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ECUADOR & THE GALAPAGOS NATIONAL PARK
  1. 1.   Can you currently travel to Ecuador? YES
  2. 2.   Is Ecuador open for International Tourism? Yes. Ecuador approved resumption of commercial flight operations on June 1, 2020
  3. 3.    What are the entry and exit requirements?
    1. 1. ECUADOR ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:
      • • As of October 20, 2022, the following entry requirements apply for travel to Ecuador:
        • ◦ International travelers are no longer required to present COVID-19 vaccination cards or proof of a negative COVID-19 test prior to entering Ecuador.
    2. 2. Passengers that present symptoms of COVID-19 will be evaluated by Ministry of Health personnel. In the event a traveler receives a positive RT-PCR test result while in mainland Ecuador, they will be required to isolate in a hotel for at least 5 days at their own expense until they test negative. 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.
    3. 3. SPECIAL, ADDITIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS:
      • • As of October 20, 2022, the following entry requirements apply for travel to the Galapagos:
        • ◦ International travelers are no longer required to present COVID-19 vaccination cards or proof of a negative COVID-19 test prior to entering Galapagos.
        • Additionally, as a Quasar policy, in order to protect the health and safety of all who travel with Quasar, our Guests, our clients and our dedicated staff, we require all travelers aged 12 and over to present a vaccination card showing the traveler received a complete series of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to travel. Travelers who do not present a vaccination card must present a negative PCR Reverse Transcription Covid Polymerise Chain Reaction test taken a maximum of 48 hours prior to boarding your Galapagos flight, counting from the time the sample was taken.
    4. 4. 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 traveler.
    5. 5. 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.
    1. 1. RT-PCR or rapid Antigen 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. RT-PCR or rapid Antigen 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 RT-PCR or rapid Antigen test is of around US$ $75 per person and should be paid on spot using any major credit card directly to the company administering the test.
      • • Result for the RT-PCR test 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.
      • • Result for the rapid Antigen test are sent by email and can take anywhere from 45-60 mins. 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 RT-PCR or rapid Antigen 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. 1. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has announced a new Order requiring all persons aged two and above to show a negative COVID-19 test result or documentation of recovery from COVID-19 before boarding a flight to the United States, is rescinded. Starting on June 12, 2022, the CDC will no longer order air passengers to show a negative COVID-19 test result, or show documentation of recovery from COVID-19, prior to boarding a flight to the United States. CDC’s Order requiring proof of vaccination for non-U.S. citizen nonimmigrants to travel to the United States is still in effect.
    2. 2. Because Quasar is not a medical company and must direct guests to a third-party testing company, it is not liable if the PCR or Antigen testing company fails to return results in the time frame mentioned by the medical company. 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.
    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.

CHILE & PATAGONIA
  1. 1.   Can international travelers currently travel to Chile?

    YES. you can travel to Chile.
  2. 2.   Is Chile open for International Tourism?

    Yes. it is open to international travel.
  3. 3.   What are the entry and exit requirements as of May 1, 2022?
    1. The current requirements for traveling to Chile are:

      • • All arriving guests must be fully vaccinated.

      • • Masks are no longer required in open spaces. Masks are required in closed environments.

      • • It is suggested you obtain a PCR test 72 hours before departing for Chile.

      • Valid Mobility Pass: This is a permit which is granted only to international travelers who show valid proof of vaccination and must be obtained prior to traveling via the national vaccine validation system of Chile mevacuno.gob.cl It is important to apply for this pass 50 days in advance of your departure date to Chile, since requests are taking an average of 14-30 days to be processed. Proof of vaccination must be for vaccines approved by the Chilean Public Health Institute (ISP), the World Health Organization (WHO), the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

      • • Fill out the Traveler’s Sworn Statement electronically, up to 48 hours before boarding at www.c19.cl

      • • Travel Insurance that covers covid-related illness and medical expenses associated with COVID-19 during your stay, required minimum coverage of USD$30,000 per person. Bring your policy with you as proof of coverage.

      • Negative PCR test / Antigen Upon Arrival: a PCR test or Antigen test will be administered when you arrive in Santiago Chile (SCL)Airport. Testing is being conducted at random and you do not get to choose which test is administered. You may also end up not being chosen to be tested. If you do receive an Antigen test you must wait at the airport for the results. Results take 20 minutes to receive on average. If you receive the PCR test, you can continue with your day but must complete the “Health Check” form sent to your email during your trip. No quarantine is required, unless you test positive.

        • ◦ As of May 1, if you wish to enter as a tourist and you are from Venezuela, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Cuba and Dominica, prior to your arrival in Chile, you must have a Temporary Stay Visa. Australians are required to have a visa for entry now too. Verify if you require a Visa or Reciprocity Fee for your specific itinerary, with your local consulate or on Visa websites such as VisaCentral. Visa requirements are based on your passport origin. Requirements can change at any time. These requirements need to be verified by you with your airline before your travel.

        • ◦ A PCR test may be required to board your international flight home from Chile/Argentina- check with your airline carrier for their requirements These requirements need to be verified by you with your airline before your travel.

        • ◦ Important Note: Entry Requirements to Chile can change at any time, related to the level of COVID infections in the country. We recommend that you contact your airline, your country’s embassy, or the Chilean embassy or consulate prior to traveling for any updates or entry requirements that are applicable to your trip. For more information about traveling to Chile you may also reference the government link: https://www.chile.travel/en/traveltochileplan/ or ask your Quasar Travel Consultant.
    • Individuals who do not obey rules and regulations regarding quarantine requirements, mask-wearing, and curfew may be subject to fines.

