Corona Virus (COVID-19) in Galapagos

Corona Virus (COVID-19) in Galapagos

Last updated: July 13, 2020

Ecuador reopened its international airports on JUNE 1 and the Ecuadorian Government declared the Galapagos Islands Covid19 free and the Galapagos National Park reopened on JULY 1, with cruises to resume by SEPTEMBER 1!
After many weeks of mandatory confinement, the numbers in Ecuador are not rising sharply anymore and the contagion curve has relatively flattened. The Covid outbreak, although still active, appears to be under control. As the numbers of contagions have been getting lower, and the government has expanded the hospital capacity, the authorities decided to begin lifting the restrictions to mobility since mid May.
We want to let you know that although it was a big crisis, and the economic consequences will be felt in the future years to come, Ecuador is now stable and will resume non-essential economical activities economy in June and traveling to the Galapagos Islands is again possible from September 1 on. Until the Covid Pandemic is no longer a threat, cautionary and sanitary measures will be a part of the new normal life.
Galapatours is working, together with the authorities and the ship operators, in a compressive sanitary manual for all future operations. Because of the small number of passengers and crew members, as well as the nature of the visits, where there is absolutely no contact with other groups of humans, Galapagos` small and midsize expedition vessels present optimum conditions for a safe, healthy and unforgettable experience.
Each of our ships have been given new safety standards to ensure the safest travel with cleaing and distancing measures.
They undergo daily deep cleaning, with higher intensity on the more frequented areas. All our staff has been trained in biosecurity protocols, and ship operators have also rearranged mealtimes, briefings, dinghy occupancy, and use of common areas to support physical distancing. Hand sanitizer or handwashing will be required every time when boarding and at mealtimes (before and after).
Most of our ships are now Safe Travel certified!
Having this certification means that all the boats of our fleet have implemented the COVID19 health and hygiene protocols created by the WTTC (World Travel & Tourism Council), which take into account recommendations from both the WHO and CDC.
Our goal is to reassure our clients that most of our ships are safe places for travel.
For more information on what it means to be Safe Travel certified, please follow this link.

If you have booked with us and you are not sure about your cruise being affected by this current crisis, please contact your Galapatours agent. We are offering free re-booking of all cruises affected by this, for any date until the end of 2021, excluding Christmas and New Years.

We are hopeful that by the end of August the situation will have improved. We will monitor the situation very closely and reserve the right to take further action if necessary.

Please do not hesitate to contact us, should you have any further questions or concerns. Thank you!

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