GALAPAGOS ISLANDS: Be Prepared for Tourist Checks in 2018

Posted on November 16, 2017 • Filed under: Ecuador, Ecuador Travel, Galapagos Islands

ELUNIVERSO.COM / {machine translated} Galápagos will reinforce tourist checks next year to prevent them from staying or staying for more than the stipulated time.

The controls will involve requiring national and foreign visitors to show their roundtrip air tickets and have reservations of the places where they will stay.

The president of the Government Council of Galapagos, Lorena Tapia , explained yesterday that these will be part of the requirements that would apply from January or February 2018, once the measure has been disclosed among the tourism sector.


As part of the demands to enter the Galapagos, Tapia also anticipated that tourists will be required to carry health insurance adapted to the archipelago , which will serve to finance the emergency response system.

This is to avoid that expenses arising from an eventual accident of a visitor, especially foreigners, be fully covered by the Ecuadorian State.

The official said that this is established in the law and is being regulated and will also be applicable for national tourists from next year. A previous registration for visitors is already required .

“What we are doing is preparing ourselves so that in application of the law that insurance system will put it to work and then there will be a subrogation. The State may be spending, it could be applied to private insurance and then it is charged, “he said.

According to data from the Ministry of Environment, Galápagos received 218,323 tourists in 2016 , of which 69% were foreigners and 31% were nationals. Read Article

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