News about Covid-19 in Ecuador

Rebecca Adventure Travel wants our guests to be informed about the situation of the COVID-19 in Ecuador. In this blog, learn about the latest news regarding the coronavirus situation in the country.

4th October 2021

Ecuador & The Galapagos are open for travel

Ecuador and Galapagos open for travel

The world is slowly but surely opening up again for travel. Ecuador has almost 50% of its population already vaccinated and the objective by the end of the year would be to obtain herd immunity, which implies getting between 70% and 85% of the population immunized against the coronavirus. 

The population of the Galapagos Islands between the ages of 16 and 65 is 100% vaccinated after a great effort from the public and private sectors. All members of the tourism industry in the Galapagos and continental Ecuador, are also fully vaccinated. Very few new cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed in the archipelago in recent weeks.

Ecuador was the first country in the Andean region to receive the World Travel and Tourism Council’s “SafeTravels” stamp, which indicates the success of the hygiene and sanitation protocols throughout the country. 

Rebecca Adventure Travel has adopted the recommended safety and health standardized protocols by the World Travel & Tourism Council, the Ministry of Tourism of Ecuador, and The Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA). The company has obtained the #SAFETRAVELS Stamp and the ATTA COVID-19 Safety Badge, allowing its guests to experience “Safe Travels”. Read more of our safety guidelines and protocols here.

The entry requirements to Ecuador Mainland are to present a negative result of a COVID-19 RT-PCR test or a complete COVID-19 vaccination certificate. Please remember that the information may vary, it is recommended to check requirements before your journey.

Together let’s help to continue reopening tourism, for a safe and healthy future for adventure travel!

10th September 2021

Galapagos & Ecuador entry requirements update

Ecuadorian Authorities introduced the following entry requirements for Galapagos, by air, which will take effect from September 11th.

Entry to Galapagos:

All passengers, older than 2 years old, regardless of their residence, must present:

  • A negative result of a COVID-19 RT-PCR test, taken within a maximum of up to 72 hours prior to boarding their flight, whether or not they are fully vaccinated against COVID- 19.

Entry to Ecuador:

The entry requirements related to Covid-19 in Ecuador have not changed since the update on July 15th. They are:

  • All passengers over 2 years old must present a negative result of a COVID-19 RT-PCR test, performed up to 72 hours prior to boarding the flight,
  • A complete COVID-19 vaccination certificate, with the last dose administered at least 14 days prior to travel.

Please remember that requirements may vary. It is recommended to check requirements before your journey.

For more information visit: Ministry of Tourism

25th August 2021

COE adjusts requirements for entry to Galapagos

Due to the increment of the Delta Variant around the world, the Emergency Operations Committee (COE) made an adjustment to the requirements for travelers who want to visit the Galapagos Islands, starting from the 31st of August.

All travelers over 16 years of age must present:

  • A negative PCR test carried out maximum 72 hours before the trip, and
  • The complete vaccination card valid for at least 14 days.

All minors between the ages of 2 and 16 must present a negative result of PCR test carried out up to 72 hours before boarding the flight.

The Minister of Health, Ximean Garzón, also announced that the first days of September will start the vaccination of young people from 12 to 16 years to achieve greater immunity in the population of Galapagos.

Rebecca Adventure Travel can provide assistance to perform the PCR tests in the cities of Quito, Guayaquil or Cuenca. It is also offered assistance with payment fees processes, additional bookings, and any other needed procedures.

Source: Quito International Airport

15th July 2021

Update of Entry Requirements by Air to Ecuador

The National COE resolved to approve the following guidelines for entering Ecuador from abroad in relation to Covid-19, which will come into effect from July 15th, 2021:

  • Travelers arriving in Ecuador must present a negative RT-PCR test taken within 72 hours before the travel, or present a vaccination certificate with a complete series of the vaccines issued at least 14 days before entering Ecuador. (This regulation does not apply to travelers from Brazil and India).
  • Negative Antigen tests are no longer accepted from July 15th.
  • Travelers from Brazil and India (including residents or travelers on transit in these countries) must provide a negative RT-PCR test taken at least 72 hours before their flight, even if they have been vaccinated. Additionally, passengers must complete a 10-day mandatory quarantine on any accommodation of their choice and at their own expense.

For more information, visit COVID-19 Protocols – Quito International Airport

22nd June 2021

The Galapagos Islands have zero confirmed cases of Covid-19

No Cases of Covid in Galapagos

The Galapagos Islands have zero confirmed cases of Covid-19 and are consolidated as a Biosecure destination. The archipelago immunized 100% of its target population!

It was reported by the Emergency Operations Committee (COE) that in the epidemiological week, from June 13 to 19, there are no cases of stable hospitalized people or with a reserved prognosis in the archipelago.

Regarding the vaccination process, the Health authorities reported that the archipelago immunized 100% of its target population. A total of 22,390 inhabitants, over 18 years of age and fit to be vaccinated, received the complete vaccination schedule. In addition, progress is being made in the vaccination of adolescents in the age groups of 16 and 17 years.

Breathe Again. Visit the Galapagos Islands.

Source: Ecuadorian Ministry of Tourism

10th June 2021

Unification of entry requirements to Ecuador Mainland & Galapagos from 1st July 2021

Galapagos entry requirements

From the 1st of July, the entry requirements to Ecuador Mainland and The Galapagos Islands will be unified and it will be required to present any of these requirements:

  • Negative PCR or antigen test (with a maximum of 72 hours prior to the trip). This will not be applied to children under 2 years old.
  • Vaccination card, with the complete scheme (issued with a minimum of 14 days prior to the flight).

To boost tourism in Ecuador, the requirement of the PCR test for national and international passengers arriving in the country by air, who have the vaccination certificate, will be eliminated, reported the National Emergency Operations Committee. Until then, to enter the Galapagos, it is still required to present a negative PCR test.

