Ecuador Visas-Tourism, Investment, Overstaying, Extensions, Status Change
Replies: 43 - Last Post: Dec 6, 2013 12:40 PM Last Post By: svaldes
Apr 10, 2012 9:13 AM
15Here is a link to the Ecuador Government website: http://www.mmrree.gob.ec/servicios/visas.asp
To extend I think you will need to be in Ecuador - really they aren't so much as extensions, but additional visas, as the T-3 you get when you come into the country is only good for 90 days. Then you apply for either a 12-IX or a 12-X visa before your 90 days expires. I am going to immigration today and will post a copy of the letter in the next day or two from the government that says there are no more fines. The immigration guy told me last week that there are no fines, but you will not be allowed back into the country for 9 months after overstaying. What was hilarious about this was we were already illegal when he was telling us that...he also said "Do you know we could deport you right now?", but then just let us walk out....you have to love the bureaucracy sometimes.
Apr 16, 2012 6:57 PM
16Just a quick update; we left Ecuador on April 14th from Quito flying to Miami. No fines even though we had overstayed our 90 day tourist visa by 3+ weeks. The immigration official just stamped our passports with an exit stamp and told us we couldn't come back for 9 months. It was almost disappointing as I was ready to argue our case with a copy of the letter that says no more fines, oh well.
Apr 24, 2012 2:22 AM
Thanks for posting all of this information - it's been a great help in trying to plan a trip away. I'm still a but confused about my own situation so any advice would be greatly appreciated:
Is it possible (legal!) to enter the country for 90 days (intial VISA), leave the country for 2 or 3 weeks and then return for a new 90 day VISA?
May 9, 2012 2:47 PM
I've been in Guayaquil, Ecuador for about 2 years on a US passport. I basically overstayed my passport. I am planning to go home to the US this week. Will I pay a fine? I am Ecuadorian but I was born in Chicago. Any help or advice? I received absolutely no help over here!!! Thanks!
May 9, 2012
May 10, 2012 5:17 AM
19Did your first 90 day tourist visa run out prior to April 18, 2010? If so, you will have to pay a fine. If not, then you should be told you just can't come back for nine months. However, be prepared for an argument since they will not be happy with your overstaying this long. If you don't have to pay the fine, I would take a copy of the letter i mentioned above in case you need something to back up your argument. Then again, the whole thing may be nothing and they will just stamp you out and tell you that you can't come back for nine months - that's the beauty of Ecuador.
May 10, 2012 5:23 AM
The short answer is no. You can not leave Ecuador and get another 90 days reentering. There is another thread here on that subject.
May 19, 2012 11:15 AM
21Thanks for the reply! I just saw your post. I entered Ecuador on May 6, 2010 and I'm leaving tomorrow, Sunday. I heard many different rumors about being fined or not. So I'm a bit worried about being fined or being fined a tremendous amount. Any more advice you might be able to give me? Thanks a million!
May 19, 2012 2:26 PM
22So my fiancee went to the immigration office today for me. It's official, as you said no fines will be paid since I arrived in Ecuador after April 18, 2010. They asked for me to make copies of my passport with the time stamp for when I arrived in Ecuador. Let's see what happens manana. Wish me luck! Thanks for all your help SA.
May 23, 2012 7:42 PM
May 28, 2012 11:14 AM
24I am planning on applying for a resident visa. I already got my 12-IX. Just going through all the documents I may need for the resident visa last minute and it seems I didn't get my police clearance certificate back. I'm not sure if they kept it at the SF consulado or if I simply misplaced it.
Can anyone tell me if they got their police certificate back after doing a 12-IX visa? It seems I got my notarized statement of income back, but not my 2 months bank statements or police clearance. Strange.
Jun 5, 2012 11:12 PM
25Hi Angkrogo (or anyone else who can help out)
I will be coming to EC on a T-3 and will be applying for a 12-IX after my arrival. I noticed one thing in your post that has made me a bit uneasy.
According to your post, the apostilled police report must be issued NO MORE THAN 90 DAYS prior to submitting the visa application. I am planning on obtaining this document and having it apostilled in the US prior to leaving for EC. If what you are saying is true, the apostilled police report that I obtain prior to leaving for EC will not be valid since it will be greater than the 90 days (I am planning on applying for the investment visa in month 4 or 5 of the
How can one comply with this "90 day rule" without having to go back to their home country? Or am I misunderstanding something? I hope this all makes sense.
Thanks in advance.
Jun 11, 2012 12:57 AM
26To ECBound -
You are not missing anything at all regarding the "90 Day Rule," which is highly problematic for many, many people - and big, big pain (to say the least). It also makes no sense if you've arrived on a 12-IX visa, which required you to present a certificate to get in the first place... so why you'd need to show another one is... well... stupid.
But that's Ecuador!
In terms of moving forward, I would recommend you find individuals in your home country to help process the requisite forms for you while you're gone - and then express mail the final, Apostilled forms to you (with ample time to get them officially translated in Ecuador in front of a Notary!) before you apply so you can meet the 90-Day rule.
This said, if someone in the country uses some brain cells then they might change the rule. Indeed, you will note that the "90 Day Rule" is among the tightest in the world. Almost every other country in the world recognizes the validity of certificates for at least 6 months -- and often 9 months or a year. Many recognize them for 12 months. Also, if you have been in the country on a visa which required a certificate, then it makes no sense to require another one...
But you really need to throw logic out the window here... Again, welcome to Ecuador! :-)
Jun 12, 2012 11:01 AM
27Hi, I stopped in the Quito office to ask about a 12-IX extension to a 12-IX, and was told that was not an option. I am a little stuck. I am doing research for graduate school and need to stay here longer, preferably with a legal status. Any suggestions?
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