Health Alert – U. S. Embassy, Quito, Ecuador – March 14, 2020
Event: The Government of Ecuador has confirmed there are 28 cases of COVID-19 in Ecuador to date and has implemented the following travel restrictions. These restrictions could change at any time and with little warning:
- Beginning Sunday, March 15 at 11:59 p.m., all foreigners will be prohibited from arriving via air, land, or sea. At this time we understand the restriction will be in place for the following 21 days.
- Beginning Monday, March 16 at 11:59 p.m., all Ecuadorians or residents will also be prohibited from arriving via air, land, or sea. At this time we understand the restriction will be in place for the following 21 days.
- The Government of Ecuador has imposed a 14-day pre-visit self-isolation requirement on anyone traveling to the Galapagos.
- Currently the Government of Ecuador has not imposed restrictions on individuals wishing to depart the country.
- U.S. citizens who wish to depart Ecuador should contact commercial airlines directly.
- The U.S. Embassy in Quito and Consulate General in Guayaquil remain open for American Citizen Services during regular business hours.
- On March 11, the U.S. Department of State issued a Global Health Advisory Level 3: Reconsider Travel: https://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/ea/travel-advisory-alert-global-level-3-health-advisory-issue.html
Visit the following government of Ecuador websitesfor additional information on these new measures:
- Ecuador’s Ministry of Health maintains an information page: https://www.salud.gob.ec/coronavirus-covid-19/. The most up to date information can be found on the Ministry’s Twitter account: https://twitter.com/salud_ec.
- Ecuador’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs twitter account: https://twitter.com/CancilleriaEc
- Ecuador’s Ministry of Government twitter account: https://twitter.com/MinGobiernoEc
Actions to Take:
- 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 travel.state.gov for the latest information.
- Check with your airlines or cruise lines regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.
- Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for information on conditions in Ecuador.
- Visit the Department of Homeland Security’s website on the latest travel restrictions to the U.S.
- 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. Individuals with symptoms may call 171 or 911.
- U.S. Embassy Quito, Ecuador
+(593)(2) 398-5000 (after hours)
- U.S. Consulate General Guayaquil, Ecuador
+(593)(4) 371-7000 (after hours)
- State Department – Consular Affairs
888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444
- Ecuador Country Information
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