Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands: FAQs
Our frequently asked questions about travel to Ecuador. If you have any other questions, please contact your travel designer or concierge.
Do I need any vaccinations before my trip to Ecuador?
Please seek professional medical advice and recheck close to the date of travel as the situation may change. A yellow fever vaccination will be required for those visiting the Amazon and some other remote areas . What is recommended for all is that you ensure you are up to date with hepatitis A, typhoid and routine immunisations – specifically tetanus-diphtheria, measles-mumps-rubella, polio, and varicella.
If you are travelling from a country with a Yellow Fever outbreak, you will need to provide your Yellow Fever certificate, particularly if travelling from Brazil, Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda.
Compulsory health insurance for the Galapagos Islands
According to the Ecuadorian Mobility Law, any person who enters the country as a tourist must have public or private health insurance for the duration of their stay in the Galapagos Islands. A migration agent may ask for proof of insurance coverage upon arrival. If you cannot provide documentary proof of insurance, the migration agent has the right to deny entry.
Do I need to take malaria tablets?
Malaria risk is in remote areas and the Amazon. Check with your medical advisor about the areas you are going to before travelling to see whether you should bring malaria tablets with you. We recommend you bring some mosquito spray.
Travelling at altitude
Altitude sickness can affect everyone and to different degrees, it tends to be quite random. From our experience travelling through these regions, we recommend you take it easy the first day and not to physically exert yourself.
Being dehydrated can have a big impact on feeling altitude and it’s very easy to become dehydrated after travel and taking flights. We strongly recommend you stay well hydrated and have meals which are easy to digest and avoid alcohol that first day whilst acclimatising. Some of our guests take medication and so you may wish to speak with your doctor about this.
Do I need to get a visa?
To enter Ecuador, visas are not required by EU, US or Canadian citizens. Please note that this information can change at short-notice and we recommend checking again closer to the date of travel.
NB. Your passport should be valid for at least six months from the date of entry in Ecuador.
What should I bring in terms of currency?
Conveniently the currency in Ecuador is the US dollar. ATMs in major towns and cities will dispense currency to international cards. Hotels will accept most major credit cards.
Travellers’ cheques are accepted in some hotels in Ecuador. However we don’t usually suggest bringing them as they can be troublesome and time consuming to change. Cash machines are always nearby in big cities, but you must be sure to look for the relevant symbol on the machine for your card to ensure it is an international machine (displaying the VISA, MAESTRO etc symbols). Credit cards are accepted with almost as much frequency as they are at home; all major credit cards are accepted in most places. Some restaurants and shops may ask to see your passport (or a photocopy) when you use your credit card. This is a precaution against fraud.