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.
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.
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.
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:
As of February 10, 2017, if you are coming to Ecuador after a trip to Brazil, Angola, Congo, or Uganda, it is mandatory to receive a Yellow Fever vaccination. The only way to prove this is through the International Vaccination Certificate of Yellow Fever, so if you are traveling through any of these countries, be sure to bring your certificate with you.
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.
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:
Suggested items to pack:
Photographers: Remember to pack sufficient memory cards, a spare camera battery, charger and dust-resistant case.
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.
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.
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