On this page, Aracari is providing Galapagos coronavirus updates and responses to frequently asked questions about travel to the Galapagos at this time. Our aim here is to keep you updated with the situation so that it becomes easier for you to start planning (or re-planning) your itineraries to this beautiful country. Besides our response to each question, you will see the date when the answer was last updated. If you are making travel plans and want to check with us on the latest, up-to-the-minute information, or have other specific questions you would like to ask, then please contact us and our local experts will be able to assist you.

For further information about the measures, Aracari is putting in place to ensure your safe travel with us, please read the information here.

[12th October 2020] Yes, currently all of Ecuador's international borders are open.

[12th October 2020] Anybody that meets the normal travel requirements can enter Ecuador, as long as present a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test for COVID-19, taken up to 10 days prior their arrival to the country and taken up to 4 days prior to their arrival in the Galapagos. Travelers will also have to share their itineraries and complete a health declaration form onboard their flight or bus to the country.

All land borders with Colombia and Peru remain closed until further notice. Foreign visitors to the country may be allowed to enter Ecuador, via Rumichaca and Huaquillas northern and southern borders. All ports remain closed.

[12th October 2020] All international airports are open and there is currently no restriction on international arrivals.

[12th October 2020] International borders reponed on July 15th, 2020. The land border with Peru and Columbia remains closed.



[12th October 2020] Yes, you must present a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test for COVID-19, up to 10 days prior to your arrival in the country or up to 4 days prior to your arrival in the Galapagos.  On arrival travelers may be requested to take another PCR test, at their own expense.

[12th October 2020] All National Parks, ecological reserves, museums, and places of interest are open in Ecuador including museums. The only places that are closed are gyms and nightlife venues like bars and discos.

[12th October 2020] The Ecuadorian government have imposed various restriction on businesses to ensure safe public health. All people in the country must follow these protocols:

  • Mandatory use of face masks in public spaces
  • Social distancing
  • Frequent hand washing


[12th October 2020] Public buses as well as airlines are not operating at 100% capacity. Depending on the popularity of the destination some operators are scheduling 2 or 3 times more the normal frequency of journeys. Taxis, Uber and similar means of transportation are operating regularly.

[12th October 2020]  All travelers who arrive in Ecuador with a negative PCR test result will not be required to self-isolate (Aislamiento Preventivo Obligatorio – APO). Otherwise, travelers will need to self-isolate for 10 days at their own expense, in hotels or private accommodation.