COVID-19 and Travel Information

This website includes all the information we currently have for U.S. citizens wishing to depart from or travel to Ecuador. Please check this site often as it is regularly updated with new information.

If you believe you may have COVID-19 or were exposed to someone who may have COVID-19 call 171 or 911. Ecuador’s Ministry of Health maintains an information page: https://www.salud.gob.ec/coronavirus-covid-19/.  The most up-to-date information can be found on the Ministry’s Twitter account: https://twitter.com/salud_ec.

 

Departure from Ecuador:

  • 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.  Contact the airlines directly for additional information or check with your preferred travel arranger/online travel agency.
    • American Airlines is operating flights out of Quito and Guayaquil:
      Customers can contact American Airlines directly at www.aa.com, by telephone at 800-433-7300 (English) or 800-633-3711 (Spanish), or through a travel agency.
    • Eastern Airlines is operating flights out of Guayaquil:
      Customers can contact Eastern Airlines directly by telephone at +1-855-216-7601, +1-877-971-0919, or +1-201-526-7616.
    • Jet Blue is operating flights out of Quito and Guayaquil:
      Customers can contact Jet Blue directly at www.jetblue.com, by telephone at +1-800-538-2583 (U.S. phone number for Ecuador), or through a travel agency.
    • Spirit Airlines is operating flights out of Guayaquil:
      Customers can contact Spirit Airlines directly at www.spirit.com, via WhatsApp at +1-801-401-2222 with “Hello”, or through a travel agency.
    • United Airlines is operating flights out of Quito:
      Customers can contact United Airlines at VentasEcuador@united.com, via WhatsApp to +593-9-8461-7257, at www.united.com or through a travel agency.
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  • Do not travel to the airport without a confirmed itinerary and please make sure you are aware of current curfew restrictions.
  • Currently, we are not aware of any other airlines departing Ecuador to the United States. When we learn about additional airline options, we will post that information on this webpage.
  • COVID-19 Travel Restrictions:  At this time, there are no specific limitations or quarantine requirements for U.S. citizens and Lawful Permanent Residents entering the United States from Ecuador.  Restrictions are in place for individuals returning from Brazil, China, Iran, and certain European countries, which have all been highly impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.  For more information and the latest updates, please visit the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s COVID-19 website.  While there are no specific quarantine requirements, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a two-week self-quarantine upon arrival at your final destination in the United States. Note that individual cities and states may have additional requirements upon arrival.  See the CDC recommendations posted on their website. 

Transportation within Ecuador to either Quito or Guayaquil Airports:

  • Due to curfew and travel restrictions, please be sure to complete and take with you the Mobilization Authorization that permits travel throughout the country irrespective of curfew hours. Each passenger should follow the instructions located here: https://ec.usembassy.gov/msg200423/ (this includes information about obtaining a salvoconducto for the person taking travelers to the airport).
  • Bring and wear a face mask and gloves.
  • U.S. citizens who wish to depart Ecuador should contact commercial airlines directly.

Financial Assistance:

  • If you need financial assistance due to unexpected costs incurred while staying longer than planned in Ecuador, please consider several options:
    • Your credit card company may be willing to temporarily raise your credit limit.
    • Family or friends could send you money via Western Union.
    • Family or friends can purchase an airline ticket and/or accommodation directly with a credit card.
    • Alternatively, family or friends could send money through “OCS Trust,” a service offered by the Department of State. They can learn more under the U.S. Department of State section on Sending Money to Destitute U.S. Citizens Overseas webpage in travel.state.gov.
    • Consider minimizing your expenses and moving to alternative lodging. If you need assistance with lodging in Ecuador, contact the Ministry of Tourism.
    • Only as a last resort, the Embassy and Consulate may provide emergency financial assistance for destitute American citizens. This option is only available after all other options have been exhausted.

Travel to Ecuador:

  • Ecuador has moved to a Level 3 Travel Advisory: Reconsider Travel
  • Ecuador approved resumption of commercial flight operations on June 1, 2020.
  • It is strongly advised that arriving passengers have the results of a PCR (polymerise chain reaction) COVID test within the last seven (7) days prior to arrival in Ecuador. If a negative PCR test is not provided, testing may be conducted immediately at the airport upon arrival or on subsequent days, as determined at the discretion of Ministry of Health personnel.
  • All passengers arriving in Ecuador will be required to comply with mandatory preventive quarantine (“aislamiento preventativo obligatorio”, or APO) for 14 days upon arrival. Ecuadorian citizens/residents with negative PCR results and other Ecuadorian citizens/residents in “priority” groups (children, adolescents without parents, pregnant women, those with disabilities or serious illnesses, the elderly) may quarantine at home. Ecuadorian citizens and residents with positive PCR results and who are not in “priority” groups must quarantine in temporary housing/hotels. Individuals in temporary housing/hotels can request a PCR test after seven days and, if negative, may finish the remaining seven days of quarantine at home.
  • All travelers who are not Ecuadorian citizens or residents must quarantine the entire 14 days in temporary housing/hotels even if they present negative PCR test results. Please see https://www.gestionderiesgos.gob.ec/resoluciones-coe-nacional-27-de-mayo-2020/ regarding quarantine.
  • Travelers who are unable to provide a negative PCR test or comply with the APO should reach out to Ecuador’s Unified Command Point (“Puesto de Mando Unificado”) for guidance.
  • There are specific requirements for travel to Galapagos. https://www.gestionderiesgos.gob.ec/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/LINEAMIENTOS-PARA-EL-INGRESO-DE-TURISTAS-A-GALA%CC%81PAGOS.pdf.
  • Please note procedures may change at any time. We recommend reaching out to the Ecuadorian embassy or consulate nearest you before traveling for the most updated information at https://www.cancilleria.gob.ec/estados-unidos/.

Country-Specific Information:

Visa Services/Inquiries:

  • Information for visa applicants regarding novel coronavirus: As of August 3, 2020, the United States Embassy and Consulate in Ecuador resumed limited nonimmigrant visa services, including visa renewals that qualify for Interview Waiver processing. While we aim to process cases as soon as practicable, there is likely to be increased wait times for completing such services due to substantial backlogs.  The MRV fee is valid and may be used to schedule an interview appointment in the country where it was purchased within one year of the date of payment.  If you have an urgent matter and need to travel immediately, please follow the guidance provided at https://ais.usvisa-info.com/en-ec/niv/information/faqs to request an emergency appointment.  If you require further assistance please refer to the “Help” section at the bottom of the aforementioned website. 
  • Applicants for H1B, H2B, H4, L and certain J visa categories covered by Presidential Proclamation 10052 should request an appointment only if you have reason to believe you may qualify for one of the exceptions listed in the Proclamation here: https://www.whitehouse.gov/presidential-actions/proclamation-suspending-entry-aliens-present-risk-u-s-labor-market-following-coronavirus-outbreak/.
  • If you are a U.S. citizen visiting Ecuador on a 90-day tourist visa:  The Ecuadorian government announced on March 20 a no-fault extension for tourists whose visa validity or 90-day visa-free stay expired during the health emergency. Individuals can renew without paying a fine until 30 days after the emergency is lifted. On June 15, President Moreno extended the state of emergency through August 15, 2020.  

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