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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. All travelers (including minors) arriving in Ecuador must provide proof of a negative Reverse Transcription Covid Polymerise Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) taken no more than 3 days (72 hours) before entering Ecuador or present a Vaccination Card showing the traveler received a complete series of the COVID vaccine (at least 14 days prior to the departure flight to Galapagos). As long as the traveler 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 3 day (72 hour) period applies to the date & time when the test is taken and not when test results are provided.
    2. 2. The Government of Ecuador requires all travelers who do not provide the results of a negative Reverse Transcription Covid Polymerise Chain Reaction (RT-PCR), to undertake, at their own expense, a RT-PCR or Antigen 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. Regardless of whether a negative Reverse Transcription Covid Polymerise Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) test is provided, passengers that present symptoms of COVID-19 will be evaluated by Ministry of Health personnel. Rapid Antigen Testing may also be conducted. In the event a traveler receives a positive RT-PCR test result while in mainland Ecuador, they will be required to quarantine in a hotel for at least 10 days at their own expense 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.
    4. 4. As an alternative to the above requirement, travelers previously diagnosed as COVID positive, but with more than one month since the onset of symptoms, may present a medical certificate from their country of origin attesting to their recovery and current good health.
    5. 5. SPECIAL, ADDITIONAL ENTRY REQUIREMENTS FOR THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS:
      • • As of September 1st, 2021, the following entry requirements apply for travel to the Galapagos:
        • ◦ ◦ All travelers age 16 and older must present a negative RT-PCR Reverse Transcription Covid Polymerise Chain Reaction (RT-PCR - this must be a nasal RT-PCR test because saliva based tests are not accepted) within 3 days (72 hours) prior to travel, counting from the time the sample was taken. 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 age 16 and older to present a vaccination card showing the traveler received a complete series of the COVID-19 vaccine at least 14 days prior to travel.
        • ◦ All travelers between the ages of 2 and 16, do not require a vaccine, but must present a negative RT-PCR test taken a maximum of 72 hours prior to travel, counting from the time the sample was taken.
          • ◦The Reverse Transcription Covid Polymerise Chain Reaction (RT-PCR) may be the same one used to enter Ecuador via Guayaquil or Quito airports, so long as it was administered within 3 days (72 hours) of entry into Galapagos province. If the RT-PCR test was administered more than 3 days (72 hours) prior to your entry to the province of Galapagos, you must take another RT-PCR test administered in Ecuador in a laboratory recognized by the Agency for Quality Assurance of Services of Prepaid Health and Medicine (ACESS), at the expense of the traveler. With a valid negative RT-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 3-day period (72 hours) applies to the date & time when the test is taken and not when test results are provided.
        • ◦ *Special entry requirements apply for those entering the Galapagos for those who’s point of origin is Brasil. Please contact us for details
    6. 6. 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.
    7. 7. 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.
    8. 8. The National Emergency Operations Committee (COE) ordered that a rapid antigen test will be carried out randomly on passengers (passengers under fourteen years of age are exempt from taking the antigen test) on international arrival flights, which will be taken at the international airports of entry. This test will be in charge of the Ministry of Public Health (MSP).

      REQUIREMENTS FOR 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) is expanding the requirement for a negative COVID test (PCR or Antigen Test) to all air passengers entering the United States within 72 hours before their flight to the United States departs.
    2. 2. For travelers who will travel on the Grace and for those who are booked on Evolution’s Footsteps Back in Time itinerary that departs from San Cristobal, and that fly to the United States within 48 hours from when the cruise ends, Quasar will be offering Antigen Tests only onboard at an extra cost of US$ 70 which can be paid onboard by credit card. Tests results will be printed and handed out to travelers once they land on either Guayaquil or Quito airports (they will be met by one of Quasar’s representatives) to present to the airlines prior to their international flights.
    3. 3. For travelers who will travel on the Evolution’s In the Steps of Pirates & Darwin itinerary that departs from Baltra, and that fly to the United States within 24 hours from when the cruise ends Quasar will be offering Antigen Tests only onboard at an extra cost of US$ 70 which can be paid onboard by credit card. Tests results will be printed and handed out to travelers once they land on either Guayaquil or Quito airports (they will be met by one of Quasar’s representatives) to present to the airlines prior to their international flights.
    4. 4. For travelers who do not fly to the United States within the time frames mentioned above, travelers would need to take the COVID test (PCR or Antigen Test) in the mainland and leave enough time to receive the results to present at the airport prior to their flights.
      • a) PCR & Antigen Tests in Quito & Guayaquil
        • i. COVID Tests (PCR or Antigen Test) can be taken in Quito or Guayaquil via a third-party provider (without a medical prescription). Test appointments should be made well in advance, which Quasar can assist you with.
        • ii. Personnel taking PCR & Antigen 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 Antigen test starts at US$ 40 to $70 per person (PCR test starts at US$ 75 per person) and should be paid on spot using any major credit card directly to the company administering the test.
        • iii. Result returns are sent by email and can take anywhere from 12-48 hours (although 24 hours is usually obtained). Remember to print out your results and bring them with you to the airport.
        • iv. The third-party provider is a lab certified by the Ecuadorian government (tests are not valid unless the lab is certified).
    5. 5. 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 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.
    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. If entering before Nov 1st, there is a mandatory 5-day quarantine upon arrival. If entering AFTER Nov 1st, there is no quarantine required. Only a Negative PCR test upon arrival. See details in the "ENTRY & EXIT REQUIREMENTS" section below.
  2. 2.   Is Chile open for International Tourism?

    Yes. Chile opened borders to international travel on November 23, 2020 with many quarantine restrictions in place. As of November 1st, 2021 these restrictions have been eliminated.
  3. 3.   What are the entry and exit requirements?
    1. Requirements for foreigner non-residents entering Chile after November 1st, 2021

      • 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 (Currently In Spanish Only). Quasar will assist all its Guests to obtain their Mobility Passes.

        It is important to request this pass at least 30 days in advance of your departure date to Chile since requests are taking an average of 14 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).

      • Negative PCR test performed 72 hours before traveling. In flights with one or multiple stops, the last stop is considered from the last boarding.

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

      • Health insurance that covers conditions and treatment associated with COVID-19 during your stay, with a minimum coverage of USD$30,000

      • Negative PCR Test Upon Arrival: To avoid the 5-day quarantine, a Negative PCR test is required upon arrival to the country. This test will be performed either at the airport or at your hotel. In the case the test is positive or if the traveler is considered to have been in close contact with a positive COVID19 person, the traveler must remain isolated for a period of time determined by the health authorities (normally 14 days).
    2. Check the updated information: OMS Weekly epidemiological update
    • 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, can issue bans to flights or to travelers arriving from certain countries based on Covid-19 related circumstances without prior notice.

ARGENTINA & PATAGONIA
  1. 1.   Can you currently travel to Argentina? Only nationals and residents of the following neighboring countries to Argentina can enter the country: Chile, Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay and Bolivia.
  2. 2.   Is Argentina open for all International Tourism? NO. Currently Argentina is only open to incoming tourists from the bordering countries above
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.