Last Updated: 02 August 2000 Still Current at: 23 September 2000
MOST VISITS TO ECUADOR ARE TROUBLE FREE. SAFETY AND SECURITY
Ecuador has returned to normal after civil disturbances over the period 21-22 January, which culminated in a change of Presidency. However, a formal state of emergency to allow the government to deploy troops in support of the police remains in place should there be a recurrence of demonstrations. Travellers should monitor press, radio and TV reports or contact the British Embassy in Quito for advice. Visitors should use only licensed tour operators and guides. Crime, including rape, is increasing in Ecuador, in part as a consequence of economic difficulties. Tourist police now operate in the Old Town and at Quito Airport. Travellers should be particularly vigilant in the towns and cities and exercise caution in remote and isolated areas throughout the country. Many tourist areas are specifically targeted and there has been an increase in attacks on tour company vehicles.
Pirate attacks are increasing in the waters around Ecuador particularly in and around the ports of Guayaquil and Puerto Bolivar The Travel Advice Unit advises against all travel to the following: AFGHANISTAN, BURUNDI, COMOROS (ANJOUAN MOHELI), DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO, REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO (EXCEPT BRAZZAVILLE POINTE NOIRE), COTE D'IVOIRE, ECUADOR, ETHIOPIA (EAST OF THE HARAR TO GODE LINE), INDIA (JAMMU KASHMIR ONLY), INDONESIA (MALUKU PROVINCE) IRAQ, LIBERIA, NAMIBIA (CAPRIVI KAVANGO REGIONS), NIGERIA (KADUNA), PAKISTAN (FEDERALLY ADMIINSTERED TRIBAL AREAS AND ALL AREAS border ING AFGHANISTAN), PHILIPPINES (MINDANAO, THE SOUTHERN ZAMBOANGA PENINSULA ISLANDS SOUTH WEST OF MINDANAO), RUSSIAN FEDERATION (CHECHEN REPUBLIC NORTH CAUCASUS REGION), SIERRA LEONE, SOLOMON ISLANDS, SOUTHERN SOMALIA, SRI LANKA (NORTH EAST ONLY), TAJIKISTAN. Unless on essential business, the Travel Advice Unit advises against travel to: ALBANIA (NORTH EAST), ALGERIA, ANGOLA, CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC, REPUBLIC OFTHE CONGO (BRAZZAVILLE POINTE NOIRE), EAST TIMOR, ERITREA, ETHIOPIA (TIGRAY AFAR), INDONESIA (ACEH), PHILIPPINES (MAGUIDANOA, LANAO DEL SUR, LANAO DEL NORTE, SULTAN KUDARAAT NORTH SOUTH COTABATO), RWANDA (NORTH WEST border AREAS TO THE SOUTH WEST, SOUTH SOUTH EAST), YEMEN, FEDERAL REPUBLIC OF YUGOSLAVIA (FRY) (SERBIA INCLUDING KOSOVO AND MONTENEGRO).