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What are the latest requirements for travel to the Galapagos Islands?

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Galapagos Giant Tortoise at Santa Cruz Island's lush highlands


This blog was last updated on September 3rd

On August 15th, the Ecuadorian government’s Emergency Operations Committee published a new protocol concerning entry into the country. It aims to reactivate the tourism sector while ensuring the safety of both Ecuador’s citizens and foreign visitors.

New Protocol for International Arrivals by Air

The most salient points in the new protocol for entry to Ecuador are as follows:

  • All arrivals must provide proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no more than 10 days before entering the country. As long as they don’t present symptoms of COVID, they do not need to fulfil a mandatory preventive quarantine period.
  • Travelers without an international PCR test must undertake, at their own expense, a PCR test upon arrival (or at their accommodation) and then proceed to quarantine in temporary accommodation to await the results. With a negative test result, they may continue their journeys.
  • Travelers who present symptoms of COVID upon arrival in Ecuador are required to perform a PCR test at their own expense and proceed to quarantine even if they present a negative PCR test at the airport of entry.
  • All travelers fill out a Health Status Declaration form, hand it in upon arrival to Ministry of Health workers, who will also check symptoms.
  • Inbound travelers who test positive will be required to complete 10 days of mandatory preventive quarantine at their accommodation and be asymptomatic before leaving their accommodation.
  • The protocols apply to citizens from any country and from flights from any destination.
  • Travelers under 18 are considered a priority group and are not required to show negative PCR tests.

Onward Travel to the Galapagos Islands

The above protocol means that for onward travel to the Galapagos, the rules for entry are as follows:

  • Travel insurance certificate with medical coverage.
  • A certificate of a negative PCR test taken within 96 hours of their Galapagos flight.
  • A safe passage (salvoconducto) document, issued at least 24 hours before by the tour operator or hotel.
  • The Galapagos Transit Control Card, filled out online at least 24 hours before the flight.
  • A digital boarding pass.

Travelers can use their international certificate of a negative PCR test for travel to the islands, provided it is issued 96 hours prior to entry.

Please note that while travelers under 18 are not required to have PCR test for entry to Ecuador, the rule is under 12 for entry to the Galapagos.

When flying to the Galapagos, all travelers pass through temperature checks, disinfection matts, have to clean their hands with sanitizers, and wear facemasks at all times. Luggage is sanitized before and after its inspection by the Galapagos biosecurity and quarantine control agency.

Commercial flights connecting the islands resumed on August 3rd and have carried our first guests to the reopened Finch Bay Galapagos Hotel and aboard Yacht La Pinta.

Please let your Destination Expert know if you have any doubts or questions, or to request our complete biosecurity protocols and measures.

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