Corona Virus (COVID-19) in Galapagos

Corona Virus (COVID-19) in Galapagos

Last updated: April 16, 2021

Ecuador reopened its international airports since JUNE 2020 and the Ecuadorian Government declared the Galapagos Islands Covid19 free and the Galapagos National Park reopened on JULY 1, 2020, with the first cruises having resumed on AUGUST 9, 2020! Since then you can now enter Ecuador without quarantine!
BREAKING NEWS: starting March 22 2021, anyone entering Ecuador must use one of the following three options to enter the country: 
  • Documentation that certifies they have received the full doses of the COVID-19 vaccine, or
  • A negative PCR test certificate, taken up to three days before arrival in Ecuador, or
  • A negative antigen test certificate, taken up to three days before arrival in Ecuador.

For Galapagos one still needs a negative covid test result but that might change soon, so please check with us or online.

And another great news arrived on March 15, 2021 as the Galapagos islands became the first region in the entire country where all residents got vaccinated against Covid19!
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.
Galapatours has created, together with the authorities and the ship operators, 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.

If you want to book with us, our new Covid cancelation options are as follows:

1) If we cancel due to covid related travel restrictions you get a full refund
2) If you have to cancel due to covid related issues we can rebook you at no charge to later in 2021 or with price difference to 2022

Please Contact Us if you have any questions or want to book!

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