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Tourism Officials Reassure Travelers That Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands Are Safe



Tourism officials in Ecuador are reassuring travelers in the wake of recent protests throughout the South American country, confirming that an agreement was reached to restore peace and order over the weekend.

The announcement comes just days after the U.S. State Department reissued its Level 2 travel advisory (exercise increased caution) for Ecuador due to crime and civil unrest.

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“Demonstrations and road blockades continue throughout the country and are expected to continue in the coming weeks,” the State Department said on October 9. “There are reports of associated pockets of violence. Police have responded with tear gas. Travel, including flights, may be seriously disrupted.”

Officials in Ecuador have since stated that flight operations and other travel have returned to normal.

“Mobility was quickly reestablished the day following the agreement, as roadblocks throughout the country were lifted, allowing tourists to travel freely and safely by land,” the country’s Ministry of Tourism said in a satement. “Road access to key airports, such as Quito’s Mariscal Sucre Airport, has also been restored and the majority of airlines have reinstated flight operations.”

“The Galapagos Islands, which was unaffected by the protests in mainland Ecuador, were only disrupted through specific flight cancellations from Quito and are now operating normally.”

The Ministry of Tourism said it continues to provide support to all tourists, both national and is working closely with tour operators, hotels and the private sector to ensure travelers are informed on the latest news.

Americans traveling to Ecuador are encouraged to enroll in the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive the latest security updates and make it easier for the U.S. embassy or nearest U.S. consulate to contact them in the event of an emergency.

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IATA Releases Interactive Coronavirus Global Travel Map



Need information on which countries are opening up, still closed, or have travel restrictions in place due to the coronavirus pandemic?

Here’s a good start.

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) has made it as easy as a mouse click.

The airlines’ leading trade group, IATA has introduced an interactive map in association with Timatic that allows you to click on a country to get the updated news.

You can use the map right here.

IATA says the information is only provided during the COVID-19 crisis as a service to the industry, and the information is correct to the best of its knowledge at the time of publication. It is being reviewed and updated on an ongoing basis by IATA staff, given the rapidly evolving nature of the international response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

IATA cannot guarantee its accuracy and can accept no liability for any errors or omissions. IATA reserves the right to add or change information at any time. Links to third party websites of third parties are offered as a courtesy. IATA expresses no opinion on the content of the websites of third parties and does not accept any responsibility for third-party information.

Please make your own independent inquiries before relying on any information or materials.

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