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adminee
3/20/2020 12:48 EST


This new thread is intended for non-political posts about coronavirus. Please share information that will help other expats in your area and elsewhere in Ecuador. This is vital. Share updates on hospitals and other testing locations, business and school closures, government updates, locked down areas, travel restrictions, where to get food, medications and other necessities.



Please also use this thread as a place to support one another in these uncertain and stressful times. There are expats on this forum (many of whom read and don't post) who are living alone and very far from family. A few kind words can make a difference in someone's day. If you want to debate the politics of how the situation is being handled in your country and other countries, PLEASE keep that off of this thread.



I lived in NYC on 9/11 and remember with humbling clarity how people came together at that time. That event changed me forever and thinking of it always bring tears to my eyes, but the kindness of strangers is what I remember most. When you look back at this time one day, you will remember the kindness of strangers. Please be kind.

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kmarch
3/20/2020 13:03 EST

12:00 Noon Friday March 20

Greetings from the U.S. Embassy in Ecuador:



We are aware of potential flight options for U.S. citizens seeking to return to the United States. To book seats on these flights, individuals should contact the company directly at 855-216-7601, 877-971-0919, and 201-526-7616. Due to the current nationwide quarantine and travel restrictions, those U.S. citizens located outside of the Guayas province may not be able to take advantage of these options. Attached is a letter from the U.S. Ambassador to Ecuador, Michael Fitzpatrick, that may assist with cross-provincial travel should individuals decide to journey to Guayaquil. Please note that the U.S. Embassy does not have confirmation from the Government of Ecuador that this document guarantees or grants special permissions for transit. The letter may be of use when presented in conjunction with a U.S. passport and proof of a confirmed flight, and a “salvoconducto” if possible. An authorized “salvoconducto” (a Government of Ecuador document) grants the driver and passengers special transit permissions.



Please note there are curfews in place throughout Ecuador which must be respected by all travelers: currently country-wide from 9:00 p.m. – 5:00 a.m., and with expanded curfew hours in Guayas from 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 a.m. Travel is prohibited during these curfew periods. Please check local news sources regarding updates to curfew hours.



U.S. citizens who wish to take advantage of this potential option may do so at their own discretion. For further information and ongoing updates, please use this survey link to provide your contact information: https://forms.gle/nZ7gDdJtMRPrpsEq9.



We also recommend U.S. citizens regularly check the embassy’s website at https://ec.usembassy.gov/.

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Kimac
3/20/2020 15:21 EST

So....where is this letter he refers to, which may or may not be of use?

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kmarch
3/20/2020 16:08 EST

Kimac - Please feel free to email me directly so that I can forward this email to you that I received from the US Embassy in Ecuador.

The letter you reference was an attachment to the email that didn't come through with my cut and paste in my message of this email from the Embassy.

My email:
kma

Also sign up for STEP notifications.

Travelers and Expats are urged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. The Department uses these Alerts to convey information about terrorist threats, security incidents, planned demonstrations, natural disasters, etc. In an emergency, please contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate or call the following numbers: 1(888) 407-4747 (toll-free in the United States and Canada) or 1 (202) 501-4444 from other countries or jurisdictions.

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kmarch
3/20/2020 16:08 EST

Kimac - Please feel free to email me directly so that I can forward this email to you that I received from the US Embassy in Ecuador.

The letter you reference was an attachment to the email that didn't come through with my cut and paste in my message of this email from the Embassy.

My email:


Also sign up for STEP notifications.

Travelers and Expats are urged to enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency. The Department uses these Alerts to convey information about terrorist threats, security incidents, planned demonstrations, natural disasters, etc. In an emergency, please contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate or call the following numbers: 1(888) 407-4747 (toll-free in the United States and Canada) or 1 (202) 501-4444 from other countries or jurisdictions.

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kmarch
3/20/2020 19:25 EST


5:52 PM

Health Alert – U.S. Embassy Quito, Ecuador – March 18, 2020

Location: Ecuador

The U.S. Embassy is working to facilitate return travel home for U.S. citizens in Ecuador. We are aware of possible flights in the coming days arranged for U.S. citizens to return to the United States. The U.S. Embassy website includes all the information we currently have for U.S. citizens wishing to depart Ecuador. Please visit the website often – several times each day – as we will update it with any new information.

The Government of Ecuador has restricted movement throughout the country with very limited exceptions and imposed a curfew from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. (changing to 7 p.m. to 5 a.m. starting Saturday, March 21). Local jurisdictions have enacted additional restrictions. The curfew in Guayas province is from 4 p.m. to 5 a.m. These restrictions can change at any time. U.S. citizens should comply with all local laws, monitor local news for any updates, and ensure they arrive at an airport well before curfew. We urge U.S. citizens to not travel to the airport unless they have their travel document and confirmed ticket.

Actions to Take:

· Check with airlines directly if you wish to depart Ecuador, or regarding any updated information about your travel plans and/or restrictions.

· Visit our Embassy webpage on COVID-19 for up-to-date information on flight availability, conditions in Ecuador, and advice on how to reduce your risk of contracting COVID-19.


Assistance:


U.S. Embassy Quito, Ecuador

E12-170 Avigiras Ave. and Ave. Eloy Alfaro

+(593)(2) 398-5000

+(593)(2) 398-5000 (after hours)



U.S. Consulate General Guayaquil, Ecuador

Santa Ana St. and Jose Rodriguez Bonin Ave.

+(593)(4) 371-7000

+(593)(4) 371-7000 (after hours)




· State Department – Consular Affairs

888-407-4747 or 202-501-4444


· Ecuador Country Information


· Enroll in Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) to receive security updates


· Follow us on Facebook and Twitter

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