New entry requirements for tourists to Galapagos

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Entry requirements for tourists to Galapagos

Galapagos news: After the issuance of the Ordinance that contains the Regulation of migration and residence in the Special Regime of Galapagos there are new requirements for the entry of tourists, both domestic and foreign, to the Enchanted Islands. The new legislation will come into effect when it is socialized “efficiently” to citizens, the Galápagos Governing Council said on Thursday, June 14, in a statement on its website, but did not set a date. The Ordinance states that the Galapagos Islands constitute a Special Regime for reasons of conservation and particular environmental characteristics, therefore, tourists, national or foreign, prior to their entry to the province of Galapagos, must have the following requirements to visit Galapagos:

  1. Round trip air ticket.
  2. Reservation in a hotel or on a Galapagos Cruise, according to the dates of the air ticket.
  3. Or a letter of invitation to remain as a guest of a permanent or temporary resident, (no more than 60 days a year).
  4. Transit control card issued by the Galápagos Special Regime Governing Council (once the above requirements have been met).This card can be acquired in the counters of the Governing Council in the airports of Quito or Guayaquil.

These new requirements must be presented to the counters of the Governing Council in the airports of Quito or Guayaquil. In addition, visitors must enter their personal information for the pre-registration of their data, in the web portal of the Governing Council of Special Regime of Galapagos. For now, the delivery of all physical requirements is voluntary and not mandatory.

Galápagos is managed politically and financially by the Governing Council, the aim is to achieve integrated management between its populated areas and protected areas. In addition to the balance in the mobility and residence of its visitors and inhabitants, according to the communiqué issued by the Council. Lorena Tapia Núñez, current president of the Galápagos Governing Council, said that the ordinance was dealt with in plenary sessions on August 24 and October 30, 2016, that is, in the previous administration.

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