Great news coming from Ecuador as new measures and health protocols allow to reactivate tourism from international markets.
International travelers who arrive in the country by air presenting a negative covid-19 PCR test, issued 10 days prior to the trip, will no longer have to perform mandatory preventive isolation. This was decided by the National Emergency Operations Committee (COE in Spanish) on Friday, August 14. Quick tests are not valid.
The approved protocol also establishes that passengers who do not present a negative test upon arrival in the country may take a COVID-19 test, at his / her cost, using the services of a laboratory accredited by the Agency for the Assurance of Quality of Health Services (ACESS). Self-isolation is mandatory while the passengers wait for the test results. If the PCR test is negative, they can leave the isolation. If the PCR test is positive, they must self-isolate for a total 14 days, at own expense, in hotels or private accommodation.
For those who do not present a negative test upon arrival in the country and don’t agree to take a COVID-19 , they must carry out mandatory self-isolation for 14 days, at own expense, in hotels or private accommodation.
The announcement is a great opportunity to reactivate the tourism industry in Quito and the region, to gradually increase visitation while protecting travelers, tourism staff and the local community as a whole.