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status of COVID-19 in each country, Last Updated: November 4, 2020

NEW COVID-19 information FOR ECUADOR
& THE GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARK
  1. 1.   Can you travel to Ecuador? YES
  2. 2.   Is Ecuador open for International Tourism? Ecuador approved resumption of commercial flight operations on June 1, 2020
  3. 3.   What are the entry and exit requirements?
    1. 1. All travelers arriving in Ecuador should provide proof of a negative Covid Polymerise Chain Reaction (PCR) test taken no more than ten (10) days before entering the country. As long as the traveler brings the negative PCR test and does not present symptoms of Covid, the traveler does not need to perform mandatory preventive quarantine (“aislamiento preventativo obligatorio”, or APO) and they may freely move within the continental territory of Ecuador (NOTE: Special rules apply for the Galapagos Islands; see below).
      • • The 10-day period applies to the date & time when the test is taken and not when test results are provided.
      • • The only type of test accepted is PCR. Rapid tests or IGG/IGM will not be accepted.
    2. 2. The Government of Ecuador requires all travelers who do not provide the results of a PCR test to undertake, at their own expense, a PCR test upon arrival. The traveler must then proceed immediately to quarantine in a hotel, hostel, motel or other temporary accommodation authorized for such purpose and at their own expense. If the traveler receives a negative test result, the traveler may terminate the quarantine. If the traveler receives a positive test result, the traveler must continue the quarantine and necessary health care will be provided at their own expense.
    3. 3. A traveler who presents symptoms of Covid upon arrival in Ecuador is required to perform a PCR test at their own expense and proceed to quarantine (for 15 days and at own expense) even if the traveler presents a negative PCR test at the airport of entry. In such circumstances, the traveler will not be deported but would need to abide by current, local protocols. For example, a subsequent negative PCR test should gain release from quarantine.
    4. 4. In the event a traveler receives a positive PCR test result while in mainland Ecuador, they will be required to quarantine in a hotel for 15 days at their own expense, or until they test negative. Travelers will not be allowed to leave Ecuador in the event of a positive result until they fulfill the quarantine or receive a negative test result. Though Quasar can assist with arrangements in the event of a quarantine or additional testing, all additional expenses during quarantine are the responsibility of the guest.
    5. 5. SPECIAL, ADDITIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS: If you (regardless of nationality or residency status) wish to travel to the Galapagos, you must have taken a PCR test with a negative result within 4 days (96 hours) of entry into Galapagos province (except for teenagers or children 17 years of age and younger) and present the negative test result upon arrival in the Galapagos. The test may be the same one used to enter Ecuador via Guayaquil or Quito airports, so long as it was administered within 96 hours of entry into Galapagos province. If your PCR test was administered more than 96 hours prior to your entry to the province of Galapagos, you must take another PCR test administered in Ecuador in a laboratory recognized by the Agency for Quality Assurance of Services of Prepaid Health and Medicine (ACESS), at your cost. With a valid negative PCR result, there is no quarantine required upon arrival in the Galapagos (nor to return to the mainland of Ecuador). Furthermore, each traveler will be required to present proof of health insurance (such as an insurance card or policy statement) that will provide coverage while in Ecuador and the Galapagos, as well as a Safe Passage document, which will be issued to you by the yacht or tour operator (Quasar), upon entering the Galapagos.
      • • The 4-day period (96 hours) applies to the date & time when the test is taken and not when test results are provided.
      • • Another possibility is to take a second PCR test before traveling to Ecuador (and that is within the 96 hour period before entering Galapagos). You can receive the results via email and then show proof of the negative COVID PCR test for your departure to the Galapagos. Take into consideration that if for any reason there is a snag or if you fail to get the email or results in time, you will not be allowed to travel to Galapagos.
    6. 6. All travelers must fill and sign a Traveler’s Health Declaration Form, which will be given to them by the airline and a Special Migratory Form through which they agree to abide by the provisions established by the authorities upon entering Ecuador.