Notes for Galapagos entry:

  • If it’s dated within 72 hours of their flight to the islands, travelers can show the same international PCR or antigen test certificate used to enter Ecuador. Or else they will need one issued by an authorized Ecuadorian laboratory.
  • A Galapagos Transit Control Card (issued by the government council of Galapagos) will need to be completed online (or at the airport) before the flight.
  • A travel insurance certificate is required.
  • The Safe Passage (Salvoconducto) document is no longer a requisite (except for tour leaders).

Let’s Reactivate the Tourism!

Source: Ecuadorian Ministry of Tourism

20th May 2021

Galapagos will be free from Covid from June 2021

Galapagos covid free

99.7% of the population in the Galapagos Islands has been vaccinated against Covid-19 and will be the first archipelago in Latin America to be fully vaccinated!

According to the Minister of Health, Camilo Salinas, in June Galapagos would be free of the Coronavirus, meaning that soon 100% of the inhabitants will be inoculated, making the island a safe destination to travel.

24th April 2021

State of exception and confinement on weekends in 16 provinces of Ecuador (Galapagos is not included)

President Lenín Moreno declared a state of exception from 8:00 PM on April 23 to 11:59 PM on May 20, 2021 due to public calamity in 16 provinces of Ecuador. 

The signing of the decree follows the request of the National COE to try to contain the spread of covid-19 in Ecuador. The provinces in which the  state of exception governs are: Azuay, Imbabura, Loja, Manabí, Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas, Guayas, Pichincha, Los Ríos, Esmeraldas, Santa Elena, Tungurahua, Carchi, Cotopaxi, Zamora Chinchipe, El Oro and Sucumbíos.

The curfew will begin at 8:00 PM and end at 5:00 AM, from Monday to Thursday. On Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays an absolute mobility restriction will be applied in which the curfew will be uninterrupted and will begin at 8:00 PM on Friday and end at 5:00 AM on Monday.

The transport circulation outside of the curfew will be free for private cars. That is to say, from Monday to Friday they all circulate from 5:00 AM to 8:PM. As for urban public transport, the allowed capacity is 50%.

Source: El Comercio

April 20th 2021

Galapagos, a World Heritage Site, would be the first fully immunized archipelago in Latin America

Galapagos would be the first archipelago in Latin America to achieve collective immunity from COVID; Its population over 18 years of age will be inoculated 100% until the end of May, within the Vaccine Plan of Ecuador.

In addition, within the framework of the agreement signed between the San Francisco de Quito University and the Ministry of Public Health, a scientific research program will be implemented on the entire process of mass immunization against COVID 19 in the Province of Galapagos.

The island territory will have its population vaccinated until the end of May, according to the schedule established by the Ministry of Public Health.

Galapagos was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1978, it is the main tourist destination in Ecuador worldwide and it is a site of special scientific interest due to its great diversity of flora, fauna, and geological characteristics.

Source: Vicepresidency of the Republic of Ecuador

April 13th 2021

Requirements to enter Ecuador for International Travelers

Quito International Airport, Corporación Quiport shares the requirements approved by the National COE to enter Ecuador by air:

  • Negative PCR test, performed within three days prior to arrival in Ecuador, or
  • Negative antigen test, performed within three days prior to arrival in Ecuador, or
  • COVID-19 vaccination card or certificate, stating that the doses have been completed.

Children under two years of age are exempt from presenting upon arrival a negative PCR test, rapid antigen test, or vaccination card.

The Quito International Airport is providing all facilities to the Ministry of Public Health so that entry controls to the country are developed in a suitable place, also observing all sanitary protection measures.

Quito airport has health prevention and protection equipment and measures for passengers and airport employees, for example:

  • Thermal cameras to measure body temperature (entry to the passenger terminal and entry to the international arrival migration area).
  • Footbaths for disinfection of footwear and luggage wheels (entrance to the terminal and entrance to the international arrival migration area).
  • Protective screens to avoid direct contact between airport personnel and passengers (airline check-in counters, departure and arrival migration counters, airline counters at boarding gates).
  • Safety bands for blocking seats in public areas and departure lounges.
  • Reduction of pre-boarding lounges to 50% of their capacity.
  • Capacity control in stores and restaurants.
  • 500 hand sanitizer dispensers located throughout the passenger terminal.
  • Floor signage to facilitate the reference of the required social distance.
  • Permanent and up-to-date information on health measures on screens and billboards at the airport.

Source: Quito International Airport

March 18th 2021

Air passengers may present the Covid-19 #vaccination card or antigen test to enter Ecuador

The presentation of the Covid-19 vaccination card with the complete doses will exonerate the air passenger from the presentation of the negative RT-PCR test upon entering Ecuador.

This reform was carried out by the national COE this Wednesday, March 17, 2021. That decision was established for national and foreign passengers. Another reform is that the negative RT-PCR test was requested with a validity of no more than 10 days upon entering the country, now, the traveler can show the negative RT-PCR or have the option of delivering a negative antigen test. The latter must have a maximum validity of up to 72 hours, according to Juan Zapata, president of the National Emergency Operations Committee (COE).

Source: El Comercio

March 13th 2021

Galapagos will be the first province to complete phase 0 of vaccination against covid-19

The president of the Government Council of the Galapagos reported that the first 5,000 Covid-19 vaccines arrived to the Galapagos Islands on Thursday, March 11. According to national vaccination guidelines, highly vulnerable groups will be the first ones to receive the vaccine. Within 48 hours of their arrival, all of the vaccines will be administered across the islands of Santa Cruz, San Cristobal, Isabela and Floreana (the only islands in the archipelago that are inhabited).

The objective of the National Government is for Galapagos to be able to close its mass vaccination before May 15, for which international negotiations are carried out, due to its particularities for the conservation of ecological systems, its biodiversity and economy, which is governed under a regime special. Wray also assured that they will work with the population to make Galapagos a safe destination for tourism.

The Ministry of Public Health foresees that the National Government will execute 100% of phase 1 on a national scale until May 15.

