Travelers can visit Ecuador and Galapagos with their Vaccination Cards

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The prospect of travel is returning! Thanks to various health and safety measures and, more importantly, vaccine rollouts, there is a light at the end of the tunnel for travel.

You may be among the fortunate ones to have already received your second dose or perhaps you’ll be receiving it soon. No matter what your Vaccination Card says, now that you have one, why not start looking at your travel prospects? If you hurry, you can beat the rush that is soon to occur with so many people dying to see the world again.

What countries have had successful vaccination policies?

It varies according to region and population, some countries have vaccinated a large percentage of their people, but are still looking towards vaccinating their younger generations.

What does this mean for travel?

Some European countries such as Ireland are accepting fully vaccinated travelers. In contrast, Spain accepts a negative COVID-19 exam as an alternative to proof of vaccination. Consult with your travel agent before planning a trip and ask about any requirements that may crop up in your desired destination. Keep in mind that certain countries may have special restrictions for protected areas like National Parks.

What about South America?

Chile is an example of one of the most successful countries in South America and the world, with 23 million doses administered and counting.

Another example of an incredible vaccination milestone happened in Ecuador recently. The wonderful province of the Galapagos archipelago went through one of the most complete and successful vaccination projects anywhere in the world, with the entire adult population over the age of 18 being successfully vaccinated.

Why was Galapagos so successful in their vaccination campaign?

There are several factors, the key one being population. Galapagos is a very sparsely populated region, with a total of 25,000 people inhabiting the islands year-round. Plus, its isolation from the South American continent meant that managing a COVID-19 outbreak was relatively straightforward.

Conversely, such a small population meant that the islands were at high risk from infection rates spiraling out of control. Thankfully, authorities were quick to recognize the threat and pushed for a very thorough immunization project in the islands.

Galapagos is, once again, one of the safest destinations in the world!

What about the rest of Ecuador?

The situation in Ecuador is a little harder to manage when compared to the secluded Galapagos Islands. However, the incoming government has made it their priority to reach full immunization of the adult population within the year.

I’ve been vaccinated, can I travel?

Yes! Your vaccination card is now a wonderful addition to your passport. If you’ve received your full dosage, you are likely eligible to travel to several countries, such as Ecuador.

Are all vaccines (Pfizer, Moderna, J&J, and others) the same when it comes to travel?

Yes! No matter which vaccine you received, you are welcome to travel to several countries, including Ecuador. Some European countries haven’t approved the Chinese or Russian Vaccine, but Pfizer, J&J, and AstraZeneca are all approved worldwide.

How important is your vaccination card for travel?

Very, it essentially informs the authorities of the country you want to visit that you are safe to enter, and their policies regarding your visit will reflect this confidence. They can relax about you running a risk while in the country, and this turns you into a valued visitor.

Will US vaccine cards be accepted everywhere?

Not all countries are open for travel yet, but the list is expanding. Make sure you check with relevant sources, like your travel agent or the tourism bureaus and ministries of your destination, prior to making any travel arrangements.

Countries like Ecuador put a high premium on vaccination cards, so you don’t have to worry about policies changing all of a sudden. You will be well-received if you are carrying your Vaccination Card.

Can I travel to Ecuador and the Galapagos with my vaccination card?

Yes! Absolutely! Check out our page at regular intervals for up-to-date travel policies for the nation of Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands.

Are PCR exams currently required for entry into Ecuador and the Galapagos?

You can either show a negative Covid-19 test or your vaccination card in order to be accepted into Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. Currently, no quarantine period is required.

What are the requirements for reentry into my country?

Some countries will require a negative COVID-19 exam, some will even require a quarantine period. Policies are shifting constantly, but a sure way to avoid any drama as you are heading home is to get the vaccine and carry your vaccination card or equivalent with you at reentry.


Keep in mind that policies may change to reflect the ongoing reality of the pandemic. Consult with your embassy or consulate about the current in-place policies and make sure you have your vaccination card with you.




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