Alert: Nationwide State of Emergency in Ecuador

Alert: Nationwide State of Emergency in Ecuador

Location:  Nationwide

Event:  Ecuadorian President Daniel Noboa declared on January 8 a nationwide state of emergency for a period of 60 days following the escape of a high-profile prisoner and subsequent prison riots.  The state of emergency includes a nationwide curfew from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m., with exceptions for certain essential workers and individuals traveling to and from airports with a scheduled flight during curfew hours.  U.S. citizens traveling to or from the airport for a scheduled flight should carry their flight itinerary.

On January 9, after numerous attacks by organized criminal gangs across Ecuador against private, public, and government institutions, President Noboa declared the existence of an internal armed conflict and authorized military action against these groups.  The Ministry of Education has announced that all schools will operate virtually through January 12 and the Ministry of Labor has recommended telework wherever possible.  As such, the Embassy has authorized telework for mission employees through January 12.

The United States Embassy and Consulate in Ecuador are monitoring reports of criminal activity and other threats to safety and security of U.S. citizens in Ecuador.

Actions to Take:

  • Monitor official communications from the Government of Ecuador for additional information and updates to the State of Emergency.
  • Monitor credible media sources for accurate information on current threats and violent activity.
  • Review the Travel Advisory and safety and security information for Ecuador at State.Gov.