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Ecuador Visa Information

NOTE: The following information should be confirmed with the Ecuadorian Embassy or Consulate in your own country, or the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores (Ministry of Foreign Affairs) website (www.mmrree.gob.ec/eng/services/visas.asp). Visa policies and regulations change frequently, and can vary from one office to another. Sometimes the best sources are other travelers who have gone through the process themselves.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is located in Quito, at Carrión E1-76 y Av. 10 de Agosto (Tel: 593-2-299-3200).

Tourist Visas

Most travelers to Ecuador will not need to obtain a visa before departure. Citizens of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, the People’s Republic of China and Somalia require a visa to enter Ecuador.

As of August 2011, visitors need to have passports that are valid for a minimum of six months upon entering/departing Ecuador. When you arrive, the migration officials will stamp a tourist visa valid up to 90 days. If you plan to stay the entire 90 days, be sure to request the full visa limit as migration officials will sometimes give a visa for less time. They will also give you an embarkation card. Save this. You will need to present it when you leave the country.

If you come from a country that requires a tourist visa, you will need to apply for a 12-X visa. The fee for this visa is $30, plus a processing charge of $30 which you have to present at the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores, along with: two copies of the completed formulario de solicitud de visa de no inmigrante (non-immigrant visa application form; print off from the Ministry’s website), two passport photos (in color, with white background), an economic guarantee (print-out of your bank account), your original passport with at least six months validity, a photocopy of your passport, a photocopy of your round-trip plane ticket and a solicitud de visa (an explanation of why you want to extend your stay, in Spanish).

Extending Your Tourist Visa

Your 90 day visa can be extended for a further 90 days by applying for a 12-IX visa, the Commercial Activities Visa. It is valid for up to six months and allows you to change your visa status. It allows the foreigner to engage in tourism, sports, health, education, science, art or commercial transactions. The fee for this visa is $200, plus $30 processing charge. The paperwork entails: two copies of the completed formulario de solicitud de visa de no inmigrante (non-immigrant visa application form; printed off from the Ministry’s website), two passport photos (in color, with white background), an economic guarantee (print-out of your bank account), your original passport with at least six months validity, a photocopy of your passport, a photocopy of your plane ticket and a solicitud de visa (an explanation of why you want to extend your stay, in Spanish).

Work, Study and Other Non-Resident Visas

If you want to work, study (long-term) or just travel for more than 180 days, you will need to look into a different visa. There are two main types of visas: resident and non-resident (referred to as immigrant and non-immigrant on the Ecuadorian government website). Student visas, work visas, volunteer and religious work visas, cultural exchanges and tourist visas all fall under the category of non-resident and will set you back between $50 and $200, plus $30 processing fee. All of these visas have to be applied for before you arrive in Ecuador at the consulates in you native country.

Work visas are extremely hard to obtain and are much more complicated than tourist visas and are best arranged with your employer. Student visas are less complicated but are also best obtained with the help of your school or study program, which will undoubtedly have experience in jumping through the necessary bureaucratic hoops.

NOTE: All non-resident visas, except for the 12-X Tourist, that were applied for overseas must be registered at the Dirección de la Extranjería (Av 6 de Diciembre, between Colón and La Niña) within the first 30 days of arrival. Failure to do so will result in a hefty $200-2,000 fine. If you applied for it in Ecuador, you do not need to register it.

Censos are no longer issued to foreigners. Instead you are supposed to carry your passport at all times. A photocopy of the photo, visa page and visa registration pages may suffice in most circumstances.

Overstaying Your Non-Immigrant Visa

As of April 20, 2010, foreigners are no longer fined for overstaying their non-immigrant visas; nonetheless, some travelers report being charged upon leaving the country or being detained for a couple of hours. Re-entry into the country will be banned for nine months; your name will appear on a list. If you are caught overstaying you can be deported.

Immigrant (Resident) Visas

If you are planning to stay for more than a year, and want to be able to work and have unlimited exit and entry status, you may want to look into a resident visa. Any non-Ecuadorian over the age of 18 who applies for an immigrant visa (type 9) in either Ecuador or abroad, must obtain a criminal record for the past five years, before applying for the visa. The record must be translated into Spanish. Depending on the country of residence, the record may need to be apostilled or legalized as well. For more details on these visas (in Spanish only), visit the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores’ website (www.mmrree.gob.ec/servicios/req_visas_inm.asp).










By Tom Ravenscroft
Initially intending to just pass through Ecuador on his year-long sojourn across the world, Tom Raven Scroft decided to set up camp in Quito as an...
09 Oct 2013




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