affluent.

Thefts of backpacks and other small bags are also very common. Luggage theft is prevalent:

  • on buses (city and regional)
  • at bus terminals
  • at airports
  • at other transit points.

If you are in Ecuador:

  • remain aware of your surroundings at all times
  • maintain a low profile when walking in public areas
  • avoid walking alone and travelling after dark
  • don't show signs of affluence
  • keep all valuable items and electronic equipment out of sight
  • keep your car windows closed, bags and handbags out of reach, and car doors locked at all times
  • ensure that your personal belongings, including your passport and other travel documents, are secure at all times

Organized crime

Criminal gang activity in public places has increased for the past few years, particulary around Guayaquil. A number of attacks have taken place, with some coordinated by criminal groups, particularly in the following cities:

  • Durán 
  • Esmeraldas 
  • Santo Domingo

There’s a risk of being in the wrong place at the wrong time and getting caught in the crossfire.

Violent crime

Violent crimes, including armed robberies, are frequent and occur in tourist destinations such as:

  • downtown areas
  • hiking trails
  • public parks

Some robberies have occurred during the day at gunpoint. Masked thieves have stolen valuables and belongings from their victims’ person on hiking trails. Thieves have even targeted large groups of tourists at beaches. Random attacks and sexual assaults involving Canadians have occurred.

Car-jacking also occurs frequently. Thieves often target cars stopped in traffic for break-ins.

Violent robberies have occurred outside banks in Quito and Tumbaco valley. The Ecuadorian National Police offer a free escort service to and from banks, which you can use if you need to withdraw large amounts of money. You can request this service by calling 911.

If you’re in Quito, you may contact the tourist police, who can be identified by their grey uniforms and yellow vests. Tourist police officers are more likely to speak some English.

To minimize the risk of becoming a victim of crime, you can also check with the Ministry of Tourism if tour operators, accommodations, restaurants and taxis are registered.

  • Exercise caution at all times
  • Avoid isolated areas where travellers have been murdered or threatened with violence
  • Travel in groups
  • Avoid wandering on deserted beaches, especially at night
  • Only use ATMs during daylight hours in busy public areas, such as malls or in banks
  • Withdraw and carry only small amounts of money
  • In case of robbery, remain calm and do not resist
  • Use only reputable companies

Ministry of Tourism – Government of Ecuador

Women's safety

Incidents of attacks and sexual assault against foreign women, including rape and murder, have been reported throughout the country, particularly in tourist areas.

  • Never travel alone, especially after dark
  • Be aware that even women travelling in pairs have been targeted
  • Stay in accommodations with good security
  • Avoid hospitality exchange arrangements, such as couch-surfing

Advice for women travellers

Spiked food and drinks

Never leave food or drinks unattended or in the care of strangers. Be wary of accepting snacks, beverages, gum or cigarettes from new acquaintances. These items may contain drugs that could put you at risk of sexual assault and robbery. Incidents can occur in various locations, including buses, nightclubs and bars.


Scopolamine is a drug that temporarily incapacitates unsuspecting victims, who become disoriented quickly and are vulnerable to crime.

Thieves may slip the drug into food and drinks or blow it into the face of the victim. They often work in teams, with attractive women who ease their victim into a false sense of security.

Incidents occur in nightclubs, bars and restaurants, on public transportation and in the streets. They occur most frequently in larger cities.

Use extreme caution when dealing with strangers offering pamphlets, requesting information or selling street wares.

Express kidnappings, often in connection with carjackings, is a concern throughout Ecuador. They are a method of abduction where criminals ask for a small and immediate ransom. Thieves usually force their victims to withdraw funds from an ATM or to arrange for family or friends to pay the ransom.

This ploy often involves an innocent taxi passenger and a criminal driver, who stops to pick up associates. To address the problem, the Ecuadorian government has installed cameras and panic buttons in taxis and buses. These panic buttons are linked directly to the ECU 911 Operations Centre. As soon as you press it, someone will be able to monitor a live feed of what is happening in the taxi and track GPS coordinates.

  • Use only reputable taxi companies through establishments such as      hotels or ride-hailing apps
  • Booked your ride in advance when possible

Credit card and ATM fraud occurs frequently in Ecuador. Be cautious when using debit or credit cards:

  • pay careful attention when your cards are being handled by others
  • use ATMs located in well-lit public areas or inside a bank or business
  • avoid using card readers with an irregular or unusual feature
  • cover the keypad with one hand when entering your PIN
  • check for any unauthorized transactions on your account statements

Overseas fraud

Police officers sometimes try to extort drivers by threatening detention or confiscating identity documents.

If police threaten you with a fine:

  • remain calm and courteous but firm
  • show original documents but keep them in your possession
  • try to cooperate by following the instructions of police to avoid escalation
  • ask for a clear explanation of the offence and a written fine that can be paid at a police station
  • don’t pay a bribe to anyone
  • report the incident to the National Police

National Police – Ecuador (in Spanish)

Road safety

Driving in Ecuador is hazardous and unpredictable. There are all types of vehicles on the road that don’t meet acceptable safety standards. Drivers involved in accidents causing physical injury are immediately detained. In many cases, detention lasts until responsibility for the accident has been assigned and all parties are satisfied.

Road conditions have improved but road travel is slow. If driving in Ecuador, expect:

  • unmarked speed bumps
  • large pot holes
  • traffic lights on major highways
  • heavy traffic (especially on weekends and statutory holidays)
  • police and military road blocks

Heavy rain and mudslides also often close or wash out roads. Heavy fog occasionally poses hazards in mountainous areas.

Public transportation

Robberies and assaults continue to occur regularly on intercity and Guayaquil’s urban buses. Bus drivers often make illegal stops to pick up passengers.

The Ecuadorian government has installed GPS units on many buses to track their routes in an effort to improve security. These installations often include panic buttons issued by ECU 911 Operations Centre.

Registered taxis have orange licence plates and an orange and white registration number on the side of the car and on the windshield. Official taxis are also equipped with cameras and panic buttons which are linked to the ECU 911 Operations Centre.

  • Only use registered taxis
  • Do not hail unofficial taxis on the street

Pirate attacks and armed robbery against ships occur in coastal waters. Mariners should take appropriate precautions.

Live piracy report  - International Maritime Bureau

Water activities

Coastal waters can be dangerous. Riptides are common. Follow the instructions and warnings of local authorities.

Be aware that most beaches lack consistently staffed lifeguard stations.

Water safety abroad

Trekking or Mountaineering

Mountain activities, such as hiking, can be dangerous, especially if they are not well-organized. Trails are not always marked, and weather conditions can change rapidly.

There is also a risk of avalanches, which can be fatal, even with light snow accumulations.

If you intend on trekking or mountaineering:

  • never do so alone and always hire an experienced guide from a reputable company
  • buy travel insurance that includes helicopter rescue and medical evacuation
  • ensure that your physical condition is good enough to meet the challenges of your activity
  • high altitude can have significant effects on fitness levels and susceptibility to ailments; know the symptoms of acute altitude sickness, which can be fatal
  • ensure that you’re properly equipped and well informed about weather and other conditions that may pose a hazard, including avalanches
  • carry an avalanche beacon, a mobile phone and a fully charged battery pack to generate your position in case of emergency
  • register your presence with the park rangers where the service is available
  • inform a family member or friend of your itinerary, including when you expect to be back
  • obtain detailed information on trekking routes or ski slopes before setting out, and do not venture off marked trails or slopes
  • always follow the advice and instructions of local authorities and park rangers
  • dial 911 for emergency assistance

Ayahuasca ceremonies

Spiritual cleansing and ayahuasca ceremonies, offered by shamans and other individuals, have led to serious illness and even the death of several tourists. Ceremonies involve taking substances that can cause medical complications and severely impair cognitive and physical abilities. Tourists have also been assaulted or injured while participating in such ceremonies.

Ayahuasca ceremonies often take place in remote areas with no access to medical facilities and limited communication with local authorities. They are not regulated and there is no way to assess the safety of any of the services, the operators or the shamans.

Smartphone app

The government of Ecuador has developed an app for your smartphone if you plan visiting Ecuador. It allows you to ask for help in the case of an emergency and to be located through your phone’s GPS. It is available in English.

You can also contact the Ministry of Tourism if you have a complaint to make regarding your trip to Ecuador since the authorities have set up a tourist complaint management system.

  • To install the Ecu911 app - Integrated Security Service, Ecuador government (in Spanish)
  • To make a tourist complaint  - Ministry of Tourism, Ecuador government (in Spanish)

We do not make assessments on the compliance of foreign domestic airlines with international safety standards.

Information about foreign domestic airlines

Every country or territory decides who can enter or exit through its borders. The Government of Canada cannot intervene on your behalf if you do not meet your destination’s entry or exit requirements.

We have obtained the information on this page from the Ecuadorian authorities. It can, however, change at any time.

Verify this information with the  Foreign Representatives in Canada .

Entry requirements vary depending on the type of passport you use for travel.

Before you travel, check with your transportation company about passport requirements. Its rules on passport validity may be more stringent than the country’s entry rules.

Regular Canadian passport

Your passport must be valid for at least 6 months beyond the date you expect to leave Ecuador.

Passport for official travel

Different entry rules may apply.

Official travel

Passport with “X” gender identifier

While the Government of Canada issues passports with an “X” gender identifier, it cannot guarantee your entry or transit through other countries. You might face entry restrictions in countries that do not recognize the “X” gender identifier. Before you leave, check with the closest foreign representative for your destination.

Other travel documents

Different entry rules may apply when travelling with a temporary passport or an emergency travel document. Before you leave, check with the closest foreign representative for your destination.

  • Foreign Representatives in Canada
  • Canadian passports

Tourist visa: not required for stays up to 90 days Business visa: not required Student visa: not required

You must have a visa to enter Ecuador if you wish to stay longer than 90 days per year, from July 1 to June 30. If you decide to extend your stay while you are in the country, you must obtain the visa before the entry stamp you received upon arrival expires. If you remain in Ecuador past the entry stamp date, you may be deported. Local authorities may add your name to the immigration records. This would result in you having to request a visa at an Ecuadorian embassy or consulate before re-entering the country. Attempting to re-enter Ecuador without a visa pre-issued by Ecuadorian authorities in Canada will result in an entry ban and you will be returned to your port of embarkation.

If you enter Ecuador by land from Colombia or Peru, you must register with the Ecuadorian immigration office at the border. You must provide your passport and indicate where you are going and how long you intend to remain in Ecuador.

Ensure you receive an entry stamp in your passport to avoid significant problems when exiting the country.

  • Migration Ecuador – Government of Ecuador (in Spanish)
  • Virtual Consulate of Ecuador  - Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility, Ecuador government (in Spanish)

Galápagos Islands

To enter the Galápagos Islands, you must present the Galápagos Transit Control Card (Tarjeta de control de tránsito, or TCT).

You can apply for the Galápagos Transit Control Card online or obtain it at the airport in Quito or Guayaquil. Your tour operator may also request it for you. The maximum stay for tourists is 60 days in a 1-year period.

Keep the card in a safe place, since you must also show it when departing the Galápagos Islands.

