Entering the country is straightforward, and border officials, especially at the airports, efficiently whisk you through. At land borders, officers may take a little more time examining your passport, if only to kill time. Officially, you need proof of onward travel and evidence of sufficient funds for your stay, but this is rarely requested. Proof of $20 per day or a credit card is usually evidence of sufficient funds. However, international airlines flying to Quito may require a round-trip or onward ticket or a residence visa before they let you on the plane; you should be prepared for this possibility, though it’s unlikely. Though not law, you may be required to show proof of vaccination against yellow fever if you are entering Ecuador from an infected area. All nationals entering as tourists need a passport that is valid for at least six months after arrival. You are legally required to have your passport on you at all times. Many people carry only a copy when they’re hanging around a town, though this is not an officially acceptable form of ID.
Before You Go
Health & Safety Make sure you’re healthy before traveling. If you wear glasses, take a spare pair and your prescription. If you require a particular medication, take an adequate supply, as it may not be available locally. Know the generic name, as well as the brand, to make getting replacements easier. Plan ahead for getting your vaccinations: some require several injections, and some vaccinations should not be given together or should be avoided during pregnancy and by people with allergies – discuss this with your doctor at least six weeks before travel.