The Galapagos Islands are one of those destinations that should not be missing on your bucketlist. However, as they are considered Protected Areas in Ecuador, there are restrictions and entry requirements to the Galapagos that every traveler must know.
Even more with the Covid pandemic, which has added more restrictions to the islands.
But don’t worry, here we will detail you all Galapagos entry requirement and everything you need to know so you can travel safely to the Galapagos Islands.
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What are the requirements to enter Galapagos?
- Roundtrip airline tickets.
- Lodging reservation for all the days you will be on the islands (hotel, airbnb, etc).
- Identity card (ID) if you are ecuadorian, or a valid passport issued at least six months prior to the date of your entry to the islands. If it is expired, or the expiration date is less than six months, you will not be able to enter Galapagos.
- Traveler’s Health Declaration Form. Print it as you must physically hand it in before boarding. You can also fill out the form online (Digital Form).
- Travel insurance, especially with COVID 19 coverage.
- Pre-registration form for the emission of the Transit Control Card (TCT). It can be filled out online, and should detail the reason for your trip, the length of your visit and the location where you will be staying. This form will also be handed out at the airport during check-in for your flight.
- INGALA card or Transit Control Card (TCT) issued by the Galapagos Special Regime Government Council. It costs $20 (cash only) for any tourist and it is given to you at the airport during check in. DON’T MISS IT!!
- Baggage inspection at SICGAL before sending it onboard. This is done next to the Islands authority offices. Your luggage will be checked to verify that you are not carrying any restricted products or objects.
- Affidavit about the products or objects that you carry in your luggage. This is given to you during the flight or at the airport.
- Entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park. This fee must be paid upon arrival at the Galapagos airport (only cash is accepted).
All flights to the Galapagos Islands depart from Guayaquil. Flights to the Galapagos Islands are operated only by the following airlines: Latam, Avianca and Equair.
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Galapagos National Park entrance fee
|Type of tourist||Entrance fee|
|National or foreign tourists residing in Ecuador||Over 12 years: $6|
Under 12 years: $3
|Non-resident foreign tourists in Ecuador under 12 years of age||$50|
|Non-resident foreign tourists in Ecuador over 12 years old||$100|
|Non-resident foreign tourists under 12 years old, belonging to the Comunidad Andina de Naciones or Mercosur||$25|
|Non-resident foreign tourists over 12 years old, belonging to theComunidad Andina de Naciones or Mercosur||$50|
|Tourists, non-resident foreign students who are enrolled in national educational institutions||$25|
What to bring to the Galapagos Islands?
Galapagos is an adventure destination and the goal is that you enjoy it with no inconvenience. So we recommend that you bring the following:
- Water bottle (in many accommodations you can have free water refills).
- Cap or hat.
- Hand backpack to store your belongings during the tours.
- Long-sleeved shirts when the sun hits very hard during the tours.
- Bathing suit and comfortable clothes.
- Mosquito repellent (VERY IMPORTANT!).
- Cash (ferry transfers or some unscheduled activities will only charge you in cash).
- Hiking shoes. In Galapagos you will walk a lot if you decide to visit all its tourist sites. In addition, many areas are made of volcanic stone or are muddy, so you will need footwear that prevents you from slipping or hurting your feet.
- Sandals to be on the beach.
- Gopro-type sports or photographic camera.
- Snorkeling equipment (only if you have).
- Industrialized or processed products as long as they comply with the current sanitary registration, elaboration date and expiration date (these will be inspected by the ABG Inspectors).
What NOT to bring to the Galapagos?
Besides the Galapagos entry requirements, this is the most important thing regarding your visit to the islands, since your entry to the Galapagos will depend on this too.
The Agencia de Regulación y Control de la Bioseguridad y Cuarentena para Galápagos (ABG) has a list of products that are restricted and totally prohibited from entering the islands.
In summary, we suggest that you do not bring products of animal or vegetable origin since some of them have a greater sanitary and phytosanitary risk and can carry pests and diseases.
Remember that Galapagos is a protected area and any external agent can have a huge impact on its ecosystem. Such was the case with blackberries. In Galapagos, blackberries are a pest, since they were not a fruit of the ecosystem, and when someone tried to plant them many years ago, they became a pest (and a big problem!).