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The National Emergency Operations Committee (COE), on Friday, July 3, 2020, unanimously authorized the request of the Municipal COE of Guayaquil to extend—thru July 21—the need for COVID-19 tests at the place of origin for flights between Quito and Guayaquil
With this ruling, only passengers who have a negative RT-PCR or quantitative test carried out in authorized laboratories—up to 72 hours before boarding—can travel.
Travelers who do not have these test results can carry out qualitative rapid tests in authorized laboratories or at authorized points in airports, up to 24 hours before the day and time of flight. In the case that the qualitative rapid test gives a positive IgM result, the traveler will not be able to board until a confirmatory RT-PCR test is performed showing a negative result.
If the qualitative rapid test indicates only “C” and “T” (Control and Test) and does not indicate Ig M / IgG, a positive T result will mean that the passenger will not be allowed to fly until a confirmatory RT-PCR test is performed showing a negative result.
This requirement remains in effect until July 21, 2020. After that, the tests will be random at the airport of origin.