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COVID in Ecuador on 30/08/2022


The worst of the suffering is over: Ecuador’s economy went through difficult times, but currently a climate of optimism prevails.

First some figures: by the end of August 2022, 84% of Ecuadorians have received a first and second dose of the vaccine. 42% received the first booster and 10% the second. In Galapagos, 99% of the population has been vaccinated with the first two doses.

In total, there were 11 964 (9 943 confirmed + 2 021 probable) corona deaths in Ecuador. This out of a (predominantly young) population of 18 mio. Between March 2022 and today, the average of corona deaths dropped to 4 per week.

Since 17/08/2022, rapid tests have been sold in pharmacies across the country. Previously, you could only get a test in public and private healthcare centers.


Currently, the following measures, taken by the government, are still in force:

  • Throughout the country, the use of a mask is mandatory in enclosed spaces, the social distance of at least two meters should be respected, and regular hand washing is recommended.
  • Persons over the age of 12 (including foreign tourists) must be able to present their vaccination certificate if they wish to enter public areas such as stores, banks, supermarkets and restaurants.
  • Municipalities can also take local measures, such as adjusting opening hours and/or prohibiting certain activities. It is therefore advisable to obtain as much information as possible locally about applicable measures and to adhere to them.


For international flights to Ecuador, these rules apply:

  • Travelers 3 years and older must have a negative COVID-19 test (PCR or antigen) issued no more than 72 hours before departure or a COVID-19 vaccination card issued at least 2 weeks before arrival. Children under 3 years of age are not subject to these requirements.
  • All travelers entering Ecuador must also submit a health certificate, which will be checked by the airline. If the digital platform is not available, a printed version can also be presented to the Ministry of Health staff upon arrival.
  • Travelers who were diagnosed with COVID-19 and still test positive (RT-PCR) after one month may present a medical certificate issued in the country of origin. The attestation must guarantee that the traveler is no longer contagious and the traveler must not show any symptoms.
  • Travelers who exhibit COVID-19 symptoms upon arrival in Ecuador (cough, fever, discomfort, loss of smell, loss of taste, etc.) will be examined by Ministry of Health personnel and may have to undergo an antigen test at the airport. If the test is positive, the traveler will be required to undergo 7 days of quarantine.
  • To travel to the Galapagos Islands, passengers must possess a complete vaccination (age 3 and up) or a negative PCR or antigen test taken within the 72 hours before departure.
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Tom, guide in EcuadorI’m Tom from Belgium and I’ll make sure your trip to Ecuador or cruise in Galapagos goes as smoothly and pleasantly as possible. I have been living in Ecuador for a decade and have been working in tourism for 8 years now. Before that, I obtained my guides diploma in Ecuador. Traveling and discovering new places is my passion.
Together with the local travel agency Descubre-Ecuador, we offer tailor-made tours in Galapagos and on the Ecuadorian mainland. Over the years, Descubre-Ecuador has built a reliable partnership with the best hotels and the best nature guides in Ecuador. Our small-scale way of working ensures easy accessibility and a lot of flexibility when traveling.
Customer satisfaction is the essence for us. And even in those rare moments of unforeseen difficult circumstances, we make sure that we are there to make sure your trip runs smoothly.
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Indian woman from SalasacasIn South America, Ecuador is one of the smaller countries, but the country is hugely diverse in terms of geography, climate and population. You can visit the Andes, the Amazon rainforest as well as the tropical coast without taking extremely long domestic flights or transfers. And then you have the Galapagos Islands, a once in a lifetime experience. The diversity of flora and fauna per square mile is enormous. Ecuador is South America in a nutshell. Moreover, the country is relatively safe and little visited. The national currency is the USD and you have a wide choice of direct flights to Quito and Guayaquil from Europe and the United States.


Tom - guide in EcuadorIk ben Tom uit België en zorg ervoor dat jullie reis naar Ecuador of cruise in Galapagos zo vlot en aangenaam mogelijk kan verlopen. Ik woon al een tiental jaren in Ecuador en werk nu 8 jaren in toerisme. Daarvoor heb ik in Ecuador mijn gidsen-diploma behaald. Reizen en nieuwe plaatsen ontdekken is mijn passie. Samen met het lokale reiskantoor Descubre-Ecuador, bieden we reizen op maat in Galapagos en op het Ecuadoriaanse vasteland aan. Descubre-Ecuador heeft door de jaren heen een betrouwbare samenwerking opgebouwd met de beste hotels en de beste natuurgidsen van Ecuador. Onze kleinschalige manier van werken zorgt voor een vlotte bereikbaarheid en veel flexibiliteit bij het reizen. De tevredenheid van de klant is voor ons de essentie. En ook op die zeldzame momenten van onvoorziene moeilijke omstandigheden zorgen we dat we er zijn om jullie reis toch perfect te laten verlopen. Ontdek Ecuador en Galapagos!