Holidaymakers given South America travel warning as parts are gripped by a 'state of emergency' over 'armed violence'

Quito, Ecuador

Britons have been given a fresh travel warning

Anna Barry

By Anna Barry

Published: 11/07/2024

- 15:43

Holidaymakers heading to Ecuador have been given fresh guidance

Holidaymakers should always consult the UK Government's advice before going abroad.

The Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) recently warned Britons about a South American destination. A state of emergency has been declared in parts of Ecuador.

This comes as Britons were issued a travel warning for Croatia, with some holidaymakers now subject to checks.

The FCDO told holidaymakers: "A 60-day state of emergency (SOE) was declared on May 22 due to armed violence and extended for a further 60 days on July 2.

Galapagos, Ecuador

Britons visiting Ecuador should heed Government advice


"The SOE currently applies to the following provinces: Guayas, El Oro, Santa Elena, Manabí, Orellana and Los Ríos.

"There is no curfew in place, but the SOE allows the military and police to seize assets, conduct inspections and enter private properties without permission.

"There are additional restrictions on the freedoms of association and assembly and the police and armed forces are permitted to break up gatherings in public spaces."

Britons visiting Ecuador should be mindful of the UK Government's up-to-date guidance. The FCDO advises against all but essential travel to parts of Ecuador.

Areas where FCDO advises against all but essential travel

Coastal Region

The FCDO advises against all but essential travel to the Coastal Region provinces of Esmeraldas, Manabí, Santa Elena, Guayas, El Oro, Los Ríos and Santo Domingo de los Tsáchilas.

Britons were told: "This does not apply to airside transit within Guayaquil Airport in Guayas province, including onward or return travel to the Galapagos Islands."

Within 20km of the Ecuador-Colombia border

The FCDO advises against all but essential travel to areas within 20km of the Ecuador-Colombia border, except for these areas in Carchi province: El Ángel Ecological Reserve, Rumichaca border crossing, the town of Tulcán and the Pan-American Highway.

Ecuador is famous for the Galapagos Islands and its beautiful Amazon rainforest. It offers an incredible experience of nature, vibrant culture and wonderful local cuisines.

Nevertheless, holidaymakers are advised to check Government guidance on why specific areas should be considered off-limits.


Guayas Province, Ecuador

Specific parts of Ecuador are in a state of emergency


Visitors to Ecuador should consult the FCDO for essential information on warnings and insurance, entry requirements, safety and security, regional risks, health and getting help in an emergency.

Holidaymakers were issued some important advice. They were told that "no travel can be guaranteed safe".

"Read all the advice in this guide and see support for British nationals abroad for information about specific travel topics.

"Follow and contact FCDO travel on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. You can also sign up to get email notifications when this advice is updated.

"If you choose to travel, research your destinations and get appropriate travel insurance. Insurance should cover your itinerary, planned activities and expenses in an emergency."

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