      REQUIREMENTS FOR ECUADOR
    1. 1. PCR Tests can be taken in Quito or Guayaquil via a third-party provider (without a medical prescription)
      • • Test appointments should be made well in advance, especially during holidays, which Quasar can assist you with.
    2. 2. PCR Tests in Quito & Guayaquil
      • • Personnel taking PCR tests will come to your hotel to perform the tests between 7h30 and 21h30 (7:30 am and 9:30 pm) Monday thru Sunday. Additional charges may apply.
      • • The cost of the PCR test starts at US$ 100 to $120 per person and should be paid on spot using any major credit card directly to the company administering the test.
      • • Result returns are sent by email and can take anywhere from 24-48 hours (although 24 hours is usually obtained) Remember to print out your results and bring them with you to the airport.
      • • The third-party provider is a lab certified by the Ecuadorian government (tests are not valid unless the lab is certified).
    3. 3. Because Quasar is not a medical company and must direct guests to a third-party testing company, it is not liable if the PCR testing company fails to return results in the time frame mentioned above. Furthermore, any agreement or contract entered directly by and between you and any third party contractor shall be exclusively between such parties and as such, Quasar is relieved and held harmless from any refunds due to missed part(s) of the itinerary and damages whether financial, personal or to property resulting from such contractual obligations.
    • • Individuals who do not obey rules and regulations regarding quarantine requirements, mask-wearing, and curfew may be subject to fines.
    • • If the Ecuadorian government or Galapagos National Park shuts down Galapagos, or if flights are suspended between the mainland and Galapagos prior to your departure such that Quasar is not able to operate the departure, no refunds will be due based on the Inability to Perform and Force Majeure clauses of Quasar’s Terms & Conditions. However, if this happens you will have the ability to reschedule your cruise to a later departure date and receive the amount you have already paid as a future cruise credit for your new departure.
    • Quasar's Priority: Cleaning & Hygiene Standards + Safety, Health & Operational Protocols | Covid-19
    1. Quasar's Priority: Cleaning & Hygiene Standards + Safety, Health & Operational Protocols | Covid-19
    2. 1. Will Quasar’s crew receive PCR tests prior to traveling to Galapagos? Yes
    3. 2. Will Quasar’s crew maintain isolation from guests and family members during the cruise? Yes
    4. 3. What will the itinerary be on the day of Puerto Ayora? On the day that the yacht is in Puerto Ayora, we will no longer be visiting the Charles Darwin Research Station nor the town to enforce social distancing. Although we need the final approval of the Galapagos National Park for our requested itinerary, apart from visiting the giant tortoises in the wild, we will most likely also be visiting the lava tunnels, Los Gemelos, and possibly, spending more time in the highlands of Santa Cruz.
    5. 4. What will Quasar do if someone gets sick or presents symptoms while aboard? The person, along with the companion (if any), will be isolated aboard the yacht in their cabin and the yacht will need to immediately quarantine in Baltra Island (where the airport is). If a traveler is extremely sick, they will likely have to be medically evacuated to the nearest hospital. These additional expenses would need to be incurred by the traveler(s), which is another reason why Quasar requires all guest to carry a Medical Evacuation Insurance policy that will cover them in Galapagos and Ecuador.
    6. 5. Are health screening procedures in place at airports and other ports of entry? Yes
    7. 6. Are commercial flights operating? Yes
    8. 7. How likely or unlikely is it that the Park will stay open or close unexpectedly? The Galapagos National Park will likely not close unless cases start to multiply at alarming rates.
    9. 8. What hotels in Quito, that Quasar offers, are authorized by the government and approved for mandatory preventive quarantine? In Quito; Dann Carlton Quito, Hilton Colón Quito, Holiday Inn Express Quito, Le Parc Boutique Hotel, San José de Puembo, Sheraton Quito, Swissotel Quito and Wyndham Quito airport. In Guayaquil; Hotel del Parque, Oro Verde Guayaquil, Radisson, Sheraton and Holiday Inn.
    10. 9. What can I visit in Ecuador? Ecuador's government has implemented a Traffic light system to control the spread of COVID-19 through the country. This traffic light system is managed and monitored by Ecuador Emergencies and Operations Committee and determines the conditions for visiting each area.
      • a. RED: Transportation is forbidden between one city and another, commercial activity is allowed with 30% of capacity. Activities in archaeological sites, zoos, museums, national parks are forbidden.
      • b. YELLOW: Transportation is allowed between cities or regions that are under the same light color or in green color, with a limited capacity of 50%. Maritime and river transportation with overnight is allowed with 50% capacity in social areas and 100% capacity in cabins. Restaurants are allowed with 50% capacity with exception of Quito where restaurants are allowed with 30% capacity. The start of activities in archaeological sites, zoos, museums, national parks (except Yasuní National Park) is authorized, with the entry of 30% of visitors.
      • c. GREEN: Restaurants are allowed with 50% capacity, urban transportation with 50% capacity, transportation within cities, or regions with the same color or yellow are allowed with a 70% capacity. The start of activities in archaeological sites, zoos, museums, national parks is authorized, with the entry of 50% of visitors.
      • d. To view the most up-to-date areas and colors, please click here.
      • e. At the moment, we recommend minimizing chances of exposure to Covid in the mainland in favor of enjoying a safe and healthy Galapagos adventure. Therefore we suggest the following:
        • i. In the highlands we are offering day excursions to more natural locations including Yanachoca and Antisana nature reserves that give access to spectacular settings in the Andean outdoors, while providing ease of social distancing. For 2 day / 1 night excursions we are recommending visits to haciendas with extensive grounds including Zuleta and El Porvenir.
                • Furthermore we can arrange for you to stay hotels in the countryside near Quito with attractive grounds where one can enjoy nature while socially distancing, as opposed to staying in the city where it is more difficult to do.
        • ii. Cloud forest. Our most popular destinations in this area are Mashpi Lodge.
        • iii. The Amazon jungle, Sacha Lodge.
        • iv. For Guayaquil: Hacienda La Danesa in the Pacific coast.
        • v. Galapagos; check with your travel agent to see availability and operation dates for hotels and cruises.
        • We can also customize excursions that provide social distancing and reduce exposure to Covid.

