Ecuador Travel Information
Ecuador has declared a national state of emergency
and has implemented strong measures against the covid-19
virus. The country's borders are closed. Air traffic is
suspended. The country's inhabitants are asked to stay
home. From March 25, a national curfew has been
introduced for all citizens between 14:00 and 05:00.
Colonial businesses, banks and service providers in the
health sector can still operate. It is recommended to
familiarize yourself well with measures and local
regulations. For more information about coronavirus, see
the section Health.
Most trips in Ecuador take place without problems,
but caution should generally be exercised. In October,
Ecuador experienced several demonstrations, violent
protests and blocked roads due to the government's
economic reforms. The nationwide state of emergency was
declared by the Ecuadorian authorities on October 3.
This has now been lifted and the situation in the
country has normalized.
Social protests occur on a regular basis. Although
the demonstrations are usually peaceful, there have been
some very serious clashes with the use of tear gas
against the protesters. If new demonstrations arise,
Norwegians are encouraged to avoid these, large crowds
and generally keep a low profile and be careful. It is
recommended to keep up to date on the current situation
through local and international news, as well as
information from local authorities if staying in, or
considering a possible trip to Ecuador.
- Countryaah: Quito is the capital
of Ecuador. Check to find information of population, geography, history,
and economy about the capital city.
Other major threats to travelers are natural
disasters such as earthquakes, tsunamis, floods and
volcanic eruptions. The crime in Ecuador is considered
relatively high and caution should be exercised.
Particular care should be taken in border areas against
Colombia in the provinces of Esmeraldas and Carachi,
where several terrorist attacks and kidnappings have
Ecuador is located in the official district of the
Embassy of Bogot¨¢, Colombia. Norwegians can contact the
Consulate General in Quito or the Consulate in Guayaquil.
The risk of terrorist incidents in Ecuador is
considered low. Local authorities report that smaller
bombs are causing damage to property.
Crime is relatively high in Ecuador and caution
should be exercised, especially outside established
areas of major cities. One should not travel alone in
the evening and at night. Pocket thefts and purse are
widespread, take precautions such as leaving passports,
credit cards, valuable jewelry and the money you do not
need in the hotel's lockers, and only carry a copy of
the passport and entry card for identification.
There are reports of kidnapping for ransom in
Ecuador, but tourists are rarely the target group. Most
kidnappings take place in the big cities and on the
border with Colombia. Express kidnappings, where the
victim is run from ATM to ATM for a short period of time
to withdraw money, occur.
There are well-maintained roads from north to south
in the country (Pan-American Highway), as well as
between Quito and several of the major cities. Traffic
in Ecuador is confusing and especially in cities,
caution and flexibility in traffic must be exercised.
Not all roads are of a good standard and it should be
investigated in advance whether it is advisable to
travel on the road, especially at night. Note on maps
etc. is not always updated in relation to the current
situation. Traffic accidents occur frequently in
Social protests occur on a regular basis in the
country. Although the demonstrations are usually
peaceful, there have been some very serious clashes and
large crowds of people should be avoided and be careful.
Travelers are therefore advised to stay updated on the
situation if considering a possible trip to these areas.
Women traveling alone must exercise caution and take
Harassment and episodes of violence based on sexual
Ecuador has many active and potentially active
volcanoes both around the capital Quito and at other
popular tourist destinations. Around Quito this can
affect air traffic and other infrastructure mainly due
to ash. Other potential natural disasters are floods,
earthquakes and tsunamis.
Familiarize yourself with the Ecuadorian authorities'
precautions and relevant sources of information, such
as: Secretar¨ªa de Gesti¨®n de Riesgos
Norwegian citizens are encouraged to have valid
Local emergency numbers for the entire country, and
for all emergencies are: 911
If you are in Quito or Guayaquil, the easiest way is
to visit the consulate in case of emergency. If you do
not reach the consulates, contact the Ministry of
Foreign Affairs' operative center, or possibly the
nearest Norwegian embassy.
The Consulate in Quito: +593 (2) 246 8558/246 1427 The
Consulate in Guayaquil: +593 (4) 238
1952/238 1667 UDops in Oslo: + 47 23 95 00 00 The
Embassy in Bogot¨¢: (+57) 1 651 5500
Please note that entry regulations may change. The
Foreign Service is not responsible if the following
information on entry regulations or visa requirements is
changed at short notice. It is the responsibility of the
traveler to ensure that travel documents are valid for
entry and to familiarize themselves with the current
entry rules for each country.
Norwegians can stay in Ecuador for up to 90 days
without a visa. For longer stays, a visa must be applied
for in advance. For import regulations to Ecuador, refer
to the Ecuadorian customs website.
Entry requires a valid passport with a minimum of six
months validity beyond the duration of the journey.
