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Ecuador is a land of wildlife, rainforests, mountains and several other attractions. If you are looking for a place to visit for tourism, Ecuador is an attractive place to consider. It has lots of natural attractions and features that make it a top tourist destination for Canadians.

Furthermore, Ecuador shares a bilateral relationship with Canada in terms of trade and investment, academic relations, and so forth. Trade and investment between the two countries have been growing over the years, making Ecuador Canada’s sixth largest trading partner in South America.

Also, the two countries encourage academic exchanges with each other. As of December 31, 2017, 1,080 Ecuadorians were studying in Canada. Canadians travel to Ecuador for various purposes but primarily for tourism, business, and trade. When traveling to Ecuador, Canadians need to have the right Ecuador travel insurance policy or private medical coverage to protect themselves abroad in case of medical emergencies.

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Basic Information About Ecuador

Some important information on Ecuador Travel Insurance that we think you’ll want to know before you travel.

Name Value
Currency U.S. dollar
Official language Spanish
Capital Quito
Continent South America
Population Approx. 16.7 million
Plug type Plug type A and B
Driving side Right-hand side
  • Summer - October to May
  • Winter - June to September
Laws Local laws and customs

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Ecuador Security Measures for travelers

The decision to travel to Ecuador is your choice and you are also responsible for your personal safety and security abroad. However, we provide you with credible and timely information in our Travel Advice to help you to make well-informed decisions as regards traveling to the South American country.

Risk Level

Ecuador – Exercise a high degree of caution

Due to high levels of crime, exercise a high degree of caution in Ecuador.

  • Avoid all travel to the border with Colombia in the province of Carchi, Esmeraldes, and Sucumbios due to the presence of criminal organizations and drug traffickers.
  • Avoid non-essential travel to northern provinces in the province of Esmeralda and Sucumbios due to violent crime.
  • Avoid all travel to minefields near the southern portion of the border with Peru.

Travel Health Notice – Zika virus

The Public Health Agency of Canada advises travelers to practice special health precautions in Ecuador due to Zika virus. Pregnant and would-be pregnant women are advised to avoid travel to Ecuador.

Entry / Exit requirements

Ecuador, just like other countries, decides who enters or exits its borders and the Government of Canada will not interfere with the country’s decisions as regards its entry or exit requirements.

The information on this page was obtained from the Ecuadorian authorities; however, it can change at any time. Moreover, you can verify the information with foreign diplomatic missions and consulates in Canada.


The type of passport you use for travel determines the entry requirements that apply to you. Check with your transportation company to find out about passport requirements before you leave.

  • Regular Canadian Passport - You must hold a passport valid for a minimum of six months beyond the date you intend to expect Ecuador.
  • Passport for official travel - Different rules may apply. Learn more about official travel here.
  • Other travel documents - The rules that apply when traveling with a temporary passport or an emergency travel document may differ. Find out about entry rules from the closest diplomatic mission for Ecuador before you leave.

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Ecuador Healthcare

Ecuador has both private and public health care and hospital but a lot of visitors and tourists favor private over public care. The health care facilities in Ecuador may not be up to Canada’s standard but medical treatment could be expensive especially if you do not have Ecuador travel insurance. In addition to a travel insurance policy, you need to travel with enough money to cover potential costs because some hospitals may require cash payments.

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Ecuador Travel Insurance News

According to the recent Organic Law for the Promotion of Production, Attraction of Investments, Employment Generation and Fiscal Balance enacted on August 21, 2018, foreign tourists no longer need to take out health insurance to enter Ecuador Continental.

Enrique Ponce De Leon, the Ministry of Tourism head promoted the elimination of health insurance and the process is fully supported by Lenin Moreno Garces, the President of the Republic. This is done to maintain tourism competitiveness in the country without increasing cost for the tourists. This will increase the support for the receptive tourism industry of Ecuador.

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