Frequently Asked Questions: Visiting Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands
WHAT IS THE CURRENCY IN ECUADOR?
The currency in Ecuador is the US Dollar. All cities have an ATM network, and many local businesses will accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Diners Club credit cards.
DO I NEED A VISA?
Most foreigners who will spend fewer than 90 days in Ecuador do not need to arrange for a visa prior to their trip. When you arrive in Ecuador, simply ask for a tourist visa when you go through immigration.
Please check the website of the Ecuadorian embassy in your country to find out if you need to obtain a visa before your trip. Visitors to Ecuador from North and South America, Europe, and Australia do not need prior visas.
Ecuador requires that all visitors, regardless of country of origin, use a passport will be valid for at least six months following the date of departure from Ecuador. If your passport will expire within six months of your date of departure from Ecuador, you may not be permitted to board your flight into the country.
DO I NEED ELECTRICAL ADAPTORS OR CONVERTERS?
Electrical outlets in Ecuador are identical to the outlets found in the United States. Outlets are single phase two wire, 110v and 60 Hz. If you need an adaptor and wait to purchase one here, you'll be able to find one in any hardware store.
WHERE ARE ECUADOR'S INTERNATIONAL AIRPORTS?
Ecuador's international airports are in Quito and Guayaquil.
WHAT VACCINATIONS ARE NECESSARY FOR TRAVEL IN ECUADOR?
Everyone should be up-to-date on routine vaccinations before any foreign travel. There are no general required vaccinations for visiting Ecuador. You should check in with your physician before traveling and mention your specific travel plans, however, as your physician may recommend certain precautions for you.