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Visiting Galapagos in Times of Covid-19

Updated: 2021-12-05

1: Preamble

This guide is based on our current knowledge of the published protocols. We cannot predict how strictly they will be applied, or how they may change in response to current circumstances.

We urge you to obtain travel interruption and cancellation insurance that includes disruption due to the Covid-19 pandemic. You may also be required to carry comprehensive health insurance with coverage for air-evacuation to the continent.



2: Requirements for Travel to Ecuador & Galapagos

The requirements to enter Ecuador are supplemented by additional requirements for entry to Galapagos.

Documentation Required for Entry to Ecuador

Foreign visitors must possess a passport with at least 6 months of validity.

All travellers, national or foreign, must complete a Health Declaration form which is available either online, at: www.bit.ly/3mka9tl.html , or in physical form during the incoming flight

All passengers between 2 and 16 years of age must present evidence of a negative RT-PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before their flight to Ecuador.

All passengers 16 years of age or older must provide evidence of a negative RT-PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before departure to Ecuador, AND a vaccination course completed no less than 14 days before departure.

Children under two years of age are exempt from the testing requirements.

As of December 1st, 2021, entry is prohibited to people whose points of origin or transit are: South Africa, Botswana, Egypt, Mozambique, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Eswatini (Swaziland) and Namibia.

Ecuadorians who are returning after being refused admission to another country will be given a rapid antigen test instead of the RT-PCR.

Documentation Required for Entry to Galápagos

Vaccination and testing requirements are being kept in line with those for entry to continental Ecuador.

All passengers between 2 and 16 years of age must present evidence of a negative RT-PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before their flight to Galápagos.

All passengers 16 years of age or older must provide evidence of a negative RT-PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before departure to Galápagos, AND a vaccination course completed no less than 14 days before departure.

If time spent on the mainland necessitates a second test, that test must be undertaken at a Government approved laboratory. (opens in a new window)

Children under two years of age are exempt from the testing requirements.

Clarifications to Testing & Vaccination Requirements

On December 3, 2021, the Ministry of Tourism issued a “clarification” to the recent revisions. For Galapagos, the vaccination exemption for children under two is omitted but this is obviously an error.

More significant, are the exemptions offered to travellers who cannot be vaccinated either for health reasons, or because of a recent infection. You can find the notice at: https://www.turismo.gob.ec/udate-of-the-entry-requirements-to-ecuador/ .


As of July 1, 2025, salvoconductos for accommodation were no longer required.

Visitors to Galapagos need to obtain a Transit Control Card (TCT) which costs $20 each and requires you to enter details of your visit. They like visitors to do the application online, at: http://www.gobiernogalapagos.gob.ec/pre-registro-tct/ (opens in a new window) It’s all in Spanish, and does not acknowledge receipt. Even then, you still have to pick up your card at the airport, so many travelers do the entire application at the airport. When completing the registration, note that the Galeodan Suites are registered with the Ministry of Tourism under the name of “Jardin de Helena” .

The 2015 Special Law of Galapagos (LOREG) introduced a requirement that all foreign tourists obtain comprehensive health insurance specifically covering the substantial cost ($12-$20k) of emergency air-evacuation to the mainland. Despite only intermittent enforcement, we strongly recommend it nonetheless.

If, at any stage, you receive a positive or even inconclusive test result, you will have to re-schedule or cancel your ongoing plans and enter 10 days of Mandatory Isolation. That will usually mean staying in your current accommodation. More details of the testing and isolation procedure are provided below.

Please take all due precautions in your travels prior to departure for Galapagos. Please self-monitor for symptoms of Covid-19 as it will better to know before you get here and get turned away at entry, need to isolate on the island, or even be evacuated back to the continent by air-ambulance.


3: Requirements While in Galapagos

These are the protocols, mandated by local authorities, to which all touristic accommodation, agencies, operators, residents, and visitors must adhere.

Primary Directives

With the state of emergency initiated in March, 2020, all persons are required to wear a face mask and maintain an interpersonal distance of at least 2m whenever in public. The distance is reduced to 1m in limited circumstances but, unless you are certain, assume 2m.

You must comply with isolation requirements as and when directed – See further.

Failure to abide by these requirements may result in fines with heavier sanctions for repeat infractions.

Further Measures

The Protocols urge increased frequency of hand washing and disinfection to minimize contagion.

If you experience Covid-19 symptoms or have reason to suspect you have been exposed to the virus, advise your host or agent immediately and they will contact the health authorities.


4: Testing, Tracing & Mandatory Isolation

Once you have alerted your host or agent to symptoms or the possibility of infection, you will be asked to answer the following questions:

At that point, you will have to be isolated in your room, pending arrival of the local health authorities. Depending on circumstances, it may be necessary to divide your party into separate rooms.

Depending on your presentation of Covid-19 systems, your recent travel history, and contact with suspected or confirmed cases, you may be identified as a Suspect Case at which point you will be tested.

If you have been identified as Suspect Case, you are then required to enter Mandatory Isolation for 10 days in your current establishment - Regardless of the test results.

If the test is positive for Covid-19 infection, you will be either hospitalized, if necessary, or returned to your current establishment for Mandatory Isolation.

Even if you do not present symptoms, you may be identified as a “Contact” – Someone who has travelled with or been in close contact with a probable of confirmed case of Covid-19. The health authorities will determine the required action, which may include testing and mandatory isolation in your current establishment.

Travellers must cover all the costs of mandatory isolation, including lodging, maintenance, transportation etc.


5: Special Measures Recommended for Guests

Travelling – Extras to Bring

You may find it difficult to find face masks, gloves, alcohol-gel and other protective products during your travels, and availability in Galapagos is especially hard to predict (besides which it will be expensive). We strongly recommend you travel with a good supply of:

We further recommend the following:

Digital Oral Thermometer

On your journey towards Galapagos, you may undergo numerous temperature screenings using non-contact devices that could result in disruption to your vacation. We too are required to scan guests on arrival at the Suites and you may be scanned at the start of every excursion, by land or sea. Although scanning devices may provide a level of security, they are no substitute for a thermometer that measures true body temperature. It may help to have a proper thermometer at hand. (Note that you may not be able to carry a mercury thermometer in hand luggage.)

Mask & Snorkel \ Scuba Gear

While operators are generally assiduous with cleaning equipment between trips, having your own equipment, including short wetsuits, will provide more peace of mind. You will also be able to take advantage of the excellent snorkelling around town.


6: Testing in Galapagos for Return Home

If the timing of your return to the United States or other parts requires you to take a Covid test before leaving Galapagos, you can do this in San Cristobal or Santa Cruz. We are happy to make appointments for our guests at the Hospital Oskar Jandl in San Cristobal which is just a short walk from the Galeodan Suites.