Travel and visas

Travel and Visas

Advance purchase airfares to Ecuador are relatively economical and there are a number of airlines flying to Ecuador. Both Quito and Guayaquil have modern, well-serviced international airports. Currently round trip airfares from North America start at about US$800, return fares from the UK about £850 and from Australia about AU$2500.

There are several good internet booking services that people have recommended to us: Kayak, and ITA allow you to make complex bookings. You cannot always purchase the tickets directly from these, but they link to other booking sites. Momondo is very good for point to point bookings. You can also consider flying through Bogotá with Avianca or JetBlue and then connecting to an inexpensive flight from there to Ecuador. Currently the best booking and ticket purchase service for flights to Ecuador is Expedia. If you would like to track fares to Ecuador to purchase a ticket when prices are low, you can sign up for notifications through FareCompare, TripAdvisor or Yapta. Yapta also provides an interesting and useful service: you'll receive notification if the fare decreases after you've already booked your ticket and you are due a refund or coupon.

We can help you with information about where to stay in Quito and Guayaquil when you first arrive. The Centre also provides free transportation from the airport in Guayaquil to Casa Cacique in Montañita on the Sunday before the course starts leaving at about 2:00 PM. To reserve a place in the van, please email your request well in advance.


Visas for working in Ecuador

First time visitors do not need a visa to enter Ecuador. You will be given leave to remain for up to 90 days which can be extended for another 90 days if you pay the respective fee. This is the normal route taken by most of our CELTA participants.

If you to wish to stay on for longer to work in Ecuador, we recommend that you bring the following documents with you: A copy of your university diploma and a police check. Both need to carry an apostille from the State Dept. (US), Foreign Office (UK) or equivalent from your country. These documents are needed to obtain a work visa.

You can obtain a list of the requirements for all visas from the government web site. There are other visas available for long term migrants. Those who are considering longer term stays should probably get their respective documents organised before they arrive in Ecuador. Ecuadorian visa laws are changing frequently. It is essential that you check current regulations. IH Montañita do not accept any responsibility for your visa arrangements.

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