Entry Requirements Galapagos & Mainland Ecuador - Travel Deals

Mainland Ecuador & Galapagos Entry Requirements


Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands welcome tourists from every country, and U.S. citizens do not require a visa unless they plan to stay in Ecuador for more than 90 days. Travel requirements for U.S. citizens planning a trip to the Galápagos are:

  • Valid passport—legitimate for at least 6 months after your expected return to the U.S. 
  • Return ticket
  • Proof of economic means of support (may be questioned by Immigration authorities)

Mainland Ecuador Customs

Most Galápagos visitors travel to the archipelago by air. Flights generally take off from mainland Ecuador—usually from the principal cities of Quito or Guayaquil—to one of the Galápagos’ two main airports: one on San Cristobal and one on Baltra.

At the airport in mainland Ecuador, Galápagos visitors are required to have bags inspected by a quarantine staff and acquire a requisite tourist Transit Control Card for a nominal fee ($20 per person). This helps the Ecuadorian Government to monitor and track tourist traffic in the Galápagos Islands. 

The Ecuadorian Animal and Plant Health Service and the Quarantine and Inspection System of the Galápagos (SICGAL) perform the quarantine inspection as part of a coordinated effort to prevent the introduction of non-native fauna and flora to the vulnerable Galápagos ecosystem. Visitors are also given a declaration form to fill out as another preventative measure of Galápagos conservation. 

Galápagos Flight Regulations

Visitors may bring one checked bag weighing no more than 23 kgs (50lbs) in total, along with one carry-on bag weighing no more than 8kgs (17lbs). Excess baggage may potentially be left behind in a mainland Ecuadorian hotel (check with your hotel) or brought along at an additional charge.


Galápagos Park Regulations and Fees

Park Fees

Upon arrival in the Galápagos Islands, visitors must pay a mandatory entrance fee in cash to the Galápagos National Park. Currently, the fee is $100 for non-Ecuadorian adults and $50 for non-Ecuadorian children under 12.

Park Rules

In an effort to conserve the Galápagos Islands’ ecosystem, the Galápagos National Park Service established Park rules for its visitors.

Visitors should familiarize themselves with the following before their trip:

  1. Visitors must be accompanied by an authorized Galápagos National Park naturalist guide when visiting a protected area
  2. Contract only authorized services and boats when visiting protected areas
  3. Respect signs and stay on marked trails
  4. Respect the freedom and space of animals by keeping a distance of at least 6 ft (2 m) 
  5. Do not feed or touch animals as this can cause health issues
  6. Take videos and pictures without flash to avoid upsetting animals
  7. Do not introduce plants, animals, or food into the archipelago
  8. Do not leave any litter or trash on an island or in its waters; do not mark or make graffiti on anything found within the Galápagos Park
  9. Motorized aquatic sports, aerial tourism, and mini-subs are not permitted in the park
  10. Fishing is not allowed unless on an authorized recreational fishing boat
  11. No smoking or lighting campfires in protected areas
  12. Do not purchase souvenirs or products made from banned substances such as volcanic rocks, tortoise shells, sea lion teeth, or coral

For a more comprehensive review of the rules as well as updates, check out the Galápagos National Park Service page and discover how you can make sure you leave no trace behind in the Galápagos Islands.


Packing for the Galápagos

Flights to the Galápagos Islands have a weight restriction of 23kgs (50lbs), so we recommend guests pack only necessary items to bring to the islands. You can find a specified packing list for your itinerary on the packing + trip details page for your trip.


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