*Important Note: Please take into consideration that these are current governmental requirements for Chile and Patagonia and are subject to change without notice. We recommend that you contact your airline, your country’s embassy, or the Chilean embassy or consulate prior to traveling for any updates or entry requirements that are applicable. The Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs can, at any time, issue bans to flights or to travelers arriving from certain countries based on Covid-19 related circumstances without prior notice. For more information about traveling to Chile at this time, visit: https://www.chile.travel/en/traveltochileplan/

ARGENTINA & PATAGONIA
  1. 1.   Can international travelers currently travel to Chile?

    YES. you can travel to Chile.
  2. 2.   Is Chile open for International Tourism?

    Yes. it is open to international travel.
  3. 3.   What are the entry and exit requirements as of May 1, 2022?
    1. The current requirements for traveling to Chile are:

      • • All arriving guests must be fully vaccinated.

      • • Masks are no longer required in open spaces. Masks are required in closed environments.

      • • It is suggested you obtain a PCR test 72 hours before departing for Chile.

      • Valid Mobility Pass: This is a permit which is granted only to international travelers who show valid proof of vaccination and must be obtained prior to traveling via the national vaccine validation system of Chile mevacuno.gob.cl It is important to apply for this pass 50 days in advance of your departure date to Chile, since requests are taking an average of 14-30 days to be processed. Proof of vaccination must be for vaccines approved by the Chilean Public Health Institute (ISP), the World Health Organization (WHO), the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) or the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

      • • Fill out the Traveler’s Sworn Statement electronically, up to 48 hours before boarding at www.c19.cl

      • • Travel Insurance that covers covid-related illness and medical expenses associated with COVID-19 during your stay, required minimum coverage of USD$30,000 per person. Bring your policy with you as proof of coverage.

      • Negative PCR test / Antigen Upon Arrival: a PCR test or Antigen test will be administered when you arrive in Santiago Chile (SCL)Airport. Testing is being conducted at random and you do not get to choose which test is administered. You may also end up not being chosen to be tested. If you do receive an Antigen test you must wait at the airport for the results. Results take 20 minutes to receive on average. If you receive the PCR test, you can continue with your day but must complete the “Health Check” form sent to your email during your trip. No quarantine is required, unless you test positive.

        • ◦ As of May 1, if you wish to enter as a tourist and you are from Venezuela, Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Cuba and Dominica, prior to your arrival in Chile, you must have a Temporary Stay Visa. Australians are required to have a visa for entry now too. Verify if you require a Visa or Reciprocity Fee for your specific itinerary, with your local consulate or on Visa websites such as VisaCentral. Visa requirements are based on your passport origin. Requirements can change at any time. These requirements need to be verified by you with your airline before your travel.

        • ◦ A PCR test may be required to board your international flight home from Chile/Argentina- check with your airline carrier for their requirements These requirements need to be verified by you with your airline before your travel.

        • ◦ Important Note: Entry Requirements to Chile can change at any time, related to the level of COVID infections in the country. We recommend that you contact your airline, your country’s embassy, or the Chilean embassy or consulate prior to traveling for any updates or entry requirements that are applicable to your trip. For more information about traveling to Chile you may also reference the government link: https://www.chile.travel/en/traveltochileplan/ or ask your Quasar Travel Consultant.
    • Individuals who do not obey rules and regulations regarding quarantine requirements, mask-wearing, and curfew may be subject to fines.

*Important Note: Please take into consideration that these are current governmental requirements for Chile and Patagonia and are subject to change without notice. We recommend that you contact your airline, your country’s embassy, or the Chilean embassy or consulate prior to traveling for any updates or entry requirements that are applicable. The Chilean Ministry of Foreign Affairs can, at any time, issue bans to flights or to travelers arriving from certain countries based on Covid-19 related circumstances without prior notice. For more information about traveling to Chile at this time, visit: https://www.chile.travel/en/traveltochileplan/

ARGENTINA & PATAGONIA
  1. 1.   Can you currently travel to Argentina?

    Yes, you can travel to Argentina.
  2. 2.   Is Argentina open for all International Tourism?

    Yes, it is open to international travel.
  3. 3.   Is Argentina open for all International Tourism?

    Non-resident foreign nationals are required to show evidence of Travel insurance which includes Covid-19 coverage and fill out a declaration 48 hours prior to travel. Anyone aged 13 and over may be required to show evidence of Covid-19 vaccination to attend certain events and locations.
  4. 4.   Visa requirements to enter Argentina:

    Verify if you require a Visa or Reciprocity Fee for your specific itinerary, with your local consulate or on Visa websites such as VisaCentral. Visa requirements are based on your passport origin. Requirements can change at any time. These requirements need to be verified by you with your airline before your travel.

*Important Note: Please take into consideration that these are current governmental requirements for Argentina and are subject to change without notice. We recommend that you contact your airline, your country’s embassy, or the Argentinean embassy or consulate prior to traveling for any updates or entry requirements that are applicable. For more information about traveling to Argentina at this time, visit: https://www.argentina.travel/en/page/we-reopen-borders-for-neighboring-countries

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.