The Ecuador visa waiver for tourists is a multiple entry authorization which allows a maximum stay of 90 or 180 days per year in Ecuador without having a visa.
Whether you are eligible for the visa waiver and for how many days depends on your citizenship:
|Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Burma, Cameroon, North Korea, Ivory Coast, Cuba, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Philippines, Gambia, Ghana, Guinea, Haiti, India, Iraq, Iran, Kenya, Libya, Mali, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Republic of the Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Senegal, Syria, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Venezuela, Vietnam and Yemen||Not eligible. You can visit Ecuador with a tourist visa.|
|South American countries||180 days|
|All other countries||90 days|
Besides having an eligible citizenship (see above), you must comply with two other requirements:
1. Your passport is valid for at least six months.
2. You have proof of an onward travel arrangement.
Examples are return tickets and bus or airline tickets to another country. The tickets need to show a travel date within the legally allowed term to stay in Ecuador. Migration officers in Ecuador usually don’t ask for proof of an onward travel arrangement, but airline representatives do it regularly. In such cases, you cannot enter your airplane without proof of an onward travel arrangements. If you cannot show this proof of onward travel arrangement, you won’t be allowed to enter your airplane. When you want to visit Ecuador without a return ticket, you may want to buy a cheap bus ticket to Peru or use a service like Onward Ticket.
You won’t need to apply for the visa waiver. You will get the visa waiver when you show up at a border control checkpoint at a land border or at an airport. A border control agent will put an entry stamp in your passport and will write down “T-90” or “T-180”, depending on the number of days for which you get your visa waiver.
Note: as a visitor, you don't need health insurance. Travel insurance isn't obligatory either to visit Ecuador, but when you travel to the Galápgos Islands you will need to show travel insurance.
When you arrive in Ecuador for the first time, you will receive in your passport an entry or permit stamp with written down “T-90” or “T-180” on it. These are the number of days for which your visa waiver has been granted. From this day on, you can stay visa-free in Ecuador for 90 or 180 days during the following period of one year (366 days). Below we will use the term visa-free day because this makes things easier to understand.
Every day that you are in Ecuador, you will consume one of these 90 or 180 visa-free days. You can visit and stay in Ecuador without having a visa as many times as you want as long as you haven't finished all 90 or 180 visa-free days.
After one year your unused visa-free days will expire. The next time that you visit Ecuador, you will receive 90 or 180 new visa-free days to visit Ecuador during the following period of one year (366 days).
Let’s assume that you are an US citizen with a visa waiver for 90 days (90 visa-free days). You arrived in Ecuador for the first time on February 8, 2022, and you left the country on February 15, 2022. This means that you have consumed eight days of your 90 visa-free days and that you can still visit Ecuador for 82 days until February 7, 2023, without having a visa.
Let's assume that you revisit Ecuador from July 4 to July 10, 2022. Now you have consumed seven more visa-free days. The result is that you can still visit Ecuador for 82 -/- 7 = 75 days until February 7, 2023, without having a visa.
Now let's assume that you want to visit Ecuador for the third time on March 5, 2023. At this time, you will have 90 visa-free days to spend in Ecuador until March 5, 2024.
Citizens from most countries receive a visa waiver for 90 days. If you’ve got a visa waiver for 90 days and you want to stay visa-free in Ecuador for longer than 90 days, you can apply for an extension of your visa waiver. The extension gives you 90 additional days to stay in Ecuador, but there is one caveat: these 90 additional days are consecutive days. Every day of these 90 visa-free days is consumed, whether you are in Ecuador or not. During these 90 days you can leave and enter Ecuador as many times as you want. You will need a valid visa for the days that you want to stay in Ecuador after these 90 additional days.
If you’ve got a visa waiver for 180 days, you cannot apply for an extension of your visa-waiver. In this case you can only stay longer than 180 days in Ecuador with a valid visa.
With the visa waiver for tourists you are not allowed to work or carry out economic activities in Ecuador. An exception is remote work for people and businesses located outside of Ecuador. You’re not allowed to work for or provide services to people and businesses located in Ecuador.
You may apply for a VAT refund when you leave Ecuador.
The official government webpage for the visa waiver for tourists is Registro de ingreso al país de personas extranjeras, residentes en el Ecuador.