The Department of State raised the travel advisory level for Ecuador to Level 3 – Reconsider Travel on June 22, 2022. This replaces the previous travel advisory issued on April 19, 2022.
The full text of the updated travel advisory is as follows:
Ecuador – Tier 3: Reconsider Travel UC
Reconsider travel to Ecuador due to civil unrest and criminality. Some areas are at increased risk. Read the full travel advisory.
Do not travel to:
- Carchi, Sucumbíos and the northern part of the provinces of Esmeraldas, including the city of Esmeraldas, due to criminality.
- Guayaquil, south of Portete de Tarquí Avenue, due to criminality.
Country summary: Crime is a widespread problem in Ecuador. Violent crime, such as murder, assault, express kidnapping and armed robbery, is common. Transnational criminal organizations and gangs operate in Carchi, Sucumbíos and the northern part of the Esmeraldas provinces, as well as in Guayaquil, south of Portete de Tarquí Avenue.
Demonstrations take place regularly across the country. Public demonstrations can take place for a variety of political and economic issues. Demonstrations can lead to the closure of local roads and major highways, often without notice or an estimated reopening time. Road closures can significantly reduce access to public transport and airports and can disrupt travel within and between cities.
Read the country information page for more information on traveling to Ecuador.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has determined that Ecuador has a high level of COVID-19. Visit the CDC page for the latest travel health information related to your trip.
If you decide to travel to Ecuador:
Provinces of Carchi, Sucumbíos and Northern Esmeraldas – Level 4: Do not travel
Transnational criminal groups operating in the province of Esmeraldas have engaged in violent crimes and killed local citizens in addition to carrying out bombings targeting Ecuadorian military and law enforcement.
The U.S. government is limited in its ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in the Colombian border area, as U.S. government personnel cannot travel to the provinces of Esmeraldas, Carchi, and Sucumbíos without permission from the embassy security office. However, US government personnel are permitted to travel to the north bank of the Napo River in Sucumbíos, an area approximately four miles wide, and the portion of Esmeraldas Province that lies south of the city of Sucumbíos. ‘Esmeraldas.
Guayaquil, south of Portete de Tarquí Avenue – Level 4: Do not travel
Transnational criminal groups and local gangs operating in Guayaquil have committed a series of violent crimes in the area south of Portete de Tarquí Avenue, including several targeted killings and assassinations, armed robberies, and assaults. The U.S. government is limited in its ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in Guayaquil south of Portete de Tarquí Avenue, as U.S. government personnel cannot travel to this area without permission from the office embassy security.
Visit our website for travel to high risk areas.