Flights to the Galapagos
Be aware that there’s two different prices when you book flights to the Galapagos islands.
One is the price for locals, both Ecuadorians and temporary or permanent residents, that have an Ecuadorian ID (‘cédula’).
The second price, the higher one, is the tourist price.
Airlines always will ask for your cédula-number in case you go by mistake for the local ticket. So it’s almost impossible to purchase the wrong one.
Almost, since it happens every now and then, then the outstanding costs have to be paid directly at the airport, in order to board the plane.
Your flight to the Galapagos Islands
Essential infos on airport procedures in Quito and Guayaquil
The Galapagos Islands are a unique and special place to be in the world.
Unfortunately, so are the travel procedures at the airports you will have to transit at in order to reach the islands: Quito and Guayaquil.
At one of them you will have to go through the special procedures required by the regional government of the Galapagos.
This little guide will give you a heads up, so you won’t be surprised!
The procedures are the same for both Quito and Guayaquil Airport.
Before heading to the airport, make sure anything that can be done online, do it beforehand!
Like online check-in, print or download boarding passes, upload documents like passports if necessary. That will save you time at the airport!
1. Arrival at the airport
Make sure you arrive early, 3 hours before take-off is highly recommended.
2. Get your Transit Control Card (TCT)
Also known as Ingala-Card. In order to get this card, go to a booth called ‘Consejo de Gobierno del Régimen Especial de Galápagos’.
There you will be asked for your flight number, your passport, your vaccination certificate (or negative test result) and 20USD (per person).
You will receive an official document for check-in later.
Keep this certificate for your entire trip there and back! You will be asked for it repeatedly!
Attention: The TCT can only be paid in cash!!!
3. Get your baggage x-rayed and sealed
In order to get your baggage sealed go to a booth or door that has a sign saying ‘Inspeccion de equipaje’ (‘baggage inspection’).
Here, you will have to get all of your baggage x-rayed (checked baggage as well as carry-on) mostly to make sure that you’re not carrying fruits, plants, seeds or anything else organic.
Only the checked bags will be sealed with a little plastic seal, you will still be able to access your carry-ons.
4. Go to the check-in kiosks of your airline
Now that you have your TCT card and your baggage is sealed you can proceed to check-in.
Here the process is as usual as if you check in to any other flight.
Once checked-in, proceed through security and then to the gate to board your flight.
5. Arrival in Galapagos
Once you land in Galapagos, there is one more thing to do:
Pay the entrance fee to the National Park!
This fee is 100USD for foreign tourists, for kids under 12 it is 50USD.
This is a one time payment for your entire stay.
Attention: The entrance fee can ONLY be paid in cash!!!