Equador’s National COE establishes new requirements for air travel

All passengers arriving in Ecuador from abroad must present a negative PCR test result. The test must have been carried out within ten days prior to boarding for the trip to Ecuador.

The National Emergency Operations Committee (COE) updated the specific provisions regarding the transport of passengers by air, among other issues. The following is the requirements and protocols that govern passenger air transport.

International arrival passengers

All passengers arriving in Ecuador from abroad must present a negative PCR test result. The test must have been carried out within ten days prior to boarding for the trip to Ecuador. Mandatory isolation will not be required for those with a negative PCR test result.

Additionally, the National COE ordered that a rapid antigen test will be carried out randomly on passengers on international arrival flights, which will be taken at the international airports of entry. This test will be in charge of the Ministry of Public Health (MSP).

In the exceptional case that a passenger does not comply with the provisions of boarding with a negative PCR test, the rapid antigen test will be applied. If the rapid antigen test is positive, the passenger will enter mandatory isolation for ten (10) days from the date the sample is taken. Ecuadorian residents will do so at the address they declare upon entry. Passengers who do not reside in Ecuador and do not have an address to declare will be isolated in any of the accommodations regulated by the Ministries of Tourism and Government. Accommodation, food and transportation costs will be covered by each passenger.

In the case of having a negative result of the rapid antigen test, passengers must perform the mandatory isolation for five (5) days, as long as they do not present symptoms.

Passengers under fourteen years of age and aircraft crew are exempt from taking the antigen test.

In the event that a passenger upon arrival in Ecuador presents symptoms related to COVID-19 (high temperature, cough, general malaise, loss of smell, loss of taste, etc.), regardless of the result of the PCR test and of the rapid antigen test, will be evaluated by the health personnel of the MSP at the arrival airport and will be transferred to the nearest medical center to complete the clinical evaluation.

Passengers must fill out and sign, prior to disembarking, the Passenger’s Health Declaration, which will be delivered to the MSP health personnel in the room established for this purpose at the arrival airport.

Every passenger upon arrival at airports in Ecuador will go through a thermal sensor that will allow identifying temperatures above 37.5°C.

The COE provision reminds that every person who enters Ecuador must comply with the biosecurity measures established by the Ministry of Public Health (MSP).

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