Source: El Telegrafo

March 1st 2021

Rebecca Adventure Travel obtains the ATTA COVID-19 Safety Badge

Health and Safety has always been important in responsible adventure travel. The Adventure Travel Trade Association (ATTA), along with a team of technical experts, created the Adventure Travel COVID-19 Health & Safety Guidelines using international industry standards, public resources from the CDC, WHO, governments, and tour operators.

Rebecca Adventure Travel has obtained the ATTA COVID-19 Safety Badge for following the ATTA Safety Guidelines and for its commitment to using the best practices for health and safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. Together we can help to reopen tourism while mitigating the risks associated with COVID-19, for a safe and healthy future for adventure travel.

ATTA Covid-19 Badge - Rebecca Adventure Travel

The main principles of the guidelines are to:

  • Protect the vulnerable: people and communities.
  • Mitigate risks
    • Symptom screening
    • Enhanced sanitation and hygiene, with a focus on hands
    • Physical distancing and additional controls
    • Face coverings when physical distancing is not possible
  • Respond to COVID-19 presence and other emergencies.
  • Include specific actions for trekking, rafting, cycling, and other adventure activities.

ATTA Stamp - Sea lions, Galapagos

January 30th 2021

Free support and coordination services for PCR or COVID-19 antigen tests and results

Rebecca Adventure Travel offers free help, support, and coordination services for PCR or COVID-19 antigen tests and results, for all its guests, ensuring that their experience is as smooth and uncomplicated as possible. The assistance is offered to enter Ecuador and to fly back to their countries.

PCR or COVID-19 antigen tests can be performed in Quito, Guayaquil, Cuenca, Tena and Puerto Ayora (Galapagos). A laboratory approved by the Ecuadorian government will carry out the tests. PRC tests are a requirement to enter GalapagosPCR and antigen tests are a requirement to flight back to the US.

The free service is with all the support and coordination of the required tests and the results, guests will have to pay the costs of the tests directly to the laboratory. PCR test results take up to 24 hours and cost between $ 80 and $ 100. Antigen test results take around two to seven hours, and the cost ranges from $ 40 to $ 50.

Consult with one of our Travel Agents about the process and costs of the different tests, since these vary according to the type, the time of day or night, the place where they are carried out, and the delivery time of the results.

January 13th 2021

As of January 13, travelers who do not present a negative PCR test result will not be admitted to Ecuador

From January 13, the new guidelines approved by the National COE for entry points by air, land, and sea, which were presented by the Ministry of Health, will come into effect.

Thus, from that day on, any person who intends to enter Ecuador through any point of entry must present the result of a negative RT-PCR test performed up to 10 days before arrival in the country. Upon arrival in the country, at random, an antigen test will be applied through the Ministry of Health and if it is positive, the passenger must perform mandatory isolation for ten days in shelters assigned by that State Portfolio. Children under 14 years of age will not be tested for antigen at the point of entry.

Source: El Universo

January 3rd 2021

Following a ruling from the Constitutional Court, the National COE resolved to nullify the state of exception

President Lenín Moreno announced this Sunday that his government will abide by the resolution of the Constitutional Court issued on December 27 on the unconstitutionality of the state of emergency.

In this way, measures such as the curfew and restrictions on vehicular traffic remain without effect. Quito will be the only canton that will maintain the vehicle restriction under the “Hoy Circula” system (odd plates: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays; even: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays; Sundays, free circulation).

The president called on the cantonal Emergency Operations Committees (COE) to act in line with the warnings of the national COE, and to take all necessary actions to avoid crowds to stop the spread of COVID-19 in Ecuador.

Source: El Universo

December 21st 2020

The Government of Ecuador decrees a new state of exception, curfew, and dry law before the Christmas and New Year holidays

President Lenín Moreno announced the new measures to counteract the spread of COVID-19 in Ecuador, after the United Kingdom identified the circulation of a new strain of the virus.

The measurements are:

  • Decree of a state of emergency for 30 days nationwide.
  • Curfew as of this Monday, December 21 from 10:00 p.m. to 04:00 a.m. Dry law will also apply at the same time. This provision will last for 15 days.
  • Restriction of vehicular circulation for private cars on a national scale.
  • New hours of operation for shopping centers from 08:00 to 20:00 with a capacity of 50% of capacity.
  • Reduction of the capacity of restaurants and hotels to 30%.
  • Closing of Ecuadorian beaches on December 24, 25 and 31, 2020 and January 1, 2021
  • Closing of bars, discos, and nightlife centers.
  • Limit to a maximum of 10 people in social gatherings.
  • Prohibition of burning puppets in public spaces on a national scale.

Protocol for travelers from the United Kingdom, South Africa, Australia, and EU nations:

President Moreno reported that travelers arriving in Ecuador from the United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa and countries of the European Union (EU) must comply with the delivery of a negative result of covid-19, carried out within the 10 days prior to the trip upon arrival at the airports of Quito and Guayaquil. Citizens will need to have a rapid antigen test at airports. Personnel of the Ministry of Public Health will be in charge of doing it. In addition, compliance with the Mandatory Preventive Isolation (APO) will be required in previously agreed hotels for 5 days from arrival for non-resident travelers in Ecuador. If citizens do not have a negative PCR result or the rapid test, they must fulfill 10 days of APO in previously agreed hotels.

Source: El Comercio

November 27th 2020

Rebecca Adventure Travel obtains the certificate of ‘Trustworthy and Healthy Establishment’

Trusthworthy and Healthy Establishment Quito Turismo - Covid-19 in Ecuador

Rebecca Adventure Travel has obtained the certificate of ‘Trustworthy and Healthy Establishment’ granted by the Municipality of Quito, through Quito Tourism. This certificate is given to businesses that have the recognition of tourist quality ‘Distinctive Q’ and which fully complied with the guidelines and parameters necessary for the correct application of biosafety protocols.

For this, the Quito Tourism Quality Directorate worked, hand in hand with the establishments that have ‘Distinctive Q’, in personalized advice to apply the biosafety standards, contained in the technical standard of the tourism quality program.

