Message to U.S. Citizens – Significant Planned Electrical Outages

Date:  October 28, 2023

Location:   Nationwide

Event:  The Government of Ecuador’s Ministry of Mines and Energy announced a series of planned electrical outages across the country that began October 27.  The Ministry informed these cuts will be temporary and specific to geographic zones (associated with electrical substations), and will occur between 8:00 am and 6:00 pm daily, continuing until December.  The Ministry announced there will be 4-hour cuts in Ecuador’s highland regions (including Quito) and Amazonian regions and 3-hour cuts in Ecuador’s coastal regions (including Guayaquil).  Cuts by zones will be announced on each of Ecuador’s electrical power provider’s website.  Information for Quito is available at  Information for Guayaquil is available at  Posted times may not be exact.

Be aware that the cuts may affect traffic lights, power in buildings (including elevators) that do not have independent generators, cellular service, and the internet.  Shopping centers and restaurants may not be open during a power outage. The Embassy does not anticipate the outages will affect scheduled consular services.

During this time, please take the following actions:

  • Monitor the provided websites and Ecuadorian media for more information.
  • Consider the effects of these power cuts when planning activities.
  • Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive continued updates.


  • U.S. Embassy Quito, Ecuador
    +(593)(2) 398-5000
    +(593)(2) 398-5000 (after hours)
  • U.S. Consulate General Guayaquil, Ecuador
    +(593)(4) 371-7000
    +(593)(4) 371-7000 (after hours)