What is the change? Officials at Ecuador’s ports of entry have begun checking foreign nationals for proof that they have medical insurance coverage.

What does the change mean? The requirement is contained in Ecuador’s new Law on Human Mobility. Although this specific provision does not take effect until July 22, foreign nationals are advised that border officials are currently requesting proof.

  • Implementation time frame: Immediate and ongoing.
  • Who is affected: All foreign nationals entering Ecuador.
  • Business impact: Companies should make sure that foreign nationals they send to Ecuador are prepared to present proof of medical insurance coverage.
  • Next steps: Before the official implementation date, authorities are expected to clarify the details on whether a certain amount or type of coverage must be presented. In the meantime, officials appear to be accepting any form of proof of insurance coverage.

BAL Analysis: Foreign nationals traveling to Ecuador should be aware that they may be asked to show proof of medical insurance and be prepare to present their insurance card or other proof of coverage upon entry.

This alert has been provided by the BAL Global Practice group and our network provider located in Ecuador. For additional information, please contact your BAL attorney.

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