Destination guide: Guayaquil, Ecuador
Guayaquil is one of the most important ports in South America and the main driving force of the economy of Ecuador. Its location on the equator means it enjoys an excellent climate and is ideal for visiting at any time of year.
Guayaquil is also the starting point for exploring beautiful beaches, visiting important historical monuments and enjoying the best food in Ecuador.
Guayaquil - Practical Information
Weights & Measures
Most travelers entering Ecuador as tourists, including citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Japan, the EU, Canada and the USA, do not require visas. Upon entry, they will be issued a T-3 embarkation card valid for 90 days. Sixty-day stamps are rarely given, but double-check if you’re going to be in the country for a while. Residents of most Central American and some Asian countries require visas.
All travelers entering as diplomats, students, laborers, religious workers, businesspeople, volunteers and cultural-exchange visitors require nonimmigrant visas. Various immigrant visas are also available.
Obtaining a visa is time-consuming, so commence the process as far ahead of your visit as possible. Visas enable holders to apply for a censo (temporary-residence card) and pay resident prices in national parks, as well as on trains and planes. Visas must be obtained from an Ecuadorian embassy and cannot be arranged within Ecuador. All (nontourist) visa holders must register at the Dirección General de Extranjería ([tel] 02-223-1022/3; cnr 10 de Agosto & General Murgeón, Edificio Autorepuestos, 4th fl; [hrs] 8am-1pm Mon-Fri) in Quito within 30 days of arrival in Ecuador.
If visa holders wish to leave the country and return, they need a salida (exit) form from the Jefatura Provincial de Migración, which can be used for multiple exits and re-entries. Visa holders who apply for residency need to get an exit permit from the immigration authorities in Quito before they leave the country.
Each traveler is able to import 1L of spirits, 300 cigarettes and a ‘reasonable’ amount of perfume – all items are duty-free. There is no problem bringing in the usual personal belongings, but if you plan on bringing in something that might not be considered a ‘usual personal belonging’ you should check with an Ecuadorian consulate.
Pre-Columbian artifacts and endangered-animal products (including mounted butterflies and beetles) are not allowed to be taken out of Ecuador or imported into most other countries.
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