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

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This blog was last updated on September 9th, 2021


The Ecuadorian government has adjusted the rules for entering Ecuador. Travelers entering Ecuador will need to show either:

  1. A vaccination certificate (with all the required doses), dated at least 14 days before the flight, or
  2. A certificate of a negative PCR taken within 72 hours of the flight for travelers over 2 years old. Antigen tests are no longer accepted.

The authorities request all travelers arriving in Ecuador do so with a printed version of the Ministry of Health’s Health Declaration Form. One form needs to be filled per family group. The form can be downloaded from the following link.

Notes for Ecuador entry:

  • Health officials will also check travelers for symptoms related to COVID-19. Suspected cases will be required to have an on-the-spot test. If the result is positive, travelers will need to isolate themselves for 10 days in accommodation of their choice and at their expense. In the event that the test result is negative, the traveler may continue with their trip.
  • Travelers entering the country from Brazil or India have different requirements. Please contact your Destination Expert for more details.

The rules for entering the Galapagos Islands are:

From September 11th, the rules for entering the Galapagos Islands will be as follows for all international travelers over 2 years old

  • A certificate of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours of the Galapagos flight.

Please note: This is the only document that allows entry to the Galapagos Islands; it must be presented regardless of whether the traveler has a vaccination certificate or not.

Notes for Galapagos entry:

  • When entering the Galapagos, travelers can show the same certificate used to enter Ecuador, as long as it was taken within 72 hours of their Galapagos flight, or one from an authorized Ecuadorian laboratory (request assistance from your Destination Expert).
  • A Galapagos Transit Control Card will need to be completed online or at the airport before the flight.
  • A travel insurance certificate is required.

Please don’t hesitate to get in touch with your Destination Expert if you have any doubts or questions.

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