Galapagos Travel Information
galapagos travel information
Essential travelling tips for a pleasant trip
Before arriving it is important to know more about this enchanting place. We’ve summarized helpful information that will enhance your Galapagos experience. Join the preservation efforts of the Galapagos National Park by following the Park’s rules and recommendations.
Learn more about the health documents you’ll need to visit Galapagos Islands
Updated Guidelines For Entry Into Ecuador
We'd like to share with you the updated guidelines to enter Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands issued by the Ecuadorian Ministry of Public Health to ensure safety due to the epidemiological global situation, which come into effect from Friday, February 11, 2022 at 00:01, as follows:
For entry to mainland Ecuador:
Any traveler over 3 years of age must present a mandatory vaccination certificate with QR code or COVID-19 vaccination card with at least 14 days of validity after completing the scheme, or a negative result of a qualitative RT-PCR test performed up to 72 hours prior to boarding to Ecuador.
Travelers must also submit the Digital Traveler’s Health Declaration at the following link: https://declaracionsalud-viajero.msp.gob.ec/ or present a physical filled out form.
Entrance to Galapagos:
Vaccination certificate with QR code or COVID-19 vaccination card with at least 14 days of validity after completing the scheme, or a negative result of a qualitative RT-PCR test performed up to 72 hours prior to boarding to Galápagos.
Transit control card, issued by the Governing Council of the Galapagos Special Regime.
*Passengers under 3 years of age will not need to present any of these requirements.
*The only test authorized is a qualitative RT-PCR test.
We know lately traveling is a little different, but we're here to help you travel safely. If you’d like to know more about Ecuador's latest travel regulations please visit Ecuadorian Ministry of Tourism's official page.
Environmental guidelines for nature preservation
Visiting the Galapagos Islands is a wonderful experience that will take you to amazing natural paradises, humans must be respectful with this land to preserve the beauty of the Islands. Be sure to remember these important regulations when arriving in Galapagos:
- DO NOT touch ANY animal.
- DO NOT feed ANY animal.
- DO NOT chase ANY animal.
- DO NOT litter.
- DO NOT smoke on ANY island.
- Do Not stray from marked trails.
- DO NOT take ANY food or drinks on ANY island. (Water Only.)
- DO NOT remove any animal or animal remains found on ANY island.
- DO NOT remove ANY plant or plant remains found on ANY island.
- DO NOT remove any type of rock / lava / earthly material from ANY island.
- What you bring onto the islands, you must take back with you.
- Take only photos, leave only footprints
You should also:
- Follow your guide’s instructions at all times.
- Respect your fellow cruise members.
Failure to follow the Park’s regulations may result in the termination of your cruise, at your expense. If our Guide and Cruise Manager believe that your lack of judgement in respect to the wildlife or natural areas of the Galapagos is cause for removal, you may be asked to remain onboard during the remaining excursions until the itinerary allows GHSea Cruises to drop you off at the nearest port of entry.
It never hurts to be well prepared.
Before you leave home be sure that you have everything you need with you but also make sure to think about the intangible things that can help you to make this journey a safe and pleasant trip.
Be safe, get insurance
All tourists entering the country must have a complete health insurance, as most adventure destinations demand, so before traveling it is important that you have travel and health insurance plans to cover any unexpected situations.
Any person traveling to Galapagos should be healthy and in stable condition if planning on participating in the activities in your itinerary. Some of the excursions can be physically challenging. Double check your prescription medications and see that they will last the duration of your trip. If you are easily seasick, ask your doctor what you can use to ease the illness.
Money and payments
Notify your bank that you are traveling in order to have credit cards activated while abroad if you want to take out money or pay. Ecuador uses the American dollar. If you need to exchange money, the most reliable place to do it is in the bank. Remember to keep smaller bills and change on hand to make transactions in stores, taxis, and restaurants easier. Don’t take unnecessarily large amounts of cash with you.
Galapagos National Park Fee
As a contribution to efforts made towards preserving this natural paradise, you will need to pay a fee of $100 USD for adults and $50 USD for children 12 and under. This entrance fee is collected in cash upon entering the Galapagos airports after landing and before entering baggage claim.
Share your plans
Leave your itinerary, travel plans, and contact info at home, this way they will know how to reach you and know where you are in case of any emergency. When traveling, also keep 1-2 colored copies of your passport with family or friends back home, 1 copy saved on your mobile device or email, and another 1-2 colored copies to carry with you.
Be sure to pack according to your destination
Do you have everything you need packed? Think again, Galapagos Islands have many different terrains and your cruise itinerary will take you to explore various environments, so it is very important to pack the following essential items that will enhance your Galapagos experience:
You’ll need comfortable clothes for walking and swimming, be sure to pack extra swimwear. Also bring lightweight and quick drying pants and t-shirts and raincoat. There's no dress code but fresh fabrics are recommended.
Footwear used on excursions cannot be worn to walk around on the boat in order to prevent spreading of seeds from island to island. We suggest bringing two or three pairs. One for use onboard, another sturdy pair for hikes with good grip and protection, and another for activities in and out of water.
Don’t forget to bring also:
- Water bottle
- Socks for hiking
- Personal medications
- Cameras - Extra film, memory cards, batteries, tripods
- Small backpack for personal belongings on excursions
- Insect repellant - must be applied onboard - not on the islands