Ecuador Visas & Health - Travel planner, country information

Ecuador Tours - Galapagos Islands travel and Amazon cruises:

Tours and travel to Ecuador and other South America countries, custom itineraries for groups and individuals, responsible tourism and soft adventures for all ages

Galapagos Islands Cruises and tours, yachts, expedition ships, hotels and dive resorts:

Tours and travel to the Galapagos Islands and Ecuador with an Ecotourism company, we are experts in leading expeditions to the Galapagos Islands with naturalist guides.

South America - Central American - Travel Directory

South and Central America travel directory and index of tours, hotels, cruises, transportation, vacation planners, trip guides, tour operators for organizing your travels to Latin America.

Galapagos Islands tour and cruises travel planner:

Galapagos Islands travel planner, description of the islands, tourist activities and sites, hotels, cruises and tours around the Enchanted Isles.


Amazon river cruises in Ecuador on board the Manatee Amazon Explorer:

Amazon riverboat eco tours to visit indigenous communities and tribes, birdwatching and adventure in company of naturalist guides..

Ecuador travel transportation and tour guides :

Find Ecuador vans for charter and guides for hire, custom tours for groups individuals, Color Bus Line is a supplier for many international wholesalers.

Galapagos Journey Fleet

Galapagos travel & luxury cruises:

We operate the brand new (July 2006) M/C Anahi Catamaran, this boat replaces one of the older boats of our Galapagos fleet, we have 20 years experience offering unique wilderness trips, our guides are certified by the Galapagos National Park and offer passionate onsight and classroom style lectures. The M/C Anahi will offer a new level of comfort and service in the Islands with our pampered adventures.

Ecuador Mainland Hotel, Lodges & Hacienda Listing and Reservation Center

Ecuador's major cities hotel directory and booking site. From five star international brands to local hacienda lodges, there is an option for every taste. By personally inspecting each hotel and having close ties with them, here you will find the best deals for your nights in mainland Ecuador.

Online Travel Guide for Ecuador Travel

Your complete guide to the country of the four worlds. Our consultants will happily assist you from accommodations to tours, transfers to meals, and everything in between to assure you have a memorable Ecuador travel experience!

Galapagos Travel Advisor

Complete Comprehensive Galapagos Islands Travel Adviser

Find all you need to plan the perfect Galapagos Islands getaway. Here you will find a list of must see attractions, accommodations in the archipelago's main islands, cruise tours and other alternatives. This travel advisor is an invaluable tool for anyone visiting the Enchanted Islands.

Cruise & Hotel Based Galapagos Island Tour Directory

The Galapagos Islands are pretty much in any travel lover's bucket list. They appeal to nature enthusiasts, geologist fans, bird watchers, divers and pretty much any other adventurer looking for something out of the ordinary. Here you will find tours and options that can fulfill any of these people's highest expectations.

Galapagos Islands Hotel Index and Booking Site

Traditionally, the Galapagos Islands have been explored onboard cruises. Today though, it is possible to enjoy the Island's many treasures by staying in one of the many accommodations present in the archipelago's main three main islands. One of these rooms, bungalows, suites or cabins will be the perfect complement to a day filled with exploration.

Health & Visas

Health considerations in the Developing World, especially in tropical areas, differ substantially from those that travelers face in North America and Europe. South American travelers need to be particularly cautious with respect to what they eat and drink and to insect bites. Hepatitis A and Typhoid Fever are the two most common diseases transmitted through food and water. Yellow Fever and Malaria are the most common diseases transmitted by insects.

As tempting as it may look, it's best to avoid food cooked by street vendors.'s health section provides an overview of these and other medical considerations for those traveling in Ecuador. In addition to reading the information we provide, you may want to consult our recommended reading list, which includes a number of excellent web sites and books on staying healthy abroad.

Health is always an issue of concern for people traveling abroad. Most travelers stay healthy throughout their journeys and return home as fit as ever. You have little to worry about if you educate yourself and take sensible precautions.

Immunizations (CDC Recommended Vaccines)
See your doctor at least 4 weeks before your trip to allow time for immunizations to take effect, and make sure children get immunizations appropriate for their age.
Hepatitis A or immune globulin (IG).
Hepatitis B, if you might be exposed to blood (for example, health-care workers), have sexual contact with the local population, stay more than 6 months in the region, or be exposed through medical treatment.
Typhoid, particularly if you are visiting developing countries in this region.
Yellow fever vaccination, if you will be traveling outside urban areas.
As needed, booster doses for tetanus-diphtheria and measles.
Rabies, if you might be exposed to wild or domestic animals through your work or recreation, or if you a plan to spend a lot of time in the country or the rainforest.
Other vaccinations in the event of epidemics.