The ‘Distinctive Q’ recognition is a program in which, on a voluntary basis, establishments implement quality and sustainable tourism management systems, in order to offer first-class services who also have a prepared human team that allows raising the quality of the tourist offer of the Metropolitan District of Quito, through compliance with technical, measurable and objective standards.

October 30th 2020

Quito Airport transits to its normal schedule for National and International flights

Since the resumption of commercial passenger operations, on June 1st, flights from Quito International Airport have been increasing steadily. “The evolution of passenger traffic has also been positive: we started with 20,000 passengers in June, which doubled to 42,000 passengers in July while in August we transported more than 48,000 passengers. Throughout the entire period, between June 1 and September 24, we already surpassed the 166,000-passenger mark,” reported Andrew O’Brian, who nevertheless explained that these numbers are far from those registered before the health emergency.

By December, according to Quiport projections, 13 airlines will operate at the Quito airport, reaching 10 international destinations. In 2019, 16 airlines flew to 18 international destinations.

From all the airports that closed in Latin America due to the health emergency, Quito airport was the first to resume national and international flights, implementing strict health protection measures and applying the protocols established by the Emergency Operations Committee to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Ecuador.

Is a COVID-19 test required before your flight?

Covid Airport Protocols - Covid-19 in Ecuador

Review all the protocols and healthy measures used at the airport here.

October 19th 2020

Cuyabeno is open to tourists from the 1st of November

Cuyabeno is open - Covid-19 in Ecuador

The Cuyabeno Wildlife Reserve reopens its doors to tourists from the 1st of November 2020. It is the second-largest reserve of the 56 national parks and protected areas in Ecuador. It is an important nature reserve in Amazonia, located at the foothills of the Andes.

Check our Cuyabeno tours here.

October 1st 2020

Galapagos is open and awaits for you.

Galapagos is known around the world as one of the best places on earth for preserved nature. All efforts should be put to conserve this natural wonder! The tourism economy and especially the Galapagos Islands have been deeply affected by the Coronavirus. Galapagos is open now, with all the Covid safety measures in place and it’s waiting for you!

September 18th 2020

Quito obtains the Global Security Stamp ¨Safe Travels¨

Safe Travels Stamp Quito - Covid-19 in Ecuador

Quito, the capital of the Center of the World received the Travel Safety Stamp certification granted by the World Travel and Tourism Council (#WTTC), which recognizes the application of correct biosafety protocols in tourist activities, as well as the efforts in the city’s adaptation measures to this new normal, so that travelers can experience safe travels.

The international stamp classifies Quito as a safe destination, which generates confidence and provides the traveler with a unique and meaningful experience throughout their trip, also ensuring the well-being and safety of travelers.

September 1st 2020

From September 13th, the state of exception ends in Ecuador

More than 170 days after the start of the health emergency due to COVID-19 in Ecuador, starting on September 13th, the state of exception ends in the country, with two specific measures to be eliminated: freedom of movement and freedom of association.

  • Curfew is lifted after the end of the state of emergency.
  • Freedom to move around the country at any time returns.
  • Corporate meetings, press conferences and academic meetings of up to 25 people are allowed.

Measures that are maintained:

  • Mandatory use of a mask in public spaces and physical distancing.
  • International travelers who arrive in the country by air presenting a negative PCR test for Covid, should not carry out the mandatory preventive isolation and can circulate freely. The test must have been carried out within 10 days prior to entering the country. Quick tests are not supported. Passengers who do not present a negative test upon arrival in the country, must carry out mandatory preventive isolation. If the passenger wishes, a PCR test can be carried out, at his or her cost, using the services of a laboratory accredited by the Agency for Quality Assurance of Health Services (Acess). If the PCR test is negative, the person can leave the isolation.
  • Public and municipal passenger transport remains with 50% capacity.
  • Conventional and executive taxis, mixed transport, and light cargo can circulate every day without restrictions of their license plate number. Also, tourist land transport, respecting the protocols established for this activity.
  • Restaurants can serve the public with 50% of the allowed capacity.
  • Activities in archaeological sites, zoos, museums, national parks (except Yasuní National Park), with the entrance of 30% of visitors, for this, each institution must implement a protocol for this purpose.

Although the restrictive measures are made more flexible, an invitation is extended to the general public to assume with responsibility, raising a personal commitment and in front of society to continue with hand washing, proper use of the mask, and maintain two meters of social distance; and thus prevent the spread of Covid-19 in Ecuador.

August 19th 2020

Ecuador is the first country in the Andean community to obtain the WTTC #SafeTravels stamp.

SafeTravels Ecuador

Ecuador joined the list of international destinations that have obtained the Travel Safety Stamp granted by the World Travel and Tourism Council, having complied with the hygiene and sanitation protocols that will help to regain the trust of visitors.

Gloria Guevara Manzo, President and CEO of the WTTC, stated that “Ecuador is a great travel destination in Latin America, internationally recognized for its natural beauties such as the Galapagos Islands, its traditions, its climate, and its gastronomy. Additionally, it has stood out as an important pole of attraction for business tourism in the region ”. Read more here.

August 15th 2020

Travelers arriving in Ecuador with a negative RT-PCR test should not do isolation.

The National Emergency Operations Committee (COE) announced the modifications to the “Protocol for entering the country by air, permanence and exit from mandatory preventive isolation.” The following decisions will enter into force from August 15 of the current year to reduce infections of COVID-19 un Ecuador, in these terms:

a) Traveler who enters with a negative RT-PCR test valid for up to ten (10) days before entering the country and without symptoms upon arrival: this person should not perform APO (Mandatory Preventive Isolation) and their circulation may be free in the continental Ecuadorian territory.

b) Traveler entering without RT-PCR test: must perform an RT-PCR test on his/her own upon arrival at the entrance airport and immediately go to APO in one of the hotels authorized by the National COE until the result is received. With a negative result, the traveler will end his/her APO and with a positive result he/she must continue in APO and the necessary health care will be provided according to her clinical picture.

c) Traveler who presents symptoms upon arrival in Ecuador even with a negative RT-PCR test: he/she must carry out a RT-PCR test on his/her own upon arrival at the entrance airport and immediately go to APO in one of the hotels authorized by the National COE. With a negative result, the traveler will end his/her APO and with a positive result the traveler must continue in APO and the necessary health care will be provided according to his clinical picture.

