Passports

Due to the current coronavirus situation in the country, the mission must balance the desire to provide service to U.S. citizens against the risk of infecting mission personnel and/or our customers.  As a result, the Embassy has suspended all routine passport services, effective immediately.

 

At this time, the American Citizen Services unit can only provide emergency passport service when an individual has an immediate need to travel. To qualify for emergency passport service, you will need to provide proof of imminent travel, including a confirmed reservation on a flight that is still scheduled to depart.

If you meet these requirements, please see the information below depending on your scenario:

A Duty Officer is available after hours to assist with life and death emergencies, please check our emergency contact information.

In the unfortunate event that you have you had your passport stolen or it was lost while you are in Ecuador, the American Citizen Services section can assist you in getting a new travel document in a prompt manner.

Our first recommendation is to notify the local authorities:

  • If your passport has been lost, please report it on the “Función Judicial” website.
  • If your passport has been stolen, please report on the “Fiscalia General del Estado” website and please report the incident to the American Citizen Services Section of your preference by sending an e-mail with the information of the event or a copy of the report that was filled out on the website.

Required Documents

  • Proof of your U.S. citizenship. A previous U.S. passport, Naturalization Certificate, Report of Birth Abroad, or a photocopy of the biographic data page (inside cover) of your stolen/lost passport.
    (If you do not have any originals the process might take longer than usual.)

  • One recent 2″ x 2″ (5 cm x 5 cm) color photo with a white background. Make sure that the pictures comply with the requirements.
    Due to current circumstances if you are unable to get a picture we can take the picture at the Consular Section.
  • Completed passport application Form DS-11.
  • Completed statement regarding lost or stolen passport Form DS-64.
  • Proof of Identity. (if available)
    Any picture identification, such as a U.S. driver’s license, is acceptable.
  • Cash to pay the corresponding fees, we are not able to accept other types of payment at this time.
    $145.00 for any applicant 16 years old or older
    $115.00 for any applicant under 16 years old

Additional requirements for minors under 16 years old

  • Original U.S. birth certificate from the State Vital Records or Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) of the minor.
    If you do not have the original, you may bring a copy
  • Valid picture ID for both parents (passport, Ecuadorian cedula, driver license, etc).
  • Minor must be present.
  • Minors must present printed age progression photos (at least two per year).
  • Both parents must appear in person at the time of application.
    If one or both parents cannot be present the day the minor is applying for the passport, please read the information provided on this link.
    Please note that the absent parent must sign the form (DS-3053) at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate or in front of a certified notary public in the U.S.

Note: The Consular Officer may request additional documentation, or other requirements not mentioned on the website, before approving a passport.

Once you gathered all the information please send an e-mail with your detailed request to the consular section that you plan to apply for the passport:

U.S. Embassy in Quito – ACSQuito@state.gov

U.S. Consulate in Guayaquil – ACSGuayaquil@state.gov

If you have a confirmed flight and you previous passport is expired, we can schedule an appointment for you to come in two working days before the flight.

Please see the information below

Requirements

  • Completed passport application Form DS-82 or DS-11.
  • Applicant’s previous passport.
    Original and one (1) copy.
  • Proof of Citizenship. U.S. Birth Certificate, Report of Birth Abroad or Certificate of Naturalization.
    Original and one (1) copy
  • One recent 2″ x 2″ (5 cm x 5 cm) color photo with a white background. Make sure that the pictures comply with the requirements.
    Due to current circumstances if you are unable to get a picture we can take the picture at the Consular Section.
  • Cash to pay the corresponding fees, we are not able to accept other types of payment at this time.
    Fees would depend on the type of application used.  The passport charge would be $110.00, $115.00 or $145.00.
    For detailed information you can review the Fees section.

Additional requirements for minors under 16 years old

  • Original U.S. birth certificate from the State Vital Records or Consular Report of Birth Abroad (CRBA) of the minor.
    If you do not have the original, you may bring a copy
  • Valid picture ID for both parents (passport, Ecuadorian cedula, driver license, etc).
  • Minor must be present.
  • Minors must present printed age progression photos (at least two per year).
  • Both parents must appear in person at the time of application.
    If one or both parents cannot be present the day the minor is applying for the passport, please read the information provided on this link.
    Please note that the absent parent must sign the form (DS-3053) at a U.S. Embassy or Consulate or in front of a certified notary public in the U.S.

Note: The Consular Officer may request additional documentation, or other requirements not mentioned on the website, before approving a passport.

Once you gathered all the information please send an e-mail with your detailed request to the consular section that you plan to apply for the passport:

U.S. Embassy in Quito – ACSQuito@state.gov

U.S. Consulate in Guayaquil – ACSGuayaquil@state.gov


You may be looking for additional information related to passport services

Due to the fact that all routine services are suspended, passport delivery/pick up is also suspended.

If you applied for a passport and you have received an e-mail notifying you that you passport is ready to be picked up

We will hold your passport until we have additional guidance.  If you have a confirmed flight leaving Ecuador we can schedule an appointment for you to pick up the passport two working days before your confirmed flight.  If this is the case, please send an e-mail to the consular section where you apply for the new passport:

DHL Services

If you have paid for the DHL service to have your passport delivered and you have received an e-mail notifying you that you passport has arrived to the consular section.

DHL is not providing passport delivery services therefore passports are not being picked up by DHL for delivery.

    • If you do not have a confirmed flight we will hold your passport until we have additional guidance.
    • If you have a confirmed flight leaving Ecuador we can schedule an appointment for you to pick up the passport two working days before your confirmed flight.  If this is the case, please send an e-mail to the consular section where you apply for the new passport:

Ecuadorian laws prohibit a foreigner entering the country if the passport validity is less than 6 months at the time of arrival.  The authorities at the airport can deport you at entry and you would be returned to the port of embarkation at your cost.

Unfortunately if you encounter this problem at an Ecuadorian airport, we regret to inform you that neither the Embassy nor the Consulate may solve this problem for you.

Important Information about six month validity rule
The 6 month validity law applies when you enter Ecuador, not when you depart Ecuador.  Your U.S. passport is valid until the day of expiration, U.S. Citizens that are travelling back to the U.S. on a non-stop flight may use their valid U.S. passport even if it has less than six month validity.

U.S. citizens who have dual citizenship with Ecuador may be allowed to enter with their Ecuadorian passport if their U.S. passport does not have six months validity.  However, this is a decision made by Ecuadorian Immigration Officials at the port of entry, and neither the Embassy nor the Consulate can influence this decision.

If a traveler enters Ecuador as a dual national then he/she must also depart as a dual national by presenting both passports.

Dual citizens (Ecuadorian/U.S.) should also understand that as citizens of Ecuador, their U.S. citizenship is considered secondary to their Ecuadorian citizenship while they are in Ecuador.

Special information for minors

Ecuadorian immigration requires U.S. citizen children born in Ecuador (and thus Ecuadorian citizens) to present a valid Ecuadorian passport in order to exit Ecuador the first time only.  In addition, minors traveling without both parents may be required to present notarized permission from the non-traveling parent(s) before being allowed to exit the country.

Given that the minor is also an Ecuadorian, Ecuadorian laws for minors traveling by themselves, with one parent or with relatives, apply. Neither the Embassy nor the Consulate may solve a problem regarding Ecuadorian laws and regulations.

If you need more information regarding Ecuadorian travel documents and requirements please contact the Ecuadorian Ministry of Foreign Affairs directly.