To enter Galapagos, tourists must have negative Covid-19 test no more than 96 hours before entry

The vaccination certificate is not a mandatory requirement to enter the Galapagos Islands.

MARCH 31, 2021 4:38 PM

Santa Cruz Island is the most affected by Covid-19 cases with 773 confirmed citizens.

The Galapagos Provincial Emergency Operations Committee (COE) ratified the validity of the negative result of an RT-PCR test for detection of Covid-19 as a requirement to arrive in the archipelago. In addition, he pointed out that said test must be carried out 96 hours prior to the trip, starting from the collection time of the sample. However, the requirement does not apply to children and young people under or equal to 17 years of age.

Mónica Páez, Insular Zone Director of the Ministry of Tourism, explained that the biosafety protocols seek to generate confidence in travelers so that they continue to arrive at this destination in the new normality. He also clarified that, as determined by the Provincial COE, based on the reports of the provincial Health Authority, the vaccination certificate is not a mandatory requirement to enter the islands.

The island’s authorities also indicated that tourists who wish to visit the archipelago must have a safe-conduct issued by the Galapagos tour operator or regulated accommodation. For this reason, the Ministry of Tourism made the Directory of Regulated Tourist Services available to the public.

Biosafety measures

People who wish to visit the beaches of Galapagos, as well as tourist visit sites, must respect the 80% capacity, the restriction of sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages and the biosecurity measures established by the Environmental Authority.

Finally, the COE emphasized that there is no mobility restriction for maritime public transport on the San Cristóbal, Santa Cruz and Isabela islands. “In this way, the Natural Heritage of Humanity awaits the visit of tourists to conquer their emotions and provide unique experiences,” they explained in a statement.

In Galapagos, confirmed cases of Covid-19 amount to 1,346. The most affected island is Santa Cruz with 773 citizens who tested positive for coronavirus.

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