LATEST ON COVID-19

SAFETY PROTOCOLS & TRAVEL REQUIREMENTS IN OUR DESTINATIONS

We would like to update our clients and guests in regard to what’s the coronavirus current situation in Ecuador and our offered destinations. 

Our guests health and safety is our priority; so here you will find updated information on the entry requirements to our destinations, as safety protocols we are applying for every trip.

Mainland Ecuador

  1. INTERNATIONAL ARRIVALS PROCEDURES:

NEW: Vaccinated travelers can now enter to Ecuador, with their vaccination card!

  • At the arrival in Ecuador, all travelers entering Ecuador must present a mandatory RT-PCR test or negative antigen test carried out up to 3 days (72 hours) before entering Ecuador or the vaccination card against COVID-19 with its complete schedule. With this test and by not presenting symptoms upon arrival, travelers are exempt from performing mandatory preventive isolation.
  • Children under 2 years of age and crew members are exempt from presenting a negative PCR or antigen test or vaccination meat upon arrival in Ecuador.
  • Any person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19 with a positive RT-PCR, with more than one month from the date of onset of symptoms and who continues to present positive RT-PCR tests, as long as there are no symptoms, must present a medical certificate issued in the country of origin that guarantees his or her health status for entry to Ecuador.
  • Airlines that operate to Ecuador must verify at the point of origin that the passenger has an RT-PCR or negative antigen test or the vaccination card prior to boarding. In the case of not having the proof, the airline must not allow the passenger to board the plane.
  • All passengers should fill out a Health Form upon their arrival in Ecuador.
  • Quito Airport has installed thermal cameras throughout the terminal to control passengers’ body temperature upon their arrival.
  • A person who has a high temperature or a symptom related to COVID-19 (regardless of their negative result of PCR and antigen test), will be directed to an isolation room and then to the nearest health center or hospital to complete his/her clinical evaluation. If it is determined that it is a “suspicious” case, a rapid antigen test will be carried out (it must be paid for by the traveler) and if it is positive, it must comply with mandatory isolation for 10 days. Residents of Ecuador will perform isolation at the address they declare upon entry and non-resident travelers will perform isolation at the hotel regulated by the Ministries of Tourism and Government.
  • As the entrance to the international arrival gate will be restricted, our tour guides will be waiting for our guests outside the airport´s door with a Link Experiences sign with our guest’s name.Tour guides will take guests to its private transport.
  • Before entering into the vehicle, tour guides will disinfect both shoe soles as well as travelers´ luggage before loading into the vehicle.

AIRPORT DEPARTURE PROCEDURES

  • All passengers must do their web check-in in advance.
  • Due to the new procedures at the airport, our tour guides will accompany our guests only to the main entrance of the airport. Guests should enter by themselves to the airport.
  • For travelers returning to the U.S. a federally mandated COVD testing requirement is now necessary. Therefore, we would be very happy to assist you by coordinating a test taking in one of the authorized laboratories in the country or directly at your hotel in Quito or Guayaquil. The antigen test price is around USD $40 per person and are normally delivered in 24 hours. The PCR test price is around USD $100 per person and are normally delivered in 24-48 hours.
  • In addition, please consider that in Galapagos there is not widely COVID testing. Therefore, if your last days of your itinerary are planned at the Galapagos, it is probable we would need to partially modify your itinerary or add some extra days in Quito, Guayaquil or other land destinations. If this is necessary, we would first inform and coordinate directly with our guests.

 

  1. TOUR GUIDES AND LAND TRANSPORTATION
  • All transfers will be offered on a private basis and vehicles will be daily disinfected before each service.
  • Guides and drivers should always have with them alcohol and hand sanitizer and at the private transport unit as well.
  • Luggage will be fumigated before loading into the vehicles.
  • The use of face masks is mandatory at vehicles and during the guiding services.
  • Social distancing will be followed in each service, and transportation, keeping a proper distance between travelers.
  • Each guide and driver will have additional stock of face masks in case our guests required an extra one during the trip.
  • Physical interaction such as shaking hands is forbidden between tour guides, drivers, and guests.
  • We will regularly run COVID tests for our guides as a prevention measure.

