• Duration
  • 8 Days
  • Activity Level
  • Moderate
  • Group Size
  • 40
The Galapagos Islands – Northern Itinerary

Wellness Protocol

We look forward to welcoming you on tour soon! We understand that traveling during these times requires additional preparation and planning in order to foster a healthy and safe on-tour experience for you and others on your tour. In addition to the standard Wellness Protocols that meet or exceed CDC recommendations and international travel industry guidelines in place for all Orbridge tours, the following are what you can expect on this tour. 

This page is updated as new information becomes available from local, state, and international agencies. The environment for travel is constantly evolving, and as such, it is advised that you check this page regularly to be aware of the most current information for your tour.

COVID-19 Testing Requirements

  • Ecuador requires a negative COVID-19 test result upon arrival. The test must be a PCR test (no Rapid Tests) and be administered no more than ten (10) days prior to your arrival into the country. Please bring a printed copy of your negative COVID-19 test result with you as you will be required to present it for entry.  Provided you have no COVID-19 symptoms upon arrival and are in possession of the negative test result, there are no mandatory quarantines and you are able to freely move about the continental territory of Ecuador. Guests will be required to complete a Health Status Declaration form upon arrival and provide to health officials. Please note that random tests and/or health and temperature checks may be performed on passengers in Quito and Guayaquil regardless of test result. If a random test is performed on arrival, guests must await the results at the airport or quarantine. If negative, guests will proceed as normal. If you test positive, you will have to quarantine for 10 days in a government-approved medical facility. Any quarantine-related costs not covered by the government are the responsibility of guests.
  • Before continuing to the Galapagos Islands, you will need a negative test result no more than 96 hours prior to entering the Galapagos Islands. Your previous negative test result can be used in this case, provided it was taken within 96 hours of arrival to the Galapagos Islands. If the initial test was taken more than 96 hours prior to your arrival to the Galapagos Islands, our Ecuadorian ground team will arrange for and cover all costs associated with this test. In an effort to minimize disruption to the tour, should you require additional testing, we have arranged for the medical team to administer them at your hotel. We invite you to contact our guest services team to gauge the most optimal testing window for your itinerary.
  • In addition to this negative test result, guests will be required to provide proof of travel insurance that includes medical coverage. A copy of the travel insurance policy showing medical coverage is included or a letter from the insurance carrier verifying medical coverage will be necessary. Additionally, guests will be provided with a “Safe Passage” document and a Galapagos Transit Control Card to be provided upon request and arrival into the Galapagos Islands.
  • If you are continuing on to the Machu Picchu post-tour, a negative test result is required within 72 hours of entry to Peru. Our ground team will arrange and cover the cost of this test for you in order to meet this requirement. For this reason, guests who continue on the post-tour will return from the Galapagos Islands to Quito (instead of to Guayaquil) for testing before continuing on to Peru.  

Entry/Travel Restrictions

  • There are no restrictions for entering Ecuador as long as travelers abide by the COVID-19 testing protocols detailed above.
  • Restrictions for entering Peru are continually evolving and being monitored by Orbridge and our teams on the ground. Should entry restrictions in place at the time of your scheduled tour impact the optional Peru post-tour, Guests will be contacted with options. 
  • While inside both Lima and Cusco airports and on flights within and to Peru, all individuals are required to wear a surgical type mask AND a face shield. Our ground team will have shields available in the event you do not have your own. Cloth masks are not considered acceptable per Peru requirements.

Destination Specific Wellness Protocols

  • Neither Ecuador or Peru accept proof of vaccination in place of testing requirements at this time. All guests should be prepared for testing whether they have had a vaccine or not.
  • Ecuador, including the Galapagos Islands, requires face coverings to be worn at all times in public.
  • The Galapagos Islands requires all individuals to carry international travel insurance that includes medical coverage that can be used in the country in the event of medical emergency or in case individuals are diagnosed with COVID-19 while visiting. If you are unable to obtain the required travel medical insurance coverage, an individual policy may be purchased at an additional minimal cost of approximately $5 per day. Arrangements must be made for this coverage in advance. Please contact our Guest Services department at guestservices@orbridge.com in advance of your departure for more information.

In addition to these Destination Specific Wellness Protocols, Orbridge wellness protocols will be followed on all tours. We invite you to familiarize yourself with what Orbridge is doing, and what is expected by guests while on tour, by visiting orbridge.com/wellness.

Air Travel

  • If you are continuing on to the Machu Picchu post-tour, all individuals are required to wear a surgical-type mask AND a face shield inside the airport and during flights to and within Peru. Cloth masks are not considered acceptable per Peru requirements.
  • Under the recently announced policy, all travelers entering or returning to the U.S. will be required to get a viral COVID-19 test within three days before their flight departs for return to the U.S. and receive a negative test result. Orbridge ground staff will assist guests with this required testing. Written documentation of test results (paper or electronic copy) must be provided to the airline.
  • For guests departing Ecuador back to the U.S. or continuing on to Peru, our ground team will arrange for this test and the associated costs will be payable at time of service. Written documentation of test results (paper or electronic copy) must then be provided to the airline. Guests who test positive at the end of the tour will need to quarantine at a government-approved hotel at their own expense until a negative test result has been received.
  • For Machu Picchu post tour guests departing Peru back to the U.S., our Peruvian ground team will arrange for the required testing to be performed. Costs for this test range from $50.00 to $130.00 dependent on the type of test performed and is payable at the time of service.  Written documentation of test results (paper or electronic copy) must then be provided to the airline.
  • Specific protocols and expectations for air travel vary by airline. Click here and scroll to the Air Travel Protocol section to learn more about airline protocols. 

Please note that this page and Orbridge.com/Wellness is updated as new information becomes available from local, state, and international agencies. This environment for travel is constantly evolving and as such, it is advised that you regularly check this page so that you are aware of the most current information for your tour.  If you have additional questions, please contact our dedicated Guest Services team at 866-639-0079 or info@orbridge.com and a member of our team will be happy to assist.

This information is up-to-date as of January 21, 2021.