Travel Alert: Commercial Flight and Bus Transportation Available on April 22 – U.S. Embassy Quito, Ecuador

Travel Alert:
Commercial Flight Available from Quito to Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday, April 22
Bus Transportation to Quito Available for Wednesday April 22 flight
U.S. Embassy Quito, Ecuador
April 17, 2020

Location: Ecuador (country-wide)

Event: Immediate Action:
New commercial flight announced departing Quito to Fort Lauderdale on Wednesday, April 22
Bus Transportation Available from Cuenca and Manta to Quito for the April 22 flight departing on April 21.

Tame Airlines scheduled a flight from Quito to Fort Lauderdale, FL, Wednesday, April 22. See Tame’s website for flight reservations  Related questions may be directed to

These flights could fill at any time. There is no guarantee that any future flights will be scheduled. We urge U.S. citizens to immediately arrange for their travel to the United States unless they are prepared to remain in Ecuador for an indefinite period.

Bus Transportation to Quito:
The Embassy has arranged bus transportation from Cuenca and Manta to Quito in order to take the flight on Wednesday, April 22.  Because the TAME flight departs at 2:45am, the buses will depart on April 21. To be eligible for the bus transportation, you must have a confirmed reservation on the TAME flight.
Once you have a seat reserved for the flight, contact to arrange for transportation from Cuenca or Manta.  You may also call +593-9-9970-8893 between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm.

Bus Transportation Notes: At this time, bus service is ONLY available for the flight departing April 22.

  • Service will not be provided unless a minimum of 10 passengers reserve seats
  • Only credit card payments are accepted
  • Bring your passport and a copy of your passport
  • Bring your TAME Airlines ticket and a copy of your ticket
  • Complete and bring the Mobilization Authorization to facilitate your transit from Cuenca or Manta to Quito.  It can be obtained here:
  • Bring the letter from the Ambassador to supplement the Mobilization Authorization, which can be obtained here:
  • Bring and wear a disposable face mask and gloves
  • Luggage is limited to one checked bag, one carry-on bag, and one personal item such as a backpack.

Transportation within Ecuador to either Quito or Guayaquil Airports:

  • Due to the nationwide curfew and travel restrictions, please be sure to complete and take with you the Mobilization Authorization that permits travel throughout the country irrespective of curfew hours. Each passenger should have a “Mobilization Authorization.” Complete the document by following the instructions located here:
  • Click here for a letter from U.S. Ambassador to Ecuador Michael J. Fitzpatrick that may assist with cross-provincial travel . Please note that the U.S. Embassy does not have confirmation from the Government of Ecuador that this document guarantees or grants special permissions for transit. The letter may be of use when presented in conjunction with the Mobilization Authorization, a U.S. passport, proof of a confirmed flight, and a “salvoconducto” for the driver of the vehicle if possible.
  • Bring and wear a disposable face mask and gloves.
  • U.S. citizens who wish to depart Ecuador should contact commercial airlines and bus operators directly.
  • For further information, please coordinate directly with the transportation operator.

If you need financial assistance in returning to the United States, please consider several options:

  • Your credit card company may be willing to temporarily raise your credit limit.
  • Family or friends could send you money via Western Union.
  • Family or friends can purchase an airline ticket and/or accommodations directly with a credit card.
  • Alternatively, family or friends could send money through “OCS Trust,” a service offered by the Department of State. They can learn more under the U.S. Department of State section on Sending Money to Destitute U.S. Citizens Overseas webpage in
  • Travelers may consider minimizing their expenses and moving to alternative lodging. If you need assistance with lodging in Ecuador, contact the Ministry of Tourism.
  • If no options remain, contact the Embassy or Consulate (see contact information below)

Please enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Embassy Quito security updates:

Consult the Embassy’s website ( for additional information on the situation in Ecuador and the Department of State’s COVID-19 crisis page on for the latest information.

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