Travel Alert October 2019: Civil Unrest in Ecuador

If Ecuador is in your travel plans over this weekend, 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.

Travel Alert October 2019: Civil Unrest in Ecuador

The United States Embassy in Ecuador has issued this official demonstration alert for today, Saturday, October 5, 2019…

The Embassy has received notification that road blockades continue in cities and towns throughout the country as part of continued demonstrations.

Although the transportation unions announced the end of their strike October 4, other groups continue their protests. The Embassy continues to receive reports of demonstrations and road blockades in cities and towns throughout the country. The Embassy has received specific reports of demonstrations within the provinces of Azuay, Chimborazo, Cotopaxi, Imbabura, Loja, Pichincha, and Tungurahua, although other provinces may also be affected. There are reports of pockets of violence associated with these demonstrations. Transportation may be seriously disrupted during this time.

Roads within Quito are currently open, as are access roads to the Mariscal Sucre International Airport of Quito.

U.S. government personnel are being strongly advised to use caution in moving within and between cities. Additionally, U.S. Embassy personnel are being strongly advised to remain within the greater Quito metropolitan area and to return from outside the city if able to safely do so.

Information on protests is widely reported on public media and we encourage U.S. citizens to continue to actively monitor the situation until the demonstrations conclude. ECU911 provides nationwide updates at https://www.ecu911.gob.ec/consulta-de-vias/. Agencia Metropolitana de Transito provides updates via Twitter. Follow @AMTQuito or search #AMTInforma on Twitter. To continue to receive important safety information about conditions in Ecuador, please register in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at: https://step.state.gov/step/.

Flights may continue to be cancelled in and out of Quito as a result of the disruptions. If you have a scheduled flight, please contact the airline directly for additional information. You may also monitor flight information on the Quito airport website. Note, however, that flights may be cancelled close to departure time.

No official security alert has been issued as a result of the civil unrest; but increased caution should be exercised due to crime.

Flight Waivers, Delays and Cancellations

If you are traveling to Ecuador over this weekend, 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.

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

  • American Airlines has issued travel alerts for Guayaquil and Quito for Friday, October 4, 2019 through Saturday, October 5, 2019; and Tuesday, October 8, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • Delta Air Lines has issued a travel alert for Quito for Friday, October 4, 2019 through Saturday, October 5, 2019; and Tuesday, October 8, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.
  • United Airlines has issued a travel alert for Quito for Friday, October 4, 2019 through Saturday, October 5, 2019; and Tuesday, October 8, 2019 is the last day on which tickets must be reissued and rebooked travel must begin.

Summary

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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