Step by step TCT online – Government of Galápagos

Amazon region

Some Indigenous groups require permits to enter their territory. If you are planning on visiting the Amazon region, ensure that you have the required documentation prior to entering the area.

Dual citizenship

Dual citizens may enter Ecuador on an Ecuadorian passport and stay indefinitely. A dual citizen entering on a Canadian passport will be considered a tourist and only be granted a 90-day, non-extendable visa.

To leave the country, children born in Ecuador to a Canadian parent must:

  • be registered with the Ecuadorian Civil Registry
  • obtain an Ecuadorian passport
  • present valid Ecuadorian and Canadian passports

Ecuadorian immigration authorities do not allow children born in Ecuador to depart only on a Canadian passport.

Children and travel

Learn more about travelling with children .

Unaccompanied minors (under 18) holding dual citizenship (Ecuadorian and Canadian) and travelling with both passports, or who are landed immigrants in Ecuador, should have a letter of consent from both parents. This letter should:

  • authorize the travel and stipulate the destination and duration of the intended trip
  • be legally certified and translated into Spanish
  • be notarized at the Embassy of Ecuador or a consulate in Canada

Canadian unaccompanied minors travelling as tourists with Canadian passports do not need this authorization letter.

Recommended consent letter for children travelling abroad

Yellow fever

Learn about potential entry requirements related to yellow fever (vaccines section).

Relevant Travel Health Notices

  • Global Measles Notice - 31 August, 2023
  • Zika virus: Advice for travellers - 31 August, 2023
  • COVID-19 and International Travel - 31 August, 2023

This section contains information on possible health risks and restrictions regularly found or ongoing in the destination. Follow this advice to lower your risk of becoming ill while travelling. Not all risks are listed below.

Consult a health care professional or visit a travel health clinic preferably 6 weeks before you travel to get personalized health advice and recommendations.

Routine vaccines

Be sure that your  routine vaccinations , as per your province or territory , are up-to-date before travelling, regardless of your destination.

Some of these vaccinations include measles-mumps-rubella (MMR), diphtheria, tetanus, pertussis, polio, varicella (chickenpox), influenza and others.

Pre-travel vaccines and medications

You may be at risk for preventable diseases while travelling in this destination. Talk to a travel health professional about which medications or vaccines may be right for you, based on your destination and itinerary. 

Yellow fever  is a disease caused by a flavivirus from the bite of an infected mosquito.

Travellers get vaccinated either because it is required to enter a country or because it is recommended for their protection.

  • There is a risk of yellow fever in this country.

Country Entry Requirement*    

Proof of vaccination is required if you are arriving from Brazil, Democratic Republic of the Congo, or Uganda, or have transited through an airport in one of these countries.


  • Vaccination is recommended depending on your itinerary.
  • Contact a designated  Yellow Fever Vaccination Centre  well in advance of your trip to arrange for vaccination.
  • Discuss travel plans, activities, and destinations with a health care professional.
  • Protect yourself from mosquito bites.

About Yellow Fever

Yellow Fever Vaccination Centres in Canada * It is important to note that  country entry requirements  may not reflect your risk of yellow fever at your destination. It is recommended that you contact the nearest  diplomatic or consular office  of the destination(s) you will be visiting to verify any additional entry requirements.

There is a risk of hepatitis A in this destination. It is a disease of the liver. People can get hepatitis A if they ingest contaminated food or water, eat foods prepared by an infectious person, or if they have close physical contact (such as oral-anal sex) with an infectious person, although casual contact among people does not spread the virus.

Practise  safe food and water precautions and wash your hands often. Vaccination is recommended for all travellers to areas where hepatitis A is present.

Measles is a highly contagious viral disease. It can spread quickly from person to person by direct contact and through droplets in the air.

Anyone who is not protected against measles is at risk of being infected with it when travelling internationally.

Regardless of where you are going, talk to a health care professional before travelling to make sure you are fully protected against measles.

  Hepatitis B is a risk in every destination. It is a viral liver disease that is easily transmitted from one person to another through exposure to blood and body fluids containing the hepatitis B virus.  Travellers who may be exposed to blood or other bodily fluids (e.g., through sexual contact, medical treatment, sharing needles, tattooing, acupuncture or occupational exposure) are at higher risk of getting hepatitis B.

Hepatitis B vaccination is recommended for all travellers. Prevent hepatitis B infection by practicing safe sex, only using new and sterile drug equipment, and only getting tattoos and piercings in settings that follow public health regulations and standards.

Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) is an infectious viral disease. It can spread from person to person by direct contact and through droplets in the air.

It is recommended that all eligible travellers complete a COVID-19 vaccine series along with any additional recommended doses in Canada before travelling. Evidence shows that vaccines are very effective at preventing severe illness, hospitalization and death from COVID-19. While vaccination provides better protection against serious illness, you may still be at risk of infection from the virus that causes COVID-19. Anyone who has not completed a vaccine series is at increased risk of being infected with the virus that causes COVID-19 and is at greater risk for severe disease when travelling internationally.

Before travelling, verify your destination’s COVID-19 vaccination entry/exit requirements. Regardless of where you are going, talk to a health care professional before travelling to make sure you are adequately protected against COVID-19.

Seasonal influenza occurs worldwide. The flu season usually runs from November to April in the northern hemisphere, between April and October in the southern hemisphere and year round in the tropics. Influenza (flu) is caused by a virus spread from person to person when they cough or sneeze or by touching objects and surfaces that have been contaminated with the virus. Get the flu shot.

Malaria  is a serious and sometimes fatal disease that is caused by parasites spread through the bites of mosquitoes.   There is a risk of malaria in certain areas and/or during a certain time of year in this destination. 

Antimalarial medication may be recommended depending on your itinerary and the time of year you are travelling. Consult a health care professional or visit a travel health clinic before travelling to discuss your options. It is recommended to do this 6 weeks before travel, however, it is still a good idea any time before leaving.    Protect yourself from mosquito bites at all times:  • Cover your skin and use an approved insect repellent on uncovered skin.  • Exclude mosquitoes from your living area with screening and/or closed, well-sealed doors and windows. • Use insecticide-treated bed nets if mosquitoes cannot be excluded from your living area.  • Wear permethrin-treated clothing.    If you develop symptoms similar to malaria when you are travelling or up to a year after you return home, see a health care professional immediately. Tell them where you have been travelling or living. 

In this destination, rabies is commonly carried by dogs and some wildlife, including bats. Rabies is a deadly disease that spreads to humans primarily through bites or scratches from an infected animal. While travelling, take precautions , including keeping your distance from animals (including free-roaming dogs), and closely supervising children.

If you are bitten or scratched by a dog or other animal while travelling, immediately wash the wound with soap and clean water and see a health care professional. In this destination, rabies treatment may be limited or may not be available, therefore you may need to return to Canada for treatment.  

Before travel, discuss rabies vaccination with a health care professional. It may be recommended for travellers who are at high risk of exposure (e.g., occupational risk such as veterinarians and wildlife workers, children, adventure travellers and spelunkers, and others in close contact with animals). 

Safe food and water precautions

Many illnesses can be caused by eating food or drinking beverages contaminated by bacteria, parasites, toxins, or viruses, or by swimming or bathing in contaminated water.

  • Learn more about food and water precautions to take to avoid getting sick by visiting our eat and drink safely abroad page. Remember: Boil it, cook it, peel it, or leave it!
  • Avoid getting water into your eyes, mouth or nose when swimming or participating in activities in freshwater (streams, canals, lakes), particularly after flooding or heavy rain. Water may look clean but could still be polluted or contaminated.
  • Avoid inhaling or swallowing water while bathing, showering, or swimming in pools or hot tubs. 

Travellers' diarrhea is the most common illness affecting travellers. It is spread from eating or drinking contaminated food or water.

Risk of developing travellers' diarrhea increases when travelling in regions with poor standards of hygiene and sanitation. Practise safe food and water precautions.

The most important treatment for travellers' diarrhea is rehydration (drinking lots of fluids). Carry oral rehydration salts when travelling.

Typhoid   is a bacterial infection spread by contaminated food or water. Risk is higher among children, travellers going to rural areas, travellers visiting friends and relatives or those travelling for a long period of time.

Travellers visiting regions with a risk of typhoid, especially those exposed to places with poor sanitation, should speak to a health care professional about vaccination.  

Insect bite prevention

Many diseases are spread by the bites of infected insects such as mosquitoes, ticks, fleas or flies. When travelling to areas where infected insects may be present:

  • Use insect repellent (bug spray) on exposed skin
  • Cover up with light-coloured, loose clothes made of tightly woven materials such as nylon or polyester
  • Minimize exposure to insects
  • Use mosquito netting when sleeping outdoors or in buildings that are not fully enclosed

To learn more about how you can reduce your risk of infection and disease caused by bites, both at home and abroad, visit our insect bite prevention page.

Find out what types of insects are present where you’re travelling, when they’re most active, and the symptoms of the diseases they spread.

There is a risk of chikungunya in this country.  The risk may vary between regions of a country.  Chikungunya is a virus spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. Chikungunya can cause a viral disease that typically causes fever and pain in the joints. In some cases, the joint pain can be severe and last for months or years.

Protect yourself from mosquito bites at all times. There is no vaccine available for chikungunya.

  • In this country,   dengue  is a risk to travellers. It is a viral disease spread to humans by mosquito bites.
  • Dengue can cause flu-like symptoms. In some cases, it can lead to severe dengue, which can be fatal.
  • The level of risk of dengue changes seasonally, and varies from year to year. The level of risk also varies between regions in a country and can depend on the elevation in the region.
  • Mosquitoes carrying dengue typically bite during the daytime, particularly around sunrise and sunset.
  • Protect yourself from mosquito bites . There is no vaccine or medication that protects against dengue.

Zika virus   is a risk in this country.

Zika virus is primarily spread through the bite of an infected mosquito. It can also be sexually transmitted. Zika virus can cause   serious birth defects .

Pregnant women and women planning a pregnancy should   visit a health care professional   before travelling to discuss the potential risks of travelling to this country. Pregnant women may choose to avoid or postpone travel to this country.

Travel recommendations:

  • Prevent mosquito bites   at all times.
  • If you are pregnant, always use condoms correctly or avoid sexual contact with anyone who has travelled to this country for the duration of your pregnancy.
  • Women:   Wait 2 months after travel to this country or after onset of illness due to Zika virus (whichever is longer) before trying for a pregnancy. If your male partner travelled with you, wait 3 months after travel or after onset of illness due to Zika virus (whichever is longer).
  • Men:   Wait 3 months after travel to this country or after onset of illness due to Zika virus (whichever is longer) before trying for a pregnancy.

For more travel recommendations, see the travel health notice:  Zika virus: Advice for travellers

American trypanosomiasis (Chagas disease)   is a risk in this country. It is caused by a parasite spread by infected triatomine bugs. The infection can be inactive for decades, but humans can eventually develop complications causing disability and even death.

Risk is generally low for most travellers. Protect yourself from triatomine bugs, which are active at night, by using mosquito nets if staying in poorly-constructed housing. There is no vaccine available for Chagas disease.

