|Party to Hague Service Convention?
|Party to Hague Evidence Convention?
|Party to Hague Apostille Convention?
|Party to Inter-American Convention?
|Service of Process by Mail?
Disclaimer: The information in this circular relating to the legal requirements of specific foreign countries is provided
for general information only and may not be totally accurate in a particular case. Questions involving interpretation of specific
foreign laws should be addressed to foreign counsel. This circular seeks only to provide information; it is not an opinion
on any aspect of U.S., foreign, or international law. The U.S. Department of State does not intend by the contents of this
circular to take a position on any aspect of any pending litigation.
- Embassies and Consulates
- U.S. Embassy Quito
Ave. Avigiras E12-170 y Ave. Eloy Alfaro (next to SOLCA)
Telephone: (011) 593-2-398-5000
Emergency Telephone: (011) 593-2-398-5000
Fax: (011) 593-2-398-5100
U.S. Consulate General Guayaquil
9 de Octubre y Garcia Moreno
Telephone: (011) 593-4-232-3570
Emergency Telephone: (011) 593-4-232-1152
Fax: (011) 593-4-232-0904
- List of Attorneys
- List of Attorneys - U.S. Embassy Quito
- Helpful Links
- Service of Process
Ecuador is not a party to the Hague Convention on the Service Abroad of Judicial and Extra Judicial Documents in Civil and Commercial Matters. The United States and Ecuador are parties to the Inter-American Convention on Letters Rogatory and Additional Protocol.. The U.S. Central Authority for the treaty is the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Division, Office of Foreign Litigation,
Washington, D.C. Requests for service under the Inter-American Convention on Letters Rogatory and Additional Protocol may
be sent to the U.S. Department of Justice's contractor, Process Forwarding International (PFI), for transmittal to the Ecuadorian Central Authority.
Service on a Foreign State: See also our Service Under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA) feature and FSIA Checklist for questions about service on a foreign state, agency or instrumentality.
- Criminal Matters
- Prosecution Requests: U.S. federal or state prosecutors should also contact the Office of International Affairs, Criminal Division, Department of Justice for guidance.
Defense Requests in Criminal Matters: Criminal defendants or their defense counsel seeking judicial assistance in obtaining evidence or in effecting service of
documents abroad in connection with criminal matters may do so via the letters rogatory process.
- Obtaining Evidence in Civil and Commercial Matters
- Ecuador is not a party to the Hague Convention on the Taking of Evidence Abroad in Civil and Commercial Matters.
- Taking Voluntary Depositions of Willing Witnesses
- The taking of voluntary depositions of willing witnesses is not permitted in Ecuador, regardless of the nationality of the
witness. Litigants may wish to consult local legal counsel for guidance on local legal procedures available.
- Authentication of Documents
- Ecuador is a party to the Hague Convention Abolishing the Requirement for Legalization of Foreign Public Documents. Ecuador’s competent authority for the Hague Apostille Conventionwill authenticate Ecuadorian public documents with Apostilles. For information about authenticating U.S. public documents
for use in Ecuador, see the list of U.S. Competent Authorities. To obtain an Apostille for a U.S. Consular Report of Birth Abroad of a Citizen of the United States of America, contact
the U.S. Department of State, Passport Services, Vital Records Office.