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Travel Documents

There are no visa requirements for travelers from the USA, UK or Canada going to Ecuador.

Special Requirements for Travel to the Galapagos Islands:

The Galapagos Islands require two items in order to make a visit: a transit control card and permit to visit the islands. Discover Corps takes care of both of these items and will walk you through the process upon arrival.


Passport Requirements:

Any international travel requires the use of a passport. If you do not have a passport it is important to apply for one as soon as possible. It often takes four to six weeks to process the paperwork for a passport (and even longer during the peak travel season of March to August).

For questions about obtaining or renewing your passport (American citizens) you can visit

* If you have a passport, please note - it is*REQUIRED* that your passport be valid for up to 6 months after your scheduled departure date to be able to enter the country.

* It is also important that you have at least one completely blank page (with no stamps or visas) in your passport. This is a requirement for entry into many countries. If your passport is nearly full it might be a good idea to apply for additional pages.

* If you are a U.S. citizen, we recommend working with G3 Visas and Passports to make the process smooth and easy.

Make several photocopies of your passport. Leave a copy at home with your family and carry a copy with you at all times when you are overseas for identification purposes, money changing, etc. If you should lose your passport, having a copy will speed up the process of replacing it.