*Important Note: Please take into consideration that these are current governmental requirements for Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands and are subject to change without notice. We recommend that you contact your airline, your country’s embassy, or the Ecuadorian embassy or consulate prior to traveling for any updates or entry requirements that are applicable. The Ecuadorian Ministry of Foreign Affairs can, at any time, issue bans to flights or travelers arriving from certain countries based on circumstances without prior notice.

NEW COVID-19 information FOR
CHILE & PATAGONIA
  1. 1.   Can you travel to Chile? NO
  2. 2.   Is Chile open for International Tourism? Chile has not approved the resumption of commercial flight operations.
NEW COVID-19 information FOR
ARGENTINA & PATAGONIA
  1. 1.   Can you travel to Argentina? NO
  2. 2.   Is Argentina open for International Tourism? Argentina has not approved the resumption of commercial flight operations.
NEW COVID-19 information FOR
PERU
  1. 1.   Can you travel to Peru? Yes
  2. 2.   Is Peru open for International Tourism? Peru approved resumption of commercial flight operations on June 1, 2020
  3. 3.   What are the entry and exit requirements?
    • Entry and Exit Requirements
    • Covid PCR Tests provided in mainland Ecuador
    • Fines for Non-Compliance
    • Government Shut Down of the Galapagos
    • FAQ’s

*Important Note: Please take into consideration that these are current governmental requirements for Peru and are subject to change without notice. We recommend that you contact your airline, your country’s embassy, or the Peruvian embassy or consulate prior to traveling for any updates or entry requirements that are applicable. The Peruvian Ministry of Foreign Affairs can, at any time, issue bans to flights or travelers arriving from certain countries based on circumstances without prior notice.