The National COE clarified that these regulations are in constant review and subject to modifications, in accordance with the behavior and progress of COVID-19 in Ecuador and the world.

Source: Metro Ecuador

President Moreno extends health emergency; all restrictions are maintained locally and nationally

President Lenín Moreno announced that he is extending the health emergency for an additional 30 days. In a short statement, Moreno acknowledged the damage the restrictions have inflicted on the economy but said he sees no alternative “at the moment” to extending the state of emergency.

Following the extension, the National Emergency Operations Committee extended all restrictions, these include extending weekend curfews and a prohibition of the sale of liquor on weekend nights.

August 3rd 2020

Galapagos resumes tourist activity with first flight of 138 passengers

It will be the resumption of tourism under a “new normality” and rules to which visitors must submit to avoid COVID-19 infections.

Édgar Andrade, commercial manager of Latam, anticipated that they will go from less to more and that frequencies will grow according to demand. Avianca, the other airlines still serving in that market, they will resume operations on August 9. Norman Wray, president of the Galapagos Government Council, has insisted these days that there are no community cases in the archipelago and work has been done to prevent the virus from spreading.

Requirements for the entry of tourists to the Galapagos Islands

The Ministry of Tourism established a list of requirements that must be met by people who wish to visit Galapagos.

National tourists:

  • Personal travel documents.
  • Negative results of an RT-PCR test carried out up to 96 hours before entering the Galapagos. This requirement is not mandatory for minors.
  • Safe-conduct issued under the tourist´s name by the provider of tourist services in the Galapagos.
  • Form of ‘Declaration of the Traveler´s health’ with an indication of the place of stay.
  • Payment of established fees to enter the province and the Galapagos National Park.

Foreign tourists:

  • Personal travel documents.
  • Negative results of an RT-PCR test carried out in the country of origin up to seven days before arrival in Ecuador. The requirement is not mandatory for minors.
  • RT-PCR test performed upon arrival in Ecuador at the tourist´s cost. The tourist will remain in Quito or Guayaquil until having the negative result of this test that enables them to enter the Galapagos. It is recommended to book accommodation for at least 48 hours until test results are given and to perform tests at the hotel. A list of authorized test providers will be given.
  • Safe-conduct issued under the traveler´s name by the provider of tourist services in the Galapagos.
  • Traveler’s Declaration of Health Form, indicating the place of stay in continental Ecuador and in the Galapagos, the form must be completed upon arrival in Ecuador.
  • Health insurance is obligatory.
  • Payment of established fees to enter the province and the Galapagos National Park.

Read more in the following link sources: “El Comercio” and “El Universo“.

*Rebecca Adventure Travel will provide with a safe-conduct, assistance with payment fees process, additional bookings, and any other needed procedures.

July 19th 2020

National COE authorizes an increase of Air Frequencies up to 50%

For the resumption of commercial passenger operations that came into effect on June 1, the National COE authorized only the operation of airlines with up to 30% of the frequencies that operated before the present COVID-19 emergency. With the new resolution, airlines will be able to increase the percentage to 50% starting August 1.

The increase in the percentage of frequencies is one more step for the recovery of air transport in Ecuador. According to Allan Padilla, Director of Operations of Quiport, the company that operates and manages the Quito International Airport, “this is the result of the successful application of the sanitary protection measures and security protocols that are carried out in the airports of the country and in particular at the Quito airport.”

July 13th 2020

Galapagos reopens 176 touristic sites and regular flights will resume from August.

The Ministry of Environment and Water of Ecuador (MAAE) announced the reopening of the network of visiting sites of the Galapagos National Park and Marine Reserve. The archipelago has 176 sites of visit: 91 marine and 85 terrestrial.

Visitors must comply with the access protocol approved by the Provincial Emergency Operations Committee (COE), which includes sanitary security measures such as the mandatory use of a mask, gel or hand alcohol. In recreational sites near populated ports, the maximum stay will be three hours, the Ministry reported in a statement, in which he invited “to enjoy the great biodiversity of the country, taking care of your health and our natural heritage.”

Norman Wray, Minister-President of the Galapagos Governing Council, announced that regular commercial flight frequencies will resume from next month. In August (the airline) Latam will already be working with periodic flights.
Read more about the article in the Ecuadorian newspaper “El Comercio”.

June 27th 2020

Protocols for international passengers to the Galapagos Islands & Ecuador Mainland

The National Emergency Operations Committee (COE) approved the protocols for flights and marine tourist transport to visit The Galapagos Islands from July 1:
* Count with the negative result of a real-time nasopharyngeal swab PCR test for detection of COVID-19, maximum 96 hours before the trip counting from the sample collection.
* In the case of national or foreign tourists, have the safe-conduct for organized groups issued by the Ministry of Tourism, which exempts them from complying with the mandatory preventive isolation (APO) on the islands.
* To enter Galapagos you will need to have prebooked your Hotel, Tours or an All in one package and be registered with the Ministry of tourism. 
For more information visit the Galapagos Government protocols issued by the national COE.

The protocols outlined by the National COE for International arrivals to Quito or Guayaquil:
* Upon entering the country, passengers must sign a commitment letter (Special Immigration Form), by which they agree to abide by the provisions established by the authorities and comply with mandatory preventive isolation (MPI). Passengers must deliver this document to the immigration authority upon entering the country.
* A negative PCR test will be required.
* Immediately after arriving in Ecuador, the traveler must comply with the MPI, according to the operational guidelines established by the Sanitary Authority, for a period of fourteen (14) days
For more information visit the COVID-19 Protocols by the Quito International Airport.

June 18th 2020

Protocols and health measures followed at the Quito International Airport. 

