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Last verified: Monday, 19. August 2019 at 07:23 AM

Ecuador Travel Advisory

Warning Level Icon Travelling Ecuador is (relatively) safe

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Local Situation: 2.5 / 5

Travelling Ecuador is (relatively) safe. We detected travel advisories from 6 sources for this specific country.

Regional Situation: 2.5 / 5

Ecuador shares land borders with Colombia and Colombia. For these countries, the individual warning index is 2.6 (Colombia) and 2.3 (Peru).

Rating Details (single travel warnings)

These are the individual advisories published by other countries about the destination Ecuador from a travellers perspective. The scoring of all messages combined is the foundation for the current rating 2.5 out of 5.0.

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 2 - Travel is usually safe.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: United States

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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.

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

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 2 - Travel is usually safe.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Canada

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The Canadian goverment suggests: Exercise a high degree of caution (with regional advisories)

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

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 5 - Do not travel.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: New Zealand

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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.

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

Warning Level Icon Danger level: 2 - Travel is usually safe.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Finland

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Iaktta normal försiktighet -

Source: https://um.fi/resemeddelande/-/c/EC

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

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Ireland

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Warning Level Icon Danger level: 4 - Reconsider travelling.

This is the general advisory usually covering the country as a whole.

Advisory issued by: Malta

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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 ...

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 283.560 km²
Size comparable to slightly smaller than Nevada
Common languages Spanish
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

Environmental problems and natural hazzards

These are problems Ecuador is facing. Environmental issues refer to damages of the nature due to industry and society. Natural hazzards refer to potential dangers originating in nature.

Environmental problems

  • deforestation
  • desertification
  • pollution from oil production wastes in ecologically sensitive areas of the Amazon Basin and Galapagos Islands
  • soil erosion
  • water pollution

Natural hazzards

  • floods
  • frequent earthquakes
  • landslides
  • periodic droughts
  • volcanic activity
  • volcanic activity concentrated along the Andes Mountains; Sangay (5,230 m), which erupted in 2010, is mainland Ecuador's most active volcano; other historically active volcanoes in the Andes include Antisana, Cayambe, Chacana, Cotopaxi, Guagua Pichincha,

Top Industries and Agricultural Products

These are the main product industries and agricultural products of Ecuador. This list indicates what this country is good at producing.

Industries

  1. chemicals
  2. food processing
  3. petroleum
  4. textiles
  5. wood products

Agriculture products

  1. balsa wood
  2. bananas
  3. beef
  4. cassava
  5. cattle
  6. cocoa
  7. coffee
  8. dairy products
  9. fish
  10. manioc

Ecuadorian Imports and Exports

These are the main product categories of imports and exports to and from Ecuador.

Export products

  1. bananas
  2. cacao
  3. coffee
  4. cut flowers
  5. fish
  6. petroleum
  7. shrimp
  8. wood

Import products

  1. fuels
  2. industrial materials
  3. lubricants
  4. nondurable consumer goods

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the current travel advisory for Ecuador?

Ecuador is currently rated at 2,5 out of a possible 5.0. Collected from 6 official sources. Travelling Ecuador is (relatively) safe.

Is it safe to travel Ecuador in 2019?

You are good to go, enjoy your trip to Ecuador.

How many travel advisories do you know for Ecuador?

We currently evaluate 11 official sources each morning. Today, we know of active advisories from 6 individual sources for Ecuador.

What is the size of Ecuador?

Ecuador has a size of 283,560 km² or 109,483 mi² which is slightly smaller than Nevada.

Common Frequently Asked Questions

For non-country specific questions, please check our global F.A.Q.