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Thursday June 3, 2021
Vaccinated? Red Carpet Entry into Galapagos
You should very soon be able to enter Galapagos simply by showing proof of vaccination.
For the time being, you can only get into Galapagos by showing evidence of a negative PCR test taken no more than 96 hours (4 days) prior to your arrival, while proof of full vaccination was acceptable only for entry into mainland Ecuador. Last night, the Minister of Tourism, Niels Olsen, announced that this difference would be eliminated, and that proof of vaccination will be accepted for Galapagos entry “in June”.
Timing your international travel to Ecuador with a PCR test can be a bit tight. For some, it meant taking two PCR tests, one at home before leaving, and another on the mainland in Ecuador before heading off to Galapagos. That added to the cost of a vacation both in terms of extra days needing to be spent away, and in the added costs of PCR tests.
For a lot of people, this requirement represented a barrier to Galapagos travel. Now that it will be removed, it will be a lot easier for (fully vaccinated) people to plan and take their trip. The Minister of Tourism seemed hopeful that the new measure will result in increased arrivals.
The minister (newly appointed by the incoming administration in Ecuador) made his announcement at the end of Emergency Operation’s Committee (COE) – a body set up under the presidency. The formal resolution from the COE consisted of a request to the Ministry of Public Health to update and standardize the entry requirements into Ecuador.
So, it appears that technically, we await the final word from the Ministry of Public Health before the measure is formally in place.
For those not vaccinated, you will be required to show proof of a negative PCR test taken no more than 72 hours prior to your arrival into Ecuador. There is no word on how many hours of a delay will now be allowed for Galapagos. It currently stands at 96, but if measures are to be standardized, perhaps that will change.
Below: Niels Olsen, the recently appointed Minister of Tourism