We arrived in Ecuador on a 90 day tourist visa but by month 2 we knew we wanted to stay longer. Below is information on how we got our tourist visa 12-IX.
In order to get the visa application in we had to have the letter of solicitude. If you need help with this I will gladly send you the one I used.
But you have to write exactly how many days you will be in Ecuador, from the date you apply to the date of your return ticket. For example we wrote 180 days and they made us change it to 120 days. And of course, it has to be written in Spanish.
You have to have a return ticket receipt with your name on it.
Even though we had a return ticket for March they made us change our tickets in advance to June (without knowing if we’d receive the visa). Other people have had a different experience and didn’t have to show a return ticket. The ticket does not need to be notarized.
We had to provide a color copy of our passports and the page with the Ecuador stamp. These copies had to be notarized. If you need help finding a notario in Cuenca I can send you some info.
We needed to print out bank statements and show that we had over $1000. $1000 is the minimum you can have in your bank account. They did not accept credit card statements (Although I heard some people had theirs accepted.) We notarized our bank statements but I had to print out another copy and they told us the bank statements didn’t have to be notarized.
And you need the certificado de movimiento migratorio which you can get at the visa office. This is the first thing you should do. It costs $5.
You need to fill out the visa application and have a passport size picture attached. And pay the $30 application fee in cash if they accept your forms. Forms can be found here:
The $200 for the visa is paid when you are accepted and register your visa. They say you can only pay with $20 bills or less.
Make sure you arrive at the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores early. And try to get it all done on the same day even if you have to keep going back and forth, it is better if they remember your face. And get the process started 30 days before your 90 day visa expires.
So…WHAT YOU NEED:
-letter of solicitude (why you want to stay in Ecuador)
-color copies of passport and stamp (notarized)
-certificado de movimiento
-pasaje de returno (return ticket)
-solvencia economica (bank statements showing $1000)
If you are getting this done in Cuenca and have any questions, please leave a comment. I’ll try and help out the best I can.
It is an annoying process.