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Published on 12.10.2020
LATAM resumes flights between Lima and Quito

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Open for travel from Ecuador
Crossing Rules
  • Passengers are required to hold a completed “Decaracion de salud del viajero” and “Formulario migratorio especial” form on arrival.
  • Passengers should hold a negative Covid-19 RT-PCR test result from a certified health centre or laboratory taken within 10 days prior to travelling Ecuador.
  • Passengers not holding a PCR test, or presenting symptoms of COVID-19 on arrival, will be tested on arrival at their own expense, and will be required to quarantine until a negative test result is received.
  • Passengers travelling on a normal passport issued by Ecuador that expired after 16th March 2020 will be considered valid until 28th February 2021 provided the passenger is holding a passport validity extension certificate.
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Flight Restrictions

published 21.09.2020

Entry restrictions
Passengers arriving without a medical certificate with a negative Coronavirus (COVID-19) RT-PCR test result issued at most 10 days before arrival are subject to a PCR test upon arrival and self-isolation.

Quarantine

Self-isolation at own accommodation- subject to PCR.

All passengers who arrive with a negative PCR test result will no longer be required to carry out self-isolation (Aislamiento Preventivo Obligatorio – APO). For those who do not present a negative PCR test result on arrival, they will need to carry out self-isolation for 10 days at their own expense, in hotels or private accommodation. Local residents and people qualified as “priority attention groups” such as people over 65 years old, children and pregnant women, will be allowed to self-isolate at their homes.

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Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification required for entering the country.

Passengers must present a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test for COVID-19, taken up to 10 days prior their arrival to the country. In countries where the PCR tests are not available, passengers must agree to take a COVID-19 test at the airport in Ecuador on arrival.

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Vaccination

Yellow fever (2019)
Country requirement at entry: a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers aged 1 year
or over arriving from Brazil, Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda and for travellers having transited
for more than 12 hours through an airport of the same countries.
WHO vaccination recommendation: yes

Recommended for all travellers aged 9 months or over going to the following provinces east of the Andes
below 2300 m: Morona-Santiago, Napo, Orellana, Pastaza, Sucumbios and Zamora-Chinchipe, and the
province west of the cordillera, Esmeraldas.

Generally not recommended for travellers whose itineraries are limited to the following provinces west of the
Andes including below 2300 m: Guayas, Los Rios, Santa Helena and Santo Domingo de los Tsachilas, and
designated areas of Azuay, Bolivar, Canar, Carchi, Chimborazo, Cotopaxi, El Oro, Imbabura, Loja, Pichincha
and Tungurahua.

Not recommended for travellers whose itineraries are limited to all areas above 2300 m, the cities of
Guayaquil and Quito, and the Galápagos Islands.

Malaria (2019)
Malaria risk due to P. vivax (67%) and P. falciparum (33%) exists throughout the year below 1500 m, with
moderate risk in coastal provinces. Risk is low in Quito and in provinces that are part of the Inter-Andean or
Sierra region. Risk of P. vivax malaria is present in some provinces of the country, predominantly in the
Amazon region, especially the provinces of Morona Santiago, Pastaza, Orellana and Sucumbíos. Risk of P.
falciparum malaria is present in some provinces of the country with predominance on the coast, especially the
province of Esmeraldas as well as in the Amazon region, especially the provinces of Pastaza and Morano
Santiago.
WHO recommended prevention in risk areas: C

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Full Restrictions

  • Ecuador International Restrictions:
    Commercial flights are operating to and from Ecuador. Entry to Ecuador: All land borders with Colombia and Peru remain closed until further notice. However, Ecuadorean nationals and foreign residents may be allowed to enter Ecuador, via Rumichaca and Huaquillas northern and southern borders. All ports remain closed. As of 1 June, international commercial flights resumed limited operations. The restriction on international arrivals has been lifted.

    Testing / screening on arrival: Upon arrival, passengers will be required to sign a declaration form with their itinerary and local contact details. They must also present a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test for COVID-19, taken up to 10 days prior their arrival to the country. You should arrange to take a private test. In countries where the PCR tests are not available, passengers must agree to take a COVID-19 test at the airport in Ecuador on arrival.

    Quarantine requirements: All passengers who arrive with a negative PCR test result will no longer be required to carry out self-isolation (Aislamiento Preventivo Obligatorio – APO). For those who do not present a negative PCR test result on arrival, they will need to carry out self-isolation for 10 days at their own expense, in hotels or private accommodation. Local residents and people qualified as “priority attention groups” such as people over 65 years old, children and pregnant women, will be allowed to self-isolate at their homes.
    The Ministry of Health has published more information on coronavirus protocols that also allows direct messaging with the Ministry (Spanish only). If you need to find emergency accommodation to go through the mandatory self-isolation protocol, you can access options on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility website. The Government will monitor the situation in other countries with high risk of contagion to prevent incoming flights.

    Travel to and from the Galapagos: From 1 July, tourist activities are allowed in the Galapagos Islands. Commercial flights connecting the Islands resume on 3 August. The local authorities have created a ‘safe travel corridor’ for travel to the Galapagos Islands. Foreigners wishing to enter the islands must present a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test for COVID-19, taken 96 hours prior to the date of departure to Ecuador. On arrival in Ecuador tourists may be rgequested to take another PCR test, at their own expense. Tourists must also present a return flight and a safe passage document (‘salvoconducto’) issued by the Ministry of Tourism to be exempt from doing 14 days of self-isolation on the islands. The tour operators or hotels are responsible for arranging this safe passage document on behalf of tourists, given that visitors are required to have previous contracted travel and accommodation arrangements. The Galapagos Transit Control Card, will need to be filled out online at least 24 hours before the flight. On arrival in Ecuador you will be required to fill in a Health Status Declaration, including a local address. Travel health insurance is mandatory for foreign tourists. If you are in the Galapagos, the authorities have issued a Whatsapp group invitation for people to get information on flight opportunities to leave the islands, which can be accessed here. Authorities are aware that the groups have a limited capacity, so please keep trying. If you have any queries regarding travel back to mainland Ecuador, you can contact the Galapagos authorities via email at galapagosresponder@gmail.com

    Internal Restrictions:
    *Travel in Ecuador
    The Ecuadorean government provides coronavirus-related information on the Coronavirus Ecuador website. The Ministry of Health also provides an information page. However, the most up to date information is accessible via their Twitter account.

    *Public spaces and services: Following the end of a national state of emergency, as of 13 September, curfew restrictions are no longer in place. Power to impose controls and tailor regulations is now devolved to local municipalities and to other competent authorities (amongst others, health, transport and education). Ecuador´s National Emergency Operations Committee (COE) will continue to operate nationwide to review the COVID-19 situation. A national public health emergency remains in place. The Ecuadorean Ministry of Health issued an emergency extension of 90 days (Acuerdo 57) on 13 September 2020. The general nationwide biosecurity measures include:
    • extra precaution advised for people over 60 years old, and those whose medical conditions make them vulnerable to COVID-19
    • mandatory use of face masks in public spaces.
    • all individuals to comply with social distancing measures and practice frequent hand washing
    • schools at all levels and universities remain closed nationwide. Classes will be delivered online
    • remote working continues to be encouraged
    • public gatherings are prohibited
    • authorized labs to undertake COVID-19 tests
    • a nationwide tracing app ( ̔ASI Ecuador̕ ) is available to alert people if they have been in contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case during the last 15 days. The app is supported via Bluetooth and maintains the confidentiality of users
    • land borders with Colombia and Peru remain closed until further notice. However, Ecuadorean nationals and foreign residents may be allowed to enter Ecuadorvia the Rumichaca and Huaquillas northern and southern borders.

    *New phase of restrictions:
    The central government´s “red, amber, green” alert system is no longer in force. However, it will be used as an internal management tool for epidemiological monitoring.
    Each municipal government is responsible for determining their own specific restrictions including, but not limited to, maximum capacity for public transport and institutions, operations capacity of private businesses, the circulation of private vehicles against licence plate numbers, health prevention protocols for all businesses and industries and alcohol consumption. You can follow their social media channels to obtain the most up to date notifications, but bear in mind that these might change at any time:
    Quito: @MunicipioQuito; Guayaquil: @alcaldiagye; Cuenca: @MunicipioCuenca; Galapagos: @CGGalapagos
    Ecuador’s National Emergency Operations Committee (COE) has a website with their official resolutions (Spanish only).
    Within 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.
    You can apply online for a safe passage certificate (‘salvo conducto’) if you need to move in a private vehicle (for example to a doctor’s appointment) on days on which your registration plate would not normally be permitted to circulate. Certificates formerly obtained from the Ministries of Interior and Foreign Affairs can be validated until 31 October 2020.
    Inter-provincial bus transport operation has been authorised by local municipalities, at 75% capacity, from/to bus terminals. Accredited tourist transport vehicles are not subject to any mobility restriction.
    The reopening of beaches will continue to be monitoring through the “Distancia2” app
    All COVID-19 measures will continue to be enforced robustly and infringements will be handled by the related competent authorities.
    *Restrictions in Quito
    Quito Municipality continues with its campaign to increase testing and triage.
    In addition to adhering to the standard general biosecurity measures, you must carry an identity card at all times. All public gatherings are suspended. Pubs, nightclubs and gyms are also closed until further notice. All sport activities that cannot comply with the minimum distancing requirements are also suspended temporarily.
    Shops, supermarkets, restaurants and banks can operate at 50% capacity; cinemas and theatres at 30% capacity; and the municipality´s public transport, bus terminals and interstate and tourist transport can operate at a maximum 50% capacity.
    Private vehicles will continue to circulate through the “Hoy Circula” system as follows:
    Vehicles with licence plates ending with odd numbers (1, 3, 5, 7 and 9) can circulate Monday, Wednesday and Friday.
    Vehicles with licence plates ending with even numbers (2, 4, 6, 8 and 0) can circulate Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.
    All vehicles can circulate on Sundays.
    The Municipality can issue special safe passage documents (“salvoconducto”) for private vehicles which can justify their need to circulate outside the “Hoy Circula” restrictions. There will be an interim period for private vehicles with former special safe passage documents, issued by the central transport authority, to use and replace them with the Municipality documents by 31 October 2020.
    Infringements to any of the above restrictions will be handled by Quito´s local government.

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    30.09.2020
  • Ecuador International Restrictions:
    Entry to Ecuador: All land borders with Colombia and Peru remain closed until further notice. However, Ecuadorean nationals and foreign residents may be allowed to enter Ecuador, via Rumichaca and Huaquillas northern and southern borders. All ports remain closed. As of 1 June, international commercial flights resumed limited operations. The restriction on international arrivals has been lifted.

    Testing / screening on arrival: Upon arrival, passengers will be required to sign a declaration form with their itinerary and local contact details. They must also present a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test for COVID-19, taken up to 10 days prior their arrival to the country. You should not use the NHS testing service to get a test in order to facilitate your travel to another country. You should arrange to take a private test. In countries where the PCR tests are not available, passengers must agree to take a COVID-19 test at the airport in Ecuador on arrival.

