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Ecuador’s Health Insurance Requirement for Tourists


Ecuador’s health insurance requirement for tourists is set to be implemented beginning February 5, 2018.

This was posted on a government website on November 9, 2017,

“For tourists who enter the country without a visa, it (health insurance) will be required as of February 5, 2018”

(that’s the very last line in extremely small font)

Around the first week of February of this year former President Correa signed a sweeping new immigration bill into law after unanimously passing the national assembly. This was the first time in 40 years that changes have been made to the immigration law.

Article 56 of the new law specifically addresses Ecuador’s health insurance requirement for tourists. “Any person who enters the country as a tourist must have public or private health insurance for the duration of their stay in Ecuador”.

This needs to be “full coverage” insurance. Catastrophic, or, “emergency only” insurance won’t meet the requirement.

Nothing happens quickly in Ecuador, obviously, but according to the government website enforcement is set to begin on February 5, 2018.

Travel Insurance should be sufficient for your needs and will satisfy Ecuador’s health insurance requirement for tourists. I partner with World Nomads which is one of the best.

Paul Acee

Author: Paul Acee

Retired and living in Ecuador.

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