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Entering Ecuador

There may be some changes about the rules of entering Ecuador.


Ecuador has all ranges of lifestyle from luxury in the Andes, like beautiful…


clubhouses and pools


near Quito to…


exquisite coastal homes.

Everyone is welcome to visit and or live in Ecuador but be sure you know the rules when entering Ecuador.

One benefit the Ecuador Club offers its members is a broad range of contacts with Ecuador attorneys from the mountains to the sea.

These Ecuador attorneys keep club members up to date on the law.  They recently started warning us that visa administrative changes are on the way.

One Ecuador attorney from Manta wrote:  Gary, Due to the different problems with the visas the government has decided to unify all visas immigrant and non immigrant under the Minister of Foreign Affairs.

As you remember the immigrant visas that is the resident visas were always approved by the Minister of Government.

The Minister of Government for some more months will still be receiving applications for the resident or immigrant visas. Nevertheless, the only one authorized to approved any kind of visa is the Minister of foreign affairs.

As a consequence, everything is going slower again for the next months. Once the Minister of Foreign affairs has completely integrated the methodology to process inmigrant or resident visas we believed it will be for better.

Another Ecuador attorney who helps club members and expats around Cotacachi and Otavalo, sent me this note. I want to communicate to you that there is a new Ministro del Interior that is the principal office that controls the migration office that approves the residents visas and they already have asked the director to quit so there is going to be a new director probably in the next week so probably some things will change with the new director.

Many readers have expressed confusion about the reliability of information they receive Ecuadorian consulates. It seems that when changes are made in Ecuadorian regulations or administrative procedures of Ecuador regulations…. not everyone working in Ecuador consulates gets updated right away… or they misunderstand the updates. This is not a situation unique to Ecuadorians… by the way.

If you plan to enter Ecuador… especially on a visa other than a tourist visa (issued automatically to citizens of the USA, Canada and most of Europe- but not France) double check for changes before you travel.

When arriving in Ecuador, you are required to present a valid passport that has six months or more before expiration.  You can also be asked for proof of financial independence. This can be in the form of a return plane ticket, cash (minimum of $20 a day), traveler’s checks and/or credit cards.   Respectable-looking travelers with round trip tickets are rarely asked. I never have been asked nor have I seen this happen. But a one way ticket is also a ticket for being asked for more information. Plus Ecuadorians are formal people (especially in Quito) and excessively casual or dirty clothing can be viewed with suspicion that can create hassles and delays. Copies of passports and other forms of identification are NOT accepted.



Learn about Ecuador Living Club here.

2013-2014 Super Thinking + Spanish – Writing to Sell – Business & Investing Course Schedule

Schedule 2013-2014  Super Thinking + Spanish  – Writing to Sell – Investing & Business Courses.

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its annual arts festival. 


June 21-22-23  Super Thinking + Spanish  St. Charles, MO  Single $699  /  Couple $899 (Teacher Mark Frakes)

July 5-6-7  Super Thinking + Spanish  Sarasota, Florida  Single $699  /  Couple $899  (Teacher Mark Frakes)

July 12-13-14 Super Thinking + Spanish Kelowna, BC, Canada  Single $699  /  Couple $899 (Teachers Shawn & Suzanne Bandick)

August 16-17-18  Super Thinking + Spanish  St. Charles, MO  Single $699  /  Couple $899 (Teacher Mark Frakes)

August 31-September 1-2  Super Thinking Writer’s Camp  West Jefferson, NC  (Gary & Merri Scott)

September 27-28-29  Super Thinking + Spanish  St. Charles, MO  Single $699  /  Couple $899 (Teacher Mark Frakes)

October 4-5-6  Super Thinking International Investing & Business Seminar  West Jefferson, NC  

Enroll here $799.   Couple $999 (Gary & Merri Scott)

November 15-16-17   Super Thinking + Writer’s Camp  Mt. Dora, Florida  (Gary & Merri Scott) 

November 21-22-23  Super Thinking +Spanish  Puerto Aventuras, Mexico Single $699/Couple $899 (Teachers Suzanne & Shawn Bandick)


January 10-11-12   Super Thinking + Spanish  Mt. Dora, Florida  (Gary & Merri Scott)

February 14-15-16  Super Thinking International Investing & Business Seminar  Mt. Dora, Florida  

Enroll here $799.   Couple $999  (Gary & Merri Scott)

For information more contact Cheri Hall at cheri@garyascott.com

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