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Monday, 17. June 2019 at 07:23 AM

Ecuador Travel Advisory

Warning Level Icon We advise caution when travelling to Ecuador

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Local Situation: 2.6 / 5

We advise caution when travelling to Ecuador. We detected travel advisories from 5 sources for this specific country.

Regional Situation: 2.4 / 5

Ecuador shares land borders with Colombia and Colombia. For these countries, the individual warning index is 2.4 (Colombia) and 2.2 (Peru).

Rating Details (single travel warnings)

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 2 - Travel is usually safe.
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Exercise increased caution in Ecuador due to crime. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory. Do not travel to: Carchi, Sucumbíos, and the northern part of Esmeraldas provinces, including Esmeraldas city, due to crime. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.

This is the general advisory covering the whole country.

Source: http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/en/traveladvisories/traveladvisories/ecuador-travel-advisory.html

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 2 - Travel is usually safe.
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The Canadian goverment suggests: Exercise a high degree of caution (with regional advisories)

This is the general advisory covering the whole country.

Source: https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/ecuador

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 5 - Do not travel.
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Do not travel within 20 kilometres of the border with Colombia, except for the official crossing town of Tulcan in the province of Carchi, due to the threat from kidnapping and organised and drug-related crime.

This is the general advisory covering the whole country.

Source: https://www.safetravel.govt.nz/ecuador

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 3 - Travel with high caution.
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High degree of caution

This is the general advisory covering the whole country.

Source: https://www.dfa.ie/travel/travel-advice/a-z-list-of-countries/ecuador/

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 4 - Reconsider travelling.
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The Ministry for Foreign Affairs and Trade Promotion advises Maltese citizens travelling to Ecuador against all travel to within the 20km exclusion zone along the border with Colombia, except for the official border crossing town of Tulcan in Carchi province. This is because of the presence of Guerrilla groups, drug traffickers, and criminal gangs, who pose a ...

This is the general advisory covering the whole country.

Source: https://foreignaffairs.gov.mt/en/Pages/Travel-Advice.aspx

History of rating changes

This is the change history of the risk assessment of Ecuador.

Changes from April 10th 2019

The total rating for Ecuador changed from 2.4 to 2.6. Here are the influencing details:

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The United States government increased their existing warning for Ecuador to 2.0 (of 5.0) from the previous rating of 1.0 (by +1.0).

About Ecuador

Ecuador with its capital Quito is a country in South America (South America), slightly smaller than Nevada (283,560 km²). The country is located Western South America, bordering the Pacific Ocean at the Equator, between Colombia and Peru. The climate can be described as tropical along coast, becoming cooler inland at higher elevations; tropical in Amazonian jungle lowlands. The landscape is coastal plain (costa), inter-Andean central highlands (sierra), and flat to rolling eastern jungle (oriente). With a population of about 13.93 million citizens.

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Basic Statistics and Facts

Topic Value
Capital Quito
Population about 13.93 million
Size 283560 km²
Size comparable to slightly smaller than Nevada
Common languages Spanish
Timezone America/Guayaquil with UTC offset of -5 hour(s)
Currency Dollar (short: USD)
Common voltage (electricity) 120V - 60Hz
Used GSM Frequencies 1800
International phone prefix +593
Internet Top Level Domain .ec
Countrycode: ISO Alpha 2 EC
Countrycode: ISO Alpha 3 ECU
Countrycode: ISO Numeric 218