COVID-19 Information

Last updated: 12/2/2021

Travel to the United States:
***  Effective December 6, 2021, all airline passengers to the United States ages two years and older, regardless of vaccination status or citizenship, must provide a negative COVID-19 viral test taken within one calendar day of travel.  Alternatively, travelers to the United States may provide documentation from a licensed health care provider of having recovered from COVID-19 in the 90 days preceding travel.  Check the CDC website for additional information and Frequently Asked Questions.

Country-Specific Information:

  • Ecuador has confirmed positive cases of COVID-19 in all 24 provinces.
  • On August 6, 2020, the U.S. Department of State removed the Global Health Advisory Level 4.  On June 8, 2021, Ecuador’s Travel Advisory was updated to Level 3: Reconsider Travel.
  • Upon entry to Ecuador, all travelers  must provide:
    • Proof of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken no more than three (3) days before entering Ecuador, and;
    • A COVID-19 vaccination card showing the traveler received a complete series of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to entering Ecuadorand;
    • A declaration of traveler health (the declaration is available on the Ministry of Public Health website).
    • Travelers between ages 2 and 15 do not require a vaccination card, but must present a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken no more than three (3) days before entering Ecuador and the declaration of traveler health.
    • Special restrictions apply for all passengers whose point of origin is India or who transit this country in route to Ecuador. These travelers must take a diagnostic test for COVID-19 upon arrival in Ecuador and must undergo 10 days of preventive isolation at their home or at a place of accommodation at the traveler’s personal expense regardless of the result of the COVID-19 diagnostic test.  For more information, please refer to the Government of Ecuador’s October 6 resolution.
    • Effective December 1, travelers whose “point of origin, stopover, or transit” is South Africa, Botswana, Egypt, Mozambique, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, and Namibia are prohibited from entering Ecuador.  Certain exceptions apply.  Please check the Ecuadorian Government website for additional information (UPDATE OF THE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS TO ECUADOR – Ministerio de Turismo).
  • Travelers entering Ecuador who were diagnosed as COVID-19 positive in the last six months may present a medical certificate from their country of origin attesting to their recovery and current good health, so long as onset of the COVID-19 symptoms occurred more than 30 days prior to arrival in Ecuador and they provide proof of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken no more than three (3) days before entering Ecuador.
  • Please note procedures may change at any time.  For the latest entry guidelines to Ecuador, including exceptions, contact your closest Ecuadorian Embassy or Consulate (https://www.cancilleria.gob.ec/2021/05/11/embajadas-y-consulados-en-el-exterior/).
  • The Government of Ecuador provides coronavirus-related information at this website: https://www.coronavirusecuador.com.  The most up to date information can be found on the Ministry of Public Health’s Twitter account: https://twitter.com/salud_ec.
  • To receive important updates, U.S. citizens should ensure that they have registered their travel in Ecuador in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.  Our alerts and messages are also posted on our website.

COVID-19 Testing:

  • Are PCR and/or antigen tests available for U.S. citizens in Ecuador? Yes.
    • The Ministry of Public Health recommends calling 171 if you present COVID-19 symptoms. If you qualify, you could be referred for a free RT-PCR test sample collection.
    • A list of laboratories licensed to perform RT-PCR and rapid antigen tests is available on the website maintained by Ecuador’s Medical Services and Prepaid Medicine Quality Assurance Agency (ACESS).  The Ministry of Public Health signed a ministerial agreement on April 20, 2021 which fixed the price of RT-PCR tests at $45.  More information is available at this link: https://www.salud.gob.ec/comunicado-oficial-el-costo-de-las-pruebas-rt-pcr-sera-de-usd-45-08/.
  • If so, are test results reliably available within one calendar day? Yes.
    • You should advise the laboratory that the test is needed for imminent air travel.  Laboratories generally promise results within 24 hours.  Many laboratories will email results the same day.

