Ecuador, a South American country, especially hard hit with the Covid-19 deaths, has reopened for international arrivals as of August 18, 2020.
Passengers need to have a negative Covid-19 test administered within 10 days of arrival, and there are no other requirements such as mandatory quarantine.
Ecuadorian Government announcement:
#InfoCOE | Atención ⚠️
Recuerda que los pasajeros que ingresen al país vía aérea y cuenten con prueba PCR negativa en los últimos 10 días no deben hacer el aislamiento preventivo obligatorio. #MeCuidoYTeCuido pic.twitter.com/nsnmq1vivi
— Salud_Ec (@Salud_Ec) August 17, 2020
Remember that passengers who enter the country by air and have a negative PCR test in the last 10 days should not do mandatory preventive isolation.
Here are the current Covid-19 stats:
The reported number of new cases has been stable for quite some time while the official count (way off) of deaths has been going down.
Financial Times ran an interesting story about excess deaths:
The number of Covid-19 related deaths has been dramatically undercounted in Ecuador.
In some cities, excess mortality has been over 200% higher than in previous years.
Horrific images were coming out of Ecuador during the height of the Covid-19 pandemic. Cities and municipalities were not able to handle all the deceased that were left to rot on the streets.
Many of the poorer Southern American countries have just let the virus runs its course through the population. There isn’t much you can do when it comes to social distancing if living in a tightly packed slum without any social support from the government.
I was in Quito and Guayaquil back in 2016 and had planned to visit the Galapagos Islands during the same visit, but couldn’t fit it into the schedule. I managed, however, to experience a 7.8 magnitude earthquake (the hotel was shaking).
It is quite likely that I’ll visit both Mexico and Brazil this fall, if the Covid-19 situation settles down a bit, and could perhaps revisit Quito too, which I found interesting.