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What are the requirements for traveling to the Galapagos?

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This blog was last updated on March 23rd, 2021


We would like to let you know that the Ecuadorian Government has updated the regulations regarding travelers arriving in Ecuador. These apply from today, Monday, March 22nd onwards. All travelers over 2 years of age must use one of the following three options to enter the country:

  1. Documentation that certifies they have received the full doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, or
  2. A negative PCR test certificate, taken up to three days before arrival in Ecuador, or
  3. A negative antigen test certificate, taken up to three days before arrival in Ecuador.
  • Health officials will also check travelers for symptoms related to COVID-19. Suspected cases will be required to have an on-the-spot antigen test. If the result is positive, travelers will need to isolate for 10 days in accommodation of their choice and at their expense. In the event that the antigen test result is negative, the passenger may continue with their trip.
  • All travelers must complete a Health Declaration form.
  • The same test or vaccine documents need to be shown to enter Mashpi Lodge.

The rules regarding entry to the Galapagos Islands for visitors remain the same, for now. They are as follows:

  • A certificate of a negative PCR test taken within 96 hours of their Galapagos flight for travelers over 12 years old. (Please note that our company policy is 12 years of age while the Galapagos authorities’ requirement is 18). This can be the same international certificate used to enter the country, or one from an authorized Ecuadorian laboratory (see this list). Use of face masks is mandatory.
  • A travel insurance certificate with medical coverage.
  • A safe passage (salvoconducto) document, issued at least 24 hours before by the tour operator or hotel.
  • The Galapagos Transit Control Card, completed online before the flight.

We will be sure to let you know of any changes to the Galapagos regulations as soon as they happen. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact your Destination Expert who’ll be happy to assist you.

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