COVID-19 Vaccine Information:

  • Has the Government of Ecuador approved a COVID-19 vaccine for use? Yes.
    • Ecuador’s vaccination program is managed by Ecuador’s Ministry of Public Health.  The Ministry of Public Health executed a four-phase vaccination plan from May 31 through September 5 (Plan 9/100).  Over 60 percent of the population is now fully vaccinated against COVID-19.  Vaccination statistics are available on the Ministry of Public Health website.
    • Individuals can contact their local public health center to obtain vaccine information and schedule an appointment.  The Ministry of Public Health has lists of the public health centers that offer the COVID-19 vaccine on its website: https://www.salud.gob.ec/centros-de-salud-habilitados-para-la-vacuna-covid-19/.  Alternatively, individuals interested in the COVID-19 vaccine can contact the Ministry of Public Health directly by dialing 171.
  • Are vaccines available in Ecuador for U.S. citizens to receive?  Yes
  • Which vaccines are available in Ecuador?
    Pfizer/BioNTech, AstraZeneca-Oxford, and Sinovac are available in varying supplies.
  • Visit the FDA’s website to learn more about FDA-approved vaccines in the United States.
  • The U.S. government does not plan to provide COVID-19 vaccinations to private U.S. citizens overseas.  Please follow host country developments and guidelines for COVID-19 vaccination.

Entry and Exit Requirements:

  • Are U.S. citizens permitted to enter?   Yes
    • Ecuador has a Level 3 Travel Advisory: Reconsider Travel.
    • As of December 1, 2021, all travelers arriving in Ecuador must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken no more than three (3) days before entering the country and present a vaccination card showing the traveler received a complete series of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before entry.  Travelers must also present declaration of traveler health (the declaration is available on the Ministry of Public Health website).  Airlines will verify that travelers have a negative COVID-19 test and vaccination card before boarding at the point of origin.
    • Travelers between ages 2 and 15 do not require a vaccination card, but must present a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken no more than three (3) days before entering Ecuador and the declaration of traveler health.
    • Special restrictions apply for all passengers whose point of origin is India or who transit this country in route to Ecuador.  These travelers must take a diagnostic test for COVID-19 upon arrival in Ecuador and must undergo 10 days of preventive isolation at their home or at a place of accommodation at the traveler’s personal expense regardless of the result of the COVID-19 diagnostic test.  For more information, please refer to the Government of Ecuador’s October 6 resolution.
    • Effective December 1, travelers whose “point of origin, stopover, or transit” is South Africa, Botswana, Egypt, Mozambique, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Swaziland, and Namibia are prohibited from entering Ecuador, certain exceptions may apply, please check the Ecuadorian Government website for additional information (UPDATE OF THE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS TO ECUADOR – Ministerio de Turismo).
    • As of July 12, 2021, the Government of Ecuador no longer accepts rapid antigen tests for entry. The only test accepted is the RT-PCR test.
    • Travelers entering Ecuador who were diagnosed as COVID-19 positive in the last six months may present a medical certificate from their country of origin attesting to their recovery and current good health, so long as onset of the COVID-19 symptoms occurred more than 30 days prior to arrival in Ecuador and they provide proof of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR test taken no more than three (3) days before entering Ecuador.
    • As long as the traveler does not present symptoms of COVID-19, the traveler does not need to perform mandatory preventive quarantine and they may freely move within the continental territory of Ecuador (Special rules apply to the Galapagos Islands; see below).
    • Please note procedures may change at any time.  For the latest entry guidelines to Ecuador, including exceptions, contact your closest Ecuadorian Embassy or Consulate (https://www.cancilleria.gob.ec/2021/05/11/embajadas-y-consulados-en-el-exterior/).
  • Is a negative COVD-19 test (PCR and/or serology) required for entry?  Yes
    • Travelers must provide the results of a RT-PCR (reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction) COVID-19 test taken within three (3) days prior to arrival in Ecuador and present a vaccination card showing the traveler received a complete series of the COVID-19 vaccine.
  • Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry?  Yes
    • Ecuador Ministry of Health personnel will evaluate any traveler who presents symptoms of COVID-19, and may conduct rapid antigen testing.  If the rapid antigen test is positive, the traveler must isolate for ten (10) days.  The isolation may take at the traveler’s home or at a place of accommodation at the traveler’s personal expense.  If the rapid antigen test is negative, no isolation is required.
  • SPECIAL, ADDITIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS:
    Beginning December 1, any international traveler wishing to transit Quito or Guayaquil International Airport en route to the Galapagos Islands should first arrive in country with proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken in the last three days and a COVID-19 vaccination card showing the traveler received a complete series of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before entering Ecuador (as per instructions above).  To enter the Galapagos Islands, the traveler must present:

