Following a ban put in place in late June, the FCDO has removed all Ecuador travel advice against UK travellers visiting the country for all but essential travel this week.
Previously, on the 24th of June, the FCDO set out a warning against all but essential travel to Ecuador following some riots in the capital, Quito, and unrest covering other areas of the country. This was set out on the Foreign Travel Advice page to warn travellers about the risks of travelling to Ecuador. This Ecuador travel advice originally came out after Ecuador had just lifted its state of emergency in several of its provinces, and the curfew in Quito.
On Wednesday the 6th of July, however, the FCDO updated the Ecuador travel advice and removed advice against all but essential travel. His comes after protests and unrest were reported as significantly reduced in the past couple of weeks.
The update from the FCDO on the 6th read, “The FCDO no longer advises against all but essential travel to mainland Ecuador.” There are still some areas that the FCDO are advising caution in on the Ecuador travel advice page. All but essential travel is still advised to areas within 20 km of the Ecuadorean border with Colombia, except for the El Angel ecological reserve and the Rumichaca border crossing, the town of Tulcan, and the Pan American Highway in the Carchi province.
The FCDO stated, “The nationwide political protests across Ecuador that began on 13 June 2022 ceased on 30 June following an agreement between the government and protestors. The situation in the country has calmed since the agreement.”
“If you are joining a volunteer or adventure expedition programme, where possible make sure the UK organisation responsible for the travel has an official local agent in Ecuador with sufficient autonomy and resources to handle an emergency situation,” they added.
In a statement following this change in Ecuador travel advice for UK travellers, Quito Tourism claimed they were preparing to welcome back travellers. “Quito Turismo would like to inform local, national and foreign tourists that, once the peace agreement between the government and the indigenous movement has been signed, the national strike will lift and tourism activity will resume as normal.
“Quito is continuing to provide all its basic services and internal and interprovincial transport services. Mariscal Sucre International airport has also operated throughout and is ready to receive visitors arriving by air.”
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