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Passport Requirements for Ecuador Tours

American and Canadian citizens must have a passport that is valid for at least 6 months beyond the intended return date in order to enter and depart Ecuador.Tourists must also provide proof of return or onward travel. Each traveler is responsible for ensuring that his/her passport is up to date. Citizens of other nationalities should check with respective authorities before departure. Please ensure that the name on your passport matches all travel documents we have issued. If this is not the case, please contact us immediately.

Please make a photocopy of your passport’s identification page and keep it separate from the original. It’s also a good idea to leave a digital copy with someone at home. This may speed the replacement process should you lose your passport.

Visa Requirements for Ecuador Tours

American and Canadian citizens traveling on regular passports for business or tourist purposes do not need a visa for a stay of up to 90 days. Please note that if you are staying longer than 90 days, obtaining a visa is your responsibility. These requirements change often and therefore it is recommended that you check with the Embassy of Ecuador for the most up- to-date information.

Insurance Recommendations for Ecuador Tours

Cancellation and Medical Insurance is highly recommended as it can safeguard against the expenses associated with in-country medical emergencies, lost or delayed baggage and emergency cancelation or interruption of your trip. Please ensure your policy will provide you with upfront medical coverage so that you are not responsible for a hefty doctor’s bill while away. Insurance can be purchased through us.

Vaccination Requirements for Ecuador Tours

Some vaccines require more than one dose or a major length of time to be effective. For that reason, it is recommended to see your doctor or health provider at least 6 to 8 weeks before your trip. Please bring vaccination certificates with you in your carry-on luggage as you may need to present them on arrival.

Currently Required Vaccinations:

A Yellow Fever vaccination may be required depending on which part of the country you are travelling to.

You may also want to ask your travel health professional about tetanus, diphtheria, hepatitis A & B, malaria, rabies and typhoid, depending on the areas you will be visiting.

Altitude sickness is a risk at high levels such as Quito and in the Highlands. Give yourself time to acclimatise before setting off into the mountains. Walk slowly and drink plenty of water.

Medication Requirements for Ecuador Tours

If there are any medical items essential to your health, such as prescription drugs or corrective eye wear, bring duplicates and divide them between your checked bags and hand luggage. While non-prescription drugs such as aspirin are generally available, it is difficult to replace prescription items. Other recommended Items:

  • Sunscreen (SPF 30 or higher), after-sun lotion, lip balm, wide brimmed hat, sunglasses
  • Insect repellent with a high concentration of DEET (at least 30 percent if traveling to the Amazon)
  • Basic medicine kit (painkillers, band-aids, antiseptic cream, etc.)
  • Digestive aids such as Imodium, Pepto-Bismol; re-hydration salts and anti-diarrhea preparations
  • Hydrocortisone tablets or cream for allergic skin reactions and bites
  • Anti-nausea tablets if you suffer from motion sickness

Clothing and Essential Items for Ecuador Travel

Suggested items to pack:

  • Quick-drying shirts, shorts and hiking trousers (zip-off trousers are highly recommended)
  • Waterproof windbreaker, long trousers & long-sleeved tops for the rainforest
  • Bathing suit and small towel
  • Comfortable clothes for hanging out in the evenings
  • A good set of earplugs can be invaluable to block out noisy dogs, monkeys, neighbours and traffic.
  • Flashlight, Watch/Alarm clock
  • Plastic bags, good for keeping valuables dry in the rainy season
  • Binoculars if you are interested in the local wildlife—especially birds
  • Hiking poles if you will be doing a lot of hiking
  • Small umbrella if visiting during the rainy season

Photographers: Remember to pack sufficient memory cards, a spare camera battery, charger and dust-resistant case.

Electricity, Phone and Internet in Ecuador

Electricity: 120 volts AC, 60Hz. (110 volts AC is available in most 4- and 5-star hotels.) Plugs used are American-style (two perpendicular flat blades).

Phone: Coverage is good throughout most of the country. Check with your phone company to see if there are roaming agreements before your departure.
Internet: Service is widely available in main cities and most towns. Wireless access is available in most urban areas, airports, hotels and shopping centres.

Currency in Ecuador

The currency in Ecuador is the US Dollar. Major credit and debit cards are accepted in most businesses, with ATMs available across the country. It is recommended to contact your credit card company to advise them when and where you will be traveling to avoid what may be picked up as suspicious activity by your credit card provider.

Quick Facts for a Ecuador Tour

Capital: Quito

Language: Spanish

Currency: US Dollar (USD)

Religion: 95% of the country is Roman Catholic

Time Zone: UTC-5

Electricity: 110 – 220 V/60Hz

Telephone: Country code is 593

Calling North America: Dial 011 + area code and your 7-digit number

Emergency telephone number: Throughout Ecuador, call 911

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