    Quarantine requirements: All passengers who arrive with a negative PCR test result will no longer be required to carry out self-isolation (Aislamiento Preventivo Obligatorio – APO). For those who do not present a negative PCR test result on arrival, they will need to carry out self-isolation for 10 days at their own expense, in hotels or private accommodation. Local residents and people qualified as “priority attention groups” such as people over 65 years old, children and pregnant women, will be allowed to self-isolate at their homes.
    The Ministry of Health has published more information on coronavirus protocols that also allows direct messaging with the Ministry (Spanish only). If you need to find emergency accommodation to go through the mandatory self-isolation protocol, you can access options on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility website. The Government will monitor the situation in other countries with high risk of contagion to prevent incoming flights.

    Travel to and from the Galapagos: From 1 July, tourist activities are allowed in the Galapagos Islands. Commercial flights connecting the Islands resume on 3 August. The local authorities have created a ‘safe travel corridor’ for travel to the Galapagos Islands. Foreigners wishing to enter the islands must present a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test for COVID-19, taken 96 hours prior to the date of departure to Ecuador. On arrival in Ecuador tourists may be rgequested to take another PCR test, at their own expense. Tourists must also present a return flight and a safe passage document (‘salvoconducto’) issued by the Ministry of Tourism to be exempt from doing 14 days of self-isolation on the islands. The tour operators or hotels are responsible for arranging this safe passage document on behalf of tourists, given that visitors are required to have previous contracted travel and accommodation arrangements. The Galapagos Transit Control Card, will need to be filled out online at least 24 hours before the flight. On arrival in Ecuador you will be required to fill in a Health Status Declaration, including a local address. Travel health insurance is mandatory for foreign tourists. If you are in the Galapagos, the authorities have issued a Whatsapp group invitation for people to get information on flight opportunities to leave the islands, which can be accessed here. Authorities are aware that the groups have a limited capacity, so please keep trying. If you have any queries regarding travel back to mainland Ecuador, you can contact the Galapagos authorities via email at galapagosresponder@gmail.com

    Internal Restrictions:
    The Ecuadorean government provides coronavirus-related information on the Coronavirus Ecuador website. The Ministry of Health also provides an information page. However, the most up to date information is accessible via their Twitter account.

    Following the end of a national state of emergency, as of 13 September, curfew restrictions are no longer in place. Power to impose controls and tailor regulations is now devolved to local municipalities and to other competent authorities (amongst others, health, transport and education). Ecuador´s National Emergency Operations Committee (COE) will continue to operate nationwide to review the COVID-19 situation. A national public health emergency remains in place. The Ecuadorean Ministry of Health issued an emergency extension of 90 days (Acuerdo 57) on 13 September 2020. The general nationwide biosecurity measures include: extra precaution advised for people over 60 years old, and those whose medical conditions make them vulnerable to COVID-19; mandatory use of face masks in public spaces; all individuals to comply with social distancing measures and practice frequent hand washing; schools at all levels and universities remain closed nationwide. Classes will be delivered online; remote working continues to be encouraged; public gatherings are prohibited; authorised labs to undertake COVID-19 tests; a nationwide tracing app ( ̔ASI Ecuador̕ ) is available to alert people if they have been in contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case during the last 15 days. The app is supported via Bluetooth and maintains the confidentiality of users; land borders with Colombia and Peru remain closed until further notice. However, Ecuadorean nationals and foreign residents may be allowed to enter Ecuadorvia the Rumichaca and Huaquillas northern and southern borders.

    **New phase of restrictions: The central government´s “red, amber, green” alert system is no longer in force. However, it will be used as an internal management tool for epidemiological monitoring; Each municipal government is responsible for determining their own specific restrictions including, but not limited to, maximum capacity for public transport and institutions, operations capacity of private businesses, the circulation of private vehicles against licence plate numbers, health prevention protocols for all businesses and industries and alcohol consumption. You can follow their social media channels to obtain the most up to date notifications, but bear in mind that these might change at any time:
    Quito: @MunicipioQuito; Guayaquil: @alcaldiagye; Cuenca: @MunicipioCuenca; Galapagos: @CGGalapagos; Ecuador’s National Emergency Operations Committee (COE) has a website with their official resolutions (Spanish only). Within 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. You can apply online for a safe passage certificate (‘salvo conducto’) if you need to move in a private vehicle (for example to a doctor’s appointment) on days on which your registration plate would not normally be permitted to circulate. Certificates formerly obtained from the Ministries of Interior and Foreign Affairs can be validated until 31 October 2020. Inter-provincial bus transport operation has been authorised by local municipalities, at 75% capacity, from/to bus terminals. Accredited tourist transport vehicles are not subject to any mobility restriction. The reopening of beaches will continue to be monitoring through the “Distancia2” app. All COVID-19 measures will continue to be enforced robustly and infringements will be handled by the related competent authorities.

    **Restrictions in Quito: Quito Municipality continues with its campaign to increase testing and triage. In addition to adhering to the standard general biosecurity measures, you must carry an identity card at all times. All public gatherings are suspended. Pubs, nightclubs and gyms are also closed until further notice. All sport activities that cannot comply with the minimum distancing requirements are also suspended temporarily. Shops, supermarkets, restaurants and banks can operate at 50% capacity; cinemas and theatres at 30% capacity; and the municipality´s public transport, bus terminals and interstate and tourist transport can operate at a maximum 50% capacity. Private cars will be allowed to circulate through the “Hoy Circula” system, as follows: During odd months (January, March, May, July, September and November): Monday, Wednesday and Friday: vehicles with licence plates ending in odd numbers (1, 3, 5, 7 and 9); Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday: vehicles with licence plates ending in even numbers (2, 4, 6, 8 and 0); Sundays: All vehicle plate numbers. During even months: (February, April, June, August, October and December): Monday, Wednesday and Friday: vehicles with licence plates ending in ending in even numbers (2, 4, 6, 8 and 0); Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday: vehicles with licence plates ending in odd numbers (1, 3, 5, 7 and 9); Sundays: All vehicle plate numbers. The Municipality can issue special safe passage documents (“salvoconducto”) for private vehicles which can justify their need to circulate outside the “Hoy Circula” restrictions. There will be an interim period for private vehicles with former special safe passage documents, issued by the central transport authority, to use and replace them with the Municipality documents by 31 October 2020. Infringements to any of the above restrictions will be handled by Quito´s local government.

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    22.09.2020
  • Ecuador *****International Restrictions:
    All land borders with Colombia and Peru remain closed until further notice. As of 1 June, international commercial flights resumed limited operations. The restriction on international arrivals has also been lifted. Upon arrival, passengers will be required to sign a declaration form with their itinerary and local contact details. They must also present a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test for COVID-19, taken up to 96 hours prior to departure. In countries where the PCR tests are not available, passengers must agree to take a COVID-19 test at the airport in Ecuador on arrival. All passengers who arrive with a negative PCR test result will no longer be required to carry out self-isolation (Aislamiento Preventivo Obligatorio – APO). For those who do not present a negative PCR test result on arrival, they will need to carry out self-isolation for 14 days at their own expense, in hotels or private accommodation. Local residents and people qualified as “priority attention groups” such as people over 65 years old, children and pregnant women, will be allowed to self-isolate at their homes. The Ministry of Health has published more information on coronavirus protocols see here that also allows direct messaging with the Ministry (Spanish only). The Government is monitoring the situation in other countries with high risk of contagion to prevent incoming flights.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    As of 13 September, curfew restrictions are no longer in place. Power to impose controls and tailor regulations is now devolved to local municipalities and to other competent authorities (amongst others, health, transport and education). Ecuador´s National Emergency Operations Committee (COE) will continue to operate nationwide to review the COVID-19 situation.
    From 1 July, tourist activities are allowed in the Galapagos Islands. Commercial flights connecting the Islands resume on 3 August. The local authorities have created a ‘safe travel corridor’ for travel to the Galapagos Islands.
    Foreigners wishing to enter the islands must present a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test for COVID-19, taken 96 hours prior to the date of departure to Ecuador.
    As of 4 May, the Government introduced a new phase of “social distancing” to loosen up restrictions progressively according to the situation in each canton. The system has three levels: red, amber and green. On 14 August, President Moreno renewed the state of emergency for a further 30 days. It will now remain in force until 12 September. This includes general nationwide measures such as: self-isolation and extra precaution advised for people over 60 years old, and people whose medical conditions make them vulnerable to COVID-19; mandatory use of face masks in public spaces. Fines will be given to those who do not comply. Each city will define the cost of the fine; strong recommendation for all individuals to comply with social distancing measures and practice frequent hand washing; pubs, nightclubs and children playgrounds remain closed; schools at all levels and universities remain closed nationwide. Classes will be delivered online; all public gatherings are prohibited; physical activities in closed spaces will be limited to those Green-rated cantons. Outdoor activities are allowed if they comply with local social distancing measures approved by each canton; from 5 August, some beaches will reopen and will be monitored through the “Distancia2” app; tourist transport operators (vehicles and boats) will be allowed to provide their services in Amber and Green level cities. Other transport services (door to door) remain forbidden; inter-provincial travel by private car is permitted between Amber and Green level cities
    inter-provincial travel is allowed between Amber and Green level cities and where local governments have agreed to open bus terminals; passengers travelling on domestic flights between Quito and Guayaquil must present a negative COVID-19 test. The authorities will accept antibody tests (“quick tests”) and Polymerase Chain Reaction tests (PCR) taken at laboratories approved by the Ministry of Health.
    PCR tests will be valid if taken up to 72 hours prior to departure and quick tests within 24 hours. Tests can be taken at airports. This measure will run until 21 August. From then on, random tests will be carried out
    passengers who have completed mandatory self-isolation (APO) at authorised hotels/temporary accommodation, are no longer required to have a COVID-19 test for domestic flights, just to present their APO certificate issued by the Ministry of Health; inter-provincial package deliveries are allowed; all businesses and industries must prepare a health prevention protocol to address COVID-19; there are labs authorised to undertake COVID-19 tests; A tracing app ( ̔ASI Ecuador̕ ), to alert people if they have been in contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case during the last 15 days, has now been launched nationwide. The app is supported via Bluetooth and maintains the confidentiality of users; The Government has emphasised that measures will be enforced robustly and infringements will be sanctioned. You should ensure you comply, including with self-isolation measures. Check specific details on self-isolation (Spanish only). Quito Municipality has launched a new campaign to increase testing and triage.
    New phase of restrictions by municipality: The Government has updated the measures applied under each level of the “red, amber, green” system with effect from 1 July. These measures apply nationwide with the exception of Quito, where stricter measures remain in place. Each municipal government is responsible for determining whether they move from one stage to the next. You can find an interactive map showing the colour of each city through this online tool here . Municipalities can implement additional measures to those stated below.
    Several municipalities have now moved to the “amber” level. Guayaquil began this phase on 20 May and Quito on 3 June. There is a special regime for some “amber level” provinces.
    **Red: Municipalities in “red” will apply the following measures: curfew restricting all movement from 6pm to 5am; transactions to buy food and other products are authorised to be carried out online, through telephone and by home delivery, from 7am to 10pm; travel within the province is not allowed; safe passages are required to operate during curfew hours (work and justified travel); medical attention is authorised with an appointment, including surgery; remote working is still in force; workers are allowed to return to their offices in the public and private sectors (up to 30% staff capacity); shops are allowed to open (up to 30% staff capacity); social gatherings, public or private, are forbidden; Private cars can only circulate twice a week. Circulation of private vehicles applies as follows: Monday: licence plates ending in 1, 2, 3 and 7; Tuesday: licence plates ending in 3, 4, 5 and 8; Wednesday: licence plates ending in 4, 5, 6 and 9; Thursday: licence plates ending in 6, 7, 8 and 0; Friday: licence plates ending in 1, 2, 9, and 0; no private car is allowed to circulate on Saturday and Sunday; taxis can circulate against the licence plate number on Saturday and with no restriction on Sunday.
    **Amber: Municipalities in “amber” will apply the following measures: Curfew restricting all movement applies from 11pm to 5am. Except for Pichincha, Carchi, Imbabura, Cotopaxi, Bolivar, Tungurahua, Chimborazo, Cañar, Azuay, Loja, Santo Domingo Tsachilas, Esmeraldas, Morona Santiago, Zamora Chinchipe, Sucumbios, Orellana, Pastaza and Napo provinces (see below the special regime information for these provinces). shops and restaurants can reopen to the public with 50% capacity; funerals with up to 25 people are allowed; social gatherings and executive meetings with up to 25 people present are allowed, if social distancing measures can be guaranteed (2 metres between each person, no ventilation systems in place and other biosecurity measures); cinemas and theatres can reopen with a limited capacity of 30% (except for Quito); archaeological sites, zoos, museums and national parks will reopen with a limited capacity of 30%, except the Yasuni National Park; urban public transport, transport within the province and inter-provincial transport is allowed with 50% bus capacity. Destinations must be in the Amber and Green levels; closed pools will be able to reopen for training purposes, respecting bio security measures; public and private institutions will be allowed to operate to 50% of their total capacity. Remote working will be encouraged; all businesses and institutions must have a COVID-19 prevention protocol in place to prevent spread among clients and staff; doctors (in all fields) are allowed to receive patients with an appointment; Private cars will be able to circulate as follows: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays: licence plates ending in odd numbers (1, 3, 5, 7 and 9); Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays: licence plates ending in even numbers (2, 4, 6, 8 and 0); Sundays: On 2, 16 and 30 August licence plates ending in odd numbers. Sundays: On 5 September licence plates ending in even numbers. On 12 September licence plates ending in odd numbers; private cars can circulate between amber and amber or green provinces as long as they comply with the licence plate guidance above; taxis can circulate every day without any licence plate number restriction.
    **Green: Municipalities in “green” will apply the following measures: there is no curfew; restaurants and shops can reopen to the public with 50% of their capacity; urban bus or tram transport at 50% capacity; transport within the province is allowed if cantons are in the same level; travel between provinces is allowed if the local governments are in Amber or Green levels and have approved reopening the routes and bus terminals; a pilot plan to reopen gyms will begin; funerals with up to 25 people are allowed; social gatherings and business meetings with up to 25 people are allowed, if social distancing measures can be guaranteed (2 metres between each person, no ventilation systems in place and other biosecurity measures); pilot plan – authorised gyms can reinstate their activity in compliance of COVID-19 official prevention protocols; doctors from all fields are able to take in customers with appointments; Private cars will be able to circulate as follows: licence plates ending in 6, 8 and 0 will not be able to circulate on Mondays; licence plates ending in 5, 7 and 9 will not be able to circulate on Tuesdays; licence plates ending in 4 and 0 will not be able to circulate on Wednesdays; licence plates ending in 1, 3 and 9 will not be able to circulate on Thursdays; licence plates ending in 2, 6 and 8 will not be able to circulate on Fridays; licence plates ending in 1, 3 and 5 will not be able to circulate on Saturdays; licence plates ending in 2, 4, and 7 will not be able to circulate on Sundays; private cars can circulate between green and amber or green provinces as long as they comply with the licence plate guidance above.
    **Quito’s special regime: Social gatherings and business meetings are prohibited. Shops, restaurants, cinemas and theatres can operate at 30% capacity and 25% of civil servants will be allowed to return to their offices. Bus terminals for inter-provincial travel will resume their operations on 2 September, but with only 40% of their vehicles.
    Most hotels have reopened with a limited capacity and with strict protocols to prevent COVID-19 spread.

