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3 Tips to Avoid Migration Fines in Ecuador


A drop in migration fines has been implemented in Ecuador and it is great news that many have been waiting for!

The change in the prices of the fines were implemented on February 5th, 2021 according to article 103 of the new law of Human Mobility of Ecuador.

Ideally, most people can request an appointment to renew their immigration status in Ecuador before the expiration of their visa. In the following cases a fine will be issued:

  • 1.- A temporary visitor who stays past the established time granted by an entry stamp in their passport (90 days for U.S citizens) without requesting an extension or those who stay past the time of their extension will be subject to pay a fine of a unified basic salary and/or will be banned from entering the country for 1 year. The current unified basic salary is four hundred U.S dollars ($400) as of 2021.

  • 2.- A person who holds a tourist visa and does not change their immigration status (to a residence visa), on time will be subject to a fine of 50% of the unified basic salary of Ecuador or two hundred U.S dollars ($200) as of 2021.

  • 3.- If a permanent residence visa holder stays out of the country for more than 180 days per year, for the first two years of their visa they are subject to a fine of 50% of the unified basic salary of Ecuador or two hundred U.S dollars ($200) as of 2021.

  • EXTRA: A person that performs an activity not indicated by their visa will be subject to a fine of four hundred U.S dollars ($400). This restriction applies mostly to those holding tourist and volunteer visas.

In the case of a temporary visitor (tourist) that stays in the country past their allowed date they will be fined and then required to complete one of the following:

  • Fix their immigration status by applying for a different visa (temporary residence, permanent residence or professional visa)

  • They will not be permitted to enter the country for 1 year from the time they leave, although they may enter before the 1 year if they obtain a visa from their home country.

If you cannot change your immigration status while in Ecuador you will be required to leave the country or you may stay in the country, pay the fine, and continue to try and obtain your correct visa.

In this link you can watch a series of videos about this important changes and how they can affect you.

Or, you can book a 15 minutes FREE OF CHARGE appointment here!

The EcuaAssist Team


The information provided on this website does not, and is not intended to, constitute legal advice; instead, all information, content, and materials available on this site are for general informational purposes only.


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