You will need a valid passport in order to enter Ecuador. Your passport must be valid for six months beyond your anticipated return date. If you have not already obtained your passport, apply for one immediately. You can find information about applying for a passport on the US Department of State website.
US citizens on the MSID—Ecuador program are not required to obtain a student visa. Non-US citizens should check with the host country embassy to determine any special regulations pertaining entry into that country. They can also reach out to the Learning Abroad Center's Visa Assistant (firstname.lastname@example.org) for help.
All MSID—Ecuador students who are US citizens will enter Ecuador on a tourist visa, which is granted upon arrival, and valid for 90 days. Therefore, it is not necessary to apply for a visa in advance.
Once in Ecuador, students will work with the staff at our partner organization to complete paperwork for an extension of their visa. The current extension fee is already included in the program fee. Visa processes and fees can change without prior notification. If visa costs increase, we will notify students as soon we become aware of a change in fees.
We are working with our partner organization in Quito to confirm the requirements for the extension paperwork. Students will receive more specific instructions about the process via email.
The Learning Abroad Center will also provide a letter confirming the visa process, which students should carry with them as they travel to Ecuador, in case they are questioned by airline or immigration officials.
Note that visa regulations are subject to change without prior notification, depending on current Ecuadorian immigration policies.