As of July 22, 2018, Ecuadorian authorities require
that all foreigners arriving in the country have valid
Coronavirus (covid-19): The Ministry
of Foreign Affairs has urged all Norwegian citizens
traveling abroad to consider returning home as soon as
possible, in a safe and quiet manner, in consultation
with their travel or airline. Norwegian citizens who
live abroad should heed the advice and guidance of local
Norwegian travelers should generally stay abreast of
the development of the corona virus. Follow local
authorities' advice, guidance and instructions on how to
deal with the situation. See inter alia Link to COE.
Information from Ecuadorian health authorities can be
found on the Ministry of Health's website and on the
Ecuadorian corona virus collection site.
You can find more information and guidance from the
Norwegian health authorities on the website of the
Norwegian Institute of Public Health. See also UD's
answers to frequently asked questions about travel and
Other important information:
- President Moreno has declared a state of
emergency for up to 60 days.
- Curfew is introduced between 21.00 - 05.00 and
strict measures affect the freedom of movement of
people. Exceptions to the rules are only given in
strictly necessary cases that deal with health,
safety, food supplies, etc. Hospitals, some grocery
stores, pharmacies, police, and banks, etc. kept
- Ecuador has introduced both national and
international travel restrictions. Especially in
Guayaquil there are very strict travel restrictions.
- Both national and international air traffic are
suspended. From March 17, 2020, and so far, it has
been reported that no person will be able to travel
by air in or out of Ecuador. Nonetheless, some
flights are reported, for example with KLM.
- The situation is constantly changing, so it is
important to keep up with travel/airline companies,
airport websites etc. on whether it is possible to
travel by air out of the country again.
- Travelers are encouraged to contact their travel
or airline to confirm flight reservations, or to
find alternative itineraries.
- The status of flights can also be found on the
- Travelers who come from, or have been in transit
in several countries, including Norway, must
quarantine for 14 days. These restrictions can
Authorities also regularly publish updated
information on Twitter:
- Ecuador's Department of Health: https://twitter.com/salud_ec.
- Ecuador's Foreign Ministry: https://twitter.com/CancilleriaEc
- Ecuador's Government: https://twitter.com/MinGobiernoEc
Other relevant websites:
- Servicio integrado de Seguridad Ecu911- national
- Centro de Operaciones de Emergencias- website
for the center that plans and directs all
coordination actions between the institutions of the
national system of disaster prevention and response.
- National Service of the Riesgos and Emergencias-
Website for National Risk and Emergency Management
- Guayaquil airport
- Quito airport
The Ecuadorian health system maintains a consistently
lower standard than Norwegians are accustomed to, with
the exception of some private clinics in the largest
cities. It is strongly recommended to take out travel
insurance before departure.
The sanitary conditions in hotels and restaurants are
generally satisfactory. Bottled water is recommended.
Visitors may experience some stomach upset due to the
unfamiliar bacterial flora. If you are going up to the
height of the mountains, you should prepare for this.
See vaccine recommendations from the Norwegian
Institute of Public Health.
Quito - Consulate
General Consul General: Marcelo Almeida
Correspondence Language: Spanish, English
Address: Real Consulado General de Noruega,
Av. Republic of Salvador N ¡ã 1082 y Av. Naciones Unidas,
Office hours: 08.30-12.30 Mon-Fri, Saturday closed
Tel.: +593 (2) 246 8558/246 1427
Fax: +593 (2) 225 4345
Guayaquil - Consulate General
Consul: Giovanni Battista Ginatta Higgins
Correspondence language: Spanish, English
Address: Real Consulado de Noruega,
Urdesa Central. V¨ªctor Emilio Estrada 419A and Ebanos,
Office hours: 09.00-12.00, Mon-Fri, Saturday closed
Tel.: +593 (4) 238 1952/238 1667
Power: 110/120 V, sockets type A and B, adapter
needed for Norwegian sockets.
The currency unit in Ecuador is US dollars.
Credit cards can be used in major cities, also to
withdraw money from ATMs. Outside of major cities,
however, it may be difficult to find banks or hotels
that accept credit cards. Credit card fraud is a
significant problem in Ecuador. Be careful when
withdrawing at ATMs and do not drop your card when
paying in restaurants and bars. It is recommended to
withdraw money during the bank's opening hours, even
when using an ATM.
Landline is developed largely throughout the country.
Mobile networks are well developed in cities and urban
areas. The country code for calling Ecuador is +593. In
addition, some provinces have their own codes.
Time difference to Norway is six hours after Norway
winter time, seven hours after summer time.
National holidays are January 1, Thursday, May 6,
July 24, July 10, August 10, October 9 and 31, November
2 and 3, December 6, 25 and 31.
Identity certificates are often required, both on
buses, trains and hotels. It is recommended that you
always bring a copy of the passport. Spanish is spoken
everywhere. In the main, it is difficult to communicate
in English, in the province it can be virtually
impossible. The dress code in a business context is more
formal than in Norway.
The concept of time is flexible and it is therefore
not uncommon for delays to occur.
Possession and use of drugs is punishable and even
possession of small quantities of drugs can lead to long