Important to know before your trip
Documents you will need when visiting the nation: Residents and foreigners
Ensure you bring with you:
Your current and valid passport as well as its visa
CAN Y MERCOSUR: passport or any identification document
Your Andean Card
Travelers who will need a Visa to access Ecuador
You will need your visa if you come from the following nations: Afghanistan, Cuba, Bangladesh, Kenya, Pakistan, Senegal, Somalia, Nigeria, Eritrea, Ethiopia, or Nepal.
There is a good chance that the nation’s immigration representatives will ask to see your return ticket in order to ensure you do not intend on staying more than the allowed tourist duration, i.e. 90 days.
For health purposes, ensure you get a yellow fever vaccine before visiting the nation.
Asset Entry Control
In the way that is required by the Organic Law on Prevention, Detection, and Eradication of Crime Financial and Money Laundering related crimes, each traveler who visits or leaves Ecuador with liquid cash, for an amount that is equal or more than $10,000 is obligated to ensure they declare it beforehand to the relevant authorities.
Tips when you’re taking a taxi
When in the city, you’re better off taking an Uber, Easy Taxy, or Cabify cab. They are safer
Ask for a taxi from your restaurant or hotel
The taxi you board ought to be yellow in color with an orange plate
Ensure the cab you take works with a taximeter
The cab should have an emergency button and a security camera
The taxi’s registration number ought to be printed on the doors
The safety transportation logo should be visible
Tips when you’re taking a bus
If you feel the need to put down your backpack, place it in between your legs
For inter-cantonal or interprovincial trips, board the bus at the terminal of every city
Try your best not to sleep during the trip. If you feel sleepy, ensure your belongings are close to you
If your large suitcase or backpack is placed in the bus’ baggage hold, ensure you receive a receipt, ticket, or voucher
Keep checking whether your belongings in your backpack’s top compartment are safe
Tips if you’ll be renting a car
To avoid paying fines, ensure you do not go past the speeding limits
The speed limits are 100km per hour on highways, 90km per hour on via perimetral, and 50km per hour in the city
When you are sailing
While sailing (either in rivers or on the sea), make sure you do it with the help of a qualified and licensed tour operator or travel agency.
ATMs and Banks
Never accept the help of a stranger or company at the ATMs
Only access ATMs at public places. They should also be well lit
If you are going to the bank or ATM, make sure you’re accompanied by someone you trust
If you need to exchange money, only do it at exchange houses or banks