U.S. State Department Considers Ecuador Travel Low Risk
Every once in a while, we hear concerns from potential Ecuador travelers over perceived safety issues. Thus, we wanted to make you aware of the most recent travel advisory upgrades made by the U.S. Department of State.
Recently, the U.S. State Department devised a new system to categorize global travel risks for U.S. citizens. Each country around the world was given a risk assessment ranking between 1 and 4 so that travelers can make informed decisions about the threats they face when traveling to various countries. The four travel advisory levels are:
In its most recent assessment, the State Department rated Ecuador as a Level 1, making it one of the safest countries in South America. According to the advisory, Level 1 carries the lowest safety and security risk for travel, but the State Department also points out that there is some inherent risk in any international travel and that conditions can sometimes change rather quickly.
Travel advisories at Levels 2-4 are based on established risk indicators such as crime, terrorism, civil unrest, health/disease threat, or natural disasters. If a country has received one of these elevated risk levels, the official travel advisory includes information about the specific threat or threats that led to the elevated risk rating. At the moment, most countries in South America are in the low risk Level 1 category. Thus, Argentina, Bolivia, Chile, Peru, Paraguay, and Uruguay join Ecuador in the Level 1 category. Notable exceptions are Brazil and Colombia, which are rated a Level 2 risk, and Venezuela, which is rated at a Level 3.
The International SOS Travel Risk map for 2018 also ranks Ecuador as one of the safest countries in South America, with the exception of the Colombian border region. As a matter of fact, Ecuador, at the moment, enjoys a safer travel rating from the U.S. State Department than Germany, for example. So take heart and let us help you plan an amazing Ecuador vacation (contact form or email@example.com)!