Varying requirements for air travel in and around Ecuador will cause confusion for passengers

Published on September 15, 2020

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A negative RT-PCR test certificate is still requirement for passengers arriving in Ecuador through any of the entry points (air, land or sea). All persons must present to the Ministry of Health personnel an RT-PCR test with a negative result, issued no more than 10 days prior to arrival in the country.

The National Emergency Operations Committee also confirmed that travelers leaving and returning to the country within the 10-day time frame after the negative RT-PCR was issued, do not need to take a new test prior to returning (i.e., the test result is reusable within the 10-day timeframe).

Travelers who enter the country through any of the entry points (air, land or sea) without a negative RT-PCR test result for presentation to the Ministry of Public Health, must do the Mandatory Preventive Isolation (APO) of 10 days.

The location of the APO will be the where that person indicates they will be staying upon entering the country, and where they would be able to be contacted by the Ministry of Health; the APO will be handled under the conditions of a person with suspected COVID-19.

National and foreign passengers who arrive in Ecuador by air must complete and sign the Health Declaration of the Traveler and give it to the staff of the Ministry of Health on arrival. Each airline must provide the document to the traveler.

All travelers—nationals and foreigners—who are part of the priority care groups are not required to bring an RT-PCR test result with them; however,if they do not have a negative RT-PCR test result to show upon arrival, they will be required to perform preventive isolation at home.

For International flight departures, no tests are required by either the Quito or Guayaquil airports, however, travelers should check with their airlines for entry requirements that may exist at their destination.

Domestic travel has varying requirements

At this time, Quito’s Mariscal Lamar International Airport is no longer requiring negative COVID-19 test results for domestic travel.

However, at Guayaquil’s José Joaquín De Olmedo International Airport, all domestic travelers must go through the temperature controls that are done inside the airport. If someone with symptoms is identified, they will be separated, said Allan Hacay-Chang, director of Risk Management for the airport.

Those who have a fever will be given free rapid tests and will be followed up at home, if the patient so decides, explained Carlos Salvador, Health Director of the Municipality, who added that if necessary, a confirmatory PCR test will be performed.

Ángel Córdova, Manager of Tacsa—which manages the airport—said that biosecurity measures will be maintained, such as disinfection of areas and social distancing, among others.

Also, all travelers wishing to enter the Galapagos Islands, must present a negative RT-PCR test results issued within 96 hours before entering the province.

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