1. Get the recommended immunizations (see above);
2. Wash your hands frequently with soap and water
3. Boil it, cook it, peel it, or forget it;
4. If visiting an area where there is risk for malaria, take your malaria prevention medication before, during, and after travel, as directed by your doctor;
5. Don't share needles with anyone;
6. To avoid bites and serious diseases, don't handle animals (especially monkeys, dogs, and cats);
7. Bring enough of any prescription medications you need to take;
8. Don't have unprotected sex; and
9. Educate yourself!

Word to the Wise
Please confirm all the information regarding visas with the Ecuadorian consulate in your home country. We do our best to provide the most up-to-date information but visa regulations and policies change frequently.

There are two general categories of visas, resident (sometimes known as immigrant) and non-resident. Within each of these broad categories are several types of specific visas. Please look below for the type of visa that suits your individual needs. This information was adapted from the Ecuadorian Embassy and Consulate General webpages. The information is subject to change and should be verified with the Ecuadorian Consulate in your home country.

Non - Imigrant visas
Citizens of most countries do not require a visa to enter Ecuador for up to 90 days, with some notable exceptions. This "automatic" tourist visa is knows as the 12-X. If you plan on staying longer that 90 days, working or immigrating to Ecuador you will need one of the other types of visas outlined below.

Visas for Non-Working Stays Up to 90 Days (Visa 12-X)
Ecuador welcomes tourists and travelers from every country. Citizens of the United States, Canada and most European countries traveling to Ecuador for tourism, business or to study do not require a visa unless they expect to stay in Ecuador for more than 90 days in one calendar year (that is, 90 days adding every entry in one year) or if they are drawing income from an Ecuadorian source.

Specific Requirements:
Valid passport for more than 6 months.
Return ticket (for air, land or sea travel).
Proof of economic means to support yourself during your stay in Ecuador (may be requested by Immigration authorities upon arrival).

Nationals of the following countries require a visa to enter Ecuador for any reason and should approach the Consulate of Ecuador in their home country before traveling (list may change without notice): Algeria, Bangladesh, Costa Rica, Cuba, El Salvador, Guatemala, India, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Lybia, Nicaragua, Nigeria, North Korea, Pakistan, Palestine Authority, Panama, People's Republic of China, Sri Lanka, Syria, Tunisia, and Vietnam.

Foreigners traveling on a 12-X visa may not take employment in Ecuador. Visa 12-X status cannot be changed in Ecuador.

Visas for Stays of More Than 90 Days
Foreign nationals planning to stay in Ecuador for more than 90 days need to apply for a visa and must present the following documents:
Valid passport for more than 6 months.
Police certificate with criminal record of the State where s/he resides.
Medical certificate.
Return ticket (for air, land or sea travel).
Two photographs
Application form
Nationals of other countries applying for this type of visa in the United States must also present a valid US visa/green card.
Additionally, depending on the type of visa needed, additional requirements listed under the following visa types may apply:

Student Visa
Specific Requirements:
Certificate of course registration in an educational institution in Ecuador.
Certificate of financial solvency (either a bank deposit of a reasonable amount to cover expenses with a letter stating the intention of the bank of forwarding to the student 10% of that amount per month; OR a document signed by a relative stating that the student is supported by his/her family; OR a legal and duly notarized document indicating the student receives some other type of financial support).
Validity: Up to one year; renewable.
Fee: USD 50. Citizens from the Spain, Colombia, and Paraguay are exempt from the fee.

Professional, Technical, Consultant, or Official Government Visas
Specific Requirements:

Documents showing he/she is required to stay in Ecuador for work related purposes and that his/her stay will be supported by the company/agency/government.
Labor contract legalized by an Ecuadorian Labor Court.
Technical or specialized professionals or industrial training personnel need a working permit from the Ministry of Labor.
Managers, legal representatives, or executive officers, with also require a certificate from the Superintendency of Companies.
Validity: According to the appointment.

Fee: USD 50.

