The Galapagos islands are open to tourism again! Both Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands have been open to foreign guests since 1 July. Ecuador is not on the list of states and areas with an increased risk of infection of the Federal office of Public Health. In this blog we will talk a little bit about Sonia Guevara. Sonia is an Ecuadorian that decided to spend her birthday on the Galapagos Islands. Once she heard the all the visitors sites were open again, she came through a local travel agency, becoming the tourist number 001 to visit Galapagos since lockdown. She arrived July 11th 2020 and spent 8 days on the island. She visited the highlands of Santa Cruz where you can see the giant tortoises roaming around, lava tunnels, Tortuga bay beach (one of the 10 best beaches in the world) to name just few Nevertheless, there are some restrictions of arriving guests in order not to fall under the two-week quarantine obligation.
Presentation of a negative COVID-19 PCR test (valid for 96 hours) Registration of the full itinerary for the islands through a local tour operator with the Ministry of Tourism Galapagos transit control card (online registration up t 24 hours before departure) Digital boarding pass Health and temperature control at the airport
In order to protect guests and employees of tourism from infection with the coronavirus, the EOC has worked with the ministries and suppliers to draw up a series of hygiene protocols and is currently monitoring the nationwide implementation and training on all measures.