Ecuador Tourist Visa

Part 1

Ecuador Tourist Visa

If you are planning to visit Ecuador as a tourist then Ecuador automatically grants you a 90 day tourist visa based on your passport. No visa application is necessary. However, if you wish to stay in the country longer you may apply for the 180 day tourist visa.
Why would you apply for the visa extension? This may be necessary if you want to stay in the country longer or you wish to move to Ecuador and need to apply for the Investor Visa or the Retiree Visa. In our case, we are applying for the Investor Visa so we can obtain the resident status in Ecuador.
Ecuador Tourist Visa
We will be moving to Ecuador permanently this fall and just in the process of applying for the 180 day Ecuador tourist visa. This will give us the extra time to apply for the Investors Visa once we are in Ecuador. This process must be done in Ecuador through the Ecuadorian consulate with an Ecuadorian lawyer.

I have found out that when you apply for the 180 day Ecuador Tourist Visa

you must apply in person at your nearest Ecuador Consulate. This applies for Canadians, and I assume that it is a similar process for Americans. Please check with your American Consulate for information.
If you are interested in the process of moving to Ecuador, follow my blog as I will be posting information on the steps involved and what we are encountering along the way. This first hand experience will save you time and energy, which is my goal for my readers. So here is the first step to start the process.

The Ecuador Tourist Visa Application Process

12- IX(This is the visa type)
This visa is granted to: Temporary visitors for lawful purposes: tourism, sports, health, education, science, art or commercial transactions not involving the simultaneous import of goods, and their closest relatives within the second degree of consanguinity or first degree of affinity.

  • 2.1 A written request signed by the applicant, addressed to the Ecuadorian Foreign Service Officer nearest to the place of residence of the applicant, explaining reasons, activity to be performed in the country and length of stay.
  • 2.2 A completed Visa Application Form and 2 passport-size colour photographs with white background. To print the form, go to
  • 2.3 Passport valid for at least six months, showing valid entry into Ecuador, and one photocopy.
  • 2.4 Copy of round-trip ticket. (purchase your ticket first then apply for the visa, as your visa dates are based on your itinerary.)
  • 2.5 Applicants must show proof of sufficient funds to stay in the country. (obtain a bank statement from your bank, showing you have enough money to stay in the country for 6 months to sustain yourself.)
  • 2.6 For dependent visas for family members, a marriage and/or birth certificate duly authenticated or bearing the Apostille seal must be included in the application.
  • 2.7 Validity of visa: A minimum of 91 days and a maximum of 180 days within a twelve-month period (non-calendar year) from the date of arrival in Ecuador.

Visa application: US $30.00
Visa: US $200.00
Each Dependent US $50.00
Part 2 next weekI will talk about the Investor Visa application you should prepare for along with the 180 day Tourist Visa. The two applications must be prepared together so you can take them to your nearest Ecuadorian Consulate. You need to prepare the Investor Visa at the same time as this is the reason you are applying for the 180 day extension on your Ecuador Tourist Visa.

 Part 2

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4 Thoughts to “Ecuador Tourist Visa”

  1. Hi Dave,

    I am currently in Ecuador under a 12-IX visa. I have a couple of tips to add to your post.

    1. Your written request needs to be in Spanish, and should be short and to the point. This may vary according to the consulate and the person you deal with, but I was asked to rewrite a two-paragraph letter into two sentences. They didn´t want anything more than how long I planned to be in Ecuador, and a short summary (one sentence) of what I wanted to do. The letter needs to have all of the customary formal letter stuff, i.e., be addressed to the right person at the right address, proper layout, etc.

    2. They will probably want more than a simple bank statement. I believe the requirement is three bank statements showing all activity (transactions) during those three months. In other words, a simple balance won´t suffice. Again, this may vary according to the consulate that you deal with, but they were very specific about this requirement at the Ecuadorian consulate in Miami. The bank statements need to be notarized.

    3. After you get your 12-IX visa and get admitted to Ecuador, you are not done. You have to register your visa at Extranjería in Quito on Avenida 6 de Diciembre. They give you another stamp in your passport there, in addition to the one that you get at the airport.

    4. You probably don´t need a lawyer, either at the consulate or in Quito. If you need someone to speak Spanish for you in Quito, a translater is all you need. You can probably get away without having to speak Spanish at most Ecuadorian consulates in Canada or the U.S. If you need somebody to translate your letter of request, it doesn´t have to be a lawyer. Of course, if the consulate is steering you towards a particular lawyer that they have an association with, then it is probably best just to go along. But a lawyer shouldn´t be necessary.

    Bob Barber

  2. Thank you for the comment Bob. Great additional information to know from first hand experience. Are you applying for the Investor Visa Bob?

  3. Hi Dave,

    My wife of 12 years, Flor, is Ecuadorian, so I am applying for a different class of residency visa. We have already put in the paperwork, and we are waiting for the results.

    One thing that I haven´t seen mentioned a lot on the gringo blogs is that courtesy is VERY important in Ecuadorian society. They have a saying, ¨Lo cortés no quita lo valiente¨, which is a way of saying that you can be courteous without backing down from the point you want to make. Probably the worst thing that you can be labeled is a ¨grosero¨, or a rude person without any manners.

    We found the people at Extranjeria in Quito to be professional and easy to deal with. They were even polite when some foreigners came into the office with bad attitudes. However (again), being rude is not the approach that anyone should take when applying for a visa in Ecuador.

    Good luck with your visa application!

  4. Excellent advice everyone can live by. Thank you Bob! Good luck as well on your visa application!

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