FAQ

Who needs to apply for a Visa to Ecuador?

Most foreigners who enter Ecuador as tourists or for specific activities, do not require a Visa for a stay less than 90 days. Those whose nationality is one of the 12 countries subject to the Special Regime, must obtain a Visa prior to entering Ecuadorian territory. Citizens of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Somalia, Senegal, Cuna, and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea.

What are the different types of Ecuadorian Visas?

If you intend to stay for more than 90 days, you can apply for a resident or a non-resident Visa, depending on the time you intend to stay, and the type of activities. Go to our Visas page to find out more options.

How long does it take to get a Visa?

You should allow 6 months before your target move date to start the process of obtaining the required documents for your Visa application. Once you gather the necessary paperwork, Visa applications take from 4 to 8 weeks to be processed by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Ecuador.

Can I leave the country once I get my Temporary Visa?

Yes. Your Temporary Visa is for 2 years, and you can leave for 90 days each year. But if you want to become a permanent resident, you’ll have to redo your police report and criminal records check.

How long does it take to get a permanent visa?

After you receive your Temporary Visa, you can begin the process for permanent residency after 21 months.

Can I get my Visa before I come to Ecuador?

Yes. It’s best to get your Temporary Visa while you are in your home country. Our office in the United States can receive and check all your original documents before submitting your Visa application at the nearest Ecuadorian Consulate.

What happens if my Visa expires?

If you overstay your Visa in Ecuador, you will receive an offense notification, and you will not be able to re-enter Ecuador for two years from the date of your departure. If you must return to Ecuador before the two year period ends, you will pay a fine of $788 to obtain a Visa from your nearest Ecuadorian Consulate.

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