Important visa travel information for tourists who want to stay longer in Ecuador:
Since December 2017 the Ecuadorian government has adapted a new extension of the immigration law (acuerdo N° 907). According to this new agreement each regular foreign tourist who arrives in Ecuador has the right to stay 90 days for free as a tourist in Ecuador. Tourists who want to stay longer in Ecuador can apply once for an extra of 90 days extension on their tourist visa. This visa extension cost at the moment of writing exact 128.67 US$.
South American tourists with the following nationalities: Argentina, Bolivia, Brasil, Chile, Colombia, Guyana, Paraguay, Perú, Suriname, Uruguay and Venezuela (all countries that belong to UNASUR), do not have to pay extra. Citizens of these countries receive automatically 180 days for free.
Citizens from the following countries always first have to apply for a visa before entering Ecuador: Afganistán, Bangladesh, Cuba, Eritrea, Etiopía, Kenia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistán, República de Corea, Senegal y Somalia.
How to apply for a tourist visa extension:
1- Go to the website of the Ecuadorian Ministry of interior (address below) and look for the Visa application form called: “Formulario de Solicitud de Prórroga”. Print this form and fill it in with either a black or blue pen (sometimes you can also already fill it in online).
2- Make color copies of your passport and the Ecuadorian immigration stamp.
3- Go to Banco de Pacifico and fill in a small bank deposit form to be able to make a deposit of exact 128.67 US$ (May 2018). The information on this form should be as followed:
* Passport number;
* The code of the province where you apply for your Visa (Loja is number 11) + your last name and your first name. If you don’t know the code, or have doubts about this deposit, then it’s recommendable to first visit an immigration office in your neighborhood and ask for advice.
* Fill in the code that is associated with the service that you’re paying for. The code for this Visa extension is: 4,6 Prórrogas
* Write down the amount that you’re going to deposit, in this case: 128.67 US$
4- Make the deposit and take the bank receipt on the same day to the immigration office together with the filled in application form and copies. You will now receive a new stamp in your passport and 90 days extra to stay as a tourist in Ecuador.
Note: be careful, these 90 days extra will have to be consumed directly. You can leave the country if you want, but they will continue counting your days, so you will just lose days on your visa…
What happens when you overstay your Ecuadorian Visa:
The fine to pay when you overstay your visa in Ecuador is officially between 1x up till 15 times the minimum month salary, which can be a total between 386 US$ up till 5790 US$!
The official website of the Ecuadorian Ministry of interior and immigration: http://www.ministeriointerior.gob.ec/
Link to download the official visa application form, called: Formulario de Solicitud de Prórroga: http://www.ministeriointerior.gob.ec/formulario-de-prorrroga-para-el-permiso-de-permanencia-autorizada-en-ecuador/ and http://www.ministeriointerior.gob.ec/wp-content/uploads/2017/11/nuevo-formulario.pdf
Latest official news about the possibility to extend your tourist visa in Ecuador (5-12-2017): http://www.ministeriointerior.gob.ec/migracion-da-a-conocer-requisitos-para-prorrogas-a-extranjeros/