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Having been in Ecuador for so many years and writing about Ecuador for over 14 years, we have been asked to participate in programs of both the US & Ecuadorian government that deal with the growing tide of expats in Ecuador.

Read an important message below about new Ecuador visa requirements for non tourists.


The US Embassy in Guayaquil contacted us about its Ecuador Warden program and suggested a partnership so we are passing on their Warden message of November 10, 2010.

Subject: Two Announcements Regarding Residency in Ecuador – A Warden Message from the U.S. Consulate General in Guayaquil, Ecuador

Warden Message – U.S. Consulate, Guayaquil, Ecuador. 
Two Announcements Regarding Residency in Ecuador November 10, 2010

The U.S. Consulate in Guayaquil informs U.S.  citizens living in Ecuador, or who have recently moved to Ecuador, of two recent announcements concerning residency in Ecuador.

The first announcement is that the INEC (Instituto Nacional de Estadistica y Censo) will have a national statistics day on Sunday, November 28, 2010. The “Censo” day is an opportunity for the government to obtain a more complete account of people and households in Ecuador in order to generate statistics about Ecuadorian living conditions. The INEC plans to publish the general information they receive.  However, individual information will be protected by law under Article 21 of the Statistics Law.

On that day, Sunday, November 28, the Ecuadorian government asks that you stay in your house and wait until high school students (who will identify themselves) visit your home and request that you answer a questionnaire.

The second announcement is regarding a new “Censo Card” that is now being issued for non-Ecuadorian citizens. The card will be issued by the government of Ecuador to holders of immigrant and nonimmigrant (more than three month) visas in Ecuador. The card is a secondary identification required to apply for the Cedula (national identification card).

Non-Ecuadorian citizens can apply for the “Censo Card” at the Departmento de Migracion through the National Police in the capital of your province.

Please see below two samples of the Ecuadorian “Censo” card for immigrant and nonimmigrant visa holders.  The differences are marked in both cases.   Immigrant visas are indefinite, while nonimmigrant visas are valid for the period of validity of the visa. Non-Ecuadorian citizens are required to present their “Censo card” to Ecuadorian Immigration officials upon departure from Ecuador.

Americans living or traveling in Ecuador are encouraged to register with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate through the State Department’s Travel Registration Website, and to obtain updated information on travel and security within Ecuador.  Americans without Internet access may register directly with the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.  By registering, American citizens make it easier for the Embassy or Consulate to contact them in case of an emergency.  Please see the following links for local warden message information in Quito and Guayaquil, respectively, http://ecuador.usembassy.govguayaquil.usconsulate.gov

The U.S. Embassy in Quito is located at Avigiras E12-170 y Eloy Alfaro.  The telephone during business hours (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) is (011) 593 2 398 5000 X3800.  Within the same city use the last seven digits.  Add the city code for intercity telephone calls.   American Citizen walk-in hours are between 1:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday thru Thursday, excluding U.S. and Ecuadorian holidays.

The U.S. Consulate General in Guayaquil is located at the corner of Avenida 9 de Octubre and Garcia Moreno (near the Hotel Oro Verde); telephone (011-593-4) 232-3570 during business hours (8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.) or 232-1152 for after-hours emergencies; fax (011-593-4) 232-0904.

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its annual arts festival. 


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