Animal precautions

Some infections, such as rabies and influenza, can be shared between humans and animals. Certain types of activities may increase your chance of contact with animals, such as travelling in rural or forested areas, camping, hiking, and visiting wet markets (places where live animals are slaughtered and sold) or caves.

Travellers are cautioned to avoid contact with animals, including dogs, livestock (pigs, cows), monkeys, snakes, rodents, birds, and bats, and to avoid eating undercooked wild game.

Closely supervise children, as they are more likely to come in contact with animals.

Human cases of avian influenza have been reported in this destination. Avian influenza   is a viral infection that can spread quickly and easily among birds and in rare cases it can infect mammals, including people. The risk is low for most travellers.

Avoid contact with birds, including wild, farm, and backyard birds (alive or dead) and surfaces that may have bird droppings on them. Ensure all poultry dishes, including eggs and wild game, are properly cooked.

Travellers with a higher risk of exposure include those: 

  • visiting live bird/animal markets or poultry farms
  • working with poultry (such as chickens, turkeys, domestic ducks)
  • hunting, de-feathering, field dressing and butchering wild birds and wild mammals
  • working with wild birds for activities such as research, conservation, or rehabilitation
  • working with wild mammals, especially those that eat wild birds (e.g., foxes)

All eligible people are encouraged to get the seasonal influenza shot, which will protect them against human influenza viruses. While the seasonal influenza shot does not prevent infection with avian influenza, it can reduce the chance of getting sick with human and avian influenza viruses at the same time.

Person-to-person infections

Stay home if you’re sick and practise proper cough and sneeze etiquette , which includes coughing or sneezing into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hand. Reduce your risk of colds, the flu and other illnesses by:

  •   washing your hands often
  • avoiding or limiting the amount of time spent in closed spaces, crowded places, or at large-scale events (concerts, sporting events, rallies)
  • avoiding close physical contact with people who may be showing symptoms of illness 

Sexually transmitted infections (STIs) , HIV , and mpox are spread through blood and bodily fluids; use condoms, practise safe sex, and limit your number of sexual partners. Check with your local public health authority pre-travel to determine your eligibility for mpox vaccine.  

Tuberculosis is an infection caused by bacteria and usually affects the lungs.

For most travellers the risk of tuberculosis is low.

Travellers who may be at high risk while travelling in regions with risk of tuberculosis should discuss pre- and post-travel options with a health care professional.

High-risk travellers include those visiting or working in prisons, refugee camps, homeless shelters, or hospitals, or travellers visiting friends and relatives.

Medical services and facilities

Health care is available but the quality of care varies greatly throughout the country. In Quito, Guayaquil and Cuenca, private hospitals offer medical services comparable to those in Canada. In smaller towns and in rural areas, however, health services are below Canadian standards.

Serious medical cases in the Galapagos Islands will likely require medical evacuation to the Ecuadorian mainland or Canada for treatment. Surgical and cardiac services are extremely limited. As there are no air ambulance services based on the islands, the wait time to be evacuated can be 48 hours or more, depending on weather conditions.

Medical evacuations can be extremely expensive.

Make sure you get travel insurance that includes coverage for medical evacuation and hospital stays.

Travel health and safety

Keep in Mind...

The decision to travel is the sole responsibility of the traveller. The traveller is also responsible for his or her own personal safety.

Be prepared. Do not expect medical services to be the same as in Canada. Pack a   travel health kit , especially if you will be travelling away from major city centres.

You must abide by local laws.

Learn about what you should do and how we can help if you are arrested or detained abroad .

Penalties for possession, use or trafficking of illegal drugs are severe.

Individuals may be found guilty by association if they have criminal associates. Drivers should not accept hitchhikers, as they could be held responsible for them as well as for the content of their luggage.

Monitor your luggage at all times when travelling, especially at airports, and never agree to carry items for another person.

Useful link

  • Drugs, alcohol and travel


Ecuadorian law requires all individuals to carry identification at all times.


Pedestrians should cross streets only at designated crosswalks. Jaywalking and walking off the sidewalk are punishable by a fine.

Curfews and states of emergency

Authorities may declare curfews and states of emergency in regions affected by civil unrest, natural disaster or other disruption.

During a state of emergency, authorities have expanded powers to restore order, including suspension of some constitutional rights and expanded detention powers.

There is a traffic restriction based on the last digit of the vehicle licence plate number in Quito.

You may be heavily fined if you fail to respect the restricted areas on the weekday corresponding to your plate number.

You can drive up to 3 months with your valid Canadian driver’s licence.

You should carry an international driving permit.

International Driving Permit

Dual citizenship is legally recognized in Ecuador.

If you are a Canadian citizen, but also a citizen of Ecuador, our ability to offer you consular services may be limited while you're there. You may also be subject to different entry/exit requirements .

Travellers with dual citizenship

International Child Abduction

The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction is an international treaty. It can help parents with the return of children who have been removed to or retained in certain countries in violation of custody rights. The convention applies between Canada and Ecuador.

If your child was wrongfully taken to, or is being held in Ecuador, and if the applicable conditions are met, you may apply for the return of your child to the Ecuadorian court.

If you are in this situation:

  • act as quickly as you can
  • contact the Central Authority for your province or territory of residence for information on starting an application under The Hague Convention
  • consult a lawyer in Canada and in Ecuador to explore all the legal options for the return of your child
  • report the situation to the nearest Canadian government office abroad or to the Vulnerable Children’s Consular Unit at Global Affairs Canada by calling the Emergency Watch and Response Centre

If your child was removed from a country other than Canada, consult a lawyer to determine if The Hague Convention applies.

Be aware that Canadian consular officials cannot interfere in private legal matters or in another country’s judicial affairs.

  • List of Canadian Central Authorities for the Hague Convention
  • International Child Abduction: A Guidebook for Left-Behind Parents
  • Travelling with children
  • The Hague Convention - Hague Conference on Private International Law
  • Canadian embassies and consulates by destination
  • Emergency Watch and Response Centre

The currency in Ecuador is the U.S. dollar (USD).

Credit cards are accepted by many businesses.

El Niño

The effects of El Niño are expected to begin in November 2023. Severe weather mostly affects places lower than 1500 metres above sea level and could result in problems such as:

  • above-average temperatures

Secretariat of Risk Management – Government of Ecuador (in Spanish)

The complex weather phenomenon called El Niño happens at irregular intervals of 2 to 7 years. In Ecuador, El Niño generally generates heavy rainfalls for 6 to 9 months, occurring at the same time as the rainy season from October to May.

Keep informed of regional weather forecasts before and during your travels, and plan accordingly. Ensure you have adequate insurance to cover the consequences of such events, including the disruption of travel plans.

Heavy rains at various times of the year trigger landslides in many areas, particularly in mountainous areas. This causes road damage which contributes to traffic accidents.

During flooding, disruptions may happen to essential services such as:

  • transportation
  • emergency and medical care
  • food, fuel and water supplies

Water- and insect-borne diseases may also become a threat.

If you are already in the affected areas, monitor local media for the latest developments, verify your travel plans with your airline or tour operator, and follow the instructions of local authorities.

Seismic activity


Ecuador is located in an active seismic area. Earthquakes and tremors occur regularly. Dangerous landslides are frequent following even minor earthquakes.

There is a risk of tsunamis when earthquakes strike along the Pacific coastline. In Esmeraldas and Manabí provinces, authorities maintain an early warning system of sirens to alert the population of an approaching tsunami or a sudden dam overflow.

ECU 911, the Integrated Security Service - Ecuador government (in Spanish)

Ecuadorian authorities are monitoring the Cotopaxi volcano, which shows signs of activity.

Volcanic ash has fallen south of Quito. Access to the Cotopaxi National Park could be restricted at any time without notice.

Volcanic eruptions could re-occur.

Cotopaxi volcano alerts – Geophysical Institute (in Spanish)

There are several volcanoes on the mainland and on the Galapagos Islands, including around Quito and the tourist communities of Baños and Riobamba. Many of these are active, including:

  • Chiles-Cerro Negro
  • Sierra Negra

Some have erupted over the past years. Further eruptions could occur at any time and without warning.

Volcanic ash fall may disrupt domestic and international flights and cause the closure of major highways. Exposure to falling ash and toxic fumes from active volcanoes can also affect your health.

 If you are planning to travel near active volcanoes:

  • consult a physician in advance to determine associated health risks if you suffer from respiratory ailments
  • familiarize yourself with local emergency plans
  • be prepared to modify your travel arrangements or even evacuate the area on short notice
  • monitor local news and pay careful attention to all warnings issued
  • avoid restricted areas
  • follow the advice of local authorities, including evacuation orders
  • Public alerts for volcanoes displaying increased seismic activity - Ecuador Secretariat of Risk Management (in Spanish)
  • Instituto Geofisico - Ecuador’s geophysical institute (in Spanish)

Consular assistance

For emergency consular assistance, call the Embassy of Canada to Ecuador in Quito and follow the instructions. You may also make a collect call to the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa at +1 613-996-8885.

The decision to travel is your choice and you are responsible for your personal safety abroad. We take the safety and security of Canadians abroad very seriously and provide credible and timely information in our Travel Advice to enable you to make well-informed decisions regarding your travel abroad.

The content on this page is provided for information only. While we make every effort to give you correct information, it is provided on an "as is" basis without warranty of any kind, expressed or implied. The Government of Canada does not assume responsibility and will not be liable for any damages in connection to the information provided.

If you need consular assistance while abroad, we will make every effort to help you. However, there may be constraints that will limit the ability of the Government of Canada to provide services.

Learn more about consular services .

Risk Levels

  take normal security precautions.

Take similar precautions to those you would take in Canada.

  Exercise a high degree of caution

There are certain safety and security concerns or the situation could change quickly. Be very cautious at all times, monitor local media and follow the instructions of local authorities.

IMPORTANT: The two levels below are official Government of Canada Travel Advisories and are issued when the safety and security of Canadians travelling or living in the country or region may be at risk.

  Avoid non-essential travel

Your safety and security could be at risk. You should think about your need to travel to this country, territory or region based on family or business requirements, knowledge of or familiarity with the region, and other factors. If you are already there, think about whether you really need to be there. If you do not need to be there, you should think about leaving.

  Avoid all travel

You should not travel to this country, territory or region. Your personal safety and security are at great risk. If you are already there, you should think about leaving if it is safe to do so.

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Local emergency contacts

Request help in english.

You can request emergency help in English from your smartphone. Use the application ECU 911.

Request help in Spanish

Use the right emergency number for your location:

  • Quito and Ibarra: call 911.
  • Guayaquil, Cuenca and Loja: call 112.
  • all other areas: call 101.

Advice levels

Exercise a high degree of caution in Ecuador overall.

Exercise a high degree of caution Ecuador overall due to high levels of crime.

Do not travel within 20km of the border with Colombia, except the official border crossing at Tulcan.

Do not travel within 20km of the border with Colombia, except the official border crossing at Tulcan, due to the high risk of kidnapping and violent crime associated with drug-related criminal organisations.

Reconsider your need to travel to Sucumbios and Esmereldas provinces.

Reconsider your need to travel to Sucumbios and Esmereldas provinces due to the high level of gang-related crime and the threat of kidnapping.

