Galapagos Coronavirus Updates and Protocols

*Updated May 6, 2022

 

Guests 3 and over need to have printed AND electronic documentation of EITHER full vaccination 14 or more days prior to travel OR a negative COVID-19 test (antigen or molecular OK)  within 3 days of your flight to the Galapagos. Children under 3 must present a negative COVID-19 test (antigen or molecular OK) within 3 days of your flight to the Galapagos. 

You should email your electronic documentation of vaccination or test result (a photo of your vaccination card is fine) to Karolina Aldaz  kaldaz@metropolitan-touring.com as well as keeping a printed version with you to provide to officials at the airport. .

Guests must have evidence of health insurance that will cover you in Ecuador.

Guests will be required to fill in an online Health Status Declaration.

La Pinta has a doctor on board who will meet all guests at their arrival to the vessel.

The doctor oversees sanitation of all equipment onboard the vessel as well as guest and crew health. ​​​​​

Housekeeping deep cleans all cabins with ozone cleansing machines and electrostatic sprayers with hospital-grade disinfectant.

Dining areas are disinfected completely before and after each meal service. Tables are spaced for social distancing.

 

Mask use is no longer required in Ecuador, though strongly encouraged on public transportation such as flights, busses, and trains. 

 After the cruise:

 

The CDC requires all guests of any nationality flying into the United States to have a negative COVID test taken within 24 hours of departure to the US. You must show your negative result to the airline prior to boarding your flight.  Metropolitan Touring, the local operator, will provide testing to all guests from La Pinta free of charge on arrival at the Wyndham Guayaquil approximately 4pm on disembarkation day. Results have taken approximately 4-5 hours, so it is possible that guests can take a redeye flight out that night.

Guests who prefer to stay overnight can book a post cruise hotel night at the Wyndham Guayaquil via UnCruise Adventures at a rate of $195 per person. 

 

Guests booked on Machu Picchu Post Cruise Package: COVID restrictions have led to flight changes in Ecuador and Peru. Some departures may have minor itinerary changes. Details to follow. 

There will be several COVID-19 tests required during the Machu Picchu package, all of which are included in your package fare other than the last test required by the US government rather than local authorities. Condor will arrange this test but guests will need to pay the $45 fee via card on that day.

For the latest updates on travel restrictions and requirements in Peru, see the COVID 19 information page on the US Embassy's site here: https://pe.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/ 

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   https://pe.usembassy.gov/covid-19-information/

La Pinta has successfully been operating during the pandemic with these measures since August 2020. These measures and the attentive crew provide a safe bubble for you to experience a wonderful escape from the world’s worries and to see creatures that live nowhere else.

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