Ecuador Travel Advice - Added 14th September 2019 - Current 9th March 2020

There were nationwide protests across Ecuador between 3 and 13 October 2019 which caused extensive disruption. Some of these protests became violent, especially in Quito, and led to a number of fatalities.

Some governments advise against all travel within 20km exclusion zone along the border with Colombia, except for the official border crossing town of Tulcan in Carchi province.

Some governments advise against all but essential travel to:

  • the areas of Tarapoa and the Cuyabeno reserve outside the 20km zone in Sucumbios
  • The area of El Angel Ecological Reserve inside the 20km exclusion zone in the province of Carchi
  • all other areas of Esmeraldas province outside the 20km exclusion zone.

The security situation in the province of Esmeraldas can change very quickly. If you are undertaking essential travel in areas of the province beyond the 20km exclusion zone, you should pay close attention to warnings issued by the Ecuadorean authorities, be particularly cautious and vigilant, and monitor travel advice regularly.

Please follow the travel advice of your Government:

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STA Travel are monitoring this situation and updates will be added to this Travel Advice page.

Anyone with concerns about travel in this area should contact their Booking Store for advice.