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    14.09.2020
  • Ecuador *****International Restrictions:
    All land borders with Colombia and Peru remain closed until further notice. As of 1 June, international commercial flights resumed limited operations. The restriction on international arrivals has also been lifted. Upon arrival, passengers will be required to sign a declaration form with their itinerary and local contact details. They must also present a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test for COVID-19, taken up to 96 hours prior to departure. In countries where the PCR tests are not available, passengers must agree to take a COVID-19 test at the airport in Ecuador on arrival. All passengers who arrive with a negative PCR test result will no longer be required to carry out self-isolation (Aislamiento Preventivo Obligatorio – APO). For those who do not present a negative PCR test result on arrival, they will need to carry out self-isolation for 14 days at their own expense, in hotels or private accommodation. Local residents and people qualified as “priority attention groups” such as people over 65 years old, children and pregnant women, will be allowed to self-isolate at their homes. The Ministry of Health has published more information on coronavirus protocols [https://www.coronavirusecuador.com/] that also allows direct messaging with the Ministry (Spanish only). The Government is monitoring the situation in other countries with high risk of contagion to prevent incoming flights.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    As of 4 May, the Government introduced a new phase of “social distancing” to loosen up restrictions progressively according to the situation in each canton. The system has three levels: red, amber and green. On 14 August, President Moreno renewed the state of emergency for a further 30 days. It will now remain in force until 12 September. This includes general nationwide measures such as: self-isolation and extra precaution advised for people over 60 years old, and people whose medical conditions make them vulnerable to COVID-19; mandatory use of face masks in public spaces. Fines will be given to those who do not comply. Each city will define the cost of the fine; strong recommendation for all individuals to comply with social distancing measures and practice frequent hand washing; pubs, nightclubs and children playgrounds remain closed; schools at all levels and universities remain closed nationwide. Classes will be delivered online; all public gatherings are prohibited; physical activities in closed spaces will be limited to those Green-rated cantons. Outdoor activities are allowed if they comply with local social distancing measures approved by each canton; from 5 August, some beaches will reopen and will be monitored through the “Distancia2” app; tourist transport operators (vehicles and boats) will be allowed to provide their services in Amber and Green level cities. Other transport services (door to door) remain forbidden; inter-provincial travel by private car is permitted between Amber and Green level cities
    inter-provincial travel is allowed between Amber and Green level cities and where local governments have agreed to open bus terminals; passengers travelling on domestic flights between Quito and Guayaquil must present a negative COVID-19 test. The authorities will accept antibody tests (“quick tests”) and Polymerase Chain Reaction tests (PCR) taken at laboratories approved by the Ministry of Health. PCR tests will be valid if taken up to 72 hours prior to departure and quick tests within 24 hours. Tests can be taken at airports. This measure will run until 21 August. From then on, random tests will be carried out
    passengers who have completed mandatory self-isolation (APO) at authorised hotels/temporary accommodation, are no longer required to have a COVID-19 test for domestic flights, just to present their APO certificate issued by the Ministry of Health; inter-provincial package deliveries are allowed; all businesses and industries must prepare a health prevention protocol to address COVID-19; there are labs authorised to undertake COVID-19 tests; A tracing app ( ̔ASI Ecuador̕ ), to alert people if they have been in contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case during the last 15 days, has now been launched nationwide. The app is supported via Bluetooth and maintains the confidentiality of users; The Government has emphasised that measures will be enforced robustly and infringements will be sanctioned. You should ensure you comply, including with self-isolation measures. Check specific details on self-isolation (Spanish only). Quito Municipality has launched a new campaign to increase testing and triage.
    New phase of restrictions by municipality: The Government has updated the measures applied under each level of the “red, amber, green” system with effect from 1 July. These measures apply nationwide with the exception of Quito, where stricter measures remain in place. Each municipal government is responsible for determining whether they move from one stage to the next. You can find an interactive map showing the colour of each city through this online tool [https://srvportal.gestionderiesgos.gob.ec/portal/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=5ecd2baea7024774b72765fb764d3690]. Municipalities can implement additional measures to those stated below.
    Several municipalities have now moved to the “amber” level. Guayaquil began this phase on 20 May and Quito on 3 June. There is a special regime for some “amber level” provinces.
    **Red: Municipalities in “red” will apply the following measures: curfew restricting all movement from 6pm to 5am; transactions to buy food and other products are authorised to be carried out online, through telephone and by home delivery, from 7am to 10pm; travel within the province is not allowed; safe passages are required to operate during curfew hours (work and justified travel); medical attention is authorised with an appointment, including surgery; remote working is still in force; workers are allowed to return to their offices in the public and private sectors (up to 30% staff capacity); shops are allowed to open (up to 30% staff capacity); social gatherings, public or private, are forbidden; Private cars can only circulate twice a week. Circulation of private vehicles applies as follows: Monday: licence plates ending in 1, 2, 3 and 7; Tuesday: licence plates ending in 3, 4, 5 and 8; Wednesday: licence plates ending in 4, 5, 6 and 9; Thursday: licence plates ending in 6, 7, 8 and 0; Friday: licence plates ending in 1, 2, 9, and 0; no private car is allowed to circulate on Saturday and Sunday; taxis can circulate against the licence plate number on Saturday and with no restriction on Sunday.
    **Amber: Municipalities in “amber” will apply the following measures: Curfew restricting all movement applies from 11pm to 5am. Except for Pichincha, Carchi, Imbabura, Cotopaxi, Bolivar, Tungurahua, Chimborazo, Cañar, Azuay, Loja, Santo Domingo Tsachilas, Esmeraldas, Morona Santiago, Zamora Chinchipe, Sucumbios, Orellana, Pastaza and Napo provinces (see below the special regime information for these provinces). shops and restaurants can reopen to the public with 50% capacity; funerals with up to 25 people are allowed; social gatherings and executive meetings with up to 25 people present are allowed, if social distancing measures can be guaranteed (2 metres between each person, no ventilation systems in place and other biosecurity measures); cinemas and theatres can reopen with a limited capacity of 30% (except for Quito); archaeological sites, zoos, museums and national parks will reopen with a limited capacity of 30%, except the Yasuni National Park; urban public transport, transport within the province and inter-provincial transport is allowed with 50% bus capacity. Destinations must be in the Amber and Green levels; closed pools will be able to reopen for training purposes, respecting bio security measures; public and private institutions will be allowed to operate to 50% of their total capacity. Remote working will be encouraged; all businesses and institutions must have a COVID-19 prevention protocol in place to prevent spread among clients and staff; doctors (in all fields) are allowed to receive patients with an appointment; Private cars will be able to circulate as follows: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays: licence plates ending in odd numbers (1, 3, 5, 7 and 9); Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays: licence plates ending in even numbers (2, 4, 6, 8 and 0); Sundays: On 2, 16 and 30 August licence plates ending in odd numbers. Sundays: On 5 September licence plates ending in even numbers. On 12 September licence plates ending in odd numbers; private cars can circulate between amber and amber or green provinces as long as they comply with the licence plate guidance above; taxis can circulate every day without any licence plate number restriction.
    **Green: Municipalities in “green” will apply the following measures: there is no curfew; restaurants and shops can reopen to the public with 50% of their capacity; urban bus or tram transport at 50% capacity; transport within the province is allowed if cantons are in the same level; travel between provinces is allowed if the local governments are in Amber or Green levels and have approved reopening the routes and bus terminals; a pilot plan to reopen gyms will begin; funerals with up to 25 people are allowed; social gatherings and business meetings with up to 25 people are allowed, if social distancing measures can be guaranteed (2 metres between each person, no ventilation systems in place and other biosecurity measures); pilot plan – authorised gyms can reinstate their activity in compliance of COVID-19 official prevention protocols; doctors from all fields are able to take in customers with appointments; Private cars will be able to circulate as follows: licence plates ending in 6, 8 and 0 will not be able to circulate on Mondays; licence plates ending in 5, 7 and 9 will not be able to circulate on Tuesdays; licence plates ending in 4 and 0 will not be able to circulate on Wednesdays; licence plates ending in 1, 3 and 9 will not be able to circulate on Thursdays; licence plates ending in 2, 6 and 8 will not be able to circulate on Fridays; licence plates ending in 1, 3 and 5 will not be able to circulate on Saturdays; licence plates ending in 2, 4, and 7 will not be able to circulate on Sundays; private cars can circulate between green and amber or green provinces as long as they comply with the licence plate guidance above.
    **Quito’s special regime: Social gatherings and business meetings are prohibited. Shops, restaurants, cinemas and theatres can operate at 30% capacity and 25% of civil servants will be allowed to return to their offices. Bus terminals for inter-provincial travel will resume their operations on 2 September, but with only 40% of their vehicles.
    Most hotels have reopened with a limited capacity and with strict protocols to prevent COVID-19 spread.