Religious and Volunteer Visas
Specific Requirements:
Certificate of the religious organization where the applicant will work in Ecuador, explaining why a foreign person is required, and a brief description of the tasks s/he will be assigned in Ecuador.
A copy of the Decree in which the Government of Ecuador authorizes the organization to work in the country.
A copy of the rules of the organization.
A copy of the document stating the appointment of the legal representative of the organization in Ecuador.
Validity: Two years.
Fee: None.

Cultural Exchange Visas
Teachers or students participating in exchange programs require:
Application from the Ecuadorian authority sponsoring the student/teachers visit.
A copy of the Agreement under which the program is carried out.
Teachers must sign a document stating that s/he will not receive any Ecuadorian funds for his/her work.
Validity: One year.
Fee: None.

Tourism, Business, and Other Activities Requireing a Stay of More Than 90 Days and Up to 180 Days
Foreigners who need or want to stay in Ecuador for over 90 days, for activities such as tourism, sports, studies, science and research, art, or business, require:
Certificate of financial solvency to the satisfaction of the Consular Officer (either a bank letter stating the applicant's monthly balance OR a personal guaranty of an Ecuadorian citizen or a foreigner residing in Ecuador in a duly notarized document OR a certificate stating the applicant's income OR any other document that proves the applicant has enough funds for his stay in Ecuador).
Validity: 90 to 180 days.
Fee: USD 50. Citizens from the Spain, Colombia, Denmark, and Paraguay are exemp from the fee.

Foreign Embassies in Ecuador (Quito)
Here's the alphabetical list:
*all of the following phone numbers are preceded by 593 2 if calling from outside of Ecuador and 02 if calling from outside of the province of Pichincha.

Edificio Río Amazonas, Av. Amazonas 477, between Roca and Robles, 5th Floor
Tel: 2562992 Fax: 2568177
Mon - Fri 0900 - 1330

Veintimilla 878 and Amazonas
Tel: 2524811
Mon - Fri 1000 - 1200

Juan León Mera 863 and Wilson
Tel: 2567633, 2545340, 2545348
Mon - Thurs 0900 - 1200 (+ Mon, Weds 1430 - 1700)
A notice outside the building lists the numbers to call in case of serious consular emergencies.

Cesar Borja Lavayen and Juan Pablo Sanz, Edificio Vizcaya II, 1st Floor
(opposite Edificio Xerox)
Tel: 2458863
Mon - Fri 0830 - 1230

Amazonas 1429 and Colón, Edificio Espana, 9th Floor
Tel: 2563086
Mon - Fri 0900 - 1500

6 de Diciembre 2816 and James Orton
Tel: 2543214 Fax: 2503108
Mon - Fri 0930 - 1600

Colón 1133 and Amazonas, 7th Floor
Tel: 2228926, 2221969
Mon - Fri 1000 - 1300 1400 - 1700

Costa Rica
Calle Rumipamba 692 between Amazonas and República
Tel: 2254945, 2256016 Fax: 2254087
Mon - Fri 0800 - 1330

Mercurio 365 between La Razón and El Vengador
Tel: 2458282 Fax: 2430594
Mon - Fri 0900 - 1300

Juan Pablo Sanz 3617 and Amazonas, Edificio Xerox, 4th Floor
Tel: 2453327 Fax: 2444470
Mon - Fri 0800 - 1500

China (Taiwan)
Rep de El Salvador 733 and Portugal, Edificio Gabriela 3, 2nd Floor
Tel: 2459357
Mon - Fri 0800 - 1200 1400 - 1700

China (People's Republic)
Atahualpa 349 and Amazonas
Tel: 2458337, 2458927
Mon - Thurs 0900 - 1200 1500 - 1600 Fri 0900 - 1200

Rep de El Salvador 733 and Portugal, Edificio Gabriela 3, 3rd Floor
Tel: 2437163 Fax: 2436942
Mon - Fri 0930 - 1230 1500 - 1800

Dominican Republic
Ave de los Shyris 1240 and Portugal, Edificio Albatros, 5th Floor
Tel: 2449927
Mon - Fri 0900 - 1300

El Salvador
Diego de Almagro 1118 between La Pinta and La Niña, Edificio Hermitage, Office
201 A
Tel: 2565346 Fax: 2552559
Mon - Fri 0900 - 1300

Federal Republic of Germany

Av Patria and 9 de Octubre, Banco de Colombia Building
Tel: 2225660, 2567231, 2567233
Mon - Fri 0900 - 1200
Emergency phone (weekends and holidays) 567231

