Ecuador to Require Visitors to Have Health Insurance

by Richard D’Ambrosio
Ecuador to Require Visitors to Have Health Insurance

The Basilica of Quito, Ecuador above the city's old town. Photo: Foto593/Shutterstock.com


Visitors to Ecuador will need to provide proof of health insurance plan coverage beginning May 1, 2018.

The Ecuador Tourism Ministry recently posted on its website “health insurance will be mandatory from May 1st 2018.”

“The Ministry of Tourism considers that ‘health insurance for tourists’ is a meaningful action for the country’s tourism development due to the benefit it means when choosing Ecuador as a destination and the wellbeing of everyone visiting this wonderful country,” the Tourism Ministry statement said.

Various tourism and expat associations have been reporting on the requirement since it was announced in a decree issued last year, but these sources have often miscommunicated the implementation date.

“Early news made related to this issue by different media have caused concern within the tourist sector and the citizens. In this regard, this communication is the only official statement from this Ministry regarding this important topic,” the Ministry stated.

Alluring Americas, a tour company in Winter Park, Florida, said in a client communication that “the best way for travelers to meet this requirement is to have proof of travel insurance, which includes adequate medical coverage benefit for the duration of travel and stay in Ecuador.”

The company, which specializes in South America, said it will “require travelers to have travel insurance for any trip to Ecuador, including the Galapagos Islands, commencing May 1, 2018.”

  2
  0
Tip of the Day
Daily Top List

Best Things to Do in Fargo, North Dakota

1. Belly up to the snack bar.

2. Craft a beer menu.

3. Stroll along Broadway.

4. Look at, and sleep among, art.

Source: CNN.  

TMR THIS WEEK
http://services.travelsavers.com/AMGService.svc/REST/GetImage?ImageID=dab35eef-ff9e-e811-853f-782bcb667b27

FOMO Strikes Again! Yep, They Booked It Without You

Should you resist the temptation to unfriend or confront them? Hear the advice of agents who have been there and know how best to handle these unfortunate, but all-too-common scenarios.

TMR Recommendations
Top Stories
Northern California Slowly Getting Back to Business After Historic Fires
Northern California Slowly Getting Back to Business After Historic Fires

As communities assess the damage and begin to pick up the pieces, travel officials are encouraging travelers to support the area by keeping their travel plans and visiting the region.

Apple Leisure Group Reaches Out to Travel Agents
Apple Leisure Group Reaches Out to Travel Agents

In an interview with TMR, the newly combined vacation packaging giant candidly responds to concerns voiced by the retail marketplace.

First Look: Universal Orlando’s New Aventura Hotel
First Look: Universal Orlando’s New Aventura Hotel

The property, which is a first both for its features and its price point, opens its doors this week and features Orlando’s first rooftop bar and lounge.

Experts Say MGM’s New Resort Fee Might Be Good for Travel Agents
Experts Say MGM’s New Resort Fee Might Be Good for Travel Agents

As a recent study charts the growth of resort fees, a new roll-out of mandatory fees on the Vegas strip may backfire for the hotel industry.

USTOA’s Terry Dale Looks Back and Ahead
USTOA’s Terry Dale Looks Back and Ahead

While the association continues its original mission of helping travelers distinguish between reliable tour operators and scam artists, it’s forward-looking initiative focuses on sustainability and limiting the impact of overtourism.

Domestic Travel Rises Thanks to Strong Leisure and Business Segments
Domestic Travel Rises Thanks to Strong Leisure and Business Segments

The rate of growth in international inbound travel, however, is not brisk enough to help the U.S. regain its slipping share of the global travel market.

News Briefs
TMR Report Cards
Advertiser's Voice
Advertiser's Voice: Norwegian Cruise Line