Travel Alert October 2019: Civil Unrest Continues in Ecuador

If Ecuador is in your travel plans over the next few days, you may want to consider delaying your travel — or, at least, keep yourself updated as to the latest information pertaining to civil unrest in that country which has continued since Friday, October 4, 2019 as clashes and protests against the government by thousands of indigenous people who converged on Quito resulted in the president of the country to move his besieged administration out of the capital city.

Travel Alert October 2019: Civil Unrest Continues in Ecuador

Violence, looting and anarchy has erupted around the country, which has prompted the United States Embassy in Ecuador to issue this official demonstration alert for Wednesday, October 9, 2019…

Exercise increased caution in Ecuador due to crime and civil unrest. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.

Demonstrations and road blockades continue throughout the country and are expected to continue in the coming weeks. There are reports of associated pockets of violence. Police have responded with tear gas. Travel, including flights, may be seriously disrupted.

The U.S. Mission has restricted personnel from traveling within and between cities and provinces until further notice, except for travel to the Galapagos Islands and domestic airline connections that are part of an international itinerary. This includes both travel by air and road. For Embassy Quito personnel, travel is restricted to within the greater Quito metropolitan area. For U.S. Consulate General Guayaquil personnel, travel is restricted to within the city of Guayaquil.

Do not travel to Azuay, Bolivar, Carchi, Chimborazo, Cotopaxi, Guayas — including Guayaquil, Imbabura, Loja, Los Rios, Manabí, Pichincha — including Quito, Sucumbíos, Tungurahua, and northern Esmeraldas provinces — as they are all under a Level 4 alert due to civil unrest: Do Not Travel.

Also, do not travel within and between cities and provinces due to civil unrest.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to Ecuador over the next few days, expect delays and cancellations of flights. Keep up to date on the latest information pertaining to the civil unrest which may adversely affect your travel plans. Better yet, postponing or canceling your trip might be a better option — no matter which mode of travel you plan on taking.

If you have a flight scheduled, your flight may be delayed or canceled — and you may be eligible for a waiver of a fee to change your itinerary. If you are driving in any of these areas, watch out for deteriorating conditions and traffic problems, as roads have been blockaded and public transportation had become inoperable or virtually nonexistent in many areas.

Here are six airlines which have issued travel alerts as a result of this civil unrest:

  • American Airlines has issued travel alerts for Guayaquil and Quito for Tuesday, October 8, 2019 through Thursday, October 10, 2019; and Thursday, October 17, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • JetBlue Airways has issued travel alerts for Guayaquil and Quito for Tuesday, October 8, 2019 through Thursday, October 10, 2019; and Thursday, October 17, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Aeromexico has issued a travel alert for Quito for Monday, October 7, 2019 through Wednesday, October 9, 2019; and Monday, October 14, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Copa Airlines has issued travel alerts for Guayaquil and Quito for Thursday, October 3, 2019 through Friday, October 11, 2019; and Wednesday, October 23, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Iberia has issued a travel alerts for Quito for Friday, October 4, 2019 through Sunday, October 13, 2019; and five days from the original travel date is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • KLM Royal Dutch Airlines has issued a travel alert for Quito for Sunday, October 6, 2019 through Friday, October 11, 2019; and Wednesday, October 16, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.

Summary

Do not be surprised if the civil unrest continues and not only will airlines extend their travel waivers, but additional airlines may issue travel waivers as well.

Be sure to contact your airline or transportation provider for the latest information pertaining to your travels — if they are adversely affected — and please: travel safely.

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