Galapagos re-opens its doors to tourism with entry protocol
The Galapagos Islands have been one of the destinations most affected by the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic, not so much in terms of its health system but in terms of its economy, since the islands’ economy relies almost entirely on tourism.
The good news is that on July 1st the Ecuadorian government is opening its doors to national and foreign tourists to the Galapagos Islands, as long as all biosecurity procedures are followed in the airports and all prerequisites for entry are met with its entry protocol for tourists on their flights confirmed in August.
GALAPAGOS WITH CHOKOTRIP
Below are a few links to different types of content related to the Galapagos, including a few guides. All of this content is updated and based on my annual trip to the Islands.
Below I’m going to leave you important information so that you can move forward in planning your trip to these enchanted islands in 2020. It’s time to contact your desired hotel and book a day tour or cruise to the Galapagos Islands.
Before continuing, please note that the only airlines that are currently operating under this protocol for the Galapagos Islands are LATAM and AVIANCA.
FLIGHTS TO GALAPAGOS IN AUGUST
|LATAM||SANTA CRUZ||UIO – GYE – GPS – GYE – UIO||August: 3, 7, 11, 13, 17, 21, 25, 27|
|AVIANCA||SAN CRISTOBAL||UIO – GYE – SCY – GYE – UIO||August: 16, 30|
|SANTA CRUZ||UIO – GYE – GPS – GYE – UIO||August: 9, 23|
PROTOCOL FOR TRAVELERS ENTERING THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS:
- Travelers must wear a mask at all times in the airports.
- In the case of national tourists, a negative RT-PCR test must be provided, performed maximum 96 hours prior to travel, counting from when the sample was first taken. This test is not required for minors.
- In the case of international tourists, a negative RT-PCR test must be provided, performed maximum 7 days prior to arrival in Ecuador. This test is not required for minors.
- In the case of international tourists, another RT-PCR test must be carried out upon arrival in Ecuador in either Quito or Guayaquil airport, at the traveler’s expense ($125). Then, you must wait for the negative test results (takes maximum 48 hours), which will ensure your entry to the Galapagos Islands.
- Fill in the form “Traveler’s Declaration of Health,” indicating your place of residence/accommodation while on the Ecuadorian mainland as well as in the Galapagos.
- In the case of both national and international tourists, you must provide a safe-conduct in your name, issued by a tourist service provider in the Galapagos. (ChokoTrip will arrange this for you, if you are one of our clients.)
- Travelers must have health insurance. I recommend you purchase insurance that also covers trip cancellation.
- After experiencing a global pandemia due to COVID-19 we realized that an entire trip can change in just a matter of days and, when faced with an emergency away from home, our clients (travelers to the Galapagos) should have access to travelers’ assistance that actually helps and works in a time of crisis. From now on, we strongly suggest you purchase good health and travel insurance.