International airports in Quito and Guayaquil have started gradually resuming their local and international operations and have put in place additional health procedures to control the spread of the COVID-19 in Ecuador. These extra security and health protocols are to ensure passengers’ safety when traveling. These new standards are based on the recommendations outlined by the World Health Organization, The International Civil Aviation Organization, The Ministry of Public Health in Ecuador, and the Airports Council International. For more information on protocols and health measures in Ecuadorian International airports, click here.

June 15th 2020

Rebecca Adventure Travel implements Safety Protocol

Rebecca Adventure Travel has adopted the recommended safety, health, and hygiene standardized protocols by the World Travel & Tourism Council and the Ministry of Tourism of Ecuador. The company has obtained the #SAFETRAVELS Stamp, allowing its guests to experience “Safe Travels”.

The entire team of Rebecca Adventure Travel, its partners and providers, are all working very hard to deliver a safe experience, operational and staff preparedness, rebuild trust & confidence, and the implementation of enabling policies with flexible cancellation policies (see more in our terms & conditions), during the travel journey.

Taking into consideration the previously stated, it has been implemented new safety protocols and operational measures for the security of all our travelers.

Watch this video to see how we are working to make your experience safer.

 Download our Safety Protocol as PDF

June 9th 2020

Rebecca Adventure Travel obtains the Safe Travels Certification

Safe Travels StampThe #SAFETRAVELS Stamp, approved by the World Travel & Tourism Council recognizes governments and businesses that practice safe travel protocols. These global protocols to recover the Travel & Tourism sector have been embraced by over 700 businesses including some of the world’s major tourism groups.

Rebecca Adventure Travel has adopted the recommended health and hygiene standardized protocols thus its guests can experience “Safe Travels”. Ensuring the safety and hygiene of all travelers is the top priority.

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June 3rd 2020

The city of Quito passes to a yellow traffic light

Quito begins the process to reestablish its activities as of June 3rd, as it transits to a yellow traffic light, following biosecurity measures that seek to minimize the possibility of contagion in various productive sectors. With the yellow traffic light that establishes a curfew schedule of 9:00 PM to 5:00 AM, restaurants and cafes will be able to work with 30% of the capacity.

The tourist establishments of Quito strictly abide by the biosecurity measures established by the Ministry of Tourism, essential for its reopening, whose correct compliance, minimizes the possibility of contagion and generates confidence in tourists.

June 1st 2020

The Galapagos Islands reopen in July 2020 

According to the vice-president of Ecuador, Otto Sonnenholzner, the Galapagos Islands will reopen for tourists on July 1st 2020. The authorities say that they have taken all security and hygienic precautions. Read more about the article in the Ecuadorian newspaper “El Comercio”.

If you have a tour planned to the Galapagos Islands in July or August and you prefer to reschedule, please contact us maximum 15 days before departure so we check the possibility to reschedule free of charge. 

May 29th 2020

Free rescheduling on June, July & August 2020

Free rescheduling on June, July & August 2020 bookings to Ecuador & The Galapagos, Peru and Colombia bookings, with no limitation on rescheduling times. Angelica and Rodrigo are contacting our guests by departure date, but if you already want to give us your new date please contact us.

May 27th 2020

Galapagos National Park reopens for inhabitants

The Galapagos National Park will allow the entry of the inhabitants of the islands to beaches located in protected areas after the quarantine imposed by the pandemic was lightened in the archipelago. The network of visiting sites will be partially opened in accordance with the lifting of restrictive measures by the Emergency Operations Committee.

May 22nd 2020

Quito International Airport reopens June 1st 2020 

Quito Airport is ready to resume commercial passenger flights as of June 1. The resumption will be gradual and will depend on factors such as passenger demand, the ability of airlines to launch their fleets and the operating conditions of destination airports. The global air transport system is preparing with the highest levels of health security measures to resume air connectivity.

May 19th 2020

Free rescheduling on May, June & July 2020 bookings

Free rescheduling on May, June & July 2020 bookings, with no limitation on rescheduling times. Angelica and Rodrigo are contacting our guests by departure date, but if you already want to give us your new date please contact us.

Corona voucher
Travelers whose trip has been canceled will receive a voucher for the paid travel sum that allows a replacement trip to be booked at a later date. The corona voucher is valid for one year from the time of issue and can be used on all Rebecca Adventure Travel trips. 

Refunds are not possible
The circumstances are so unusual that we have opted for an exceptional solution and therefore refunds are not possible. You can check with your travel insurance whether you have included “Terrorist attacks and natural disasters”. Some insurance companies will then reimburse.

18th May 2020

Make a difference for Ecuador

Do you want to make a difference? Ecuador is one of the most affected countries in Latin America by the #coronavirus and the consequences of the taken measures.

Next to a large number of cases, many street vendors haven’t been able to go out to earn their daily share and are in desperate need. Our friends from Local Dreamers and Pato para todos have set up a special campaign with the Banco de Alimentos Quito to provide food packages to those in need, living in the poorer southern neighborhoods of the capital.

Every contribution helps and if you want to support this great initiative, you can donate to:
IBAN NL49 TRIO 0254484379, to the name of Stg. Local Dreamers, with ‘food package’ in the description.

Thanks in advance for your support! More information in this link

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15th May 2020

Quito International Airport reopens June 1st 2020 

The Minister of Transport announced this week the government’s aim to open airports from June 1st, working closely with the airport concessionaires, authorities, and public bodies on a range of protocols. Quito and Guayaquil airports have presented their proposals to the Emergency Operations Committee for review. Domestic and international airlines with connections to Ecuador have announced they intend to begin operating again in the first week of June.
Thanks to continuous testing and the social distancing measures imposed by the Galapagos Governing Council, and the local population’s respect for these, the spread of the virus has been well controlled, with very few cases reported. Of the confirmed cases, none are the result of contagion within the community; all of them are introduced. As a result, over the last two weeks, hundreds of Galapagos residents have been able to return to the islands on special flights under strict bio-security regulations, after having been tested beforehand on the mainland. These flights have enabled airport authorities, airlines, and airplane crews to fine-tune their protocols for the return of tourism to the islands.
With the RT-PCR machine for COVID-19 testing now functioning in the Galapagos Islands, the authorities are able to carry out testing and tracing of cases far more effectively.