 

  1. OUR LOCAL SUPPLIERS (HOTELS, RESTAURANTS, VISITOR SITES):
  • All of our suppliers should provide safety protocols and procedures according to the guidelines of local authorities, in particular to the National Emergency Operation Center (COE).
  • Reservations for churches, museums, and restaurants will be only under reservations to avoid crowds.

 

  1. YASUNI NATIONAL PARK
  • A mandatory requirement to visit this place is a negative PCR test carried out maximum 72 hours before entering the Yasuni National Park.

The Galapagos Islands

GALAPAGOS ISLANDS TOURIST ARRIVALS PROTOCOLS

  • All tourists entering to the Galapagos must present a real-time PCR COVID free test done in one of the laboratories authorized by the Ecuador Ministry of Public Health maximum of 96 hours previous to their arrival to the Galapagos Islands.
  • All Tourist (national or foreign) must authorize the private laboratory to send the result of the RT-PCR test to the following emails:
  • Kids and teenagers under 17 years old do not need to present a real-time PCR COVID-free test as a requirement for travel to the islands.
  • For foreigner passengers, if his/her PCR Covid free test continues valid for his arrival date to Galapagos (96 hours previous to their trip) it is not mandatory to do a new one.
  • All passengers must present his/her valid passport, round trip ticket, Galápagos Migration Card (the form should be completed online 24 hours before their trip), and Health Traveler Form for passengers that start their trip in Ecuador.
  • All foreign passengers should have health insurance. This is mandatory.
  • All passengers that have services hired with Link Experiences should present a safe – pass issued by the agency that proves the services hired in advance at Galápagos. This safe-pass should be issued at least 24 hours before their trip.
  • At Galapagos airport, passengers should pay the Galapagos National Park Entrance fee.

 

BALTRA AND SAN CRISTOBAL AIRPORTS PROTOCOLS

  • Both airports have health assistants that will control the temperature of all passengers on their arrival to the islands.
  • It is mandatory the use masks at the airports.
  • Permanent disinfection of the airport zones.
  • Social distancing for the check-in and embarking procedures
  • Luggage disinfection.
  • Free use of hand sanitizer at the airports.

 

TOURISM ACTIVITIES PROTOCOLS AT THE ISLANDS

  • All boats should provide alcohol and hand sanitizer for guests and crew to be used before and after any excursion.
  • Guests’ shoes´ soles will be always disinfected before entering a boat.
  • The use of masks is mandatory for guests and crew for disembarking.
  • The maximum capacity allowed for each point of the visit will be reduced according to the Galapagos National Park new regulations
  • Each naturalist guide could guide only a reduced number of guests, maintaining always social distancing during excursions.
  • Each activity (snorkeling, panga-ride, kayaking) will be split into groups of 8 guests.

 

*IMPORTANT NOTES: These protocols and guidelines are subject to change due to the instructions of the authorities in charge of each destination.

As your local travel company, our client’s well-being is a priority. Every day we are working together with our partners to promote safe and sustainable travel so we can keep offering effortless vacations to our guests!

Our team is continuously monitoring how the situation progresses, and in case any significant changes occur in our offered destinations we will notify our guests immediately.

If you need have any questions about future trips, please do not hesitate to contact us we are here for you.

Travel Insurance

Due to the current circumstances, we would like to encourage you to purchase “Cancel for Any Reason” travel insurance coverage, and make sure to understand clearly the cancellation coverage policy.

Novel Coronavirus Facts & Updates

In this map, you can find updated information on confirmed cases around the world, including Ecuador, Peru, and Colombia:

For travel recommendations of the CDC, find information HERE

Thank you for your responsibility and trust in our services during these days. We hope to see you soon in our offered destinations!

If you have any questions do not hesitate to CONTACT US