  • A national state of emergency is in place. Avoid demonstrations or protests, monitor local media for updates and follow the advice of local authorities. 
  • The President has dissolved parliament, and national elections will occur on 20 August 2023.
  • Political activity by foreigners is illegal. This includes joining protests. If you take part, officials may detain or deport you. Avoid large public gatherings.
  • The Cotopaxi volcano is showing signs of increased activity, with ashes falling in surrounding areas, including to the south of Quito. Access to the Cotopaxi National Park could be restricted at any time without notice.
  • There's a state of emergency for Guayaquil, Samborondón and Duran, and areas in the provinces of Santa Elena and Los Ríos. Follow Ecuadorian Government advice and monitor the media for updates. 
  • Violent crime and theft are common. Female travellers are encouraged to take particular caution. Thieves target travellers, and distraction is a common tactic. Be careful when using ATMs and credit cards.
  • The risk of violent crime increases when you travel alone or after dark. Criminals target taxis, buses, transport hubs and crowded areas. Northern regions bordering Colombia and Peru are particularly dangerous. Avoid going out at night. Keep vehicle doors and windows locked and valuables out of sight, even when moving.

Full travel advice: Safety

  • Many parts of Ecuador are at high altitudes. You can develop altitude sickness above 2500m. If you're travelling to these areas, consult your doctor before you leave. Ensure your travel insurance covers emergency evacuation from altitude and related medical costs.
  • Yellow fever is common. Get vaccinated before you travel.
  • In areas below 1500m, there's a risk of other insect-borne diseases. These include malaria and dengue. Ensure your accommodation is insect-proof. Use insect repellent. Consider taking anti-malaria medication.
  • Zika virus is widespread. If you're pregnant, discuss your travel plans with your doctor before you leave. HIV/AIDS is common. Take precautions before doing anything that puts you at risk of infection.

Full travel advice: Health

  • Don't use or carry illegal drugs. Penalties for drug offences are severe and include long prison sentences.
  • Always carry photo ID. Officials may detain you if you don't have it.

Full travel advice: Local laws

  • You can stay in Ecuador for up to 90 days without a visa. If you want to stay longer, you'll need a visa. If you overstay, you may be fined and barred from future visits.
  • When entering Ecuador, you're required to complete a Health Declaration form with your itinerary and local contact details. 
  • You may be asked to take a rapid antigen COVID-19 test on arrival. If you test positive, self-isolation is not mandatory, but you'll have to wear a mask. 
  • Unmarked minefields are in the Cordillera del Condor region near the Peruvian border. Seek local advice before travelling there.

Full travel advice: Travel

Local contacts

  • The Consular Services Charter details what the Australian Government can and can't do to help you overseas.
  • There's an Australian Honorary Consulate in Guayaquil, Ecuador. They can provide limited consular assistance.
  • The Australian Honorary Consul in Guayaquil and the Canadian Embassy in Quito can issue provisional travel documents .
  • For full consular assistance, contact the  Australian Embassy in Chile .

Full travel advice: Local contacts

Full advice

Civil unrest and political tension.

On 17 May 2023, the President dissolved Parliament. National elections will occur on 20 August 2023.

In 2022, there were several violent protests which resulted in a strong government response, including curfews. 

The security situation in Ecuador could change with little notice. In the past, the government has introduced a state of emergency and curfews and has used the military to maintain law and order.

You should be extra vigilant. Avoid demonstrations. Monitor local media and follow official government instructions.

See the  Communicacion Ecuador  Twitter page for the latest updates. 

Demonstrations and protests

There's a national state of emergency in place. Demonstrations occur frequently. Even peaceful demonstrations can turn violent at any time. They can also lead to disruptions to traffic and public transportation.

  • avoid areas where demonstrations and large gatherings are taking place
  • follow the instructions of local authorities
  • monitor local media for information on ongoing demonstrations

Political activity by foreigners is illegal. This includes joining protests or demonstrations. If you take part, authorities may detain or deport you.

During a state of emergency, police and military can:

  • restrict freedom of movement and the right to assembly and association
  • monitor correspondence and communications
  • enter private properties to conduct searches
  • impose curfews with short notice - travel disruptions may occur.

To protect yourself during periods of unrest:

  • remain vigilant;
  • stay informed by monitoring reputable local and international media;
  • avoid trouble areas;
  • maintain contact with family and friends in Australia; 
  • obey instructions from local authorities; and
  • avoid all protests.  

If you're affected by demonstrations and roadblocks, follow the  MinTur (Ministry of Tourism) social media channels , or for information about the state of the roads, see  Consulta de vias  (Spanish).

Provision of food or supplies:

If you can't go out safely and don't have access to food and/or supplies, consider using a reputable delivery app.

More information:

  • Demonstrations and civil unrest

Due to the high levels of crime and homicides, the Government of Ecuador declared a state of emergency in 

  • the provinces of Santa Elena and Los Ríos, with a daily curfew between 1am and 5am
  • the cities of Guayaquil, Samborondón and Durán, with a daily curfew between 1am and 5am.

During a state of emergency, the police and military have powers to:

  • restrict freedom of movement and the right to assembly

If you need to travel to or from an airport during the curfew times, you must have a copy of your flight details to show police if requested.

If you're in a state of emergency zone, follow the instructions of local authorities and monitor media for updates. Keep your passport with you at all times, and let your family or friends know where you are.

If you're a victim of a crime, you can:

  • Call 911 or the crime emergency line 1800-DELITO (335486) for direct assistance,
  • Report the incident using Ecuador Attorney General's Office (Fiscalía General)  online reporting tool  (listed under 'Denuncias online para turistas').
  • Complain to Ecuador's Ministry of Tourism via e-mail to  [email protected]

Violent crime

Violent crime and theft are common. This includes:

  • armed robbery
  • car break-ins

Travellers have reported serious assaults and theft in Quito at:

  • El Panecillo
  • La Mariscal
  • the old town
  • southern Quito

Outside Quito, thieves target travellers at:

  • Guayaquil's downtown, waterfront and market areas
  • Cerro Mandango near Vilcabamba Loja
  • the Antennas of Pichincha
  • Lower Rio Napo's jungle lodges
  • Cuyabeno National Reserve areas

Some riverboat tours have been robbed at gunpoint, with passengers left stranded.

Petty crime

Thieves target backpackers and foreigners for bag-snatching and pickpocketing, even in large tour groups. Travellers have been injured when they resist.

Petty crime is common around Quito at:

  • La Carolina and El Ejido parks

Theft also occurs:

  • after using an ATM or leaving a bank
  • through credit card fraud and card skimming

Thieves working in pairs or groups use distraction methods, such as:

  • staged fights
  • asking for help
  • pushing or shoving

To protect yourself from petty crime:

  • don't leave your luggage, food or drinks unattended
  • be alert when using ATM and credit cards
  • don't let your credit or debit card out of your sight

Spiking assaults

Travellers have been robbed and sexually assaulted after accepting 'spiked' drinks and food, as well as chewing gum and cigarettes.

Spikers use drugs, such as scopolamine, including through aerosol sprays and paper handouts, to incapacitate, rob and assault their victims.

Never accept things from strangers or people you have just met.

  • Partying safely
  • Sexual assault

Road-based crime

Risk of violent crime increases when you travel alone or after dark.

Violent crime and theft occur in:

  • city, long-distance and international buses
  • transport terminals
  • internet cafes
  • public markets and crowded streets

Armed criminals have boarded buses to rob passengers.

North of Quito, high risk security situations can develop quickly. Dangerous areas include Ecuador's borders with Colombia and Peru in:

  • Sucumbios province
  • Esmeraldas province

Armed groups and other criminals engage in kidnapping and other violent criminal activity. Foreigners have been kidnapped in these regions, including in Cuyabeno wildlife reserve.

If you plan to travel there, check warnings issued by local authorities.

The official border crossing town of Tulcán in Carchi province is in a high-risk area but is usually safer than its surrounds.

To protect yourself from crime:

  • pay attention to your safety and security
  • keep doors locked and windows up, even when moving
  • secure your accommodation against intruders
  • avoid going out alone, especially at night
  • if camping, only stay at authorised campsites

Kidnappings for ransom happen, including in:

  • major cities, such as Quito, Guayaquil and Cuenca
  • places frequented by foreigners

' Express kidnappings ' have increased in recent years. Victims are forced to withdraw funds from ATMs to secure their release. These often involve unofficial taxis.

Kidnappings occur around:

  • Esmeraldas, including San Lorenzo
  • Cuyabeno wildlife reserve
  • areas within 20km of the border with Colombia

If, despite our advice, you decide to travel an area where there's a threat of kidnapping:

  • seek professional security advice
  • have effective personal security measures in place
  • pay close attention to warnings issued by local authorities

The Australian Government's longstanding policy is that it doesn't make payments or concessions to kidnappers.

Scams and fraud

Ayahuasca tourism is a growing industry in Ecuador and Peru. It involves shamans guiding visitors through psychedelic rituals, often referred to as 'spiritual cleansing'.

It's not illegal, but serious assaults and robbery can occur. Victims report a range of experiences, from being alert but unable to maintain control of their surroundings, to total amnesia.

Credit card fraud and debit card scams are increasing.

To reduce your risk of scams:

  • research ayahuasca tour operators before you sign up
  • avoid participating in ayahuasca rituals without a trusted friend present
  • always keep your debit and credit cards in sight

Cyber security 

You may be at risk of cyber-based threats during overseas travel to any country. Digital identity theft is a growing concern. Your devices and personal data can be compromised, especially if you’re connecting to Wi-Fi, using or connecting to shared or public computers, or to Bluetooth.

Social media can also be risky in destinations where there are social or political tensions, or laws that may seem unreasonable by Australian standards. Travellers have been arrested for things they have said on social media. Don't comment on local or political events on your social media.

Cyber security when travelling overseas

Terrorism is a threat worldwide.

Climate and natural disasters

Ecuador can experience severe weather  and natural disasters , such as:

  • flooding and landslides
  • earthquakes
  • volcanic eruptions

If a natural disaster occurs:

  • secure your passport in a safe, waterproof location
  • monitor local media and other sources
  • follow the advice of local authorities
  • keep in contact with your family and friends
  • Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System
  • Ecuador's  Risk Management Secretariat

Flooding and landslides

Rainy seasons are from:

  • December to May in the coastal region
  • May to November in El Oriente, east of the Andes

Heavy rain often results in landslides and mudslides. Unseasonable rain can cause flooding outside these times.

Earthquakes and volcanic eruptions

All parts of Ecuador, including the Galapagos Islands, can experience earthquakes.

Several volcanoes in Ecuador are active, including:

  • El Reventador, 95km east of Quito
  • Guagua Pichincha, 11km west of Quito
  • Cotopaxi, 50km south of Quito 
  • Sangay, 40km south-east of Rio Bamba
  • Tungurahua, overlooking the tourist town of Ba ñ os , 135km south of Quito

The Cotopaxi volcano is showing signs of increased activity. Access to the Cotopaxi National Park could be restricted at any time without notice.

Eruptions can occur at any time and without warning.

If you're in an area prone to volcanic eruption, ensure you know the evacuation procedures and routes.