Embassy: Leonidas Plaza 107 and Patria
Tel: 2560789 Fax: 2566424 Mon - Fri 0900 - 1200 1500 - 1700
Consulate: Diego de Almagro 1550 and Pradera, Edificio Kingman, 2nd Floor
Tel: 543110 Mon - Fri 0900 - 1200 1500 - 1700

Great Britain
Av Gonzalez Suarez 111 (opposite Hotel Quito)
Tel: 2560670, 2560671 Fax: 2560730
Mon - Fri 0900 - 1200 1330 - 1530

Rep de El Salvador 823 and Portugal, Edificio Claude Monet
Tel: 2462570, 2458631
Mon - Fri 0930 - 1300

República 192 and Almagro, Edificio Casa Blanca, 4th Floor
Tel: 2545714, 2501389 Fax: 2501927
Mon - Fri 0900 - 1300

12 de Octubre 1942 and Cordero
Tel: 2525461
Mon - Fri 0900 - 1200

Av Amazonas 3741 and Japón, Edificio Amazonas Park, 1st Floor, Office 11
Tel: 2443244, 2251590 Fax: 2251591
Mon - Fri 0900 - 1330

12 de Octubre 394 and Pasaje Nicolas Jimenez
Tel: 2565166
Mon - Fri 0900 - 1300 1500 - 1900

Antonio de Ulloa 2654 and Rumipamba
Tel: 2451577
Mon - Fri 0900 - 1100 1500 - 1800

Eloy Alfaro 969 and Amazonas
Tel: 2565510, 2565511 Fax: 2504635
Mon - Fri 0830 - 1630

Isla 111 and Humberto Albornoz
Tel: 2561077
Mon - Fri 1000 - 1200

Juan León Mera 130 and Patria, Edificio de La Corporación Financiera Nacional,
7th Floor
Tel: 2561899 Fax: 2503670
Mon - Fri 0930 - 1200 1430 - 1730

Pasaje Frederico Pardeds 555 and 10 de Agosto
Tel: 2412230, 2439450 Fax: 2412707
Mon - Fri 1000 - 1200 1500 - 1700

6 de Diciembre 4843 and Naciones Unidas
Tel: 2457820 Fax: 2448245
Mon - Fri 0900 - 1200

Norway (shares office with Embassy of Sweden)
Pasaje Alonso Jerves 134 and Orellana
Tel: 2509514, 2509423 Fax: 2502593
Mon - Fri 0900 - 1200

Diego de Almagro 1550 and Pradera, Edificio Kingman, 3rd Floor
Tel/Fax: 2566449
Mon - Fri 0900 - 1400

Av Gaspar de Villarroel 2013 and Amazonas, 1st Floor
Tel: 2245871
Mon - Fri 0900 - 1500

Av Rep de El Salvador 495 and Irlanda
Tel: 2468410, 2468411
Mon - Fri 0930- 1230 1530 - 1830

The Phillipines
6 de Diciembre and La Niña, Edificio Multicentro, 8th Floor, Office 801
Tel: 2227456, 2227459
Mon - Fri 0930 - 1300

Baron de Caroudelec 664 (near the Channel 4 TV building)
Tel: 2244971 Fax: 2468462
Mon - Fri 0800 - 1200 1400 - 1700

Reina Victoria and Roca
Tel: 2526361
Mon - Fri 1000 - 1200
Sweden (shares offices with Embassy of Norway)
Pasaje Alonson Jerves 134 and Orellana
Tel: 509514 509423 Fax: 502593
Mon - Fri 0900 - 1200

Amazonas 3617 and Juan Pablo Sanz, Edificio Xerox, 2nd Floor
Tel: 2434948 Fax: 2430594
Mon-Fri 0900 - 1200

La Pinta 455 and Amazonas
Tel: 2564373, 2564390, 2564377 Fax: 2500826
Mon - Fri: 0900 - 1300

6 de Diciembre 2816 and J Orton, Edificio Josueth Gonzalez, 9th Floor
Tel: 2544228 Fax: 2563763
Mon - Fri 0800 - 1500

United States of America
12 de Octubre and Patria
Tel: 2562890 Fax: 2502052
Tues - Fri 0800 - 1130 1330 - 1600

La Coruna 1733 and Belo Horizonte
Tel: 2564626, 2564630 Fax: 2502630
Mon - Fri 0915 - 1215

Sources: Ecuador Ministry of Tourism