Demonstrations in Ecuador on August 25, 2016

U.S. Mission, Ecuador

Security Message for U.S. Citizens

Demonstrations in Ecuador on August 25, 2016


U.S. Mission Ecuador informs U.S. citizens living and traveling in Ecuador that on Thursday, August 25, 2016, demonstrations are planned throughout Ecuador.  We recommend U.S. citizens avoid areas where protests are planned.  You should expect transportation delays and detours in protest areas.

In Quito and Guayaquil, demonstrations are expected to start as early as 2:00 p.m.  In Quito, demonstrators are expected to gather in areas including Avenida 10 de Agosto, Calle Guayaquil, Plaza Simon Bolivar, Avenida Shyris, and Plaza Grande.  In Guayaquil, demonstrations are expected in Parque Centenario.

The U.S. Mission advises U.S. citizens to remain alert and informed via local news sources regarding areas where demonstrations may be occurring and to avoid the areas near the demonstrations.  You should exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations.  Review your personal security plans and remain aware of your surroundings.

Be aware that demonstrations have occurred without advance notice, except on social media, caused significant disruptions, and spread to other parts of the country with short notice.  Maintain a high level of vigilance and take appropriate steps to enhance your personal security and follow instructions of local authorities.

We strongly recommend that U.S. citizens traveling to or residing in Ecuador enroll in the Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program.  STEP enrollment gives you the latest security updates, and makes it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact you in an emergency.  If you don’t have internet access, enroll directly with the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate.

Regularly monitor the State Department’s website, where you can find current Travel Warnings, Travel Alerts, and the Worldwide Caution.  Read the Country Specific Information for Ecuador.  For additional information, please refer to our “Traveler’s Checklist” page.  Updated information on travel and security in Ecuador may also be obtained from the Department of State by calling 1-888-407-4747 within the United States or by calling 1-202-501-4444 outside the United States.

Contact information:

U.S. Embassy Quito

Avigiras E12-170 y Eloy Alfaro.

Phone (593-2) 398-5000


U.S. Consulate General Guayaquil

Avenida Jose Rodriguez Bonin and Calle Santa Ana, San Eduardo

Phone (593-4) 371-7000

Dialing instructions within Ecuador:

  • Within the same city and from a land line use the last seven digits.
  • For calls from a mobile phone and for intercity telephone calls add the city code preceded by a 0.

Dialing instructions from the United States:

  • Add the 011 prefix for an international long distance line.

For after-hours emergencies, call the phone numbers listed above for assistance.