Falling ash following an eruption can spread over a wide area and can affect air travel.

Exposure to ash, dust and toxic fumes after a volcanic eruption is a major health risk. This is especially the case for those with existing breathing problems.

Before you travel to any areas prone to volcanic activity:

  • monitor local media
  • check with local authorities for information on volcanic activity

To protect yourself if there's a volcanic eruption:

  • stay inside with the windows and doors shut
  • place damp towels at door thresholds and other draft sources if ash is falling in your area
  • wear a disposable face mask and change it frequently if you need to go outside
  • wear long-sleeved clothing, long pants and goggles
  • avoid contact with ash

Servicio Nacional de Gestión de Riesgo y Emergencias  (Spanish)

Ecuador is at risk of tsunamis. A tsunami can arrive very soon after a nearby tremor or earthquake.

Be alert. Don't wait for official warnings.

Move immediately to high ground if advised by local authorities or if you:

  • feel a strong earthquake that makes it hard to stand up
  • feel a weak, rolling earthquake that lasts a minute or more
  • see a sudden rise or fall in sea level
  • hear loud and unusual noises from the sea

Once on high ground, monitor local media and weather services.

Pacific Tsunami Warning Center

Travel insurance

Get comprehensive  travel insurance  before you leave.  

Your policy needs to cover all overseas medical costs, including medical evacuation. The Australian Government won't pay for these costs.

If you can't afford travel insurance, you can't afford to travel. This applies to everyone, no matter how healthy and fit you are.

If you're not insured, you may have to pay many thousands of dollars up-front for medical care.

  • what activities and care your policy covers
  • that your insurance covers you for the whole time you'll be away

Physical and mental health

Consider your physical and mental health before you travel, especially if you have an existing medical condition. 

See your doctor or travel clinic to:

  • have a basic health check-up
  • ask if your travel plans may affect your health
  • plan any vaccinations you need

Do this at least 8 weeks before you leave.

If you have immediate concerns for your welfare, or the welfare of another Australian, call the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on +61 2 6261 3305 or contact your  nearest Australian Embassy, High Commission or Consulate  to discuss counselling hotlines and services available in your location.

  • General health advice
  • Healthy holiday tips  (Healthdirect Australia)


Not all medication available over the counter or by prescription in Australia is available in other countries. Some may even be considered illegal or a controlled substance, even if prescribed by an Australian doctor.

If you plan to bring medication, check if ​​it's legal in Ecuador. Take enough legal medication for your trip.

Carry a copy of your prescription or a letter from your doctor stating:

  • what the medication is
  • your required dosage
  • that it's for personal use

Health risks

COVID-19  remains a risk in Ecuador. The Ecuadorian national COVID-19 Emergency Operations Centre ( COE ) advises on control measures, including curfews, lockdowns and other restrictions to mobility. However, municipalities can tailor and enforce COVID-19 regulations and restrictions depending on the level of risk assigned to each municipality. These can change rapidly and fines for violating measures are possible. See Travel  for more information on restrictions.

The general nationwide biosecurity measures include:

  • mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for Ecuadorean nationals and foreign residents
  • social distancing measures, frequent hand washing and appropriate ventilation

If you have symptoms, call the Ministry of Public Health ( Ministerio de Salud Pública ) on 171 (attended by trained personnel of the Ministry). If you require a RT-PCR test while in Ecuador see  authorised laboratories (Spanish). If the results are positive, you may have to remain at your location until you test negative.

For information on Ecuador's COVID−19 vaccination program, refer to the Ministry of Public Health website  (Spanish). You should consult your local health professional for advice on vaccine options, including assistance that may be available locally. The Australian Government cannot provide advice on the safety, quality and efficacy of vaccines that have been approved for use outside of Australia's regulatory process.

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19)  (Ecuador Ministry of Health)
  • Ecuador's Ministry of Health Twitter  account
  • Coronavirus (COVID-19)  (Department of Health and Aged Care)

Altitude sickness

Many areas of Ecuador are higher than 2500m, including Quito at 2800m. Altitude sickness is a risk.  

The risks increase if you:

  • ascend too quickly, especially if you're at a higher altitude
  • exercise or drink alcohol before you can adjust
  • have breathing problems
  • have had altitude sickness before

Altitude sickness can be deadly. It can affect anyone, even if you're physically fit.

To protect yourself if you'll be travelling above 2500m:

  • seek advice from your doctor before you travel
  • get travel insurance that covers costs relating to evacuation from high-altitude areas

Insect-borne diseases

Yellow fever  is common in Ecuador. Yellow fever is a potentially fatal virus spread by mosquitoes. It's prevented by vaccination. Get vaccinated before you travel.

Other insect-borne diseases are present in areas below 1500m. These include:

  • chikungunya
  • Chagas disease
  • leishmaniasis

Risk of these diseases is lower in Guayaquil.

Zika virus is widespread. The Australian Department of Health advises pregnant women to:

  • discuss travel plans with your doctor
  • consider deferring non-essential travel to affected areas

To protect yourself from disease:

  • check that your accommodation is insect-proof
  • use insect repellent
  • wear long, loose, light-coloured clothing
  • consider taking medicine to prevent malaria

Get urgent medical advice if you have a fever, muscle pain, rash or severe headache.

Infectious diseases

Other health risks

HIV/AIDS is common. Take precautions before you do anything that puts you at risk of infection.

Waterborne, foodborne and other infectious diseases are common. These include:

  • tuberculosis

Serious outbreaks sometimes occur.

Gastrointestinal diseases are common during the rainy season.

To protect yourself from illness:

  • drink boiled water or bottled water with sealed lids
  • avoid ice cubes
  • avoid raw and undercooked food, such as salads
  • avoid contact with dogs and other mammals

If you're bitten or scratched by an animal, get medical help straight away.

Get medical advice if you have a fever or diarrhoea.

Medical care

Medical facilities.

Some private hospitals have reasonable medical facilities in:

Facilities are limited outside these locations.

Treatment at private clinics and hospitals is expensive. You'll need to pay cash before doctors and hospitals will treat you, even for emergency care.

You can access decompression chambers in:

  • the Protesub (Sub-aquatic) Puerto Ayora
  • Santa Cruz Island of the Galapagos Islands
  • Ecuadorian Navy base (San Eduardo Naval Base) in Guayaquil

If you become seriously ill or injured at the Galapagos Islands, you'll need to be moved to the mainland. Medical evacuation can be very expensive.

You're subject to all local laws and penalties, including those that may appear harsh by Australian standards. Research local laws before travelling.

If you're arrested or jailed, the Australian Government will do what it can to help you under our Consular Services Charter . But we can't get you out of trouble or out of jail.

Penalties for drug offences are severe and include long prison terms in local jails.

Minimum sentence for trafficking or consuming 'soft drugs', such as marijuana (cannabis), can be 1 to 2 years in jail.

Carrying or using drugs

Proof of identity

You must always carry photo identification in Ecuador. Authorities may detain you if you don't.

Political activity by foreigners is illegal. This includes joining protests or demonstrations. See Safety

If you participate, authorities may detain or deport you.

Australian laws

Some Australian criminal laws still apply when you're overseas. If you break these laws, you may face prosecution in Australia.

Staying within the law and respecting customs

Dual citizenship

Dual nationals younger than 18 years must travel with both passports.

Our ability to provide regular consular assistance to Australian-Ecuadorian dual nationals may be limited in Ecuador.

Dual nationals

Visas and border measures

Every country or territory decides who can enter or leave through its borders. For specific information about the evidence you'll need to enter a foreign destination, check with the nearest embassy, consulate or immigration department of the destination you're entering. 

Visa-free short stays and visitor visas

You can stay in Ecuador for up to 90 days without a visa.

If you want to stay longer, you can pay to request an extension for up to 90 extra days (you can only do this once). Do this before the initial period expires. If you overstay without a visa, you may be fined and barred from future visits.

Visa and other entry and exit conditions can change at short notice. This includes currency, customs and quarantine rules. Contact an  embassy or consulate of Ecuador  and visit the Ecuadorean Migration for details.

Travel to the Galapagos Islands

For visits other than tourism, you must get a visa or special permission from the local authority. You must do this before you arrive in Ecuador.

Travel via the United States

If you travel through the US, you must also meet US entry or transit requirements.

Check your visa requirements with an embassy or consulate of the United States . Do this well before you travel.

Travel advice for the US

Entry into Ecuador

Get your passport stamped on entry by land or sea. If it isn't stamped, you could face deportation or delays leaving Ecuador.

If you're entering mainland Ecuador by air, you must present a digital Traveller's Health Declaration when you board your flight. The form is available at  the Ministry of Public Health website.  If the platform isn't working, you must present a physical form. If you fill out the digital form, you won't be required to submit it at the point of entry to the Ministry of Health.

While there are no COVID-19 vaccination requirements to enter Ecuador, you may be asked to take a rapid antigen test on arrival. If you test positive, you may have to remain at your location until you test negative . The Ministry of Public Health will monitor your condition using the contact details provided in the  Health Declaration Form .

If you are entering by land from Colombia or Peru, you must get an entry stamp by an Ecuadorian official at the border. If you're on a shared bus, consider advising the driver that you need to get the stamp, otherwise the driver may not stop at the border, resulting in you not being in Ecuador legally. You'll need the exit stamp from the country you're entering Ecuador from. 

For up-to-date information, follow  Ecuador's Embassy in Canberra , and visit  Coronavirus Ecuador  by Ecuador's  Ministry of Health  (Spanish).

Commercial flights to the Galapagos Islands have resumed, and tourist activities are allowed. During the current COVID-19 pandemic, regardless of your immigration category, you must comply with the following rules when entering the province of Galapagos.

According to the Government of Galápagos’  FAQ  (Spanish), national or foreign tourists over 2 years of age must present a negative COVID-19 (PCR) test or COVID-19 (RAT) test performed 72 hours before their flight or a COVID-19 vaccination certificate dated at least 14 days since the last vaccine dose. Children under 2 years of age are exempt from these requirements.

Additionally, the  Governing Council of the Special Regime of Galapagos  requires foreign tourists to meet particular criteria, including filling out the  Galapagos Transit Control Card  at least 24 hours before entering, having an outbound flight, and travel insurance. You may be requested to show your hotel booking. See the articles in ' Ingreso a Galápagos ', including the ' Para ingresar ' (to enter), ' Al arribar ' (on arrival), and its  FAQ .

  • Coronavirus (COVID-19)   (Ecuador’s Ministry of Health)
  • Ecuador’s National Emergency Operations Committee (COE)  official resolutions  (Spanish only).

Other formalities

Yellow fever vaccination

You'll need a valid yellow fever vaccination certificate to enter Ecuador from endemic countries including Brazil, Dominican Republic, Congo and Uganda.  Some airlines may want to see the certificate before departure to Ecuador.

Find out about returning to Australia after exposure to yellow fever .

Countries with a risk of yellow fever

Travelling with children

Children younger than 18 who travel alone or with 1 parent may need to present:

  • a letter of consent from non-travelling parents
  • a copy of their birth certificate

Both documents must be:

  • translated into Spanish
  • notarised by the Embassy of Ecuador in Australia

Advice for people travelling with children

Some countries won't let you enter unless your passport is valid for 6 months after you plan to leave that country. This can apply even if you're just transiting or stopping over.

