Foreign travel advice

Ecuador

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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 inside the 20 km exclusion zone in the province of Carchi. See Local travel

Following the second round of presidential elections on 2 April 2017, there have been demonstrations across Ecuador. Though final results are still pending, opposition candidate Guillermo Lasso has questioned the integrity of the election and has called on his supporters to take to the streets in peaceful protest. Crowds have assembled in Quito in the vicinity of the National Electoral Council (Avenues 6th of December and Eloy Alfaro) and around the National Electoral Council offices in Guayaquil. You should monitor local media carefully and avoid large gatherings.

Ecuador is situated in an area of intense seismic activity. There is a high risk of earthquakes, volcanic eruptions and tsunamis. You should make sure you are aware of the risks and are familiar with the relevant safety and evacuation procedures. In the event of a natural disaster, you should monitor official channels – the Ecuadorean National Geophysical Institute and the National Secretariat for Risk Management (both Spanish only) – and follow the advice of the local authorities.

UK health authorities have classified Ecuador as having a risk of Zika virus transmission. For more information and advice, visit the website of the National Travel Health Network and Centre website.

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

Around 26,600 British nationals visited Ecuador in 2016. Most visits are trouble free.

There is a low threat from terrorism. See Terrorism

If you’re abroad and you need emergency help from the UK government, contact the nearest British embassy, consulate or high commission.

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.