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Country Information

Ecuador

Travel money

Recommended:
  • Travel Cash Card in US Dollars (USD)
    For ATM cash withdrawals
    For cashless payments in shops, restaurants, hotels, and online
  • Banknotes in US Dollars (USD)
    For minor expenses on arrival in country of destination

Travel Cash

Phone +41 31 710 12 15
  • 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

  • Payment by credit card is relatively common. For more detailed information, please contact the credit card issuer.
  • 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.

Banknotes

Local currency / ISO Code
US Dollar USD
Currency exchange rate (effective date)
USD 1 =~ CHF 1.01 ; CHF 1 =~ USD 0.99 (01/2020)
Import local currency
unlimited
Import foreign currency
unlimited
Export local currency
unlimited
Export foreign currency
unlimited
Note
  • Travelers are advised to bring cash in US dollar (in small amounts).
  • Shops and banks usually do not accept banknotes of 50 and 100 US dollars.

Time difference with Switzerland

- 6 h / - 7 h during our summer time
- 7 h (Galapagos) / - 8 h during our summer time

National language

Official language
Spanish
Language capabilities
English

Capital

Quito

Country code for calling Switzerland

00 41 (disregard '0' preceding Swiss area codes)

Voltage

110/120 volt / adapter required

Travel documents for Swiss citizens

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.

Swiss Embassy / Consulate

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

Opening hours

Banks
9.00 - 16.00/18.00 h (Mon - Fri)
Stores
9.00 - 13.00 h and 15.00 - 19.00/20.00 h (Mon - Fri)
9.00 - 13.00 h (Sat)

Driving

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.

Health situation

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.

Other information

This country is in an active earthquake zone.
The Galapagos Islands are part of Ecuador.
Security
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.

Tourism

For current travel informations visit also http://www.eda.admin.ch/

Important

While every precaution has been taken to verify the information provided, Swiss Bankers Prepaid Services Ltd does not guarantee the accuracy or completeness of Country Information. Swiss Bankers Prepaid Services Ltd therefore shall not be held liable for any damage or loss sustained in connection with any errors or omissions contained therein.