ENTRY CARDS TO PROTECT THE GALAPAGOS ISLANDS
The Galapagos National Institute (INGALA) started a trial period to begin issuing a special entry card to the Galapagos, aimed to protect the islands. Earlier this year, Ecuadorian President Rafael Correa announced that the Galapagos Islands are at risk and declared that the archipelago’s conservation and environment management is an issue of national priority.
As previously informed, the issuing of this card was supposed to start on October 22; however, it seems they are having internal problems with the different processes and institutions, airlines, travel agencies involved has made it necessary to first implement a “trial period” until possibly November 5.
The Migration Control Card, which has a cost of US$ 10 (payable in cash), seeks to control visitors to the archipelago as tourists must state their status to avoid permanent stay in the islands. This personal yellow card will be given to passengers on their arrival to the Baltra or San Cristobal airport.
As per information of the Director of INGALA, the migration card will be handed out directly or through travel agencies, airlines flying to Galapagos and tourism operators. The card allows tourists a maximum 90-day stay in the islands.
The information needed is full name (as it appears in the passport), passport number and date of birth.
-Courtesy of Metropolitan Touring
Please remember that this card is in addition to the Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee ($100 per adult, to be paid in cash upon arrival)