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    01.09.2020
  • Ecuador *****International Restrictions:
    All land borders with Colombia and Peru remain closed until further notice. As of 1 June, international commercial flights resumed limited operations. The restriction on international arrivals has also been lifted. Upon arrival, passengers will be required to sign a declaration form with their itinerary and local contact details. They must also present a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test for COVID-19, taken up to 96 hours prior to departure. In countries where the PCR tests are not available, passengers must agree to take a COVID-19 test at the airport in Ecuador on arrival. All passengers who arrive with a negative PCR test result will no longer be required to carry out self-isolation (Aislamiento Preventivo Obligatorio – APO). For those who do not present a negative PCR test result on arrival, they will need to carry out self-isolation for 14 days at their own expense, in hotels or private accommodation. Local residents and people qualified as “priority attention groups” such as people over 65 years old, children and pregnant women, will be allowed to self-isolate at their homes. The Ministry of Health has published more information on coronavirus protocols [https://www.coronavirusecuador.com/] that also allows direct messaging with the Ministry (Spanish only). The Government is monitoring the situation in other countries with high risk of contagion to prevent incoming flights.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    As of 4 May, the Government introduced a new phase of “social distancing” to loosen up restrictions progressively according to the situation in each canton. The system has three levels: red, amber and green. On 14 August, President Moreno renewed the state of emergency for a further 30 days. It will now remain in force until 15 September. This includes general nationwide measures such as: self-isolation and extra precaution advised for people over 60 years old, and people whose medical conditions make them vulnerable to COVID-19; mandatory use of face masks in public spaces. Fines will be given to those who do not comply. Each city will define the cost of the fine; strong recommendation for all individuals to comply with social distancing measures and practice frequent hand washing; pubs, nightclubs and children playgrounds remain closed; schools at all levels and universities remain closed nationwide. Classes will be delivered online; all public gatherings are prohibited; physical activities in closed spaces will be limited to those Green-rated cantons. Outdoor activities are allowed if they comply with local social distancing measures approved by each canton; from 5 August, some beaches will reopen and will be monitored through the “Distancia2” app; tourist transport operators (vehicles and boats) will be allowed to provide their services in Amber and Green level cities. Other transport services (door to door) remain forbidden; inter-provincial travel by private car is permitted between Amber and Green level cities
    inter-provincial travel is allowed between Amber and Green level cities and where local governments have agreed to open bus terminals; passengers travelling on domestic flights between Quito and Guayaquil must present a negative COVID-19 test. The authorities will accept antibody tests (“quick tests”) and Polymerase Chain Reaction tests (PCR) taken at laboratories approved by the Ministry of Health. PCR tests will be valid if taken up to 72 hours prior to departure and quick tests within 24 hours. Tests can be taken at airports. This measure will run until 21 August. From then on, random tests will be carried out
    passengers who have completed mandatory self-isolation (APO) at authorised hotels/temporary accommodation, are no longer required to have a COVID-19 test for domestic flights, just to present their APO certificate issued by the Ministry of Health; inter-provincial package deliveries are allowed; all businesses and industries must prepare a health prevention protocol to address COVID-19; there are labs authorised to undertake COVID-19 tests; A tracing app ( ̔ASI Ecuador̕ ), to alert people if they have been in contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case during the last 15 days, has now been launched nationwide. The app is supported via Bluetooth and maintains the confidentiality of users; The Government has emphasised that measures will be enforced robustly and infringements will be sanctioned. You should ensure you comply, including with self-isolation measures. Check specific details on self-isolation (Spanish only). Quito Municipality has launched a new campaign to increase testing and triage.
    New phase of restrictions by municipality: The Government has updated the measures applied under each level of the “red, amber, green” system with effect from 1 July. These measures apply nationwide with the exception of Quito, where stricter measures remain in place. Each municipal government is responsible for determining whether they move from one stage to the next. You can find an interactive map showing the colour of each city through this online tool [https://srvportal.gestionderiesgos.gob.ec/portal/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=5ecd2baea7024774b72765fb764d3690]. Municipalities can implement additional measures to those stated below.
    Several municipalities have now moved to the “amber” level. Guayaquil began this phase on 20 May and Quito on 3 June. There is a special regime for some “amber level” provinces.
    **Red: Municipalities in “red” will apply the following measures: curfew restricting all movement from 6pm to 5am; transactions to buy food and other products are authorised to be carried out online, through telephone and by home delivery, from 7am to 10pm; travel within the province is not allowed; safe passages are required to operate during curfew hours (work and justified travel); medical attention is authorised with an appointment, including surgery; remote working is still in force; workers are allowed to return to their offices in the public and private sectors (up to 30% staff capacity); shops are allowed to open (up to 30% staff capacity); social gatherings, public or private, are forbidden; Private cars can only circulate twice a week. Circulation of private vehicles applies as follows: Monday: licence plates ending in 1, 2, 3 and 7; Tuesday: licence plates ending in 3, 4, 5 and 8; Wednesday: licence plates ending in 4, 5, 6 and 9; Thursday: licence plates ending in 6, 7, 8 and 0; Friday: licence plates ending in 1, 2, 9, and 0; no private car is allowed to circulate on Saturday and Sunday; taxis can circulate against the licence plate number on Saturday and with no restriction on Sunday.
    **Amber: Municipalities in “amber” will apply the following measures: Curfew restricting all movement applies from 11pm to 5am. Except for Pichincha, Carchi, Imbabura, Cotopaxi, Bolivar, Tungurahua, Chimborazo, Cañar, Azuay, Loja, Santo Domingo Tsachilas, Esmeraldas, Morona Santiago, Zamora Chinchipe, Sucumbios, Orellana, Pastaza and Napo provinces (see below the special regime information for these provinces). shops and restaurants can reopen to the public with 50% capacity; funerals with up to 25 people are allowed; social gatherings and executive meetings with up to 25 people present are allowed, if social distancing measures can be guaranteed (2 metres between each person, no ventilation systems in place and other biosecurity measures); cinemas and theatres can reopen with a limited capacity of 30% (except for Quito); archaeological sites, zoos, museums and national parks will reopen with a limited capacity of 30%, except the Yasuni National Park; urban public transport, transport within the province and inter-provincial transport is allowed with 50% bus capacity. Destinations must be in the Amber and Green levels; closed pools will be able to reopen for training purposes, respecting bio security measures
    public and private institutions will be allowed to operate to 50% of their total capacity. Remote working will be encouraged; all businesses and institutions must have a COVID-19 prevention protocol in place to prevent spread among clients and staff; doctors (in all fields) are allowed to receive patients with an appointment; Private cars will be able to circulate as follows: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays: licence plates ending in odd numbers (1, 3, 5, 7 and 9); Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays: licence plates ending in even numbers (2, 4, 6, 8 and 0); Sundays: On 2, 16 and 30 August licence plates ending in odd numbers. On 19 and 23 August licence plates ending in even numbers; private cars can circulate between amber and amber or green provinces as long as they comply with the licence plate guidance above; taxis can circulate every day without any licence plate number restriction;.
    **Green: Municipalities in “green” will apply the following measures:; there is no curfew; restaurants and shops can reopen to the public with 50% of their capacity; urban bus or tram transport at 50% capacity; transport within the province is allowed if cantons are in the same level; travel between provinces is allowed if the local governments are in Amber or Green levels and have approved reopening the routes and bus terminals; a pilot plan to reopen gyms will begin; funerals with up to 25 people are allowed; social gatherings and business meetings with up to 25 people are allowed, if social distancing measures can be guaranteed (2 metres between each person, no ventilation systems in place and other biosecurity measures); pilot plan – authorised gyms can reinstate their activity in compliance of COVID-19 official prevention protocols; doctors from all fields are able to take in customers with appointments
    Private cars will be able to circulate as follows: licence plates ending in 6, 8 and 0 will not be able to circulate on Mondays; licence plates ending in 5, 7 and 9 will not be able to circulate on Tuesdays; licence plates ending in 4 and 0 will not be able to circulate on Wednesdays; licence plates ending in 1, 3 and 9 will not be able to circulate on Thursdays; licence plates ending in 2, 6 and 8 will not be able to circulate on Fridays; licence plates ending in 1, 3 and 5 will not be able to circulate on Saturdays; licence plates ending in 2, 4, and 7 will not be able to circulate on Sundays; private cars can circulate between green and amber or green provinces as long as they comply with the licence plate guidance above.
    **Quito’s special regime: In addition to the general measures at Amber level, in Quito as of 31 July and until 12 August, a curfew restricting all movement will apply from 9pm to 5am from Monday to Thursday, and from 7pm to 5am from Friday to Sunday The surrounding valleys of Mejia, Ruminahui and Cayambe have the same curfew hours as in Quito. Social gatherings and business meetings are prohibited. Shops and restaurants can operate at 30% capacity and 25% of civil servants will be allowed to return to their offices. Cinemas and theatres remain closed. Bus terminals for inter-provincial travel will remain closed until further notice. Home delivery service can operate until 10pm. In addition, people must carry identification with them at all times. From 31 July to 12 August, alcohol sale is completely prohibited from Friday to Sunday, except from restaurants under category 4 and tourist activity, in which one alcohol side drink will be allowed.
    **Other provinces’ special regime: From 31 July the same special regime, including curfew hours (from 9pm to 5am from Monday to Thursday, and from 7pm to 5am from Friday to Sunday); the suspension of all social and business gatherings, and the ban of alcohol sale (from Friday to Sunday), are also applicable for Pichincha, Carchi, Imbabura, Cotopaxi, Bolivar, Tungurahua, Chimborazo, Cañar, Azuay, Loja, Santo Domingo Tsachilas, Esmeraldas, Morona Santiago, Zamora Chinchipe, Sucumbios, Orellana, Pastaza and Napo provinces. Home delivery service can operate until 10pm.
    Most hotels have reopened with a limited capacity and with strict protocols to prevent COVID-19 spread.