    • Travelers 16 and older must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR, a maximum of 72 hours prior to boarding the aircraft to the Galapagos, counting from the time the sample was taken, before entering the Galapagos and present a vaccination card showing the traveler received a complete series of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days before entry.
    • Travelers between ages 2 and 16 do not require a vaccination card, but must present a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR, a maximum of 72 hours prior to boarding the aircraft to the Galapagos, counting from the time the sample was taken, before entering the Galapagos.
    • All travelers to the Galapagos Islands also need a “transit control card” issued by the Government of Galapagos.  Contact your tour operator for more information on this requirement.

Movement Restrictions:

  • Is a curfew in place?  No.
  • Are there restrictions on intercity or interstate travel?  No
    • Some provinces maintain local restrictions on movement. U.S. citizens should continue to comply with all local laws and monitor local news for any updates. Note these restrictions can change at any time.

Quarantine Information:

  • Are U.S. citizens required to quarantine? Yes, in some circumstances
    • Regardless of whether a negative COVID test is provided, travelers who 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 the traveler’s home or at a place of accommodation at the traveler’s personal expense.  If the rapid antigen test is negative, no isolation is required.

Transportation Options:

  • Are commercial flights operating?  Yes
    • The U.S. Embassy is aware of the following airlines that may have flight options for U.S. citizens who wish to return to the United States: American Airlines, Delta, Eastern Airlines, Jet Blue, Spirit Airways, United Airways. Contact the airlines directly for additional information or check with your preferred travel arranger/online travel agency.
  • Is public transportation operating?  Yes
    • Bring and wear a face mask and gloves.
    • U.S. citizens who wish to depart Ecuador should contact commercial airlines directly for guidance.

Fines for Non-Compliance:

  • Individuals who do not obey rules and regulations regarding quarantine requirements, mask-wearing, and other restrictions may be subject to fines.

Consular Operations:

  • For current status of operations for the American Citizen Services section click here. 
  • For current status of operations for visa services click here

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CDC Testing Requirement Waivers

Waivers to the testing requirement may be granted by the CDC on an extremely limited basis when extraordinary emergency travel (like an emergency medical evacuation) must occur to preserve someone’s health and safety, and testing cannot be completed before travel.  There are no waivers available for individuals who test positive for COVID-19.  Individuals – or air carriers seeking to allow boarding by potentially qualifying individuals – who believe they meet the criteria for a waiver should contact the U.S. Embassy in Quito at acsquito@state.gov (for U.S. citizens) or consularquito@state.gov (for non-citizens), or the U.S. Consulate in Guayaquil at acsguayaquil@state.gov (for U.S. citizens) or NIVGuayaquil@state.gov (for non-citizens), and provide the information below.  The U.S. Embassy or Consulate will then submit the request to the CDC for consideration.

The following information must be provided for each passenger:

a. Name (family name/surname, given name), passport number and country
b. Cell phone number including country code of passenger or head of household if family unit
c. Email address of passenger or head of household if family unit
d. U.S. destination address
.       i. Is U.S. destination home address?
e. Departure date
f. Flight itinerary
g. Name of submitting entity if different from passenger
h. Name of company submitting on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
i. Name of point of contact submitting on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
j. Phone and email address for POC submitting waiver request on behalf of passenger(s) (if applicable)
k. Purpose of travel to the U.S. (provide brief explanation of why urgent travel is needed and how travel will contribute to health and safety of passengers(s))
l. Justification for testing waiver (e.g. no testing available, impact on health and safety)
m. Documentation to support justification for test waiver, if available (e.g. medical records or orders for medical evacuation)