From March 22, new measures will be in force for entering Ecuador by air
Travelers who received full doses of the COVID-19 vaccine will be able to enter the country without the need for a negative PCR test
The National Emergency Operations Committee (COE) approved new guidelines for entering Ecuador by air that will be in force from next Monday, March 22. Among the main novelties, it was established that travelers who have the card that proves that they received the full doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, will be able to enter the country without the need for a negative PCR test.
The COE Resolution, approved on March 17, also provides that - if people do not have the respective vaccine - to enter Ecuador they must have a negative PCR test carried out up to three days before their arrival and now not until ten days, as it has been in effect in recent months. In the absence of a negative PCR, another alternative that travelers will have is to present a negative antigen test carried out within the same period established for PCR.
The new guidelines also contemplate the procedure to follow with people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 more than a month ago and continue to have a positive result in their PCR tests. Those who are in these cases and as long as they do not present symptoms, will only be able to enter Ecuador if they deliver a Medical Certificate that guarantees their good health. This document must be issued in the country of origin.
Regardless of the result of the PCR test that travelers bring with them, they will all have to go through a sensor that identifies temperatures above 37.5 ° C. Likewise, those who present symptoms related to the coronavirus will be evaluated by personnel of the Ministry of Public Health who, if they determine that there is a possible contagion, will carry out a rapid antigen test. If this is positive, the person must serve ten days of isolation at his home or in any place of accommodation he chooses; and if it is negative, you will be able to continue with your journey.
Only children under two years of age, travelers in transit to other countries, and airline crew members are exempt from presenting a negative vaccination certificate, or a negative PCR or antigen test.
Finally, if after entering Ecuador a traveler presents symptoms related to COVID-19, they should call line 171 to make a medical appointment or receive care from a public or private doctor.