Here you will find important tips and useful information for Ecuador.
in US Dollars (USD)
For ATM cash withdrawals
For cashless payments in shops, restaurants, hotels, and online
in US Dollars (USD)
For minor expenses on arrival in country of destination
Local currency / ISO Code
US Dollar USD
Currency exchange rate
ECS 10'000 = ~ CHF 0.37 ; CHF 1 = ~ ECS 24'962.00 (09/2022)
Payment by credit card is relatively common. For more detailed information, please contact the credit card issuer.
Cash withdrawals often only with a PIN four digit possible.
An additional charge of USD 1.50 per withdrawal is applied at different banks
Credit cards are recommended for car rentals. Prepaid cards are generally accepted for payment but not for reservations. Please check the possible payment methods with the car rental company in advance.
110/120 volt / adapter required
Swiss driver's license accepted; international driver's license recommended.
Minimum age for car rentals: 21 to 25 (varies by company).
CH sticker and breakdown triangle mandatory.
- 6 h / - 7 h during our summer time
- 7 h (Galapagos) / - 8 h during our summer time
00 41 (disregard '0' preceding Swiss area codes)
Passport still valid 6 months or more after arrival, return or onward travel ticket and proof of sufficient funds for stays up to 3 months.
Travelers are advised to carry with them their passport or a photocopy thereof.
Extension available on site.
Quito, Juan Pablo Sanz y Avenida Amazonas 3617, Edificio Xerox, 2do piso
Tel. +593 2 243 41 13 / +593 2 243 49 48 / +593 2 243 49 49
9.00 - 16.00/18.00 h (Mon - Fri)
9.00 - 13.00 h and 15.00 - 19.00/20.00 h (Mon - Fri)
9.00 - 13.00 h (Sat)
Do not drink tap water.
Mosquito protection advised.
Risk of dengue fever.
Year-round risk of malaria below 1500 m. No risk of malaria in Quito, Guayaquil, Galapagos Islands.
Vaccination against yellow fever, diphtheria, tetanus, hepatitis A, polio and measles recommended.
This country is in an active earthquake zone.
The Galapagos Islands are part of Ecuador.
Travelers who wish to travel to this country are advised to inquire about current traveler safety prior to departure.
Travel to border areas with Colombia (in the provinces Carchi, Sucumbios, Orellana and eastern half of the province Pastaza) not advised.
Land mines are still found in parts of the border area with Peru (especially in the vicinity of military installations).
High crime rate.
Do not carry valuables (watches, jewelry, expensive cameras, etc.) on you.
Avoid demonstrations and large crowds.
Avoid nighttime driving.
Special legal regulations
Very strict laws to fight illegal drugs.
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