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Getting there & away


Travel documents


Entering the country is straightforward, and border officials, especially at the airports, efficiently whisk you through. At land borders, officers may take a little more time examining your passport, if only to kill time. Officially, you need proof of onward travel and evidence of sufficient funds for your stay, but this is rarely requested. Proof of $20 per day or a credit card is usually evidence of sufficient funds. However, international airlines flying to Quito may require a round-trip or onward ticket or a residence visa before they let you on the plane; you should be prepared for this possibility, though it’s unlikely. Though not law, you may be required to show proof of vaccination against yellow fever if you are entering Ecuador from an infected area.

All nationals entering as tourists need a passport that is valid for at least six months after arrival. You are legally required to have your passport on you at all times. Many people carry only a copy when they’re hanging around a town, though this is not an officially acceptable form of ID.


Airfares to South America are fairly costly from just about anywhere outside the continent. Ticket prices are highest during the tourist high seasons of mid-June through early September, and then December through mid-January. Working with a travel agent that deals specifically in Latin American travel is always an advantage.

Borders, routes and getting around

Detailed information on ways of getting into and around Ecuador can be found in the Ecuador & Galapagos Islands travel guide.

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