A guide to the requirements to enter Galapagos by air

A guide to the requirements to enter Galapagos by air

Travelers entering the Galapagos must have a negative RT-PCR test performed up to 96 hours before entering the islands. Photo: File / EL COMERCIO.

Giovanni Astudillo
October 8, 2020 12:39 PM

The General Directorate of Civil Aviation announced that passengers traveling to Galapagos must comply with requirements in accordance with the provisions of the Provincial COE. They must have an ID or passport, roundtrip air ticket and, without exception, they must have the negative result of an RT-PCR swab test carried out no more than 96 hours (four days) before entering the archipelago.

In addition, it is established that the tests carried out in Ecuador must come from a laboratory recognized by ACESS and the passenger must fill out the Traveler’s Health Declaration Form to identify the place of their stay.

Another requirement is to have the letter of safe conduct issued by the Ministry of Tourism through the tour operator or the establishment of tourist accommodation in Galapagos, which will provide [your] services in this province. To do this, visitors should know that tourist services must be hired in establishments that have a tourism registry and ensure the established biosafety protocols.

Additionally, the traffic control card issued by the Government Council of the Galapagos Special Regime (offices within the airport) and mandatory health insurance for foreign tourists are required.

According to the General Directorate of Civil Aviation, flights to Seymour Airport are operated by Latam and Avianca. Latam has a daily flight from Monday to Sunday during October, on the Quito-Guayaquil-Baltra-Guayaquil-Quito route. Whereas Avianca operates with a flight every Thursday and October 18, 30 and 31, on the same route.

In the case of the Isla San Cristóbal Airport, Latam flies twice a week (Monday and Friday), on the Quito-Guayaquil-San Cristóbal frequency and back. For its part, Avianca flies twice a month (every 15 days), on the Quito-Guayaquil-San Cristóbal route and returns on the same route. Flights are updated monthly.

Finally, at the José de Villamil de Isabel Airport, inter-island flights are carried out, in the air taxi service by the companies Emetebe and Airzab ZAB, depending on passenger demand. Those who enter must comply with the requirements established by the cantonal COE and the Ministry of Health.

This content has been originally published by Diario EL COMERCIO at the following address: https://www.elcomercio.com/actualidad/guia-requisitos-ingreso-galapagos-aminos.html

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