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    19.08.2020
  • Ecuador President extends state of emergency by 60 days because of COVID-19, until 15 August. (TeleSur, 16.06.2020)

    *****International Restrictions:
    All land borders with Colombia and Peru remain closed until further notice. As of 1 June, international commercial flights resumed limited operations. The restriction on international arrivals has also been lifted. Upon arrival, passengers will be required to sign a declaration form with their itinerary and local contact details. They must also present a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test for COVID-19, taken up to 7 days prior to departure. In countries where the PCR tests are not available, passengers must agree to take a COVID-19 test at the airport in Ecuador on arrival. All passengers who arrive with a negative PCR test result will no longer be required to carry out self-isolation (Aislamiento Preventivo Obligatorio – APO). For those who do not present a negative PCR test result on arrival, they will need to carry out self-isolation for 14 days at their own expense, in hotels or private accommodation. Local residents and people qualified as “priority attention groups” such as people over 65 years old, children and pregnant women, will be allowed to self-isolate at their homes. The Ministry of Health has published more information on coronavirus protocols [https://www.coronavirusecuador.com/] that also allows direct messaging with the Ministry (Spanish only). The Government is monitoring the situation in other countries with high risk of contagion to prevent incoming flights.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    As of 4 May, the Government introduced a new phase of “social distancing” to loosen up restrictions progressively according to the situation in each canton. The system has three levels: red, amber and green. On 14 August, President Moreno renewed the state of emergency for a further 30 days. It will now remain in force until 15 September. This includes general nationwide measures such as: self-isolation and extra precaution advised for people over 60 years old, and people whose medical conditions make them vulnerable to COVID-19; mandatory use of face masks in public spaces. Fines will be given to those who do not comply. Each city will define the cost of the fine; strong recommendation for all individuals to comply with social distancing measures and practice frequent hand washing; pubs, nightclubs and children playgrounds remain closed; schools at all levels and universities remain closed nationwide. Classes will be delivered online; all public gatherings are prohibited; physical activities in closed spaces will be limited to those Green-rated cantons. Outdoor activities are allowed if they comply with local social distancing measures approved by each canton; from 5 August, some beaches will reopen and will be monitored through the “Distancia2” app; tourist transport operators (vehicles and boats) will be allowed to provide their services in Amber and Green level cities. Other transport services (door to door) remain forbidden; inter-provincial travel by private car is permitted between Amber and Green level cities
    inter-provincial travel is allowed between Amber and Green level cities and where local governments have agreed to open bus terminals; passengers travelling on domestic flights between Quito and Guayaquil must present a negative COVID-19 test. The authorities will accept antibody tests (“quick tests”) and Polymerase Chain Reaction tests (PCR) taken at laboratories approved by the Ministry of Health. PCR tests will be valid if taken up to 72 hours prior to departure and quick tests within 24 hours. Tests can be taken at airports. This measure will run until 21 August. From then on, random tests will be carried out
    passengers who have completed mandatory self-isolation (APO) at authorised hotels/temporary accommodation, are no longer required to have a COVID-19 test for domestic flights, just to present their APO certificate issued by the Ministry of Health; inter-provincial package deliveries are allowed; all businesses and industries must prepare a health prevention protocol to address COVID-19; there are labs authorised to undertake COVID-19 tests; A tracing app ( ̔ASI Ecuador̕ ), to alert people if they have been in contact with a confirmed COVID-19 case during the last 15 days, has now been launched nationwide. The app is supported via Bluetooth and maintains the confidentiality of users; The Government has emphasised that measures will be enforced robustly and infringements will be sanctioned. You should ensure you comply, including with self-isolation measures. Check specific details on self-isolation (Spanish only). Quito Municipality has launched a new campaign to increase testing and triage.
    New phase of restrictions by municipality: The Government has updated the measures applied under each level of the “red, amber, green” system with effect from 1 July. These measures apply nationwide with the exception of Quito, where stricter measures remain in place. Each municipal government is responsible for determining whether they move from one stage to the next. You can find an interactive map showing the colour of each city through this online tool [https://srvportal.gestionderiesgos.gob.ec/portal/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=5ecd2baea7024774b72765fb764d3690]. Municipalities can implement additional measures to those stated below.
    Several municipalities have now moved to the “amber” level. Guayaquil began this phase on 20 May and Quito on 3 June. There is a special regime for some “amber level” provinces.
    **Red: Municipalities in “red” will apply the following measures: curfew restricting all movement from 6pm to 5am; transactions to buy food and other products are authorised to be carried out online, through telephone and by home delivery, from 7am to 10pm; travel within the province is not allowed; safe passages are required to operate during curfew hours (work and justified travel); medical attention is authorised with an appointment, including surgery; remote working is still in force; workers are allowed to return to their offices in the public and private sectors (up to 30% staff capacity); shops are allowed to open (up to 30% staff capacity); social gatherings, public or private, are forbidden; Private cars can only circulate twice a week. Circulation of private vehicles applies as follows: Monday: licence plates ending in 1, 2, 3 and 7; Tuesday: licence plates ending in 3, 4, 5 and 8; Wednesday: licence plates ending in 4, 5, 6 and 9; Thursday: licence plates ending in 6, 7, 8 and 0; Friday: licence plates ending in 1, 2, 9, and 0; no private car is allowed to circulate on Saturday and Sunday; taxis can circulate against the licence plate number on Saturday and with no restriction on Sunday.
    **Amber: Municipalities in “amber” will apply the following measures: Curfew restricting all movement applies from 11pm to 5am. Except for Pichincha, Carchi, Imbabura, Cotopaxi, Bolivar, Tungurahua, Chimborazo, Cañar, Azuay, Loja, Santo Domingo Tsachilas, Esmeraldas, Morona Santiago, Zamora Chinchipe, Sucumbios, Orellana, Pastaza and Napo provinces (see below the special regime information for these provinces). shops and restaurants can reopen to the public with 50% capacity; funerals with up to 25 people are allowed; social gatherings and executive meetings with up to 25 people present are allowed, if social distancing measures can be guaranteed (2 metres between each person, no ventilation systems in place and other biosecurity measures); cinemas and theatres can reopen with a limited capacity of 30% (except for Quito); archaeological sites, zoos, museums and national parks will reopen with a limited capacity of 30%, except the Yasuni National Park; urban public transport, transport within the province and inter-provincial transport is allowed with 50% bus capacity. Destinations must be in the Amber and Green levels; closed pools will be able to reopen for training purposes, respecting bio security measures
    public and private institutions will be allowed to operate to 50% of their total capacity. Remote working will be encouraged; all businesses and institutions must have a COVID-19 prevention protocol in place to prevent spread among clients and staff; doctors (in all fields) are allowed to receive patients with an appointment; Private cars will be able to circulate as follows: Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays: licence plates ending in odd numbers (1, 3, 5, 7 and 9); Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays: licence plates ending in even numbers (2, 4, 6, 8 and 0); Sundays: On 2, 16 and 30 August licence plates ending in odd numbers. On 19 and 23 August licence plates ending in even numbers; private cars can circulate between amber and amber or green provinces as long as they comply with the licence plate guidance above; taxis can circulate every day without any licence plate number restriction;.
    **Green: Municipalities in “green” will apply the following measures:; there is no curfew; restaurants and shops can reopen to the public with 50% of their capacity; urban bus or tram transport at 50% capacity; transport within the province is allowed if cantons are in the same level; travel between provinces is allowed if the local governments are in Amber or Green levels and have approved reopening the routes and bus terminals; a pilot plan to reopen gyms will begin; funerals with up to 25 people are allowed; social gatherings and business meetings with up to 25 people are allowed, if social distancing measures can be guaranteed (2 metres between each person, no ventilation systems in place and other biosecurity measures); pilot plan – authorised gyms can reinstate their activity in compliance of COVID-19 official prevention protocols; doctors from all fields are able to take in customers with appointments
    Private cars will be able to circulate as follows: licence plates ending in 6, 8 and 0 will not be able to circulate on Mondays; licence plates ending in 5, 7 and 9 will not be able to circulate on Tuesdays; licence plates ending in 4 and 0 will not be able to circulate on Wednesdays; licence plates ending in 1, 3 and 9 will not be able to circulate on Thursdays; licence plates ending in 2, 6 and 8 will not be able to circulate on Fridays; licence plates ending in 1, 3 and 5 will not be able to circulate on Saturdays; licence plates ending in 2, 4, and 7 will not be able to circulate on Sundays; private cars can circulate between green and amber or green provinces as long as they comply with the licence plate guidance above.
    **Quito’s special regime: In addition to the general measures at Amber level, in Quito as of 31 July and until 12 August, a curfew restricting all movement will apply from 9pm to 5am from Monday to Thursday, and from 7pm to 5am from Friday to Sunday The surrounding valleys of Mejia, Ruminahui and Cayambe have the same curfew hours as in Quito. Social gatherings and business meetings are prohibited. Shops and restaurants can operate at 30% capacity and 25% of civil servants will be allowed to return to their offices. Cinemas and theatres remain closed. Bus terminals for inter-provincial travel will remain closed until further notice. Home delivery service can operate until 10pm. In addition, people must carry identification with them at all times. From 31 July to 12 August, alcohol sale is completely prohibited from Friday to Sunday, except from restaurants under category 4 and tourist activity, in which one alcohol side drink will be allowed.
    **Other provinces’ special regime: From 31 July the same special regime, including curfew hours (from 9pm to 5am from Monday to Thursday, and from 7pm to 5am from Friday to Sunday); the suspension of all social and business gatherings, and the ban of alcohol sale (from Friday to Sunday), are also applicable for Pichincha, Carchi, Imbabura, Cotopaxi, Bolivar, Tungurahua, Chimborazo, Cañar, Azuay, Loja, Santo Domingo Tsachilas, Esmeraldas, Morona Santiago, Zamora Chinchipe, Sucumbios, Orellana, Pastaza and Napo provinces. Home delivery service can operate until 10pm.
    Most hotels have reopened with a limited capacity and with strict protocols to prevent COVID-19 spread.