Some foreign governments and airlines apply the rule inconsistently. Travellers can receive conflicting advice from different sources.

You can end up stranded if your passport is not valid for more than 6 months.

The Australian Government does not set these rules. Check your passport's expiry date before you travel. If you're not sure it'll be valid for long enough, consider getting a new passport .

Lost or stolen passport

Your passport is a valuable document. It's attractive to people who may try to use your identity to commit crimes.

Some people may try to trick you into giving them your passport. Always keep it in a safe place.

If your passport is lost or stolen, tell the Australian Government as soon as possible:

  • In Australia, contact the Australian Passport Information Service .
  • If you're overseas, contact the nearest Australian embassy or consulate .

Passport with ‘X’ gender identifier

Although Australian passports comply with international standards for sex and gender, we can’t guarantee that a passport showing 'X' in the sex field will be accepted for entry or transit by another country. Contact the nearest  embassy, high commission or consulate of your destination  before you arrive at the border to confirm if authorities will accept passports with 'X' gender markers.

  • LGBTI travellers

The US Dollar is the legal currency of Ecuador.

It's useful to have $US1 notes. Many smaller shops and taxi drivers don't change large notes.

ATMs are available around the country.

Credit cards are accepted in hotels, restaurants and tourist facilities in major centres. Contact your bank to check that your card will work.

Local travel

Local restrictions.

Local municipalities, in conjunction with Ecuador's National Emergency Operations Committee (COE), can impose traffic restrictions and controls on social gatherings. Check your municipality's local restrictions.

The general nation-wide biosecurity measures include:

  • the use of face masks is no longer mandatory in public spaces. However, private establishments may impose their own rules and request the use of face masks, social distancing measures, frequent hand washing and appropriate ventilation.
  • the reopening of beaches will continue to be monitored via the "Distancia2" app
  • A nation-wide tracing app ( ̔ASI Ecuador̕ ) is available to alert people if they have been in contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case during the last 15 days. The app is supported via Bluetooth and maintains the confidentiality of users
  • most ports remain closed for travel/tourism activities. International cruise ship operations are permitted in Esmeraldas, Guayaquil, Manta and Puerto Baquerizo ports.

Anyone over 12 years of age must present their COVID-19 vaccination card, showing 2 complete doses, to enter any establishment providing non-essential services, including airports. Vaccination certificates are also mandatory for those over 5 years of age for all inter-district, interstate, urban and tourist buses.

Check the particular restrictions for your destination, as Municipalities may have specific measures in place. You may be subject to screening and other measures as determined by local authorities. You can follow their social media accounts:

  • Quito: @MunicipioQuito
  • Guayaquil: @alcaldiagye
  • Cuenca: @MunicipioCuenca
  • Galapagos: @CGGalapagos

There may be disruptions to transport, shopping and other services. Ecuador's National Emergency Operations Committee (COE) updates the website with  official resolutions  regularly (Spanish)

Minefields are a danger in the Cordillera del Condor region near the Peruvian border.  These minefields can be unmarked.

Seek local advice before you travel to the Cordillera del Condor region.

Take care when travelling off-road. Look out for landmines in:

  • Zamora-Chinchipe
  • Morona-Santiago

Transport and tour operators don't always follow safety and maintenance standards. This includes on adventure activities and in the Galapagos Islands. Inter-provincial bus transport operation has been authorised by local municipalities, at 75% capacity, from/to bus terminals. Accredited tourist transport vehicles are not subject to any mobility restriction.

If you plan to do a tour:

  • get travel insurance before you go to the Galapagos Islands
  • check if your travel insurance policy covers it
  • ask about and insist on minimum safety requirements
  • always use available safety gear, such as life jackets or seatbelts

If proper safety equipment isn't available, use another provider.

Remote locations

If you're visiting eco-lodges or other remote locations in northern and eastern Ecuador, consider:

  • the security arrangements in place
  • the travel distance to hospital in the case of an emergency

Reputable eco-lodges have good security, communications and emergency plans.

Driving permit

For the first six months after you arrive in Ecuador you can drive with both:

  • a valid Australian driver's licence
  • an International Driving Permit (IDP)

You must get your IDP before departing Australia.

Road travel

Main roads are reasonable. Roads in rural areas aren't always well maintained.

Driving in Ecuador can be dangerous, particularly at night.

Hazards include:

  • poorly maintained vehicles
  • bad driving practices
  • heavy rains
  • heavy fog in mountainous areas

Ash from volcanic eruptions can clog and stall vehicle engines.

If you plan to drive in Ecuador:

  • check you have the right insurance cover
  • learn local traffic laws and practices
  • be cautious if driving after a volcano has erupted
  • seek local advice
  • monitor local media and other sources for updates on road conditions

Driving or riding


Your travel insurance may not cover you when riding a motorbike, quad bike or similar.

Always wear a helmet.

All registered taxis have a panic button and security cameras installed.

Express kidnappings often involve unregistered taxis.

Only use authorised taxis with:

  • a taxi registration sticker
  • security cameras
  • panic buttons
  • orange licence plates
  • orange and white registration numbers

Ask your hotel to arrange a radio-dispatched taxi.

Public transport

Bus accidents are common.

Violent crime occurs on:

  • long-distance buses
  • international buses

Armed criminals board buses to rob passengers.

If you plan to use public transport:

  • avoid travel by bus
  • if you must travel by bus, use a direct route without stops
  • don't store anything under your seat or overhead

Transport and getting around safely

Boat travel

Safety standards of boats vary.

Piracy occurs along the coast of Ecuador.

Strikes and disturbances by local fishermen in the Galapagos Islands can disrupt travel.

Get your tour operator to confirm in writing that the boat you'll travel on:

  • has certification by the Ecuadorian Navy
  • meets the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS) Convention standards

Check piracy reports  issued by the International Maritime Bureau.

Travelling by boat

We don't provide information on the safety of individual commercial airlines or flight paths.

Check Ecuador's air safety profile with the Aviation Safety Network.


Depending on what you need, contact your:

  • family and friends
  • travel agent
  • insurance provider
  • use the right emergency number for your location:

Always get a police report when you report a crime.

Your insurer should have a 24-hour emergency number.

Consular contacts

Read the Consular Services Charter for what the Australian Government can and can't do to help you overseas.

There's an Australian Honorary Consulate in Guayaquil, Ecuador. It can provide limited consular help. The  Canadian Embassy  in Quito, Ecuador gives consular assistance to Australians in Ecuador under the  Canada-Australia Consular Services Sharing Agreement.

For general consular assistance , passports and/or notarial services, contact the Australian Embassy in Chile . If you need urgent help , contact the 24/7 Consular Emergency Centre in Australia, calling to the phone +61 2 6261 3305.

For issue of  provisional travel documents , contact:

  • the Australian Consulate in Guayaquil
  • the Canadian Embassy in Quito

Australian Honorary Consulate, Guayaquil

Urbanización Tornero III, Km. 2.5 de la vía La Puntilla-Samborondón, Solar 15, local 7. Samborondón, Guayas, Ecuador

Phone: (+593) 9 5981 1614 (Monday to Friday 8am to 1pm and 1:30pm to 4:30pm)

Email: [email protected]

Canadian Embassy, Quito

Av. Amazonas 4153 and Union Nacional de periodistas Eurocentre Building, 3rd Floor Quito, Ecuador

Phone: (+011 593) 2 2455 499

Fax: (+011 593) 2 2277 672

Email: [email protected]

Website: www.canadainternational.gc.ca/ecuador-equateur/

Australian Embassy, Santiago de Chile

Isidora Goyenechea 3621

13th Floor, Tower B

Santiago de Chile, Chile

Phone: +56 2 2550 3500

Fax: +56 2 2331 5960

Email: [email protected]

Website:  www.chile.gob.cl/australia/en

Facebook:  Embajada de Australia en Chile y Ecuador

Twitter:  @AusEmbCL

Check the Embassy website for details about opening hours and any temporary closures.

24-hour Consular Emergency Centre

In a consular emergency, if you can't contact an embassy, call the 24-hour Consular Emergency Centre on:

  • +61 2 6261 3305 from overseas
  • 1300 555 135 in Australia


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Check the vaccines and medicines list and visit your doctor at least a month before your trip to get vaccines or medicines you may need. If you or your doctor need help finding a location that provides certain vaccines or medicines, visit the Find a Clinic page.

Routine vaccines


Make sure you are up-to-date on all routine vaccines before every trip. Some of these vaccines include

  • Chickenpox (Varicella)
  • Diphtheria-Tetanus-Pertussis
  • Flu (influenza)
  • Measles-Mumps-Rubella (MMR)

Immunization schedules

All eligible travelers should be up to date with their COVID-19 vaccines. Please see  Your COVID-19 Vaccination  for more information. 

COVID-19 vaccine

Hepatitis A

Recommended for unvaccinated travelers one year old or older going to Ecuador.

Infants 6 to 11 months old should also be vaccinated against Hepatitis A. The dose does not count toward the routine 2-dose series.

Travelers allergic to a vaccine component or who are younger than 6 months should receive a single dose of immune globulin, which provides effective protection for up to 2 months depending on dosage given.

Unvaccinated travelers who are over 40 years old, immunocompromised, or have chronic medical conditions planning to depart to a risk area in less than 2 weeks should get the initial dose of vaccine and at the same appointment receive immune globulin.

Hepatitis A - CDC Yellow Book

Dosing info - Hep A

Hepatitis B

Recommended for unvaccinated travelers younger than 60 years old traveling to Ecuador. Unvaccinated travelers 60 years and older may get vaccinated before traveling to Ecuador.

Hepatitis B - CDC Yellow Book

Dosing info - Hep B

CDC recommends that travelers going to certain areas of Ecuador take prescription medicine to prevent malaria. Depending on the medicine you take, you will need to start taking this medicine multiple days before your trip, as well as during and after your trip. Talk to your doctor about which malaria medication you should take.

Find  country-specific information  about malaria.

Malaria - CDC Yellow Book

Considerations when choosing a drug for malaria prophylaxis (CDC Yellow Book)

Malaria information for Ecuador.

Infants 6 to 11 months old traveling internationally should get 1 dose of measles-mumps-rubella (MMR) vaccine before travel. This dose does not count as part of the routine childhood vaccination series.

Measles (Rubeola) - CDC Yellow Book

Rabid dogs are commonly found in Ecuador. If you are bitten or scratched by a dog or other mammal while in Ecuador, there may be limited or no rabies treatment available. 

Consider rabies vaccination before your trip if your activities mean you will be around dogs or wildlife.

Travelers more likely to encounter rabid animals include

  • Campers, adventure travelers, or cave explorers (spelunkers)
  • Veterinarians, animal handlers, field biologists, or laboratory workers handling animal specimens
  • Visitors to rural areas

Since children are more likely to be bitten or scratched by a dog or other animals, consider rabies vaccination for children traveling to Ecuador. 

Rabies - CDC Yellow Book

Recommended for most travelers, especially those staying with friends or relatives or visiting smaller cities or rural areas.

