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Travel and visas

Travel

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

First time visitors do not need a visa to enter Ecuador, unless you hold a passport from one of these countries. You will be given leave to remain for up to 90 days.  This is the normal route taken by most of our CELTA participants.  In addition, you can extend your stay for another 90 days if you pay the respective fee.  More information about the 90 day-extension can be found here.  All the information is in Spanish so we are happy to help clarify any questions you may have.

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.  If you hold a passport from the United States you need a background check from the FBI as well as the state you live in (e.g. Florida, etc). 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.  Here is a link to information pertaining to  temporary residential visas.  Furthermore, you may like to reference the Ecuadorian consulate webpage, which is in English, but be aware of conflicting information.

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 does not accept any responsibility for your visa arrangements.

Relocation

Are you interested in living in Ecuador after the course either short or long term?

If you have done some research, you will find that Ecuador is a top destination for expatriates.  Even more, Ecuador’s diversity appeals to a wide range of people.

A growing number of individuals choose Ecuador to retire and relocate, Cuenca being one of the most popular destinations.  Many of these people choose to earn their CELTA so they can continue to work part-time, or full-time, as English teachers.

In addition, many newly qualified CELTA teachers choose to remain in Ecuador for one or two years to gain some teaching experience and travel more extensively throughout the country.

Quito and Guayaquil are growing metropolises that can offer lots of work opportunities for English teachers.  For more information about these please follow this link. The list of potential places to settle is too long to list here, but it’s safe to say Ecuador offers something for everyone.

If you are interested in guidance on how to start your process of relocation, please make it know during the application process.

 
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