Alert: Expanded State of Emergency

Date:  June 21, 2022

Location:  Nationwide

Event:  The Government of Ecuador issued executive order 459 June 20, which expands the State of Emergency to six provinces:  Chimborazo, Tungaruhua, Cotopaxi, Pichincha, Pastaza, and Imbabura provinces.  Large numbers of demonstrators are now in the City of Quito, and there have been some reports of violence.  The government’s order permits the armed forces and police to take actions necessary to maintain public order in the six provinces and suspends the right of assembly in public spaces for groups infringing on the rights of others.  The order also continues a curfew from 10:00 p.m. to 5:00 a.m. in the city of Quito.  While the order includes an exception for travel to and from the airport, U.S. citizens should exercise extreme caution traveling to the airport due to demonstrations and roadblocks.  Please also consult Quito airport social media, airlines and travel websites for any changes to flight status or availability.  We continue to urge you to remain vigilant, closely monitor the situation for updates, avoid road travel, and remain in place.  U.S. Embassy and Consulate officials have also been instructed to avoid road travel and remain in place.

Actions to Take:

  • Avoid areas affected by demonstrations.
  • Consult ECU911 information on latest road closures.
  • Monitor local media for updates on affected areas.
  • Avoid travel and remain in place.