Typhoid - CDC Yellow Book

Dosing info - Typhoid

Yellow Fever

Required for travelers ≥1 year old arriving from Brazil, Democratic Republic of the Congo, or Uganda; this includes >12-hour airport transits or layovers in any of these countries .

Recommended for travelers ≥9 months old going to areas <2,300 m (≈7,550 ft) elevation, east of the Andes Mountains, in the provinces of Morona-Santiago, Napo, Orellana, Pastaza, Sucumbíos, Tungurahua,* and Zamora-Chinchipe. Generally not recommended for travel limited to areas <2,300 m (≈7,550 ft) elevation, west of the Andes Mountains, in the provinces of Esmeraldas,* Guayas, Los Ríos, Manabí, Santa Elena, Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas, and designated areas in the provinces of Azuay, Bolívar, Cañar, Carchi, Chimborazo, Cotopaxi, El Oro, Imbabura, Loja, and Pichincha. Not recommended for travel limited to areas >2,300 m (≈7,550 ft) elevation, the cities of Guayaquil or Quito (the capital), or the Galápagos Islands *CDC recommendations differ from those published by WHO .

Yellow Fever - CDC Yellow Book

Avoid contaminated water


How most people get sick (most common modes of transmission)

  • Touching urine or other body fluids from an animal infected with leptospirosis
  • Swimming or wading in urine-contaminated fresh water, or contact with urine-contaminated mud
  • Drinking water or eating food contaminated with animal urine
  • Avoid contaminated water and soil

Clinical Guidance

Avoid bug bites, chagas disease (american trypanosomiasis).

  • Accidentally rub feces (poop) of the triatomine bug into the bug bite, other breaks in the skin, your eyes, or mouth
  • From pregnant woman to her baby, contaminated blood products (transfusions), or contaminated food or drink.
  • Avoid Bug Bites

Chagas disease

  • Mosquito bite


  • Sand fly bite
  • An infected pregnant woman spread it to her unborn baby

Airborne & droplet

  • Breathing in air or accidentally eating food contaminated with the urine, droppings, or saliva of infected rodents
  • Bite from an infected rodent
  • Less commonly, being around someone sick with hantavirus (only occurs with Andes virus)
  • Avoid rodents and areas where they live
  • Avoid sick people

Tuberculosis (TB)

  • Breathe in TB bacteria that is in the air from an infected and contagious person coughing, speaking, or singing.

Learn actions you can take to stay healthy and safe on your trip. Vaccines cannot protect you from many diseases in Ecuador, so your behaviors are important.

Eat and drink safely

Food and water standards around the world vary based on the destination. Standards may also differ within a country and risk may change depending on activity type (e.g., hiking versus business trip). You can learn more about safe food and drink choices when traveling by accessing the resources below.

  • Choose Safe Food and Drinks When Traveling
  • Water Treatment Options When Hiking, Camping or Traveling
  • Global Water, Sanitation and Hygiene | Healthy Water
  • Avoid Contaminated Water During Travel

You can also visit the Department of State Country Information Pages for additional information about food and water safety.

Prevent bug bites

Bugs (like mosquitoes, ticks, and fleas) can spread a number of diseases in Ecuador. Many of these diseases cannot be prevented with a vaccine or medicine. You can reduce your risk by taking steps to prevent bug bites.

What can I do to prevent bug bites?

  • Cover exposed skin by wearing long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and hats.
  • Use an appropriate insect repellent (see below).
  • Use permethrin-treated clothing and gear (such as boots, pants, socks, and tents). Do not use permethrin directly on skin.
  • Stay and sleep in air-conditioned or screened rooms.
  • Use a bed net if the area where you are sleeping is exposed to the outdoors.

What type of insect repellent should I use?

  • FOR PROTECTION AGAINST TICKS AND MOSQUITOES: Use a repellent that contains 20% or more DEET for protection that lasts up to several hours.
  • Picaridin (also known as KBR 3023, Bayrepel, and icaridin)
  • Oil of lemon eucalyptus (OLE) or para-menthane-diol (PMD)
  • 2-undecanone
  • Always use insect repellent as directed.

What should I do if I am bitten by bugs?

  • Avoid scratching bug bites, and apply hydrocortisone cream or calamine lotion to reduce the itching.
  • Check your entire body for ticks after outdoor activity. Be sure to remove ticks properly.

What can I do to avoid bed bugs?

Although bed bugs do not carry disease, they are an annoyance. See our information page about avoiding bug bites for some easy tips to avoid them. For more information on bed bugs, see Bed Bugs .

For more detailed information on avoiding bug bites, see Avoid Bug Bites .

Stay safe outdoors

If your travel plans in Ecuador include outdoor activities, take these steps to stay safe and healthy during your trip.

  • Stay alert to changing weather conditions and adjust your plans if conditions become unsafe.
  • Prepare for activities by wearing the right clothes and packing protective items, such as bug spray, sunscreen, and a basic first aid kit.
  • Consider learning basic first aid and CPR before travel. Bring a travel health kit with items appropriate for your activities.
  • If you are outside for many hours in heat, eat salty snacks and drink water to stay hydrated and replace salt lost through sweating.
  • Protect yourself from UV radiation : use sunscreen with an SPF of at least 15, wear protective clothing, and seek shade during the hottest time of day (10 a.m.–4 p.m.).
  • Be especially careful during summer months and at high elevation. Because sunlight reflects off snow, sand, and water, sun exposure may be increased during activities like skiing, swimming, and sailing.
  • Very cold temperatures can be dangerous. Dress in layers and cover heads, hands, and feet properly if you are visiting a cold location.

Stay safe around water

  • Swim only in designated swimming areas. Obey lifeguards and warning flags on beaches.
  • Practice safe boating—follow all boating safety laws, do not drink alcohol if driving a boat, and always wear a life jacket.
  • Do not dive into shallow water.
  • Do not swim in freshwater in developing areas or where sanitation is poor.
  • Avoid swallowing water when swimming. Untreated water can carry germs that make you sick.
  • To prevent infections, wear shoes on beaches where there may be animal waste.

Leptospirosis, a bacterial infection that can be spread in fresh water, is found in Ecuador. Avoid swimming in fresh, unchlorinated water, such as lakes, ponds, or rivers.

Keep away from animals

Most animals avoid people, but they may attack if they feel threatened, are protecting their young or territory, or if they are injured or ill. Animal bites and scratches can lead to serious diseases such as rabies.

Follow these tips to protect yourself:

  • Do not touch or feed any animals you do not know.
  • Do not allow animals to lick open wounds, and do not get animal saliva in your eyes or mouth.
  • Avoid rodents and their urine and feces.
  • Traveling pets should be supervised closely and not allowed to come in contact with local animals.
  • If you wake in a room with a bat, seek medical care immediately. Bat bites may be hard to see.

All animals can pose a threat, but be extra careful around dogs, bats, monkeys, sea animals such as jellyfish, and snakes. If you are bitten or scratched by an animal, immediately:

  • Wash the wound with soap and clean water.
  • Go to a doctor right away.
  • Tell your doctor about your injury when you get back to the United States.

Consider buying medical evacuation insurance. Rabies is a deadly disease that must be treated quickly, and treatment may not be available in some countries.

Reduce your exposure to germs

Follow these tips to avoid getting sick or spreading illness to others while traveling:

  • Wash your hands often, especially before eating.
  • If soap and water aren’t available, clean hands with hand sanitizer (containing at least 60% alcohol).
  • Don’t touch your eyes, nose, or mouth. If you need to touch your face, make sure your hands are clean.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.
  • Try to avoid contact with people who are sick.
  • If you are sick, stay home or in your hotel room, unless you need medical care.

Avoid sharing body fluids

Diseases can be spread through body fluids, such as saliva, blood, vomit, and semen.

Protect yourself:

  • Use latex condoms correctly.
  • Do not inject drugs.
  • Limit alcohol consumption. People take more risks when intoxicated.
  • Do not share needles or any devices that can break the skin. That includes needles for tattoos, piercings, and acupuncture.
  • If you receive medical or dental care, make sure the equipment is disinfected or sanitized.

Know how to get medical care while traveling

Plan for how you will get health care during your trip, should the need arise:

  • Carry a list of local doctors and hospitals at your destination.
  • Review your health insurance plan to determine what medical services it would cover during your trip. Consider purchasing travel health and medical evacuation insurance.
  • Carry a card that identifies, in the local language, your blood type, chronic conditions or serious allergies, and the generic names of any medications you take.
  • Some prescription drugs may be illegal in other countries. Call Ecuador’s embassy to verify that all of your prescription(s) are legal to bring with you.
  • Bring all the medicines (including over-the-counter medicines) you think you might need during your trip, including extra in case of travel delays. Ask your doctor to help you get prescriptions filled early if you need to.

Many foreign hospitals and clinics are accredited by the Joint Commission International. A list of accredited facilities is available at their website ( www.jointcommissioninternational.org ).

In some countries, medicine (prescription and over-the-counter) may be substandard or counterfeit. Bring the medicines you will need from the United States to avoid having to buy them at your destination.

Malaria is a risk in some parts of Ecuador. If you are going to a risk area, fill your malaria prescription before you leave, and take enough with you for the entire length of your trip. Follow your doctor’s instructions for taking the pills; some need to be started before you leave.

Select safe transportation

Motor vehicle crashes are the #1 killer of healthy US citizens in foreign countries.

In many places cars, buses, large trucks, rickshaws, bikes, people on foot, and even animals share the same lanes of traffic, increasing the risk for crashes.

Be smart when you are traveling on foot.

  • Use sidewalks and marked crosswalks.
  • Pay attention to the traffic around you, especially in crowded areas.
  • Remember, people on foot do not always have the right of way in other countries.


Choose a safe vehicle.

  • Choose official taxis or public transportation, such as trains and buses.
  • Ride only in cars that have seatbelts.
  • Avoid overcrowded, overloaded, top-heavy buses and minivans.
  • Avoid riding on motorcycles or motorbikes, especially motorbike taxis. (Many crashes are caused by inexperienced motorbike drivers.)
  • Choose newer vehicles—they may have more safety features, such as airbags, and be more reliable.
  • Choose larger vehicles, which may provide more protection in crashes.

Think about the driver.

  • Do not drive after drinking alcohol or ride with someone who has been drinking.
  • Consider hiring a licensed, trained driver familiar with the area.
  • Arrange payment before departing.

Follow basic safety tips.

  • Wear a seatbelt at all times.
  • Sit in the back seat of cars and taxis.
  • When on motorbikes or bicycles, always wear a helmet. (Bring a helmet from home, if needed.)
  • Avoid driving at night; street lighting in certain parts of Ecuador may be poor.
  • Do not use a cell phone or text while driving (illegal in many countries).
  • Travel during daylight hours only, especially in rural areas.
  • If you choose to drive a vehicle in Ecuador, learn the local traffic laws and have the proper paperwork.
  • Get any driving permits and insurance you may need. Get an International Driving Permit (IDP). Carry the IDP and a US-issued driver's license at all times.
  • Check with your auto insurance policy's international coverage, and get more coverage if needed. Make sure you have liability insurance.
  • Avoid using local, unscheduled aircraft.
  • If possible, fly on larger planes (more than 30 seats); larger airplanes are more likely to have regular safety inspections.
  • Try to schedule flights during daylight hours and in good weather.

