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 destination. 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.

[13 Dec 2021]

With the exception of South Africa, Botswana, Egypt, Mozambique, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Eswatini (Swaziland) and Namibia, all of Ecuador's international borders are open.

[13 Dec 2021]

Entry into Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands is currently prohibited to people arriving from, or via, South Africa, Botswana, Egypt, Mozambique, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Eswatini (Swaziland) and Namibia.

Outside of these countries, all passengers over the age of 16 entering Ecuador mainland and the Galapagos Islands must present one of the following:

 

  1. A complete vaccination card (proof of both vaccination doses), having received their second vaccine dose at least 14 days prior to arrival in Ecuador, or
  2. Negative result of an RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure to Ecuador.

 

Children over the age of 2 must present a negative result of RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure to Ecuador.

 

Any international travellers entering Ecuador by air travel must present a copy of the ‘Traveller’s Health Declaration’ form when boarding the plane. This online form can be accessed here: https://bit.ly/3GfitSp.  If the online form is not available, then the physical form must be submitted to the Ministry of Health officials at the entry point into Ecuador.

[13 Dec 2021]

All international airports are currently open for international flights, except for flights arriving from or via, South Africa, Botswana, Egypt, Mozambique, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Eswatini (Swaziland) and Namibia.

[13 Dec 2021]

International borders are currently open except for with South Africa, Botswana, Egypt, Mozambique, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Eswatini (Swaziland) and Namibia.

 

 

[13 Dec 2021]

For Galapagos Islands, regardless of if the passenger is vaccinated or not, a negative PCR test must be presented.

 

For Ecuador Mainland: travellers must show a complete vaccination card (proof of both vaccination doses), having received their second vaccine dose at least 14 days prior to arrival in Ecuador, or a negative result of an RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours of departure to Ecuador.

 

Passengers must also submit a signed ‘Travel Health Declaration’ form.

 

[13 Dec 2021]

All National Parks, ecological reserves, museums, and places of interest are open in Ecuador.  As a pilot project gyms and nightlife venues such as bars and clubs have started to open in some places, however this is subject to change at short notice.

 

[13 Dec 2021]

The Ecuadorian government have imposed various restriction on businesses to protect public health. Everyone in the country must follow these protocols:

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

[13 Dec 2021]

Public buses, as well as airlines, are not operating at full capacity. Depending on the popularity of the destination some operators are scheduling 2 or 3 times more than the normal frequency of journeys. Taxis, Uber, and similar means of transportation are operating regularly.

[13 Dec 2021]

Entry into Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands is currently prohibited to people arriving from, or via, South Africa, Botswana, Egypt, Mozambique, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Eswatini (Swaziland) and Namibia.

For all other passengers, there is no need for quarantine providing the correct documentation is provided, unless the passengers show symptoms and test positive for COVID-19.