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    17.08.2020
  • Ecuador President extends state of emergency by 60 days because of COVID-19, until 15 August. (TeleSur, 16.06.2020)

    *****International Restrictions:
    As of 1 June, international commercial flights resumed limited operations. The restriction on international arrivals has also been lifted.All land borders with Colombia and Peru remain closed until further notice.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    The Government introduced a new phase of “social distancing” to loosen up restrictions progressively according to the situation in each canton. The system has three levels: red, amber and green. President Moreno renewed the state of emergency for a further 60 days. It will now remain in force until 15 August. This includes general nationwide measures such as: self-isolation and extra precaution advised for people over 60 years old, and people whose medical conditions make them vulnerable to COVID-19 mandatory; use of face masks in public spaces. Fines will be given to those who do not comply. Each city will define the cost of the fine strong recommendation for all individuals to comply with social distancing measures and practice frequent hand washing; pubs, nightclubs and children playgrounds remain closed; schools at all levels and universities remain closed nationwide. Classes will be delivered online
    all public gatherings are prohibited; physical activities in closed spaces will be limited to those Green-rated cantons. Outdoor activities are allowed if they comply with local social distancing measures approved by each canton; from 5 August, some beaches will reopen and will be monitored through the “Distancia2” app; tourist transport operators (vehicles and boats) will be allowed to provide their services in Amber and Green level cities. Other transport services (door to door) remain forbidden; inter-provincial travel by private car is permitted between Amber and Green level cities; inter-provincial travel is allowed between Amber and Green level cities and where local governments have agreed to open bus terminals; passengers travelling on domestic flights between Quito and Guayaquil must present a negative COVID-19 test. The authorities will accept antibody tests (“quick tests”) and Polymerase Chain Reaction tests (PCR) taken at laboratories approved by the Ministry of Health. PCR tests will be valid if taken up to 72 hours prior to departure and quick tests within 24 hours. Tests can be taken at airports. This measure will run until 21 August. From then on, random tests will be carried out; passengers who have completed mandatory self-isolation (APO) at authorised hotels/temporary accommodation, are no longer required to have a COVID-19 test for domestic flights, just to present their APO certificate issued by the Ministry of Health; inter-provincial package deliveries are allowed; all businesses and industries must prepare a health prevention protocol to address COVID-19; there are labs authorised to undertake COVID-19 tests. The Government has emphasised that measures will be enforced robustly and infringements will be sanctioned. You should ensure you comply, including with self-isolation measures. Check specific details on self-isolation [https://coronavirusecuador.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/DOCUMENTO_CUARENTENA__.pdf].

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    05.08.2020
  • Ecuador President extends state of emergency by 60 days because of COVID-19, until 15 August. (TeleSur, 16.06.2020)

    *****International Restrictions:
    Commercial flights are operating to and from Ecuador. As of 1 June, international commercial flights resumed limited operations. The restriction on international arrivals has also been lifted. All land borders with Colombia and Peru remain closed until further notice. Upon arrival, passengers will be required to sign a declaration form with their itinerary and local contact details. They must also present a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test for COVID-19, taken up to 7 days prior to departure. In countries where the PCR tests are not available, passengers must agree to take a COVID-19 test at the airport in Ecuador on arrival. The Ministry of Health has published more information on coronavirus protocols [https://coronavirusecuador.com/]. that also allows direct messaging with the Ministry. If you need to find emergency accommodation to go through the mandatory self-isolation protocol, you can access options on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility website.[https://www.cancilleria.gob.ec/2020/04/28/hospedaje-para-aislamiento/]. The Government will monitor the situation in other countries with high risk of contagion to prevent incoming flights.
    ***Galapagos Islands: From 1 July, tourist activities will be allowed in the Galapagos. Foreigners wishing to enter the islands must present a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test for COVID-19, taken 96 hours prior to the date of departure to Ecuador. Tourists must also present a safe passage document issued by the Ministry of Tourism to be exempt from doing 14 days of self-isolation on the islands. The tour operators or hotels are responsible for arranging this safe passage document on behalf of tourists, given that visitors are required to have previous contracted travel arrangements. queries regarding travel back to mainland Ecuador, you can contact the Galapagos authorities via email at galapagosresponder@gmail.com.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    The Government introduced a new phase of “social distancing” to loosen up restrictions progressively according to the situation in each canton. The system has three levels: red, amber and green. President Moreno renewed the state of emergency for a further 60 days. It will now remain in force until 15 August. This includes general nationwide measures such as: self-isolation and extra precaution advised for people over 60 years old, and people whose medical conditions make them vulnerable to COVID-19 mandatory; use of face masks in public spaces. Fines will be given to those who do not comply. Each city will define the cost of the fine strong recommendation for all individuals to comply with social distancing measures and practice frequent hand washing; pubs, nightclubs and children playgrounds remain closed; schools at all levels and universities remain closed nationwide. Classes will be delivered online
    all public gatherings are prohibited; physical activities in closed spaces will be limited to those Green-rated cantons. Outdoor activities are allowed if they comply with local social distancing measures approved by each canton; from 5 August, some beaches will reopen and will be monitored through the “Distancia2” app; tourist transport operators (vehicles and boats) will be allowed to provide their services in Amber and Green level cities. Other transport services (door to door) remain forbidden; inter-provincial travel by private car is permitted between Amber and Green level cities; inter-provincial travel is allowed between Amber and Green level cities and where local governments have agreed to open bus terminals; passengers travelling on domestic flights between Quito and Guayaquil must present a negative COVID-19 test. The authorities will accept antibody tests (“quick tests”) and Polymerase Chain Reaction tests (PCR) taken at laboratories approved by the Ministry of Health. PCR tests will be valid if taken up to 72 hours prior to departure and quick tests within 24 hours. Tests can be taken at airports. This measure will run until 21 August. From then on, random tests will be carried out; passengers who have completed mandatory self-isolation (APO) at authorised hotels/temporary accommodation, are no longer required to have a COVID-19 test for domestic flights, just to present their APO certificate issued by the Ministry of Health; inter-provincial package deliveries are allowed; all businesses and industries must prepare a health prevention protocol to address COVID-19; there are labs authorised to undertake COVID-19 tests. The Government has emphasised that measures will be enforced robustly and infringements will be sanctioned. You should ensure you comply, including with self-isolation measures. Check specific details on self-isolation [https://coronavirusecuador.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/DOCUMENTO_CUARENTENA__.pdf].

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    31.07.2020
  • Ecuador President extends state of emergency by 60 days because of COVID-19, until 15 August. (TeleSur, 16.06.2020)

    *****International Restrictions:
    All land borders with Colombia and Peru remain closed until further notice. As of 1 June, international commercial flights resumed limited operations. The restriction on international arrivals has also been lifted. Upon arrival, passengers will be required to sign a declaration form with their itinerary and local contact details. They must also present a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test for COVID-19, taken up to 7 days prior to departure. In countries where the PCR tests are not available, passengers must agree to take a COVID-19 test at the airport in Ecuador on arrival. All passengers will be subject to mandatory self-isolation (Aislamiento Preventivo Obligatorio – APO) for 14 days. This will be at the individual’s own expense, in hotels or private accommodation. People qualified as “priority attention groups” such as people over 65 years old, children and pregnant women, will be allowed to self-isolate at their homes. The Ministry of Health has published more information on coronavirus protocols that also allows direct messaging with the Ministry (Spanish only) [https://coronavirusecuador.com/]. If you need to find emergency accommodation to go through the mandatory self-isolation protocol, you can access options on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility website [https://www.cancilleria.gob.ec/2020/04/28/hospedaje-para-aislamiento/].

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    On 15 June President Moreno renewed the state of emergency for a further 60 days. It will now remain in force until 15 August. This includes general nationwide measures such as: Self-isolation advised for people over 60 years old, and people whose medical conditions make them vulnerable to COVID-19.
    Mandatory use of face masks in public spaces. Fines will be given to those who do not comply. Each city will define the cost of the fine. Pubs, nightclubs and playgrounds remain closed. Physical activities in closed spaces will be limited to those cantons at Green. Outdoor activities are allowed if they comply with local social distancing measures approved by each canton. From 22 July, some beaches will reopen and will be monitored through the “Distancia2” app.
    Tourist transport operators (vehicles and boats) will be allowed to provide their services in Amber and Green level cities. Other transport services (door to door) remain forbidden. Inter-provincial travel by private car is permitted between Amber and Green level cities. Inter-provincial travel by is allowed between cities that are under Amber and Green levels and where local governments have agreed to open bus terminals. Passengers travelling on domestic flights between Quito and Guayaquil must present a negative COVID-19 test. The authorities will accept antibody tests (“quick tests”) and Polymerase Chain Reaction tests (PCR) taken at laboratories approved by the Ministry of Health. PCR tests will be valid if taken up to 72 hours prior to departure and quick tests within 25 hours. Tests can be taken at airports. This measure will run until 6 July. From then on, random tests will be carried out. All public gatherings are prohibited. Inter-provincial package delivery is allowed. All businesses and industries must prepare a health prevention protocol to address COVID-19. The Government has emphasised that measures will be enforced robustly and infringements will be sanctioned. You should ensure you comply, including with self-isolation measures. Check specific details on self-isolation (Spanish only) [https://coronavirusecuador.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/DOCUMENTO_CUARENTENA__.pdf].

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    09.07.2020
  • Ecuador President extends state of emergency by 60 days because of COVID-19, until 15 August. (TeleSur, 16.06.2020)

    *****International Restrictions:
    As of 1 June, international commercial flights resumed limited operations. Land borders were closed following decisions from the Peruvian and Colombian authorities, and will remain closed until further notice.The Government will monitor the situation in other countries with high risk of contagion to prevent incoming flights. The restriction on international arrivals has also been lifted. Upon arrival, passengers will be required to sign a declaration form with their itinerary and local contact details. They must also present a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test for COVID19, taken up to 7 days prior to departure. In countries where the PCR tests are not available, passengers must agree to take a COVID19 test at the airport in Ecuador before they travel. All passengers will be subject to mandatory self-isolation (Aislamiento Preventivo Obligatorio – APO) for 14 days. This will be at the individual’s own expense, in hotels or private accommodation. People qualified as “priority attention groups” such as people over 65 years old, children and pregnant women, will be allowed to self-isolate at their homes. The Ministry of Health has published more information on coronavirus protocols that also allows direct messaging with the Ministry (Spanish only) [https://coronavirusecuador.com/]. If you need to find emergency accommodation to go through the mandatory self-isolation protocol, you can access options on the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Human Mobility website [https://www.cancilleria.gob.ec/2020/04/28/hospedaje-para-aislamiento/].

