UPDATED: October 12, 3pm Ecuador Time

As we are following the news in Ecuador from the United States, it has become quickly apparent that finding out conditions on the ground is tough. Social media is fraught with disinformation. Therefore, it is often difficult to tell if news from propaganda. However, what is clear is that people need access to solid, quality information.

That’s why we are pulling together this list of important links. At this time, we understand that some people have little faith in the Ecuadorian government, in news outlets within Ecuador, or with social media accounts run by the government. Despite that, we are including official channels of communication, especially when it comes to transportation.

If you would like to see links added to this article, please contact us via email, leave a comment on this article, or send us a message on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.

What’s Happening in Ecuador

On October 3, Ecuadorian President Lenin Moreno removed subsidies for gasoline and diesel. This act immediately raised prices at gas stations throughout Ecuador. Thus, transportation unions across the nation held massive protests.

In response to some of the violence and looting that took place during mainly peaceful protests, the President declared a two month State of Emergency.

In the last couple of days, indigenous leaders have called for a mass protest in the capital, Quito. While reasons include the removal of gas subsidies, there is a list of other reasons why native Ecuadorians are protesting, including other austerity measures in the works.

Some Ecuadorian citizens believe that former President Rafael Correa is manipulating this situation. He has called for re-elections and has offered himself as a candidate. He is currently wanted for arrest by the current government.

On Tuesday, indigenous groups throughout Ecuador were making their way to the capital. Also, President Moreno relocated his government from Quito to Guayaquil.

On Wednesday, protests are taking place nationwide. It is highly recommended that all tourists and foreigners stay off the streets near protest areas. For more advice on avoiding protests in South America, please read our recent article. Bloomberg reports that the Moreno administration is returning to Quito.

President Moreno has proposed a dialogue with indigenous leaders with the intent to end protests. Thus far, I can only find this news in Spanish on El País.

On Thursday, October 10, the US State Department declared a Level 4 Travel Advisory for many parts of Ecuador, including the capital city, Quito, and the large port city of Guayaquil. That means the only international airports in the country are in do not travel zones. Read more below.

On Saturday, October 12, Spanish-language sources on Facebook are reporting that the CONAIE has agreed to meeting with President Lenin Moreno. However, the CONAIE website says reports of a dialogue are premature and have not posted any confirmation. In the meantime, reports of blocked roads, slashed tires on private vehicles, and shortages from food to propane, are everywhere. An international student program at the University of San Francisco, Quito has cancelled its Fall session and all international students are being sent back home. This is officially a holiday weekend when most hotels along the coast would be full of vacationing Ecuadorians. Instead, Ecuador is waiting to find out how these protests will change their country.

We will continue to update this article with new information as it comes in.

Best Articles for Day-to-Day recap:

Best Link to English Language News Sources:

The BBC is by far the best and most up-to-date English news source. However, I am also including the New York Times. Even though they have been slow to report on the basic day-to-day happenings, when they write articles, they rely on good sourcing.

Best Links to Spanish Language News Sources:

We rely heavily on El País for Spanish language news. While we will watch headlines from TeleSUR, they are not consistently a trustworthy reporting source.

Best Links To News Sources Inside Ecuador

These links have been recommended by Expats. Pinchincha Univeral is a media station running out of Quito, Ecuador. Radio Illuman is an indigenous run media outlet with several Ecuadorian-native Kichwa speakers on the ground.

 

The Quito Airport

Currently, Quito is the only international airport in Ecuador experiencing cancellations. The safest bet is to fly in and out of Guayaquil.

While the Quito Airport is attempting to keep up with the news, your best bet for flight information is to directly contact your airline. All flights are booked. Expect an up-charge change your flight to a sooner date. We hear that airlines are also offering money to those willing to delay travel. These amounts have reached upwards of $800 per seat.

Finally, do not go to the airport without a reservation.

The Guayaquil Airport

The airport in Guayaquil has not experienced flight cancellations due to the current political climate. However, this may change at a moment’s notice. Please contact your airline BEFORE coming to the airport to confirm availability and schedules.

