Ecuador Visa and Passport Requirements

Passport required Return ticket required Visa required
Australian Yes Yes No
British Yes Yes No
Canadian Yes Yes No
Other EU Yes Yes No
USA Yes Yes No

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Passports

All tourists need a passport valid for at least six months beyond their travel dates. In principal you also need an onward ticket or return ticket as well, although this is rarely asked for. Upon entry you will have to complete an international embarkation/disembarkation form, which is stamped along with your passport and must be kept together with it; you will have to present it when leaving the country.

Passport note

You are legally required to carry your passport with you at all times in case of a spot check by local authorities; a photocopy is not an officially acceptable substitute and you may find that you are not allowed to return to your hotel to collect the original.

Visas

Visas are not required by nationals referred to in the chart above for stays of up to 90 days in a 12-month period.

Visa note

Nationals not referred to in the chart are advised to contact the embassy to check visa requirements for Ecuador.

Types and cost

Short-term visit or transit visa: £40 (not applicable to nationals listed in the chart above).

If you want to work in Ecuador you must apply for one of a range of visas including study, work, volunteer, cultural exchange and long-stay business. Each has its own application process and fee, ranging between £50 and £160. All should be registered at the Dirección General de Extranjería in Quito. Confirm all information with the Ecuadorian embassy or consulate in your own country before travelling.

Validity

Short-term visit visas are valid for 90 days. The validity of other visas varies from six months to two years.

Transit

Nationals of a handful of countries (but not those listed above) require a transit visa; check with the consulate.

Application to

In person at the consulate (or consular section at embassy).

Temporary residence

Temporary residence visas are issued by Ecuador’s diplomatic representatives abroad and administered in Quito by the Dirección General de Extranjería.

Sufficient funds

Officially you need proof of sufficient funds to enter the country but this is rarely asked for. Proof of some savings or a credit card ought to suffice.

Entry with pets

Ecuador does not quarantine healthy cats or dogs that have been vaccinated for rabies at least 30 days in advance of entry into the country. You need to present a copy of the rabies certificate along with an endorsed veterinary certificate. All other pets may have to meet other requirements as to the limit on numbers that can be brought in and certificates pertaining to other diseases. Check with the relevant authority in your own country.

Embassies and tourist offices

Embassy of the Republic of Ecuador in the USA
Telephone: (202) 234 7200 or 7166 (consulate). Website: http://www.ecuador.org Opening times: Mon-Fri 0900-1500 (consular services).
Embassy of the Republic of Ecuador in the UK
Telephone: (020) 7584 1367. Website: http://www.ecuadorembassyuk.org.uk/ Opening times: Mon-Fri 0930-1330, 1400-1630; Mon-Fri 1400-1630 (phone enquiries).
British Embassy in Ecuador
Telephone: (2) 2970 800/801. Website: http://www.ukinecuador.fco.gov.uk/en/ Opening times: Mon-Thur 0830-1130 (consular services).

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