US Dept of State Advisory on Travel to Ecuador

1. Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter Ecuador?


Air borders are open and commercial flights are permitted to operate. Returning Ecuadorn citizens and residents, foreign nationals, diplomats, members of special missions and international organizations, technical specialists, and drivers of international goods and cargo will be permitted to return to the country with no enforced quarantine upon their arrival provided that they submit a valid certification of the PCR test specifically for COVID-19 with a negative result prior to the flight.

2. Is a negative COVID-19 test (PCR) required for entry in Ecuador?


All travelers arriving in Ecuador should provide proof of a negative COVID PCR test taken no more than ten (10) days before entering the country.

3. Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine upon entry in Ecuador?


Travelers who provide proof of a negative COVID PCR test taken no more than ten (10) days before entering the country do not need to quarantine as long as the traveler does not present symptoms of COVID.

Travelers who do not provide the results of a PCR test must undertake, at their own expense, a PCR test upon arrival and proceed immediately to quarantine in one of the hotels authorized by the Government of Ecuador’s National Emergency Commission (“Comité de Operaciones de Emergencia”) until receiving the test results.

If a quarantined traveler receives a negative PCR test result, the traveler may terminate the quarantine.  If the traveler receives a positive test result, the traveler must continue the quarantine and necessary health care will be provided.

4. s travel to Ecuador restricted?


The US Depart of State has issued Level 3: Reconsider Travel on August 6, 2020. The current advisory reads: Reconsider travel to Ecuador due to COVID-19.  Exercise increased caution in Ecuador due to crime.

5. How safe is Ecuador to travel for US citizens?

Exercise increased caution when traveling in Ecuador, and do not travel to the province of Carchi, the province of Sucumbíos, and the northern part of Esmeraldas province, including Esmeraldas city due to crime. U.S. government personnel may travel to the northern bank of the Napo River in Sucumbíos, where tourist lodges are located, an area approximately four miles wide, and to the portion of Esmeraldas province that is south of Esmeraldas city.

All other U.S. government travel to the northern border area is prohibited without prior permission. This region has a high rate of violent crime. U.S. citizens are not targeted, but have been victims of crime there in the past.

6. What is the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP)?

Travelers are advised to fill out Smart Traveler Enrollment Program STEP. This is a free service to allow U.S. citizens and nationals traveling and living abroad to enroll their trip with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate. It entitles them to get the following types of assistance.

  1. Receive important information from the Embassy about safety conditions in your destination country, helping you make informed decisions about your travel plans.
  2. Help the U.S. Embassy contact you in an emergency, whether natural disaster, civil unrest, or family emergency.
  3. Help family and friends get in touch with you in an emergency.

Quick Facts to Check Before You Travel


Six months (as of entry date into the country)


One page per stamp.


Not required for stays below 90 days


$10,000 on entry. On exit, 5% tax on currency above $1200

U.S. Embassy and Consulates Contact Info

U.S. Embassy Quito
Avigiras E12-170 y Eloy Alfaro
Quito, Ecuador
Telephone: 593-2-398-5000
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: 593-2-398-5000 or 593-9-9788-3222

U.S. Consulate General Guayaquil
Santa Ana St. and Jose Rodriguez Bonin Ave.
San Eduardo Sector
Guayaquil, Ecuador
Telephone: 593-4-371-7000
Emergency After-Hours Telephone: 593-4-371-7000