CNH Tours - Cultural and Natural Heritage Tours Galapagos
Thursday December 18, 2014
Transit control card - $20 as of March 1st
Within Ecuador, the province of Galapagos is the only place where Ecuadorians don't have the right to simply move to. This unprecedented situation arose after the islands became a magnet for internal immigration, as people from the continent sought out better opportunities elsewhere. The islands being very small and having very limited natural resources such as water and arable land, simply could not take the massive inflow of immigrants. As a result, the new constitution made Galapagos into a bit of a distinct province, in which immigration was treated very much as it would be in an independent country.
These rules apply to foreigners as well.
To cover the costs of this de facto immigration department, the government set up the "Transit Control Card", which electronically tracks the comings and goings of visitors to the island. The price has been $10 per card for the past 7-8 years, but will go up to $20 on March 1st 2015. CNH Tours believes this is a small price to pay for the maintenance of an effective immigration control service to the islands.