May 5th 2020

State of Exception until June 15th 2020

The President of the Republic, Lenín Moreno, informed the public of the extension for 30 more days, starting on May 16, of the State of Exception as a measure to mitigate the impact of COVID-19 in Ecuador. He highlighted that this will be a space for “a spirit of unity, strength, decision and discipline prevailed to face the country’s problems and take advantage of the moment to -together- make important decisions and prevent the crisis from deepening,” he said.

May 4th 2020

Stage of social distancing

After 45 days of isolation on a national scale due to COVID-19 in Ecuador, this Monday, May 4, the country began the stage of social distancing and with it, there are new regulations and activities underway. The 221 cantons of the country submitted the minutes with the corresponding traffic lights to be applied in each city to the National Committee for Emergency Operations (COE). By virtue of this, “the country is in total red,” he added.

As part of the new stage of distancing, all commercial activities that can handle requests by phone calls or online are authorized from this Monday; and also, delivery of products at home. The schedule for this was also extended until 10:00 PM, as was the circulation of taxis in accordance with the license plate restrictions. The suspension of face-to-face working hours is maintained, except in essential areas such as food, health, security, production and export chains. Vehicle traffic also has the same restrictions from Monday to Friday (depending on the last digit on the plate) and on weekends, when the transit of private cars is prohibited. The curfew schedule continues from 2:00 PM to 5:00 AM and, as for the construction sector, the pilot projects authorized by the national COE will be reactivated.

May 1st 2020

Speed of expansion of the virus has decreased

The President of the Republic, Lenín Moreno, announced to the public the positive results of the National Government’s efforts in the fight against COVID-19 in Ecuador, as well as the actions carried out to address the pandemic. The Head of State explained that, after two months of battle, the speed of expansion of the virus has decreased: the line of infections is stopping its growth. In addition, he pointed out that there is a drastic reduction in the number of deaths; especially in the province of Guayas, where this figure decreased by 94%. Finally, he reported that the ability to perform tests to diagnose the coronavirus has been increased by four times, going from 400 to more than 1,500 tests daily.

April 20th 2020

Message from Rebecca in Corona times

The world has shown its vulnerability. The corona outbreak has also caused a 100% drop in the turnover of Rebecca Adventure Travel. So of the 12 office employees, only 6 are now working part-time, from home of course. The work mainly consists of contacting our guests who would travel in the upcoming months. Fortunately, most travelers agree to a rebooking for 2021. We are also using this time to develop a new website. The feeling remains as if you are in a very strange movie together. Last Friday we did another team drink, digital via Zoom of course.

Luckily my wedding was on February 22, just a few weeks before panic started here in Ecuador, so when the last of the Dutch guests had left home, KLM also had its last flight on March 20 from Ecuador to the Netherlands. My father did not take the opportunity to fly to the Netherlands with the very last flight, so he is now very cozy with us in our new house during the lockdown. And I must say, he is not only a fantastic babysitter for the baby, but also a trusted partner for our numerous brainstorms in these difficult times. Fortunately, our new house was ready on time, so we don’t really get in each other’s way.

We assume that it will be possible to fly again in August and that we will be able to receive our guests who have already booked again, even though nobody can be certain. But you still want to put some kind of dot on the horizon for the business and the staff. And of course also for yourself, because the feeling remains as if you are in a strange movie together. 

Stay safe, healthy and let nature recharge herself.

Rebecca and her family

April 13th 2020

Rebecca Adventure Travel works from home

The Rebecca Adventure Travel team is working regular office hours, from home. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us, preferably to our email: There won’t be any re-scheduling fees for our programs booked until May 31st, 2020. 

April 10th 2020

Corona traffic light

Starting on April 13th, a system called ¨traffic light¨ will be applied throughout all the Ecuadorian national territory to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Ecuador. This begins with the color red and will remain so until next Sunday, April 19th. This means that all restrictions already in place, will remain active. After April 19th, new measures will be released regarding restrictions by each province, flexibilization in certain activities per province will be analyzed.

The curfew hours also remain the same, starting at 2:00 PM and ending at 5:00 AM the next day. Citizens can go out exclusively to buy food, medicine or for proven emergencies. Public performances and gatherings of people remain prohibited.

The borders will continue to be closed and the restriction on national and international flights also remains active. Public and inter-provincial transportation remains suspended.

March 30th 2020

The National Committee for Emergency Operations (COE) decided to maintain the suspension of work activities

The National Committee for Emergency Operations (COE) decided to maintain the suspension of work activities, public and private, until April 5th. This measure seeks to continue avoiding the spread of the COVID-19 in Ecuador.

Initially, the authorities determined that the suspension would be until this Tuesday, March 31st. However, when analyzing the particularities of the health emergency, an expansion was chosen. “Throughout the week it will be assessed whether the measure is prolonged, whether it makes a difference by province, by region, by city” stressed the Secretary of State.

March 21st 2020

Restricted traffic to Galapagos Islands

The entry of aircraft to the Galapagos will be exclusively with crew, cargo and without passengers, who comply with the protocols established by the Ministry of Health. The return of aircraft from the Galapagos province to the continent will be carried out with crew, cargo and passengers, in accordance with established protocols.

Any national or foreign persons, prior to leaving Galapagos for continental Ecuador, must undergo a medical check-up, in accordance with the protocol established by the Ministry of Health. It must be signed the registration and control form of Mandatory Preventive Isolation (APO) delivered by the Governing Council. Once they arrive at the respective airports, they must comply with the Mandatory Preventive Isolation (APO) in private homes or places of permanent stay, such as hotels or reception points, established in the registration and control form.

