Galapagos Coronavirus Updates and Protocols

*Updated July 22, 2022

We would like to let you know the good news that the Ecuadorian authorities have further relaxed the rules regarding entry to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. From July 18th, the rules are as follows: Travelers over 3 years of age:

Proof of vaccination (complete scheme) with at least 14 days of validity from the date of completion, whether as a QR code or as a certificate. OR Laboratory-certified negative result of an RT-PCR or antigen COVID-19 test taken up to 72 hours before their flight departure. Travelers under 3 years of age do not require any certificates or tests.

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.

Notes for Ecuador entry: Health officials will also check travelers for symptoms related to COVID-19.

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.  Notes on the use of facemasks in Ecuador:

In Guayaquil, regulations require everyone to wear facemasks in closed public spaces.

This is not the case in the rest of the country, although we encourage guests to wear facemasks in closed spaces such as airports, hotels and during transfers.


As of June 11, 2022, all travelers over 18 years old must have three doses of the COVID-19 vaccine. That means two regular doses plus a booster. Passengers from 12 to 17 years old must prove they are vaccinated with two doses.

If they do not have a complete scheme, they must present the negative result of an RT-PCR test taken no more than 48 hours before boarding in their country of origin.


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 should only be asymptomatic

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