ECUADOR – Exercise a high degree of caution
There is no nationwide advisory in effect for Ecuador. However, you should exercise a high degree of caution due to high levels of crime and a high risk of natural disasters.
Regional Advisory for the provinces of Esmeraldas, Los Rios, Manabi, Santa Elena, Guayas and Santo Domingo
Global Affairs Canada advises against non-essential travel to the provinces of Esmeraldas, Los Rios, Manabi, Santa Elena, Guayas and Santo Domingo on the northwestern coast of Ecuador which were affected by the 7.8-magnitude earthquake that struck the country on April 16, 2016. See Natural Disasters and Climate for more information.
Regional Advisory for the areas immediately bordering Colombia
Global Affairs Canada advises against all travel to the areas immediately bordering Colombia due to the presence of drug traffickers and criminal organizations. This includes the provinces of Carchi and Sucumbíos—except the city of Tulcán—and the town of San Lorenzo, located in the north of the province of Esmeraldas. Consult the Security tab for more information.
Regional Advisory for the area south of Cuenca
Global Affairs Canada advises against all travel in the southern provinces bordering Peru (Zamora-Chinchipe, Morona-Santiago and El Oro) due to the presence of landmines and unmarked minefields in the Cordillera del Cóndor, near the Peruvian border. De-mining efforts are under way to remove landmines; the goal is to have all landmines removed by 2017.