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    On 15 June President Moreno renewed the state of emergency for a further 60 days. It will now remain in force until 15 August. This includes general nationwide measures such as: Self-isolation advised for people over 60 years old, and people whose medical conditions make them vulnerable to COVID-19.
    Mandatory use of face masks in public spaces. Fines will be given to those who do not comply. Each city will define the cost of the fine. Pubs, nightclubs and playgrounds remain closed. Physical activities in closed spaces will be limited to those cantons at Green. Outdoor activities are allowed if they comply with local social distancing measures approved by each canton. From 22 July, some beaches will reopen and will be monitored through the “Distancia2” app.
    Tourist transport operators (vehicles and boats) will be allowed to provide their services in Amber and Green level cities. Other transport services (door to door) remain forbidden. Inter-provincial travel by private car is permitted between Amber and Green level cities. Inter-provincial travel by is allowed between cities that are under Amber and Green levels and where local governments have agreed to open bus terminals. Passengers travelling on domestic flights between Quito and Guayaquil must present a negative COVID-19 test. The authorities will accept antibody tests (“quick tests”) and Polymerase Chain Reaction tests (PCR) taken at laboratories approved by the Ministry of Health. PCR tests will be valid if taken up to 72 hours prior to departure and quick tests within 25 hours. Tests can be taken at airports. This measure will run until 6 July. From then on, random tests will be carried out. All public gatherings are prohibited. Inter-provincial package delivery is allowed. All businesses and industries must prepare a health prevention protocol to address COVID-19. The Government has emphasised that measures will be enforced robustly and infringements will be sanctioned. You should ensure you comply, including with self-isolation measures. Check specific details on self-isolation (Spanish only) [https://coronavirusecuador.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/DOCUMENTO_CUARENTENA__.pdf].

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    06.07.2020
  • Ecuador President extends state of emergency by 60 days because of COVID-19, until 15 August. (TeleSur, 16.06.2020)

    *****International Restrictions:
    As of 1 June, international commercial flights resumed limited operations.The restriction on international arrivals has also been lifted. Upon arrival, passengers will be required to sign a declaration form with their itinerary and local contact details. Although the Government will monitor the situation in other countries with high risk of contagion to prevent incoming flights.
    Passengers arriving must also present a negative Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test for COVID19, taken up to 7 days prior to departure. In countries where the PCR tests are not available, passengers must agree to take a COVID19 test at the airport in Ecuador before they travel.
    All passengers will be subject to mandatory self-isolation (Aislamiento Preventivo Obligatorio – APO) for 14 days. This will be at the individual’s own expense, in hotels or private accommodation. People qualified as “priority attention groups” such as people over 65 years old, children and pregnant women, will be allowed to self-isolate at their homes. The Ministry of Health has published more information on coronavirus protocols that also allows direct messaging with the Ministry (Spanish only) [https://coronavirusecuador.com/].
    Land borders were closed following decisions from the Peruvian and Colombian authorities, and will remain closed until further notice.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    President Moreno announced a 60-day extension to the state of emergency, which will now last until 15 August. General nationwide restrictions remain: Mandatory self-isolation for people over 60 years old, and people whose medical conditions make them vulnerable to COVID-19; Mandatory use of face masks in public spaces. Fines will be given to those who do not comply. Each city will define the cost of the fine; Inter-provincial travel by bus has been approved between cities that are under amber and green level. For Quito inter-provincial travel will resume on 1 July; From 19 June, people travelling on domestic flights must present a negative COVID-19 test taken a maximum of 72 hours prior to departing. Authorities will accept antibody tests (“quick tests”) and Polymerase Chain Reaction tests (PCR) taken at laboratories approved by the Ministry of Health
    All public gatherings are prohibited, including gatherings at home,sporting events, museums and entertainment centres. Schools will be closed nationwide, but classes will be delivered online. Inter-province package delivery is allowed. All businesses and industries must prepare a health prevention protocol to address COVID-19. The Government has emphasised that measures will be enforced robustly and infringements will be sanctioned. You should ensure you comply, including with self-isolation measures. Check specific details on self-isolation (Spanish only) [https://coronavirusecuador.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/DOCUMENTO_CUARENTENA__.pdf].
    As of 4 May, the Government introduced a new phase of “social distancing” to loosen up restrictions progressively according to the situation in each location. The system has three levels: red, amber and green. The Government announced changes to the measured under each level starting 1 June.
    Each municipal government is responsible for determining whether they move from one stage to the next. You can find an interactive map showing the colour of each city through this online tool. [https://srvportal.gestionderiesgos.gob.ec/portal/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=5ecd2baea7024774b72765fb764d3690].

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    27.06.2020
  • Ecuador President extends state of emergency by 60 days because of COVID-19, until 15 August. (TeleSur, 16.06.2020)

    1. Passengers without a PCR test result for Coronavirus (COVID-19) will be tested upon arrival.
    2. Passengers are subject to self-quarantine for 14 days.
    3. A completed “Declaracion de salud del viajero” and “Formulario migratorio especial” must be presented upon arrival.

    *****

    Outbound restrictions:

    There are currently no known restrictions on individuals seeking to depart the country, but flight availability is limited.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    All individuals are required to wear masks in public. From 4 May, provincial authorities will determine the alert level applicable for their region based on a three-tiered system announced by the government: red, yellow and green. Each level entails varying degrees of restrictions and curfews. As of 4 May, all areas of the country are under the ‘red’ level alert. This entails a daily quarantine from 14.00 to 05.00. Non-essential businesses may resume limited operations; these must remain closed to in-person customers and may only fulfill online and telephone orders by delivery. Taxis may now operate until 22.00. All persons are required to use facemasks when in public until further notice. Persons over 60 years old or with underlying medical conditions are required to self-isolate until 31 May. Private car traffic is permitted on certain days according to license plate;
    prohibited during weekends. Public gatherings and events are suspended.

    *****

    Relaxation of restrictions:

    As of 4 May, the Government introduced a new phase of “social distancing” to loosen up restrictions progressively according to the situation in each location. The system has three levels: red, amber and green. The Government announced changes to the measured under each level starting 1 June.
    Each municipal government is responsible for determining whether they move from one stage to the next. You can find an interactive map showing the colour of each city through this online tool (please cope and paste link into your browser):https://srvportal.gestionderiesgos.gob.ec/portal/apps/webappviewer/index.html?id=5ecd2baea7024774b72765fb764d3690. Municipalities can implement additional measures to those stated below.
    Several municipalities have now moved to the “amber” level. Guayaquil began this phase on 20 May, and Quito on 3 June.

    Red:
    Municipalities in “red” will apply the following measures:
    Curfew restricting all movement from 6pm to 5am
    Transactions to buy food and other products are authorised to be carried online, through telephone and by home delivery, from 7am to 10pm
    Medical attentions are authorised with an appointment.
    Taxis are authorised to operate from 5am to 10pm
    Remote working is still in force, except for essential sectors
    Private cars can only circulate twice a week. Circulation of private vehicles applies as follows:
    Monday: licence plates ending in 1, 2, 3 and 7.
    Tuesday: licence plates ending in 3, 4, 5 and 8.
    Wednesday: licence plates ending in 4, 5, 6 and 9.
    Thursday: licence plates ending in 6, 7, 8 and 0.
    Friday: licence plates ending in 2, 9, and 0.
    No private car is allowed to circulate on Saturdays and Sundays.

    Amber:
    Municipalities in “amber” will apply the following measures:
    Curfew restricting all movement applies from 9pm to 5am
    Public and private institutions, that are not deemed essential sectors, will be allowed to operate to 50% of their total capacity and can implement shifts to avoid crowding. Remote working will remain the default.
    All businesses and institutions must have a COVID19 prevention protocol in place to prevent spread in clients and staff
    Shops are allowed to operate to 30% of their total capacity
    Doctors (in all fields) are allowed to receive patients with an appointment
    Urban and close range transport is authorised, with buses operating up to 30% of their total capacity
    Private cars will be able to circulate as follows:
    Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays: licence plates ending in odd numbers (1, 3, 5, 7 and 9).
    Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays: licence plates ending in even numbers (2, 4, 6, 8 and 0).
    No vehicle can circulate on Sundays
    In Quito, people must carry ID with them at all times.

    Green:
    Municipalities in “green” will apply the following measures:
    Curfew restricting all movement applies from 12am to 5am
    Public and private institutions, that are not deemed essential sectors, will be able to operate to 60% of total capacity and can implement shifts to avoid crowding. Remote working will remain the default
    Doctors from all fields are able to take in customers with appointments
    Shops will be able to operate to 50% of their total capacity
    Public transport in urban centres, between parishes and between cantons will be allowed, with buses operating up to 50% of t. heir total capacity
    Private cars will be able to circulate as follows:
    Licence plates ending in 2, 8 and 0 will not be able to circulate on Mondays.
    Licence plates ending in 5, 7 and 9 will not be able to circulate on Tuesdays.
    Licence plates ending in 4 and 0 will not be able to circulate on Wednesdays.
    Licence plates ending in 1, 3 and 9 will not be able to circulate on Thursdays.
    Licence plates ending in 2, 6 and 8 will not be able to circulate on Fridays.
    Licence plates ending in 1, 3 and 5 will not be able to circulate on Saturdays.
    Licence plates ending in 2, 4, and 7 will not be able to circulate on Sundays.

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    17.06.2020
  • Ecuador 1. Passengers without a PCR test result for Coronavirus (COVID-19) will be tested upon arrival.
    2. Passengers are subject to self-quarantine for 14 days.
    3. A completed “Declaracion de salud del viajero” and “Formulario migratorio especial” must be presented upon arrival.

    Outbound restrictions:

    There are currently no known restrictions on individuals seeking to depart the country, but flight availability is limited.

    Conditions and internal restrictions:

    All individuals are required to wear masks in public. From 4 May, provincial authorities will determine the alert level applicable for their region based on a three-tiered system announced by the government: red, yellow and green. Each level entails varying degrees of restrictions and curfews. As of 4 May, all areas of the country are under the ‘red’ level alert. This entails a daily quarantine from 14.00 to 05.00. Non-essential businesses may resume limited operations; these must remain closed to in-person customers and may only fulfill online and telephone orders by delivery. Taxis may now operate until 22.00. All persons are required to use facemasks when in public until further notice. Persons over 60 years old or with underlying medical conditions are required to self-isolate until 31 May. Private car traffic is permitted on certain days according to license plate;
    prohibited during weekends. Public gatherings and events are suspended until the end of May

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    15.06.2020
  • Ecuador 1. Guayaquil (GYE) is closed.
    2. Passengers without a PCR test result for Coronavirus (COVID-19) will be tested upon arrival.
    3. Passengers must self-quarantine for 14 days.
    4. A completed Health Form and a completed Immigration form must be presented upon arrival.

    Outbound restrictions:

    There are currently no known restrictions on individuals seeking to depart the country, but flight availability is limited.

