Galapagos Coronavirus Updates and Protocols

*Updated December 9, 2022

Due to an increase in the number of COVID-19 cases in Ecuador, wearing facemasks is obligatory in all closed spaces, spaces with poor ventilation, and spaces where social distancing is impossible. Wearing a facemask outside is not obligatory. Thanks to the high vaccination rate among the Ecuadorian population, we expect this measure to be temporary.

The government of Ecuador has eliminated all COVID-19 entry requirements. Neither vaccination nor testing are required. All travelers must present the digital Traveler's Health Declaration when boarding the plane for their journey to Ecuador. The form can be filled out online using the following link. A printed version can also be filled out before or upon arrival.

The rules for traveling to the Galapagos Islands are the same as those for Ecuador.

Notes for Galapagos entry:

A Galapagos Transit Control Card will need to be completed online (or at the airport) before the flight. A travel insurance certificate is required.  


Air or ground transportation passengers over 12 years old must be vaccinated with two doses to traveling within the country. If it is not the case, they can present an RT-PCR test with a negative result taken no more than 48 hours before starting the trip. Children under 12 years of age need only be asymptomatic.

The use of masks is no longer mandatory in open or closed spaces. The Government has decreed the end of the health emergency in Peru. It is no longer necessary to wear a mask or present a vaccination card for flights and ground transportation domestically. However, for international flights, it is required to have the complete vaccination schedule. 

For the latest updates on travel restrictions and requirements in Peru, see the COVID 19 information page on the US Embassy's site here: 

Remember that local and international travel requirements may well change between now and your travel date. Stay informed and get updates here:  Center for Disease Control Travel Guidelines

Guayaquil Transfer Information:

After exiting Immigration and Customs at the Guayquil airport, walk towards the exit doors in front of you and look for the representative with the UnCruise sign. If arriving on a domestic flight, the representative will be waiting by the exit doors of the domestic baggage claim area. If they are not there when you arrive, they are helping other guests and will be right back to assist you with your transfer to the hotel--thank you for your patience. We recognize that airlines sometimes adjust their flight times throughout the season. You only need to contact us directly if your flight number changes or your arrival time changes by over an hour. Otherwise, be assured that our ground operators monitor all inbound flights and will make any pick up time adjustments for you.

For other information about preparations, see Prepare For Your Cruise