Entry Requirements & Travel Visas
Entry requirements are provided for your convenience. However, unless otherwise stated, it is your responsibility to determine the requirements that apply to you and your trip and to comply with them, including obtaining any necessary visas or other travel documents by the required deadlines and carrying them with you. Especially with COVID-19, requirements are subject to change, so check back for the latest before you depart.
Ecuador Entry Requirements
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Additional requirements for the Galápagos Islands:
- All visitors to the Galapagos must obtain a INGALA Tourist Control Card (TCT), which allows for tourist stays up to 90 days. We will obtain your Tourist Control Card (TCT), and the TCT fee and park entry fee are both included in your package price.
- All travelers going to the Galápagos Islands are required to provide proof of health and travel insurance. If you purchased our policy, our operations team will provide you with the appropriate documentation prior to departure.
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General Requirements & Guidelines
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- We require all travelers on our Small Group Tours, Value Vacations, and Independent Packages to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 at least 14 days prior to departure, except travelers who are too young to be vaccinated. For our Biblical Journeys and Custom Group tours, vaccines are strongly encouraged and may be required by the tour leader or the destination(s) visited.
- In general, you must have a passport to travel abroad, which should be valid for at least six months after your return date. Passports expiring before then should be renewed as soon as possible. Passports contain at least 2 blank pages for each country visited. If your passport does not have this many pages, obtain a new passport as soon as possible.
- if your passport and visa are not in order, airlines and cruise ships may deny boarding, countries may deny entry, and your trip may be disrupted. Travel insurance may not cover such losses.
- Any changes in names or passport information should be reported to us immediately. Airlines and cruise ships may deny boarding if the name on your passport does not match your tickets.
- Minors (age 17 or younger) departing and/or returning to the U.S. without parents or with only one parent may be required by U.S. Customs & Border Protection (CBP) to present a notarized parental consent letter and/or unabridged birth certificate (more information). Many other countries have similar entry requirements, especially for minors traveling with a parent/guardian with a different surname; check with the consulates of all countries you'll be visiting to learn more.