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Ecuador Visas: FAQs and tips

LiveTheLifeinEcuador  | January 25, 2016

Ecuador1. Who needs to apply for a visa to Ecuador?
For American, Canadian, and most European passport holders, a visa is not required for a stay of less than 90 days.

2. How do I apply for a visa to Ecuador?
If you intend to stay for more than 90 days, apply for a visaat the Ecuadorian consulatenearest you.

3. What are the kinds of Ecuadorian visas?
There are 2 kinds of Ecuador visas: resident and non-resident.

The non-resident visa is automatically granted to travelers who intend to stay for less than 90 days. There are, however, special visas for longer-stay visitors who are non-residents if they happen to be cultural workers, volunteers, etc.

Resident visas are issued to those who plan on staying in Ecuador for more than 90 dayswith the intention of living, working, or investing in the country.

4. What are the requirements for non-resident visas?
For non-resident visas, you are required to present the following:

      • Valid passport for more than 6 months
      • A return ticket to your home country (land, sea, or air travel)
      • Proof of economic capability to support yourself during your stay (may be requested by immigration authorities upon arrival)

5. What are the requirements for resident visas?

For resident visa applications, you will needto consult with an immigration lawyer. Resident visas come in several types that fit a specific purpose. An immigration lawyer will be in the best position to speed up the application process.

6. How long does it take to apply for a resident visa?
Applications take from 4 to 8 weeks to process because resident visas are approved by the Immigration Board in Ecuador.

7. What happens if I overstay in Ecuador?
You will pay a fine of $200 for every day that you overstay. You will also be barred from re-entering Ecuador for 90 days following your departure.

If you’re in the US and you want more information on the opportunities available in Ecuador, call 239-848-5876. For all other countries, check out the other numbers you find on this page.