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profile member asked on Mar 9, 2016

Getting the visa situation straight

Hi - I just want to get this clear. I am an American citizen on my free 90 day visa. I thought I could renew or go out and come back for another 90 days. But I just found out that I cannot, that if I want to spend one day longer in the country I have to pay $400 for a six month visa, no other option. That is too expensive for me, and I dont want to stay for six months anyway. The rainy season is driving me crazy so I was thinking of going somewhere for a couple of months then coming back for the dry festival season in June and July. So if I dont use all my 90 days would they count the days on my passport and, when I return, grant me the days remaining? Is that a definite policy or could I have problems? Thank you, Jean



2 Answers

answered on 3/9/16 by
a VT member from Ecuador

Dear Jean,

Actually when you arrive in Ecuador, you have 90 days in the whole year from the day you stamped ! It mean, you stay 30 days and go out, you come back in the same year and you still remain 60 days ! But nothing more after the 90 days even if you extend the tourism VISA

answered on 3/10/16 by
a VT member from Nashville

Thank you for replying. I can count on them to be fair if I go out and come back? Someone told me about the $400 thing for six months, she lives here and has done it. It takes time to get so meanwhile you can legally wait it out, I guess. This is ok for people who want to stay a long time, although I find it outrageously expensive. I vaguely read up on the visa situation before coming and texts said I could renew. Maybe this is what they meant. Even the US state department text is very vague about it, although it seems now that I should have applied ahead of time. Maybe....Why they should be fussier than Europe, Mexico, Central America, even India and SE Asia, is beyond me. Peru does not allow extension but only charges a $1 a day fine at the airport on leaving. Well, someone in some political inner circle knows the answer, not us! There are lots of expats residing here and they use the dollar so I am scratching my head!

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