Foreign travel advice



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

There’s a high risk of earthquakes in Ecuador. In April 2016, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck the coast between Manabí and Esmeraldas provinces. Hundreds of people died and there was widespread damage to infrastructure. There’s still a high risk of aftershocks. An aftershock on 19 December 2016 with a magnitude of 5.7 caused further casualties and damage to infrastructure in Esmeraldas. A state of exception (giving additional powers to the government) for the provinces of Esmeraldas and Manabí was lifted on 13 January 2017.

If you’re in Ecuador, take particular precautions given the high seismic risks. More information is available from the Ecuadorean National Risk Management Agency and the National Geophysical Institute. See Natural disasters

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.

There are a number of active volcanoes in Ecuador. The Cotopaxi volcano has experienced renewed activity in August 2015 and restrictions are in place. Don’t climb the Tungurahua, Reventador, Chiles and Cerro Negro volcanoes. See Volcanoes

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.