Travel and Visas

VISA

A valid passport is required for travel to mainland Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands. According to information provided by the Ecuadorian Ministry of Foreign A airs, most nationalities do not require visas for Ecuador and the Islands to stay up to 90 days. Upon entry visitors are automatically given a 90-day tourist visa. Upon arrival in Ecuador or on your light to Ecuador, you will ll out a T3 Tourist Information Card. This will be turned into immigration upon arrival and a copy of it will be returned to you along with your passport. You will be required to turn it in when you leave the country.


Only Citizens of the People's Republic of China, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan and Somalia require visas, but please verify potential updates to your home country regulations. The LOC will work with such participants to provide any necessary letter of invitation. Travelers also need to show proof of departure from Ecuador to customs and immigration as they arrive in the country; this can simply be a return or onward airline ticket.


Note however there is a 100 USD tourist fee upon arrival to the Galapagos Islands as it is a natural preserve land. This is payable only in US dollars cash.


AIRFARES


The main airport on the Galapagos Islands is Baltra airport (airport code: GPS). Baltra airport is served internationally by LAN Ecuador and additionally by the following Ecuadorean airlines: AeroGal and TAME. The transfer from the airport to the town of Puerto Ayora will be arranged by the LOC only from/to this airport on arrival dates (Sep.13th and Sep. 14th) and departure dates (Sep. 20th and 21st).

All flights to the Galapagos Islands start from the from mainland Ecuador (Quito or Guayaquil). The existing airlines which service Galapagos, TAME and Aerogal, currently do not have direct international flights to Galapagos. For international flights, the International airline LAN (based in Chile) has received permission from the Ecuadorian government to begin service to the Galapagos Islands. All these airlines offer one daily flight from Quito-Guayaquil-Baltra.


Flight Times and Prices
Rate subject to change without prevoius notice
Fuel surcharge may apply


ยป Quito - Galapagos (Baltra airport) - Quito


Day

Departure

Arrival

Airline

Flight #

Low Season 

High Season 

Mon

07:40

10:00

AEROGAL

32

$487

$542

Mon

07:45

09:55

TAME

191

$486

$486

Tue

07:40

10:00

AEROGAL

32

$487

$542

Tue

07:45

09:55

TAME

191

$486

$486

Wed

07:40

10:00

AEROGAL

32

$487

$542

Wed

07:45

09:55

TAME

191

$486

$486

Thu

07:40

10:00

AEROGAL

32

$487

$542

Thu

07:45

09:55

TAME

191

$486

$486

Thu

11:20

12:30

AEROGAL

938

$487

$542

Fri

07:40

10:00

AEROGAL

32

$487

$542

Fri

07:45

09:55

TAME

191

$486

$486

Fri

11:20

12:30

AEROGAL

938

$487

$542

Sat

06:40

9:20

AEROGAL

38

$487

$542

Sat

07:45

09:55

TAME

191

$486

$486

Sat

07:45

09:55

TAME

193

$486

$486

Sat

09:40

12:20

AEROGAL

34

$487

$542

Sun

06:40

9:20

AEROGAL

38

$487

$542

Sun

07:40

10:00

AEROGAL

32

$487

$542

Sun

07:45

09:55

TAME

191

$486

$486

 Low season goes from May 01 - June 14 / Sep 15 - Oct 31
 High season goes from Jan 01 - Apr 30 / Jun 15 - Sep 14 / Nov 01 - Dec 31
*Subject to change without notice

 

The Galapagos Islands is a highly tourist zone with a high demand of airline tickets, so it is suggested to make your travel arrangements several months in advance. Note also the change of season (high season/low season).

 

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