Summary

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) advise against all travel within the 20km exclusion zone along the border with Colombia except for the official border crossing town of Tulcan in Carchi province. See Local travel.

The FCO advise against all but essential travel to the areas of Tarapoa and the Cuyabeno reserve outside the 20km zone in Sucumbios. See Local travel.

The FCO advise against all but essential travel to the areas of El Angel Ecological Reserve outside the 20 km exclusion zone in the province of Carchi. See Local travel.

There are a number of active volcanoes in Ecuador. You should not climb the Tungurahua or Reventador volcanoes due to renewed volcanic activity. See Volcanoes.

The Tungurahua volcano erupted on 4 and 14 April 2014, spreading ash and debris over the surrounding area. You should monitor local media and follow instructions issued by the Ecuadorian authorities.

Cases of armed robbery are increasing and petty crime is common. See Crime.

Around 22,800 British nationals visited Ecuador in 2013. Most visits are trouble free.

There is a low threat from terrorism. See Terrorism.

The Overseas Business Risk service offers information and advice for British companies operating overseas on how to manage political, economic, and business security-related risks.

Take out comprehensive travel and medical insurance before you travel.

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