March 20th 2020

Tourist land transportation in Ecuador is suspended

Tourist land transportation is suspended to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Ecuador, with the exception of transporting tourists who are in our country from their hotels to international airports.

March 17th 2020

Foreign citizens will not be granted entry to Ecuador

The Ministry of Tourism informs that the accommodation establishments will continue to function normally, as these are currently providing care to guests who use their facilities for transit or to comply with Mandatory Preventive Isolation (APO) to prevent coronavirus (COVID-19).

Passenger departures from Ecuador are not restricted. Travelers are recommended to check on the website of the airline with which they have planned their transfer.

Foreign citizens will not be granted entry to the country as a preventive measure to stop COVID-19 in Ecuador. The measure applies to foreign passengers arriving on flights that land at the country’s four international airports, as well as those arriving by international land or sea transport.

March 16th 2020

Corona voucher

Rebecca Adventure Travel office is closed from March 17th due to the impact of COVID-19 in Ecuador, the team works from home in regular office hours. 

Corona voucher
Travelers whose trip has been canceled will receive a voucher for the paid travel sum that allows a replacement trip to be booked at a later date. The corona voucher is valid for one year from the time of issue and can be used on all Rebecca Adventure Travel trips. 

Refunds are not possible
The circumstances are so unusual that we have opted for an exceptional solution and therefore refunds are not possible. We advise you to check in your travel insurance whether you have included “Terrorist attacks and natural disasters”. Some insurance companies will then reimburse.

March 15th 2020

Free rescheduling for all March & April 2020 bookings

Free rescheduling for all March & April 2020 bookings. Please contact us for your new travel date.

The different governments put travel restrictions to foreigners. If you would like to change your current travel plans you can contact us, if you want to change your flight we recommend contacting your airline. 

Ecuador: No foreigners are allowed to enter the country from Sunday, March 15 at 23:59 pm. 
Colombia: No foreigners are allowed to enter the country from Monday, March 16 at 23:59 pm.

For now, outbound flights are still available but the situation can change every moment if authorities say so in order to avoid the spread of COVID-19 in Ecuador and Colombia.  

March 14th 2020

Free rescheduling for all March & April 2020 bookings

Free rescheduling for all March & April 2020 bookings. Please contact us for your new travel date.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) is spreading all over the world, therefore different countries are taking precautions. Travelers that come or have been in these countries the last 14 days; China, Spain, France, Iran, Germany, South Korea, Netherlands, Norway, Denmark, Switzerland, Sweden and Italy should go into quarantine upon arrival to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in Ecuador. The quarantine should take 14 days and upon arrival in Ecuador you have to hand in the immigration all information of your address and reserved transportation. If you cannot show this you have to take the same airplane back.

We, as Rebecca Adventure Travel, commit ourselves to communicate in case of any new eventuality, letting you know that our main concern will always be to ensure the wellbeing of our travelers.

March 12th, 2020

More cleaning at Quito Airport

The effort of the local authorities to avoid the massive spread of COVID-19 in Ecuador is without a doubt one of the most delicate and exhaustive on the continent.

After a meeting with the staff of the Ecuadorian Chamber of Tourism, and the Ministry of Health and various tour operators in the country, we can inform our guests that the protocol at the Quito airport is one of the most rigorous in the region. The surfaces are strictly cleaned with hospital antibacterials that comply with the protocol regulations established by the world health organization. This cleaning process is done approximately every 30 minutes. Before landing, passengers must fill out a form called “Traveler’s Health Declaration”, where they will state details such as: destinations they have visited before entering Ecuador, contact with people who have presented symptoms of COVID-19, if they have any discomfort or symptoms that may be caused by the virus, etc.

After the plane has landed, the form will be given to the local authorities for revision. Afterwards, passengers will pass to a booth that has been modified and adequate to run medical basic tests to rule out any of the symptoms of the virus. Once everything is in order, passengers will continue to migration, to proceed with the entrance to the country.



It is really important to have in mind that the Coronavirus cases usually have some context, and here you can find some examples and some contextual questions, like:

  • Have you traveled recently, and if so, where?
  • Have you had anybody in your home or had a workmate or schoolmate who’s traveled? Where did they go?
  • Have you had anybody in your home from areas where the outbreak is most concentrated?
  • Have you been on a cruise ship?
  • Do you live near an area where there’s an outbreak?

If all your replies are negative, you have pretty much nothing to worry about. It’s up to all of us to stay vigilant, take into account our medical history, monitor any symptoms and think critically about whether our specific situation puts us at risk.

What are the symptoms:

Common signs of infection include respiratory symptoms, fever, cough, shortness of breath and breathing difficulties. In more severe cases, an infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, and kidney failure.

Preventive Measures 

Measures to prevent the virus are really easy to follow, as you can see below:

  • All viruses that cause respiratory diseases are easily transmitted by hands. Therefore, it is essential to wash them frequently.
  • It is advisable when coughing or sneezing do it covering with the elbow or forearm, never with the hand
  • If after sneezing we touch our nose, we should wash our hands immediately after
  • There is no food that prevents us against the coronavirus. Healthy eating is important at any time but it will not help us not to get the disease.
  • Water and soap are enough to prevent contagion. It is not necessary to resort to alcohol-based disinfectants.

How to protect others

If you have cold-like symptoms, you can help protect others by doing the following

  • Stay home while you are sick
  • Avoid close contact with others
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze, then throw the tissue in the trash and wash your hands
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces
  • If you are concerned about your symptoms, you should see your healthcare provider.


Association for ‘entrepreneurs in travel’ (ANVR)
Coronavirus Ecuador
El Comercio
El Universo
Galapagos Government 
General Secretariat of Communication of the Presidency of Ecuador
International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
Ministry of Public Health of Ecuador
Ministry of Tourism of Ecuador
Ministry of Environment and Water of Ecuador (MAAE)
National Service for Risk and Emergency Management (National COE)
Quito Turismo
The Mariscal Sucre International Airport in Quito
US Embassy in Ecuador
World Health Organization
World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC)