Emergency Message for U.S. Citizens: Demonstration Alert (Update)

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Quito, Ecuador – October 4, 2019

The Embassy has received notification that road blockades continue in cities and towns throughout the country as part of the nationwide transportation strike.

The Embassy continues to receive reports of demonstrations and road blockades in cities and towns throughout the country as part of a nationwide transportation strike. There are reports of pockets of violence associated with these demonstrations. Transportation throughout Ecuador may be disrupted during the strike.

U.S. government personnel are being advised to use caution in moving within and between cities.

Information on protests is widely reported on public media and we encourage U.S. citizens to continue to actively monitor the situation until the strike concludes. To continue to receive important safety information about conditions in Ecuador, please register in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at: https://step.state.gov/step/

Many flights in and out of Quito have been cancelled as a result of the disruptions. If you have a scheduled flight, please contact the airline directly for additional information. You may also monitor flight information on the Quito airport website. Note, however, that flights may be cancelled close to departure time.

Actions to Take

  • Avoid demonstration areas.
  • Monitor local media for updates on road closures.
  • Avoid crowds.