Process to enter Ecuador – Galapagos Islands

Process to enter Ecuador the Galapagos Islands


 In order to re-activation of tourism activities in the country, Ecuador´s Government and the COE (Government Emergency Committee) have established protocols for arriving international passengers:


  • All passengers upon arrival at airports in Ecuador will go through a temperature scan that will allow identifying temperatures above 37.5°C.
  • Every person who enters Ecuador must comply with the biosafety measures established by the Ministry of Public Health, such as:
  • Mandatory use of a mask.
  • Frequent hand washing with soap and water or alcohol gel of at least 70%.
  • Maintain a physical distance of 2 meters.
  • Continuous cleaning of surfaces.
  • Avoid taking part in meetings of more than 10 people in closed places.
  • If the meeting is necessary, it should be with less than 10 people and ensure the proper ventilation of the place.


The National COE resolved on Friday, April 09, 2021 the following guidelines for entering the country, which will come into effect as of 00:00 on Saturday, April 10, 2021:


  • Any person who enters Ecuador, must present a mandatory


    • Negative PCR test, performed within three days prior to arrival in Ecuador, or
    • Negative antigen test, performed within three days prior to arrival in Ecuador, or
    • COVID-19 vaccination card or certificate, stating that the doses have been completed.
  • Any person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 by PCR test, with more than one month prior to the date of onset of symptoms and who continues to present positive PCR tests, as long as there is no symptoms, must present a Medical Certificate issued in the country of origin that guarantees your state of health for entry to Ecuador.
  • Any passenger who, upon arrival in Ecuador, presents COVID-19 symptoms (fever, cough, general malaise, loss of smell, loss of taste, etc.) regardless of the result of the PCR test or antigen test, will be evaluated by the health personnel of the Ministry of Public Health prior to entering the migration area. If it is determined that it is a «suspicious case», a rapid antigen test will be carried out and if positive, said passenger must isolate for ten (10) days after the date of sampling at his/her home or Accommodation chosen by and at the expense of the traveler. This information must be included in the Traveler’s Health Declaration. In the event that the rapid antigen test is negative, the passenger will not be obligated to isolate.
  • Children under two years of age and crew members are exempt from presenting, upon arrival, a negative PCR or negative antigen test, and/or vaccination card.
  • Ecuadorian passengers who were declared UNADMITTED in other countries and return to Ecuador, should not present a PCR test, however, the Ministry of Public Health will perform a rapid antigen test at the time of their entry into the country.
  • Passengers in transit in Ecuador must not present a negative PCR or antigen test or vaccination card against COVID-19.


  • All travelers whose point of origin, stopover or transit is Brazil:


    • Must present a negative RT – PCR test or antigen test, carried out up to three (3) days before arrival in Ecuador. Regardless of the result of said test, upon arrival in Ecuador, the traveler must perform ten (10) days of isolation, at a residence or in any place of accommodation at free choice and at the expense of the traveler. For people who present a vaccination certificate (stating that the doses have been completed), isolation is NOT compulsory.
    • Children under two years of age and crew members are exempt from presenting, upon arrival, a negative PCR or negative antigen test, and/or vaccination card.


Thursday, June 10th, 2021

(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:

  1. 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.


  1. Presenting a Covid-19 vaccination certificate or its equivalent, with complete immunization, issued at least 14 days prior to the flight.

In addition to:

Health Status Declaration Form: This form will provide by flight crew before to landing in Ecuador.

Entry to Galapagos

In addition to complying with the two requirements, they must also present a traffic control card (TCT) 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.

       Medical Travel Insurance.

       Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee.

       Voucher from Travel Agency / Tour Operator. 


Please, before to travel confirm the information with our team due to requirements to enter to Ecuador and Galapagos are subject to change.