Our Ecuador Visa Guide will teach you everything you need to know about Ecuador’s visa policy for people from all over the world, including different types of visas, particular requirements, visa sponsorships, visa fees, and more. It is critical to have a scheduled flight ticket in hand before applying for a visa to Ecuador.
Who needs a visa to visit Ecuador?
You can receive a visa on arrival in Ecuador
On arrival, Ecuador issues a 90-day T3 visa stamp to tourists from the majority of nations. There is no visa required for the majority of foreign travellers having passports valid for at least six months beyond the date of entrance.
South American nationals, with the exception of Venezuelans, may enter Ecuador with a cédula (national ID card); a passport is not required.
Entry into Ecuador
There are no vaccination requirements to enter Ecuador. All passengers entering or transiting through Ecuador are required to complete a Health Declaration Form.
Any traveller suspected of having COVID-19 upon arrival in Ecuador, as judged by a health authority at the airport, may be compelled to submit to an antigen test. If a passenger tests positive, they will be instructed to wear a mask (isolation is not necessary) and their health will be monitored by phone calls by the Ministry of Public Health.
Although facemasks are no longer required in Ecuador, individual establishments may request that visitors wear them. It is advised to always carry a mask and evidence of immunisation.
Those entering Ecuador via the land borders with Peru or Colombia are needed to provide an official entrance stamp. Immigration officials in Ecuador may deny admission to travellers without a Peruvian or Colombian exit stamp.
Eligibility to apply for a Ecuador visa
The criteria of documents required for a Ecuador visa is simple and straight forward. You must present all documents required in order to qualify for your visa. When you apply for a visa for Ecuador, you have to submit several documents which will support your visa application. The documents change depending on your nationality and the type of visa you apply for, but they include:
The Ecuador Visa Application Form.
Proof you have the necessary financial means to fund your stay in Ecuador (for yourself and your dependents, if you have any).
Processing time for Ecuador visas
There are several ways to become an Ecuadorian resident, and the process is rather simple. Although you submit your visa application for immigrant status at the Ecuadorian consulate closest to your former address, it is really authorised by the Ministry of Foreign Relations; hence, the approval procedure can take between four and eight weeks. However, visa applications for your family can be completed directly by the consulate following approval of your application.
Appointment waiting times
Appointment waiting times can differ, depending on what sort of visa you are applying for. The current wait time for a student visa in Ecuador is around 456 days. Appointment waiting times for students is around 30 days. Whilst appointments for all other non-immigrant visas take around 15 days.
Who can visit Ecuador without a visa?
On arrival, Ecuador issues a 90-day T3 visa stamp to tourists from the majority of nations. There is no visa required for the majority of foreign travellers having passports valid for at least six months beyond the date of entrance. South American nationals, with the exception of Venezuelans, may enter Ecuador with a cédula (national ID card); a passport is not required.
For detailed information on specific parts of the general visa process, you can refer to the links below to find the answer to your query. If you are unable to find any particular information, please contact us via email.
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Ecuador visa types
There are three categories of Ecuadorian visas, the visa you are granted will depend on the reason and length for your stay. Please ensure you have applied for the correct visa for your stay before you travel. The three types of visas available are:
- Ecuador Tourist Visa
- Ecuador Temporary Resident Visas
- Ecuador Permanent Resident Visas
What to do if your Ecuador visa is refused?
If your plea for asylum has been deemed inadmissible or you have been denied refugee status, you may file an appeal within 10 business days of receiving the refusal notification. The public service has thirty calendar days to answer. Extraordinary appeals for review may also be made based on the grounds and within the timeframes established by law. To reapply, you are required to submit a new application, pay the application cost, and schedule a new interview.
People also asked...
This stamp allows you to stay for a maximum of 90 days during a 365-day period. Except for twenty-three countries, citizens of the vast majority of nations can enter Ecuador without a visa. Ecuador is visa-required for entry by twenty-three countries.
You may leave the country as frequently as you like. However, in order to apply for a Permanent Resident Visa, the Temporary Visa holder cannot have left Ecuador for more than 90 days in the preceding 21 months.
Providing you are a lawful permanent resident (green card holder), you may leave and reenter the United States several times if you do not intend to be abroad for more than one year.