Road Conditions in Ecuador

If you are looking to see if a road is open for travel, the best source is Ecuador’s 911 website:

Road Closures, Quito:

Tourists in Ecuador During Political Protest

Problems for most tourists will include:

  • sporadic flight cancelations at the Quito Airport
  • difficulty arriving at tourist destinations in Ecuador due to road closures from protests; many national, provincial, and city parks have been closed
  • access to bottled water and food as supplies are not restocked in grocery stores

If you have an upcoming trip scheduled to Ecuador in the next two weeks, consider rescheduling. If your trip is scheduled for later than two weeks, please wait before canceling. There is still the chance that the government will be able to quell the demonstrations.

CONAIE

Confederación de Nacionalidades Indígenas del Ecuador is the the Confederation of Indigenous Nations of Ecuador. In Ecuador, many indigenous groups are considered nations with their owns rights and laws. At this time, they are the organization leading the current protests. To read what they have to say, check out their online feeds:

  • Website – https://conaie.org/
  • Twitter feed: https://twitter.com/CONAIE_Ecuador
  • Hashtags to follow: #PueblosyNacionalidades | #Política | #Lucha | #Ecuador | #CONAIE | #Antiextractivismo

US Embassy in Ecuador

The US Embassy maintains its current alerts on this page: https://ec.usembassy.gov/news-events/   

Their Twitter and Facebook feeds are aimed at diplomacy and Ecuadorian relationships rather than US Citizen services. Your best bet is to read their alerts and subscribe to the Safe Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP).

US Embassy Update as of October 7, includes contact info

Travel Advisory, Level 2  – U.S. Embassy Quito, Ecuador – October 9, 2019

  • Travel Advisory
    October 9, 2019
    Ecuador – Level 2: Exercise Increased Caution

    Exercise increased caution in Ecuador due to crime and civil unrest. Some areas have increased risk. Read the entire Travel Advisory.

    Demonstrations and road blockades continue throughout the country and are expected to continue in the coming weeks. There are reports of associated pockets of violence. Police have responded with tear gas. Travel, including flights, may be seriously disrupted.

    The U.S. Mission has restricted personnel from traveling within and between cities and provinces until further notice, except for travel to the Galapagos Islands and domestic airline connections that are part of an international itinerary. This includes both travel by air and road. For Embassy Quito personnel, travel is restricted to within the greater Quito metropolitan area. For U.S. Consulate General Guayaquil personnel, travel is restricted to within the city of Guayaquil.

    Do not travel to:

    • Azuay, Bolivar, Chimborazo, Cotopaxi, Guayas (including Guayaquil), Imbabura, Loja, Los Rios, Manabí, Pichincha (including Quito), and Tungurahua provinces due to civil unrest.
    • Within and between cities and provinces due to civil unrest.
    • Carchi, Sucumbíos, and the northern part of Esmeraldas provinces, including Esmeraldas city, due to crime.

    Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.

    If you decide to travel to Ecuador:

    • Do not travel within and between cities and provinces.
    • Avoid demonstration areas.
    • Monitor local media for updates on road closures and flight cancellations.
    • Ensure you have adequate supplies of water, food, and fuel.
    • Review your flight status with your airline or at the Quito / Guayaquil airport websites.
    • Enroll in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program(STEP) to receive Alerts and make it easier to locate you in an emergency.
    • Follow the Department of State on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram
    • Review the Crime and Safety Reports for Ecuador.
    • U.S. citizens who travel abroad should always have a contingency plan for emergency situations. Review the Traveler’s Checklist.

    Azuay, Bolivar, Carchi, Chimborazo, Cotopaxi, Guayas (including Guayaquil), Imbabura, Loja, Los Rios, Manabí, Pichincha (including Quito), Sucumbíos, Tungurahua, and northern Esmeraldas provinces – Level 4: Do Not Travel

    Transnational crime groups operating in Esmeraldas province have engaged in violent crime and killed local citizens in addition to carrying out bombings targeting Ecuadorian military and law enforcement.

