Coronavirus travel health
Check the latest information on risk from COVID-19 for Ecuador on the TravelHealthPro website
See the TravelHealthPro website for further advice on travel abroad and reducing spread of respiratory viruses during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Commercial flights are operating to and from Ecuador, however due to the unpredictability of the COVID-19 pandemic; we strongly recommend you contact your travel company/airline for the latest information.
Entry and borders
See Entry requirements to find out what you will need to do when you arrive in Ecuador.
Returning to the UK
Travelling from and returning to the UK
Check what you must do to travel abroad and return to England, Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland.
If you plan to pass through another country to return to the UK, check the travel advice for the country you’re transiting.
You should contact local authorities for information on testing facilities (available in Spanish only).
Be prepared for your plans to change
No travel is risk-free during COVID. Countries may further restrict travel or bring in new rules at short notice, for example due to a new COVID-19 variant. Check with your travel company or airline for any transport changes which may delay your journey home.
If you test positive for COVID-19, you may need to stay where you are until you test negative. You may also need to seek treatment there.
Plan ahead and make sure you:
- can access money
- understand what your insurance will cover
- can make arrangements to extend your stay and be away for longer than planned
Travel in Ecuador
The Ecuadorean government provides coronavirus-related information on the Coronavirus Ecuador website. The Ministry of Public Health (MSP) also provides an information page. However, the most up to date information is accessible via their Twitter account.
The general nationwide biosecurity measures include:
- mandatory COVID-19 vaccination for Ecuadorean nationals and foreign residents
- mandatory use of face masks in public spaces
- the land border with Colombia is open for all travellers via the Rumichaca international border crossing, from 8am to 5pm
- the land border with Peru re-opened on 18 February 2022 for all travellers via the Huaquillas and Macará international border crossings, from 8am to 5pm
- most ports remain closed for travel/tourism activities. As of October 2021, international cruise ship operations are permitted in Esmeraldas, Guayaquil, Manta and Puerto Baquerizo ports
All people over 12 (including foreign tourists) must present their COVID-19 vaccination certificate (showing 2 complete doses) to enter establishments providing non-essential services (for example, but not limited to, banks, shops, supermarkets, restaurants, transport, etc). This rule has also been enforced at airports. This will not apply to public sector institutions and for essential services such as health and education. COVID-19 vaccination certificates are also mandatory for all passengers over 5 years old for all inter-district, interstate, urban and tourist buses.
Please note that Ecuador’s National Emergency Operations Committee (COE) only makes recommendations, but the power to impose these restrictions rests with local authorities. As a result, you may see some discrepancies between local areas. Further local restrictions, including vehicle circulation restrictions, are responsibility of each local authority. The most up to date information can be found via the local authorities’ social media channels:
Quito: @MunicipioQuito; Guayaquil: @alcaldiagye; Cuenca: @MunicipioCuenca; Galapagos: @CGGalapagos
Ecuador’s National Emergency Operations Committee (COE) has a website with their official resolutions (Spanish only).
During the national health emergency, the Ecuadorean Ministry of Health will continue to issue the required health prevention measures, including PCR tests and any mandatory self-isolation (Aislamiento Preventivo Obligatorio – APO) requirements.
Visit the Quito “Mariscal Sucre” International Airport website for details on their COVID-19 protocols and health measures for passengers.
Visit the Guayaquil “Jose Joaquin de Olmedo” International Airport website for general information on COVID-19 measures and related FAQ (in Spanish).
Healthcare in Ecuador
If you present symptoms while in Ecuador, you should call 171 (Spanish only) and you will be assisted by trained Ministry of Public Health (MSP) personnel. You can also call 911, which has some English-speaking operators. For further information (in Spanish), follow the Ministry of Public Health official social media channels @Salud_Ec.
Private COVID-19 tests are carried out in laboratories approved by the Ministry of Health.
Most private labs offer testing at home or at hotels; the tests are easy to arrange at an extra fee. Quito and Guayaquil international airports also have private labs in place for COVID-19 tests.
The Ecuadorean government recommends the “SaludEC” app, a new platform to support the COVID-19 response. It can provide general reports, official announcements and information to evaluate potential COVID-19 symptoms. It also allows online medical checks and scheduling appointments at Ministry of Public Health centres for non-coronavirus needs.
If you test positive for COVID-19 in Ecuador before returning to the UK
If you receive a positive COVID-19 test in country, you should seek medical assistance by contacting either a public or private doctor to advise you on treatment and mandatory self-isolation measures, in private accommodation or a hotel of your choice. There are no quarantine facilities in Ecuador.
If your condition deteriorates, you can call 911 or directly approach a private or public hospital or medical centre to seek assistance.
For contact details for English speaking doctors visit our list of healthcare providers.
It is your responsibility to comply with the required 10 days of self-isolation if you test positive.
Minors (under 18) have to comply with the same self-isolation requirements. They will be denied access to hotels without an adult.
Your emotional and mental wellbeing is important. Read guidance on how to look after your mental wellbeing and mental health
View Health for further details on healthcare in Ecuador.
COVID-19 vaccines if you live in Ecuador
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The Ecuador national vaccination programme started in February 2021 and uses the AstraZeneca, Pfizer-BioNTech, Sinovac and CanSino vaccines. British nationals resident in Ecuador are eligible for the vaccine.
Currently, anyone eligible for the vaccine can approach their nearest health centre (Centro de Salud), authorised vaccination centre or mobile brigade to receive the COVID-19 vaccination nationwide.If you do not have an Ecuadorean Identity Document (“cédula”), you can approach receive the vaccine by presenting a valid passport.
Vaccination for 5-11 year olds began in October 2021.
As of December 2021, COVID-19 booster vaccines are available for those who completed their vaccination course at least 6 months ago, or 5 months ago for over 65s. You can approach the nearest health centre or vaccination establishment throughout the country.
COVID-19 vaccinations are now mandatory for everyone over the age of 5 in Ecuador, including foreign residents (Health Law Article 6.4). However, people with a certified medical condition or dispensation are exempt, with an official and valid medical certificate.
In addition to the vaccination card provided by the Ministry of Public Health (MSP), there is an online application form through which you can access your vaccination certificate.
Find out more, including about vaccines that are authorised in the UK or approved by the World Health Organisation, on the COVID-19 vaccines if you live abroad.
If you’re a British national living in Ecuador, you should seek medical advice from your local healthcare provider. Information about COVID-19 vaccines used in the national programme where you live, including regulatory status, should be available from local authorities. Check the Ministry of Public Health (MSP) social media channels.
If you need urgent consular assistance, contact your nearest British embassy, high commission or consulate. All telephone numbers are available 24/7.