Galapagos entry requirements

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.

Galapagos entry requirements

  1. Flight tickets -in and out- to the Galapagos.
  2. Lodging reservation for all the days that you will be on the islands. It can be in a hotel, hostel or any lodging.
  3. Identity card (ID) if you are ecuadorian, or valid passport of at least six months from the date of your entry to the islands. If it is expired, you will not be able to enter Galapagos.
  4. Traveler’s Health Declaration Form. Print it out and fill it out because you must deliver it physically before boarding. There is also the option to fill out online (Digital Form).
  5. All passengers over 3 years old must present obligatory the Covid 19 vaccination certificate of the complete scheme with at least 14 days of validity after completing the scheme. In exceptional cases, the physical card will be requested.
  6. *Those who do not have the vaccination certificate, must present a negative result of a qualitative real-time PCR test carried out up to 72 hours before boarding the flight to Ecuador. PCR test and certificate are exempted for children under 3 years old.
  7. Travel insurance, especially with COVID 19 coverage.
  8. Prior Registration Form to issue the Transit Control Card (TCT). You can fill in online through their website and must detail the reason for the trip, length of stay and where you are going to stay. This is also given to you during the check-in of your flight.
  9. 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 obtained at the Galapagos Special Regime Government Council’s offices that are at the airport. DON’T MISS IT!! .
  10. 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 product or object.
  11. Affidavit about the products or objects that you carry in your luggage. This is given to you during the flight or at the airport.
  12. Entrance fee to the Galapagos National Park. You pay this when you arrive at the Galapagos airport (only cash is accepted).
  13. *Travelers entering Ecuador who were previously diagnosed as COVID-19 positive may present a medical certificate from their country of origin attesting to their recovery and current good health, as long as onset of the COVID-19 symptoms occurred more than 30 days prior to arrival in Ecuador.

Important: If you need to have the COVID-19 RT-PCR test done in Ecuador, its costs around $46 UDS maximum and must be done in one of the laboratories authorized by the Health Ministry. The results are in 48 hours.

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Entrance fee costs to the Galapagos National Park

Type of touristEntrance fee
National or foreign tourists residing in EcuadorOver 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. The idea is that you enjoy your travel to Galapagos, so we advise you to bring the following:

  • Sunscreen.
  • 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).
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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!).

Source:  Ministry of Tourism – ABG

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