(Quito, Pichincha).– The National Emergency Operations Committee (COE) through its resolution of June 10th, 2021, informed that the Health Ministry, the Foreign Affairs & Human Mobility Ministry, Tourism Ministry, and the Government´s Galapagos Special Council must issue the «Entry Guidelines by Airway to the Country and the Galapagos Archipelago.” This provision must be put in place by 23:59hrs on June 30th, 2021.
The guidelines will establish that travelers may submit any of the following requirements to enter continental Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands:
- A negative RT-PCR or antigen test, for Covid-19 detection, with a maximum validity of 72 hours prior to the trip, from sample collection day. This will not apply to children under two (2) years of age.
- Presenting a Covid-19 vaccination certificate or its equivalent, with complete immunization, issued at least 14 days prior to the flight.
Entry to Galapagos
In addition to complying with the two requirements, they must also present a traffic control card issued by the Galapagos Government Council. As of July, the tour operator or accommodation safe-passes, which used to be regulated by the Ministry of Tourism, will be eliminated; with the exception of the tour leader safe-pass established in the Tourist Guidance Regulations for the Government´s Galapagos Special Council.
Travelers from Brazil
Travelers arriving from Brazil, require a negative RT-PCR or antigen test result, with a maximum validity of 72 hours prior to their arrival to Ecuador. In addition, they must comply with a ten (10) day isolation period either at a residence, or at their choice of accommodation, covering their own expenses. The isolation period will not apply to those arriving from Brazil but presenting a Covid-19 vaccination certificate, with the same requirements mentioned in the above guidelines.
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