Ecuador’s entry requirements and travel restrictions

Ericka & Stefano

If you have decided to visit our small but beautiful country, we have outlined all Ecuador entry requirements below.

If you are from the U.S., Canada, or most of Europe, you are permitted to enter our country without a VISA.

There are several exceptions for various Asian, African, and Latina American countries. But generally speaking, entering Ecuador is not difficult.

And now that the pandemic is “over,” so to speak, it is easier to travel in general (no more vaccines, masks, etc.).

See also:

What documents do I need to travel to Ecuador?

  1. Passport valid for at least 6 months prior to arriving in Ecuador. In other words, you won’t be allowed to enter if your passport has less than six months left on it or has just reached its expiration date.
  2. Medical and travel insurance coverage are required for all travelers.
  3. VISA for countries that require them.
  4. Immigration agents may request evidence of return or onward travel, such as an airline ticket.

And that’s it. All travelers can stay in Ecuador for up to 90 days in any 12-month period.

* The Traveler’s Health Declaration is no longer required to enter Ecuador as of February 2023.

There are additional requirements for visiting the Galapagos Islands.

Please read our guides:

Countries requiring a VISA to enter Ecuador

  • Afghanistan
  • Angola
  • Bangladesh
  • Cameroon
  • Cuba
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • India
  • Iraq
  • Kenya
  • Libya
  • Nepal
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea)
  • Senegal
  • Syria
  • Somalia
  • Sri Lanka
  • Venezuela

Ecuador travel restrictions

The regulations apply to cash coming into or leaving the country.

Travelers entering Ecuador must report any foreign currency worth $10,000 USD or more, or the equivalent in other currencies.

In order to do this, travelers must fill out a form (Customs Registration Form FRA), which is provided by the airline during the flight and then submitted to the customs authority.

The declaration of the amount does not imply payment of taxes. Also, if the amount has been declared accurately, there will be no penalty for failing to pay any applicable foreign trade taxes.

On the other hand, travelers departing Ecuador with less than $1,200 USD in cash are not required to pay taxes. If the amount exceeds the stated limit, they must pay a 5% tax to the Ecuadorian tax office.

More information is available at the following link.

Additional Ecuador travel recommendations

It is not required to be vaccinated in order to enter Ecuador; however, the following vaccinations are recommended:

  • Yellow fever
  • Typhoid fever
  • Rabies
  • Hepatitis A and B

The yellow fever vaccine is especially suggested for tourists going to the provinces of the Ecuadorian Amazon (Napo, Pastaza, Orellana, Sucumbios, Zamora Chinchipe and Morona Santiago).

Also for visitors from Brazil, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, and Uganda.

Ecuador does not require COVID vaccination certificates.

More info:

About the author

Hey there! We are Ericka and Stefano. As longtime citizens of this amazing country, we are honored to serve as your tour guides and offer our firsthand experiences, insider advice, and must-see attractions in Ecuador. So be prepare for an exciting journey through Ecuador’s unique treasures.

Leave a Comment