Penn Abroad will notify students of the travel requirements prior to departure and we ask students check email frequently throughout the Fall 2021 semester and while on winter break. Should any action be required, we ask that students respond accordingly within 48 hours. Students are also encouraged to check the U.S. Department of State’s International page for additional information.
Current information and requirements are as follows:
To enter the Galapagos, travelers must provide a vaccine certificate and a negative PCR test. This test will be arranged by Penn Abroad upon arrival into Ecuador. All travelers must complete a COVID-19 PCR-RT test 72 hours prior to boarding the group flight to Miami. Students should schedule their test with this timeframe in mind as well as be aware of the possible delays with testing around the New Year holiday.
For any Penn-affiliated travel occurring after May 18, 2021, including all participants in Fall 2021 study abroad programs, COVID-19 vaccinations are required. Travelers must be fully vaccinated prior to departure. The timeframe to be considered fully vaccinated is two weeks after a single-dose vaccine (such as Johnson & Johnson/Janssen) or two weeks after the second dose of a two-dose vaccine (such as Pfizer or Moderna). Because the country of Ecuador requires proof of vaccination for entry into the Galapagos, students will be asked to upload a copy of their vaccination certificate in PASSPORT prior to departure.
As of September 2021, visitors are not required to quarantine upon arrival in Ecuador. Should this change and quarantine measures are reinstated, Penn Abroad will suspend the travel component.