    The U.S. government is limited in its ability to provide emergency services to U.S. citizens in the Colombian border area, as U.S. government personnel cannot travel to the provinces of Esmeraldas, Carchi, and Sucumbíos without permission from the Embassy’s security office. However, U.S. government personnel are permitted to travel to the northern bank of the Napo River in Sucumbíos, an area approximately four miles wide, and the portion of Esmeraldas province that is south of Esmeraldas city.

    Visit our website for Travel to High-Risk Areas.

    Last Update: Reissued with addition of civil unrest indicator and updates to Level 4 areas.

    Assistance

US Embassy Update as of October 7, includes contact info

Demonstration Alert – U.S. Embassy Quito, Ecuador – October 7, 2019

Location
The Embassy has received notification that road blockades continue in cities and towns throughout the country as part of ongoing demonstrations.

Event
Although some transportation unions announced the suspension of their strike October 4, other groups continue to protest. The Embassy continues to receive reports of demonstrations and road blockades in cities and towns throughout the country, particularly along the Pan-American highway. There are reports of pockets of violence associated with these demonstrations. Travel may be seriously disrupted during this time.

Indigenous groups, workers unions, social organizations, and some transportation groups have called for a national strike on Wednesday, October 9, 2019. This action will likely involve marches heading toward the historic center of Quito around the presidential palace. Protests could take place in other cities and towns as well.

All U.S. Embassy Quito permanent and temporary personnel are being strongly advised to remain within the greater Quito metropolitan area and to avoid inter-city road travel. U.S. government personnel not already in-country are being asked to reconsider travel to Ecuador at this time.

We urge all U.S. citizens to consider their safety foremost and to reconsider travel within and between cities and provinces. We also urge U.S. citizens to ensure they have adequate supplies of water, food, and fuel.

Information on protests is widely reported on public media and we encourage U.S. citizens to continue to actively monitor the situation until the demonstrations conclude. ECU911 provides nationwide updates at https://www.ecu911.gob.ec/consulta-de-vias/. Agencia Metropolitana de Transito provides updates via Twitter. Follow @AMTQuito or search #AMTInforma on Twitter. To continue to receive important safety information about conditions in Ecuador, please register in the Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) at: https://step.state.gov/step/.

Flights may continue to be cancelled in and out of Quito as a result of the disruptions to access roads.  Roads to the Mariscal Sucre International Airport of Quito may be blocked at times.  If you have a scheduled flight, please contact the airline directly for additional information.  You may also monitor flight information on the Quito airport website.  Note, however, that flights may be cancelled close to departure time.  Air travel into and out of Guayaquil has not been affected.

Actions to Take

  • Avoid demonstration areas.
  • Monitor local media for updates on road closures and flight cancellations.
  • Avoid crowds.
  • Keep a low profile.
  • Reconsider travel within and between cities and provinces.
  • Ensure adequate supplies of water, food, and fuel.

Assistance

Canadian Embassy in Ecuador

The Canadian Embassy maintains its current alerts on its Twitter Feed. For emergency services contact information, visit this link. Also, consider registering as a Canadian abroad in order to receive updates by email.

Canadian Embassy Update as of October 9, English

WED 09 OCT19- Day#7-

For our fellow Canadians out there:

CANADIAN CONSULATE OFFICE IN GUAYAQUIL IS CLOSING TEMPORARILY UNTIL THINGS SETTLE DOWN IN THAT AREA. CANADIANS IN ECUADOR, IF YOU REQUIRE ASSISTANCE, PLEASE SEE INSTRUCTIONS BELOW.

Received this morning from Canadian Consulate email alert system. If you are Canadian and not already registered with Cdn Consulate, it’s quick and easy to do on their website.

QUITOConsular@international.gc.ca
8:57 AM (17 minutes ago)
(Le français suit.)

Dear Canadians,

You are receiving this email because you are registered with the Government of Canada’s Registration of Canadians Abroad service.

The Consulate of Canada in Guayaquil is temporarily closed due to the current security situation. We recommend that you call to confirm that we are operational before visiting in person.

