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.

[15th July 2021] Yes, currently all of Ecuador's international borders are open.

[9th March 2021] Yes, currently all of Ecuador's international borders are open.

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

[15th July 2021] Travelers may submit any of the following requirements to enter continental Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands:

Travelers from any country (except Brazil and India): A negative RT-PCR or Vaccination Card. This requirement will not apply to children under two (2) years of age.
a) A negative RT-PCR test taken 72 hours before the flight.
b) Covid-19 vaccination certificate with its complete series, issued at least 14 days before entering the country.

Travelers from Brazil and India (including residents of these countries, Ecuadorian citizens, or travelers in general): All travelers which point of origin is Brazil or India must provide a negative RT-PCR test taken 72 hours prior flight, even if they have been vaccinated.

Once passengers have arrived into Ecuadorian territory must complete a 10-day mandatory quarantine on any accommodation of their choice at their own expense.

[3rd June 2021] International travellers, except brazilians, that accomplish the complete vaccination doses and show proof of it (certificate) can now enter the Ecuador mainland. Otherwise, there is need to show negative test results for COVID-19:

  • Up to 72 hours prior to the flight for passengers coming to Ecuador
  • Up to 96 hours prior to the flight for people coming Galapagos Island

Travelers coming from Brazil, or passing through Brazil because of their flying schedule, must do an obligatory 10 day quarantine in the authorized hotels by the local Health Ministery

[8th April 2021] Any international travelers to Ecuador can visit the country as long as they show negative test results for COVID-19:

  • Up to 72 hours prior to the flight for passengers coming to Ecuador
  • Up to 96 hours prior to the flight for people coming Galapagos Island

This means all persons present in Ecuador (regardless of nationality or residence status) wishing to travel to the Galapagos Islands must present negative results from a RT-PCR test taken no more than 96 hours prior to arrival in the Galapagos. This can be the same test as the test used to get into Ecuador, assuming it was taken within 96 hours of arrival to the Galapagos.

With the required negative results in hand, there is no quarantine required upon arrival in the Galapagos (nor to return to the mainland of Ecuador).

[17th March 2021] Anybody that meets the normal travel requirements can enter Ecuador, as long as present a negative Antigen test for COVID-19 taken up to 3 days prior their arrival to the country, a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test for COVID-19, or a document that proves that they have recieved both dosis of a COVID-19 Vaccine (Vaccination Passport). Travelers will also have to share their itineraries and complete a health declaration form onboard their flight or bus to the country.

[9th March 2021] 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] 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.

[9th March 2021] All international airports are open and there is currently no restriction on international arrivals.

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

[9th March 2021] International borders are currently open

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

 

 

[15th July 2021] Travelers may submit any of the following requirements to enter continental Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands:

Travelers from any country (except Brazil and India): A negative RT-PCR or Vaccination Card. This requirement will not apply to children under two (2) years of age.
a) A negative RT-PCR test taken 72 hours before the flight.
b) Covid-19 vaccination certificate with its complete series, issued at least 14 days before entering the country.

Travelers from Brazil and India (including residents of these countries, Ecuadorian citizens, or travelers in general): All travelers which point of origin is Brazil or India must provide a negative RT-PCR test taken 72 hours prior flight, even if they have been vaccinated.

Once passengers have arrived into Ecuadorian territory must complete a 10-day mandatory quarantine on any accommodation of their choice at their own expense.

[8th April 2021] Yes, you must present a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction/Serology (PCR-TR) test for COVID-19 .

  • Up to 72 hours prior to the flight for passengers coming to Ecuador
  • Up to 96 hours prior to the flight for people coming Galapagos Island

This means all persons present in Ecuador (regardless of nationality or residence status) wishing to travel to the Galapagos Islands must present negative results from a RT-PCR test taken no more than 96 hours prior to arrival in the Galapagos. This can be the same test as the test used to get into Ecuador, assuming it was taken within 96 hours of arrival to the Galapagos.

With the required negative results in hand, there is no quarantine required upon arrival in the Galapagos (nor to return to the mainland of Ecuador).

[9th March 2021] 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] 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.

[9th March 2021] 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] 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.

[9th March 2021] 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] 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

 

[9th March 2021] 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] 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.

[15th July 2021] Travelers may submit any of the following requirements to enter continental Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands:

Travelers from any country (except Brazil and India): A negative RT-PCR or Vaccination Card. This requirement will not apply to children under two (2) years of age.
a) A negative RT-PCR test taken 72 hours before the flight.
b) Covid-19 vaccination certificate with its complete series, issued at least 14 days before entering the country.

Travelers from Brazil and India (including residents of these countries, Ecuadorian citizens, or travelers in general): All travelers which point of origin is Brazil or India must provide a negative RT-PCR test taken 72 hours prior flight, even if they have been vaccinated.

Once passengers have arrived into Ecuadorian territory must complete a 10-day mandatory quarantine on any accommodation of their choice at their own expense.

[10th June 2021] Travelers coming from Brazil, or passing through Brazil because of their flying schedule, must do an obligatory 10 day quarantine in the authorized hotels by the local Health Ministery.

Regardless of whether a negative COVID test is provided, passengers that present symptoms of COVID-19 will be evaluated by Ministry of Health personnel. Rapid antigen testing may also be conducted. If the rapid antigen test is positive, the traveler must isolate for ten (10) days.  The isolation may take place at a private resident or hotel of the traveler’s choosing.  If the rapid antigen test is negative, no isolation is required.

[9th March 2021] All travelers who arrive in Ecuador with a negati

[8th April 2021] Regardless of whether a negative COVID test is provided, passengers that present symptoms of COVID-19 will be evaluated by Ministry of Health personnel. Rapid antigen testing may also be conducted. If the rapid antigen test is positive, the traveler must isolate for ten (10) days.  The isolation may take place at a private resident or hotel of the traveler’s choosing.  If the rapid antigen test is negative, no isolation is required.

[9th March 2021] 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.

[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.