Melanie Danko | Jul 22, 2020
The Ecuadorian Ministry of Tourism announced that any visitor to Ecuador, including the Galapagos Islands, after May 1, 2018 will be required to have public or private health insurance upon entering the country for the duration of their stay. According to the new law, only the foreign visitors who stay in the border area of Ecuador are exempt from purchasing the insurance.
The new requirement is in accordance with sections of the Human Mobility Law, the ministry stated. The requirement was announced in 2017, however the Ministry of Tourism stated that the implementation date has been miscommunicated. The initial implementation date was on February 6th, but due to the concern caused in the tourism sector, the date was pushed back.
It is also important to keep in mind that if you are not a citizen of Ecuador, you are not eligible to utilize their public healthcare system.
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Melanie Danko joined the Seven Corners team in August 2016. She is curious about exploring the world and has a passion for writing and hearing other peoples’ stories. In her free time, you can find her spending time with friends and family (including her mutt, Drake.. yes, named after the singer).