Exercise normal precautions in Ecuador. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.
Do not travel to:
Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.
If you decide to travel to Ecuador:
Esmeraldas, Carchi, and Sucumbíos Provinces – Level 4: Do Not Travel
Since January 2018, a transnational crime group has kidnapped and murdered Ecuadorian citizens in Esmeraldas province, in addition to carrying out bombings targeting Ecuadorian military and law enforcement.
The U.S. government is limited in its ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in the Colombian border area, as U.S. government personnel cannot travel to the provinces of Esmeraldas, Carchi, and Sucumbíos without permission from the Embassy’s security office. However, U.S. government personnel are permitted to travel to the northern bank of the Napo River in Sucumbíos, an area approximately four miles wide.
Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.