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 the first cruises having resumed on AUGUST 9! You can enter Ecuador also now without quarantine!
Also, the Ecuadorian Government has updated important information about travelers arriving to the country as they announced that there is no need to have a second PCR TEST in order to enter The Galapagos Islands, if the test is within 4 days prior to the trip to Ecuador. So, only one negative covid test result from within 4 days upon departure from your country of origin is now needed to enter Ecuador and the islands.
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 and traveling to the Galapagos Islands is again possible. Until the Covid Pandemic is no longer a threat, cautionary and sanitary measures will be a part of the new normal life.
SAFE TO TRAVEL AGAIN?!
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 cleaning 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 hand washing 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 our ships 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.