The destruction and disruption of services caused by a major natural disaster make it important to plan ahead of time. Volcanic activity, earthquakes, and flooding remain serious threats throughout Ecuador. It is imperative that your entire family is involved in the planning, and aware of what to do in the case of an emergency. Because emergency and weather-related conditions can change rapidly, it is important to take steps now to improve your preparedness. The key to surviving a natural disaster is planning.
The U.S. Department of State strongly advises all U.S. citizens residing in or traveling to Ecuador to register their presence in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) so the Embassy and/or Consulate General have your information in the event of an emergency or disaster.
The Department of State webpage What will the U.S. Government do for me in a crisis? contains information on the support the U.S. Government does and does not provide in the event of a crisis overseas.
Keep your passport valid for travel. Passport applications are accepted at the U.S. Embassy in Quito or the U.S. Consulate in Guayaquil, for more information check our website under Passport Services Section.