Medical Evacuation Insurance

If you are seriously injured, emergency care may not be available or may not meet US standards. Trauma care centers are uncommon outside urban areas. Having medical evacuation insurance can be helpful for these reasons.

Helpful Resources

Road Safety Overseas (Information from the US Department of State): Includes tips on driving in other countries, International Driving Permits, auto insurance, and other resources.

The Association for International Road Travel has country-specific Road Travel Reports available for most countries for a minimal fee.

For information traffic safety and road conditions in Ecuador, see Travel and Transportation on US Department of State's country-specific information for Ecuador .

Maintain personal security

Use the same common sense traveling overseas that you would at home, and always stay alert and aware of your surroundings.

Before you leave

  • Research your destination(s), including local laws, customs, and culture.
  • Monitor travel advisories and alerts and read travel tips from the US Department of State.
  • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) .
  • Leave a copy of your itinerary, contact information, credit cards, and passport with someone at home.
  • Pack as light as possible, and leave at home any item you could not replace.

While at your destination(s)

  • Carry contact information for the nearest US embassy or consulate .
  • Carry a photocopy of your passport and entry stamp; leave the actual passport securely in your hotel.
  • Follow all local laws and social customs.
  • Do not wear expensive clothing or jewelry.
  • Always keep hotel doors locked, and store valuables in secure areas.
  • If possible, choose hotel rooms between the 2nd and 6th floors.

Healthy Travel Packing List

Use the Healthy Travel Packing List for Ecuador for a list of health-related items to consider packing for your trip. Talk to your doctor about which items are most important for you.

Why does CDC recommend packing these health-related items?

It’s best to be prepared to prevent and treat common illnesses and injuries. Some supplies and medicines may be difficult to find at your destination, may have different names, or may have different ingredients than what you normally use.

If you are not feeling well after your trip, you may need to see a doctor. If you need help finding a travel medicine specialist, see Find a Clinic . Be sure to tell your doctor about your travel, including where you went and what you did on your trip. Also tell your doctor if you were bitten or scratched by an animal while traveling.

If your doctor prescribed antimalarial medicine for your trip, keep taking the rest of your pills after you return home. If you stop taking your medicine too soon, you could still get sick.

Malaria is always a serious disease and may be a deadly illness. If you become ill with a fever either while traveling in a malaria-risk area or after you return home (for up to 1 year), you should seek immediate medical attention and should tell the doctor about your travel history.

For more information on what to do if you are sick after your trip, see Getting Sick after Travel .

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Latest Travel Alert

On 9 August 2023, a candidate for the 20 August Presidential elections was killed in Quito. A 60-day state of emergency for the whole country was introduced on 10 August 2023. Travelers to Ecuador should avoid protests and political gatherings.

General Travel Advice

Citizens should exercise a high degree of caution when visiting Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands.

We advise against all travel within the 20km exclusion zone along the border with Colombia, except for the official border-crossing town of Tulcan in Carchi province, due to the security situation. We also advise that you avoid non-essential travel to the Sucumbios and Esmeraldas provinces outside the 20km exclusion zone.

The security situation in the areas of Esmeraldas, Carchi and Sucumbios provinces can change quickly. Travellers to these areas should follow local advice and pay close attention to Ecuadorean authorities.

Irish citizens do not require a visa to enter Ecuador for stays up to 90 days.

A valid passport is required for travel to Ecuador. Irish passports should have a minimum validity of 6 months. Passport cards cannot be used.

For more information on visas and passports, please see the Additional Information tab.

Visitors to Ecuador are advised to follow the guidance of national and local authorities and stay fully informed of what's going on by monitoring local news and social media.

Citizens can also follow the Irish Embassy in Chile on  Twitter  to ensure access to relevant updates and alerts.

Violent crime and theft are common. You should remain extremely vigilant and cautious about your surroundings whilst travelling around Ecuador. Armed robbery is a risk throughout Ecuador, but especially in Quito, Guayaquil and in remote areas. The threat of crime has increased in recent years. Violent crime remains high in Guayaquil and Quito, with reports of homicide, gunpoint robberies and home invasions. Armed thieves have also intercepted vehicles and threatened passengers. Like other areas of the country, general crime rates and gang-related incidents have increased in Guayaquil. Particular caution should be exercised in the downtown and southern parts of the city.

Earthquakes and natural disasters

Ecuador is situated in an area prone to seismic activity. Please see the Natural Disasters and Climate section for more information.

Emergency Assistance

The best help is often close at hand so if you have problems, try talking to your local contacts, tour operator representative or hotel management.

You can contact the emergency services in Ecuador by dialling 911. Specific emergency numbers are:

  • Police: 101
  • Fire brigade: 102
  • Ambulance: 131

Our tips for Safe Travels:

  • Get comprehensive travel insurance that covers all your planned activities.
  • Register  your details with us so that we can contact you quickly if there’s an unforeseen crisis like a natural disaster or a family emergency.
  • Follow us on twitter  @dfatravelwise  for the latest travel updates.
  • Read our  ‘Know Before You Go’  guide.

As there is no Irish Embassy in Ecuador, we are limited in the help we can offer you in an emergency. However, if you need assistance, you can contact the  Irish Embassy in Chile .

Safety and security

Crime can be an issue in Ecuador and you should take sensible precautions.

There is a continuing risk of violent crimes against foreign nationals with reports of European nationals being attacked, robbed and sexually assaulted. The area of La Mariscal, popular with tourists, can be particularly dangerous.

You should remain extremely vigilant and cautious about your surroundings whilst travelling around Ecuador, especially on arrival in the country.

Crime by unregistered taxi drivers is also on the rise. If you require a taxi, please ensure that you only hail an authorised radio taxi (yellow cab); these taxis display their taxi registration sticker on the windscreen and doors and have licence plates.

Interstate travel is dangerous, with an increase in robberies at bus stations. We advise against travelling at night.

The Northern border with Colombia has a higher crime rate, including kidnappings, than the rest of the country, and we advise against all travel to this region.

Tours and Adventure Activities 

Transport and tour operators don't always follow recommended safety precautions and maintenance standards, including for adventure activities. Visitors are advised to exercise caution when undertaking these activities and ensure they are fully aware of the risks involved. Make sure you use a reputable operator and check that the equipment is in good condition. It is strongly recommended that you have a comprehensive insurance policy. 

Local laws and customs

Illegal drugs.

Drug trafficking is a serious problem in Ecuador. Do not handle illicit drugs, and do not transport packages in your luggage back to Ireland for anyone, even if they are well known to you. Arrests for drug trafficking are common and conviction leads to severe penalties, including up to two years being held on remand prior to sentencing and lengthy prison sentences in harsh and dangerous conditions in Ecuadorian prisons.

Natural disasters and climate

Please be aware that Ecuador is in an earthquake zone and is also subject to volcanic eruptions. Travelers should check the website of the  National Ecuadorian Geophysics Institute  for the latest information.

There is increased risk of earthquakes (the last major earthquake (6.8 magnitude) occurred on 18 March 2023) and other natural disasters. You should make yourself familiar with evacuation procedures in whatever area of the country you are in, and in case of emergency, follow the advice of the local authorities.

The country has a very wide-ranging climate. The four main regions of the country are La Sierra (Highlands), La Costa (Coastal Lowlands), El Oriente (Amazon region) and the Galapagos Islands and each of them has different temperatures, climates and seasons.

La Sierra (Highlands) has cooler weather and temperatures change with altitude. In the Andes, the climate changes according to the elevation and the period of the year. The temperature in Quito at night is 7ºC, 26ºC at midday; the average temperature is around 16ºC. La Costa's (Coastal lowlands) climate is normally very warm with an average temperature of 25ºC to 31ºC throughout the year. The rainy season is from December to May which is warm and very humid. The dry season is slightly humid. The climate in Piedra Blanca (settled between the upland and lowlands) is very pleasant. El Oriente (Amazon region) usually has a warm, rainy and humid climate. Average daylight temperature varies from 23ºC to 25ºC. The Galapagos Islands experience warm and dry climate, which continue throughout the year, 28º C is the average temperature

Additional information

Entry requirements (visa/passport)

Irish citizens can travel to Ecuador without a visa if their stay does not exceed 90 days.

It’s advisable to take a number of photocopies of your passport with you. During your stay you should carry a photocopy of your passport at all times.

There are no COVID-19 vaccination requirements to enter Ecuador. While the wearing of facemasks is no longer mandatory in Ecuador, travellers may be asked to wear them by private establishments. It is recommended to carry a mask and proof of vaccination at all times.

An official entry stamp is required for those entering Ecuador via the land border with Peru or Colombia. Ecuadorian immigration officials may deny entry to travellers not in possession of an exit stamp from Peru/Colombia.

Check with your doctor well in advance of travelling (8 weeks) to see if you need any vaccinations for Ecuador.

There is a risk of Zika Virus (a dengue-like mosquito-borne disease) in Central and South America and the Caribbean. Irish Citizens especially those with a weakened immune system or women who are pregnant or trying to become pregnant are advised to follow guidance available on the website of the Health Protection Surveillance Centre (HPSC) . 

Dengue Fever

Ecuador is a risk country for dengue fever transmission. Take precautions against being bitten by dengue-carrying mosquitoes, which are active throughout the day.

Malaria risk is present throughout most of the country. You should discuss anti-malarial treatment with your doctor before you travel, and take adequate precautions against being bitten by mosquitoes.

Altitude Sickness

Altitude sickness can also present problems, especially in Quito which is located 2800 metres above sea level. You should seek medical advice on the risks of altitude sickness before traveling to Ecuador.

Embassy contact

The Embassy operates an out of hours service for Irish citizens requiring emergency assistance outside of hours, on weekends and on public holidays. If you are in need of emergency assistance during these times, you should leave a message on the emergency message system by calling +56 2 3304 6600. The emergency message system is checked regularly outside of office hours and a member of the Embassy staff will contact you as soon as possible. When you leave a message, remember to state your name, the nature of the problem, where you are now, and the details of how the Duty Officer can contact you (e.g. leave your mobile phone number, or the phone number of the hotel/hostel where you are staying). Alternatively, you may contact the Duty Officer at the Department of Foreign Affairs in Dublin on +353 1 408 2000.

Embassy of Ireland Apoquindo 2929 Piso 18 Las Condes Santiago Chile

Tel: Tel: +56 2 3304 6600 Monday to Friday 9.00-13.00

Honorary Consulate Contact

Mr. George McCabe, Honorary Consulate of Ireland, Samborondon Business Center, Torre B, Piso 3, Ofic. 301, Km 1.5 via Samborondon, Guayaquil – Ecuador.

Tel: +593 99569 7020

Monday to Friday 09:00 – 12:00 By appointment only.

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Before travelling, the Department  strongly recommends  that you obtain comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all overseas medical costs, including medical repatriation/evacuation, repatriation of remains and legal costs. You should check any exclusions and, in particular, that your policy covers you for the activities you want to undertake.

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