Message for U.S. Citizens – Travel Advisory: Ecuador – Level 3 Reconsider Travel

Message for U.S. Citizens
August 6, 2020
Travel Advisory: Ecuador – Level 3 Reconsider Travel

Travel Advisory – August 6

Ecuador – Level 3
Reconsider travel to Ecuador due to COVID-19.
Exercise increased caution in Ecuador due to crime.

Read the Department of State’s COVID-19 page before you plan any international travel.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued a Level 3 Travel Health Notice for Ecuador due to COVID-19.

Ecuador has lifted some stay at home orders, and resumed some transportation options and business operations.  Visit the Embassy’s COVID-19 page for more information on COVID-19 in Ecuador.

Do not travel to:

  • Carchi, Sucumbíos, and the northern part of Esmeraldas provinces, including Esmeraldas city, due to crime.

Read the country information page.

If you decide to travel to Ecuador:

Carchi, Sucumbíos, and northern Esmeraldas provinces – Do Not Travel

Transnational crime groups operating in Esmeraldas province have engaged in violent crime and killed local citizens in the past.

The U.S. government has limited ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in the Colombian border area, as U.S. government personnel cannot travel to the provinces of Esmeraldas (northern part), Carchi, and Sucumbíos without special authorization. U.S. government personnel are permitted to travel to the northern bank of the Napo River in Sucumbíos, an area approximately four miles wide, and the portion of Esmeraldas province that is south of Esmeraldas city.

Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

Last Update: Reissued with updates to COVID-19 information.