If you are no longer in Ecuador, send an email to roca@international.gc.ca.

Canadians in need of emergency consular assistance should call the Embassy of Canada in Quito, Ecuador at 593 (2) 245-5499 or the Consulate of Canada in Guayaquil at 593 (4) 263-1109 (ext:101) or the Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa directly at +1 613 996 8885 (collect calls are accepted where available). An email can also be sent to sos@international.gc.ca.

We encourage you to stay connected with the latest travel advice and advisories, via the web at [https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/ecuador](https://travel.gc.ca/destinations/ecuador…), our mobile TravelSmart application, available at [http://travel.gc.ca/mobile](http://travel.gc.ca/mobile…) and our RSS feeds at [http://travel.gc.ca/rss](http://travel.gc.ca/rss…) You may also follow us on Twitter at [https://twitter.com/CanadaEcuador](https://twitter.com/CanadaEcuador…) or find us on Facebook at [https://www.facebook.com/CanadainEcuador](https://www.facebook.com/CanadainEcuador/?__tn__=%2CdK-R-R&eid=ARBGhXHPzAFkML1NczyNir_bdneyEmYYAz5RKnJGDwj2s5SVvCjNWrCcTt3Ewb1-nD-4p91YejMM2Cxk&fref=mentions).

Please share this important information with other Canadian nationals in your area.

Global Affairs Canada

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Canadian Embassy Update as of October 9, French

À nos ressortissant(e)s canadien(ne)s,

Vous recevez ce message puisque vous vous êtes inscrits auprès du Gouvernement du Canada à l’aide du système d’inscription des Canadiens à l’étranger.

Le Consulat du Canada à Guayaquil est temporairement fermé en raison des conditions de sécurité actuelles. Nous vous recommandons d’appeler pour confirmer que nous sommes opérationnels avant de vous rendre en personne.

Dans l’éventualité où vous ne trouveriez plus en Équateur, veuillez envoyer un courriel à l’adresse roca@international.gc.ca.

Les citoyens canadiens ayant besoin d’aide consulaire urgente devraient appeler l’ambassade du Canada à Quito, Équateur au 593 (2) 245-5499 ou le Consulat du Canada à Guayaquil au 593 (4) 263-1109 (Poste 101) ou le Centre de surveillance et des interventions d’urgence (CSIU) à Ottawa directement au +1 613 996 8885 (à frais virés lorsque offert). Un courriel peut aussi être envoyé à sos@international.gc.ca.

Nous vous encourageons à rester branchés aux plus récents conseils aux voyageurs, aux dernières mises en garde et à nos coordonnées d’urgence sur le site [https://voyage.gc.ca/destinations/equateur](https://voyage.gc.ca/destinations/equateur…) aussi disponible via l’application mobile Bon Voyage, au [www.voyage.gc.ca/mobile](http://www.voyage.gc.ca/mobile…) ou en s’inscrivant aux fils RSS sur [www.voyage.gc.ca/rss](http://www.voyage.gc.ca/rss…) Vous pouvez aussi nous suivre sur Twitter à [https://twitter.com/CanadaEquateur](https://twitter.com/CanadaEquateur…) ou nous retrouver sur Facebook à [https://www.facebook.com/CanadaenEquateur](https://www.facebook.com/CanadaenEquateur/?__tn__=%2CdK-R-R&eid=ARDn0crskqblUM-stqSiJf_Gqu7MI8zDY64l49Gu5kUGiPy6DcBvEwm7BzTrXPLeh05u_Bq1FUHutWDl&fref=mentions).

Nous vous saurions gré de transmettre cette information à tous les ressortissants canadiens se trouvant dans votre région.

Affaires mondiales Canada

Ecuadorian Military Twitter Feeds

In times of national emergency, Ecuador relies heavily on its Armed Forces. For that reason, we are providing the Twitter Links to several military organizations. They are helping to transport people and goods across Ecuador:

If you appreciate this list of links, please let us know! And definitely send us any links you would like added