    Conditions and internal restrictions:

    All individuals are required to wear masks in public. From 4 May, provincial authorities will determine the alert level applicable for their region based on a three-tiered system announced by the government: red, yellow and green. Each level entails varying degrees of restrictions and curfews. As of 4 May, all areas of the country are under the ‘red’ level alert. This entails a daily quarantine from 14.00 to 05.00. Non-essential businesses may resume limited operations; these must remain closed to in-person customers and may only fulfill online and telephone orders by delivery. Taxis may now operate until 22.00. All persons are required to use facemasks when in public until further notice. Persons over 60 years old or with underlying medical conditions are required to self-isolate until 31 May. Private car traffic is permitted on certain days according to license plate;
    prohibited during weekends. Public gatherings and events are suspended until the end of May

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    12.06.2020
  • Ecuador Passenger flights resumed starting from June.

    Outbound restrictions:

    There are currently no known restrictions on individuals seeking to depart the country, but flight availability is limited.

    Conditions and internal restrictions:

    All individuals are required to wear masks in public. From 4 May, provincial authorities will determine the alert level applicable for their region based on a three-tiered system announced by the government: red, yellow and green. Each level entails varying degrees of restrictions and curfews. As of 4 May, all areas of the country are under the ‘red’ level alert. This entails a daily quarantine from 14.00 to 05.00. Non-essential businesses may resume limited operations; these must remain closed to in-person customers and may only fulfill online and telephone orders by delivery. Taxis may now operate until 22.00. All persons are required to use facemasks when in public until further notice. Persons over 60 years old or with underlying medical conditions are required to self-isolate until 31 May. Private car traffic is permitted on certain days according to license plate;
    prohibited during weekends. Public gatherings and events are suspended until the end of May

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    10.06.2020
  • Ecuador Passenger flights will be resumed starting from June. The resumption will be gradual depending on the demand and airlines’ readiness to do that. (UP, 23.05.2020)

    1. Guayaquil (GYE) is closed.
    2. Passengers without a PCR test result for Coronavirus (COVID-19) will be tested upon arrival.
    3. Passengers must self-quarantine for 14 days.

    Outbound restrictions:

    There are currently no known restrictions on individuals seeking to depart the country, but flight availability is limited. Several flights are available to the US between 15-25 May, information available on the US Embassy in Ecuador website.

    Conditions and internal restrictions:

    Domestic flights and interstate travel are suspended until 31 May. All individuals are required to wear masks in public. From 4 May, provincial authorities will determine the alert level applicable for their region based on a three-tiered system announced by the government: red, yellow and green. Each level entails varying degrees of restrictions and curfews. As of 4 May, all areas of the country are under the ‘red’ level alert. This entails a daily quarantine from 14.00 to 05.00. Non-essential businesses may resume limited operations; these must remain closed to in-person customers and may only fulfill online and telephone orders by delivery. Taxis may now operate until 22.00. All persons are required to use facemasks when in public until further notice. Persons over 60 years old or with underlying medical conditions are required to self-isolate until 31 May. Private car traffic is permitted on certain days according to license plate;
    prohibited during weekends. Public gatherings and events are suspended until the end of May

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    02.06.2020
  • Ecuador Passenger flights will be resumed starting from June. The resumption will be gradual depending on the demand and airlines’ readiness to do that. (UP, 23.05.2020)

    Flights to Ecuador are suspended.
    Effective 1 June 2020:
    1. Flights to Ecuador will be resuming.
    2. Passengers and air crew must have a negative PCR test for Coronavirus (COVID-19) issued within 72h before arrival.

    Outbound restrictions:

    There are currently no known restrictions on individuals seeking to depart the country, but flight availability is limited. Several flights are available to the US between 15-25 May, information available on the US Embassy in Ecuador website.

    Conditions and internal restrictions:

    Domestic flights and interstate travel are suspended until 31 May. All individuals are required to wear masks in public. From 4 May, provincial authorities will determine the alert level applicable for their region based on a three-tiered system announced by the government: red, yellow and green. Each level entails varying degrees of restrictions and curfews. As of 4 May, all areas of the country are under the ‘red’ level alert. This entails a daily quarantine from 14.00 to 05.00. Non-essential businesses may resume limited operations; these must remain closed to in-person customers and may only fulfill online and telephone orders by delivery. Taxis may now operate until 22.00. All persons are required to use facemasks when in public until further notice. Persons over 60 years old or with underlying medical conditions are required to self-isolate until 31 May. Private car traffic is permitted on certain days according to license plate;
    prohibited during weekends. Public gatherings and events are suspended until the end of May

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    01.06.2020
  • Ecuador Passenger flights will be resumed starting from June. The resumption will be gradual depending on the demand and airlines’ readiness to do that. (UP, 23.05.2020) Flights to Ecuador are suspended. Effective 1 June 2020: 1. Flights to Ecuador will be resuming. 2. Passengers and air crew must have a negative PCR test for Coronavirus (COVID-19) issued within 72h before arrival.

    Outbound restrictions:

    There are currently no known restrictions on individuals seeking to depart the country, but flight availability is limited. Several flights are available to the US between 15-25 May, information available on the US Embassy in Ecuador website.

    Conditions and internal restrictions:

    Domestic flights and interstate travel are suspended until 31 May. All individuals are required to wear masks in public. From 4 May, provincial authorities will determine the alert level applicable for their region based on a three-tiered system announced by the government: red, yellow and green. Each level entails varying degrees of restrictions and curfews. As of 4 May, all areas of the country are under the ‘red’ level alert. This entails a daily quarantine from 14.00 to 05.00. Non-essential businesses may resume limited operations; these must remain closed to in-person customers and may only fulfill online and telephone orders by delivery. Taxis may now operate until 22.00. All persons are required to use facemasks when in public until further notice. Persons over 60 years old or with underlying medical conditions are required to self-isolate until 31 May. Private car traffic is permitted on certain days according to license plate; prohibited during weekends. Public gatherings and events are suspended until the end of May

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    27.05.2020
  • Ecuador Passenger flights will be resumed starting from June. The resumption will be gradual depending on the demand and airlines’ readiness to do that. (UP, 23.05.2020)

    Inbound restrictions:

    Entry restrictions are in place until at least 31 May. Air, land and sea borders are closed. Entry is prohibited to all travellers, including Ecuadorian nationals and residents. The Minister of Transport announced airport operations to resume on 1 June with restrictions in place.

    Outbound restrictions:

    There are currently no known restrictions on individuals seeking to depart the country, but flight availability is limited. Several flights are available to the US between 15-25 May, information available on the US Embassy in Ecuador website.

    Conditions and internal restrictions:

    Domestic flights and interstate travel are suspended until 31 May. All individuals are required to wear masks in public. From 4 May, provincial authorities will determine the alert level applicable for their region based on a three-tiered system announced by the government: red, yellow and green. Each level entails varying degrees of restrictions and curfews. As of 4 May, all areas of the country are under the ‘red’ level alert. This entails a daily quarantine from 14.00 to 05.00. Non-essential businesses may resume limited operations; these must remain closed to in-person customers and may only fulfill online and telephone orders by delivery. Taxis may now operate until 22.00. All persons are required to use face masks when in public until further notice. Persons over 60 years old or with underlying medical conditions are required to self-isolate until 31 May. Private car traffic is permitted on certain days according to license plate; prohibited during weekends. Public gatherings and events are suspended until the end of May.

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    23.05.2020
  • Ecuador President Moreno extends state of emergency by 30 days (KXAN36, 06.05.2020)

    Inbound restrictions:

    Entry restrictions are in place until at least 31 May. Air, land and sea borders are closed. Entry is prohibited to all travellers, including Ecuadorian nationals and residents. The Minister of Transport announced airport operations to resume on 1 June with restrictions in place.

    Outbound restrictions:

    There are currently no known restrictions on individuals seeking to depart the country, but flight availability is limited. Several flights are available to the US between 15-25 May, information available on the US Embassy in Ecuador website.

    Conditions and internal restrictions:

    Domestic flights and interstate travel are suspended until 31 May. All individuals are required to wear masks in public. From 4 May, provincial authorities will determine the alert level applicable for their region based on a three-tiered system announced by the government: red, yellow and green. Each level entails varying degrees of restrictions and curfews. As of 4 May, all areas of the country are under the ‘red’ level alert. This entails a daily quarantine from 14.00 to 05.00. Non-essential businesses may resume limited operations; these must remain closed to in-person customers and may only fulfill online and telephone orders by delivery. Taxis may now operate until 22.00. All persons are required to use face masks when in public until further notice. Persons over 60 years old or with underlying medical conditions are required to self-isolate until 31 May. Private car traffic is permitted on certain days according to license plate; prohibited during weekends. Public gatherings and events are suspended until the end of May.

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    18.05.2020
  • Ecuador President Moreno extends state of emergency by 30 days (KXAN36, 06.05.2020) Flights to Ecuador are suspended.

    Inbound restrictions:

    Entry restrictions are in place until at least 31 May. Air, land and sea borders are closed. Entry is prohibited to all travellers, including Ecuadorian nationals and residents.

    Outbound restrictions:

    There are currently no known restrictions on individuals seeking to depart the country, but flight availability is limited.

    Conditions and internal restrictions:

    Domestic flights and interstate travel are suspended until 31 May. All individuals are required to wear masks in public. From 4 May, provincial authorities will determine the alert level applicable for their region based on a three-tiered system announced by the government: red, yellow and green. Each level entails varying degrees of restrictions and curfews. As of 4 May, all areas of the country are under the ‘red’ level alert. This entails a daily quarantine from 14.00 to 05.00. Non-essential businesses may resume limited operations; these must remain closed to in-person customers and may only fulfill online and telephone orders by delivery. Taxis may now operate until 22.00. All persons are required to use face masks when in public until further notice. Persons over 60 years old or with underlying medical conditions are required to self-isolate until 31 May. Private car traffic is permitted on certain days according to license plate; prohibited during weekends. Public gatherings and events are suspended until the end of May.

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    12.05.2020
  • Ecuador President Moreno extends state of emergency by 30 days (KXAN36, 06.05.2020)

    Flights to Ecuador are suspended.

    Inbound restrictions:

    Entry restrictions are in place until at least 31 May. Air, land and sea borders are closed. Entry is prohibited to all travellers, including Ecuadorian nationals and residents.

    Outbound restrictions:

    There are currently no known restrictions on individuals seeking to depart the country, but flight availability is limited.

    Conditions and internal restrictions:

    Domestic flights and interstate travel are suspended until 31 May. All individuals are required to wear masks in public. From 4 May, provincial authorities will determine the alert level applicable for their region based on a three-tiered system announced by the government: red, yellow and green. Each level entails varying degrees of restrictions and curfews. As of 4 May, all areas of the country are under the ‘red’ level alert. This entails a daily quarantine from 14.00 to 05.00. Non-essential businesses may resume limited operations; these must remain closed to in-person customers and may only fulfill online and telephone orders by delivery. Taxis may now operate until 22.00. All persons are required to use face masks when in public until further notice. Persons over 60 years old or with underlying medical conditions are required to self-isolate until 31 May. Private car traffic is permitted on certain days according to license plate; prohibited during weekends. Public gatherings and events are suspended until the end of May.

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    10.05.2020
  • Source Foreign travel advice, Gov.UK/
    US State Dept. COVID-19 Country Specific Information/
    OSAC Travel Advisories/
    Ministry of Health/
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