Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Quito, Ecuador (March 6, 2020)

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Quito, Ecuador (March 6, 2020)

Location: Ecuador

Event: On March 5, the Ecuadorian Ministry of Public Health announced 13 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ecuador.  The Government of Ecuador has implemented enhanced screening to reduce the spread of COVID-19.  Travelers whose trips originate in China, South Korea, Italy, and Iran will be subject to mandatory enhanced health screenings at ports of entry. Those traveling to the Galapagos Islands may face additional screenings or entry restrictions. Travel restrictions may be put into effect with little or no advance notice.  Visit the website of Ecuador’s Ministry of Public Health for additional information on these new measures and updated information on number and location of cases.

 Actions to Take:

  • Take personal health precautions, including washing your hands and covering your mouth when coughing.
  • Consult the CDC website for the most up-to-date information.
  • For the most recent information on what you can do to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19 please see the CDC’s latest recommendations.
  • Visit the COVID-19 crisis page on for the latest information.
  • Check with your airlines or cruise lines regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
  • Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the U.S.
  • Call 171 while in Ecuador to speak with a doctor about your symptoms.
  • Check the Ecuadorian Ministry of Public Health’s twitter for the most up to the date information.
  • Seek medical care right away if you believe you may have COVID-19 (or similar symptoms) or were exposed to someone who may have COVID-19 in the last six weeks.