Information About the Galapagos


Spanish is the official language in Ecuador and the Galapagos, although Quichua is still spoken by many indigenous people in the Andes. Nevertheless, most people working in tourism like hotel and cruise staff as well as most guides speak English.


Mainland Ecuador (Quito and Guayaquil) is GMT -5 hours. The Galapagos Islands are GMT -6 hours. The Galapagos is on Central Standard Time.


Since the year 2000 U.S. dollar is the standard currency in Ecuador and Galapagos.


For travels to Quito and the Galapagos Islands, there are no vaccinations required. However, if you intend to visit mainland Ecuador, especially the Amazon or coastal regions, we recommend you to consult with your trusted Physician. Please do this well ahead of time since some vaccinations need to be administered three months before your trip!


We strongly recommend purchasing insurance for trip cancellation as well as travel and medical insurance to be protected in the event of any unforeseen situations. Please contact your local travel agent or flight dealer for the best offer.


You need to purchase a TCT-Card (Transit Card) at the mainland airport in either Quito or Guayaquil before flying to the Galapagos Islands. The TCT costs $20,- per person currently (subject to change). Upon arrival in Galapagos you will need to pay the Galapagos National Park entrance fee which for most visitors is $100,- per person while children younger than 12 pay $50,- per person. For detailed information about the National Park entry fee as well as on special rates for visitors coming from one of the countries of the Andean Community please visit the Galapagos National Park entry tax link below Visit:


Usually the luggage for all national flights in Ecuador is restricted to one suitcase/bag/backpack of 20kg max, and one piece of hand luggage of 6 kg max. Please also note that international security rules that apply. For example, sharp items, explosive and flammable items and generally all dangerous items. If in doubt whether a certain item is allowed to bring and where to put it please check the following link as a reference.

Artículos de equipaje permitidos y prohibidos


Ecuador, the country that the Galapagos Islands are part of, welcomes tourists and travelers from every country. Visitors from the US, Canada, Australia and most countries in Europe traveling to Ecuador for tourism, business or studies do not require a visa unless they expect to stay in Ecuador for more than 90 days in one "calendar" year ( 90 days adding every entry in one year, that is) or if they are drawing income from an Ecuadorian source. Visitors from these countries will receive a tourist visa of maximum 90 days at the entrance port.

Nevertheless please note that your passport must be valid for at least another 6 months from the entrance day.

Please find below a list of countries that do require a Visa before coming to Ecuador (subject to change):


(Updated as of 2023)

  • Afghanistan
  • Angola
  • Bangladesh
  • Cameroon
  • Cuba
  • Egypt
  • Eritrea
  • Ethiopia
  • Philippines
  • Gambia
  • Ghana
  • Guinea
  • Kenia
  • India
  • Irak
  • Iran
  • Libya
  • Nigeria
  • Pakistan
  • Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • North Korea
  • Senegal
  • Syria
  • Sri Lanka
  • Somalia
  • Venezuela
  • Vietnam
  • Yemen
  • Haiti
  • Republic of the Congo
  • Mali
  • Côte d'Ivoire
  • Myanmar
  • Uzbekistan
  • Tajikistan
  • Albania
  • Nepal

If you are in doubt whether or not to obtain a Visa before your travel to Ecuador please confirm with the nearest Ecuadorian Embassy.

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