Moving to Ecuador | Things to know before immigrating to Ecuador

Ecuador’s varied landscape and diverse culture are just a few among many reasons that draw so many expats to this small country in the Pacific Ocean. Discover how to immigrate to Ecuador easily and affordably with Eurosender. Take a look at the factors influencing the living costs, and the things to consider when organising your move to Ecuador from the USA, Canada or elsewhere. Check how easy it is to ship household goods, furniture and much more to Ecuador with our relocation and removals services.

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THE BASICS

Things you should know before immigrating to Ecuador

Ecuador’s population consists of people from Mestizo, European, African, and Asian descent, making it one of the most culturally diverse countries in Latin America. This small South American country counts numerous expats from the USA, Canada, the UK, and all parts of the globe. Before you start packing your bags, here are a few basic facts to know before immigrating to Ecuador:
Capital
Quito
Timezone
UTC -5
Currency
American Dollars ($)
Population
16.000.000
Official Language
Spanish
Dialling code
+593
Emergency number
911
Driving
On the right side

BEFORE MOVING

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Visa requirements for Ecuador

Before organising your move to Ecuador, you have two visa options:

Non-resident visas: for those who wish to move to Ecuador to study, work or conduct business on a temporary basis.

Resident visas: for those who wish to immigrate to Ecuador permanently, or with the investment purposes.

Visitors from most countries are permitted to enter Ecuador and stay as a tourist for up to 90 days with a tourist visa. For a full list of permitted countries and visa requirements for Ecuador, visit the Ecuador immigration website.

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How to buy or rent property in Ecuador

Many wonder whether it is better to buy property when first moving to Ecuador or rent an apartment, but in both cases, it may take you some time to find a reliable realtor or landlord to help. A great place to start looking is through expat communities in Ecuador who may be able to point you in the right direction, or you may be able to find a new housemate to share your costs-

If you are looking to buy or rent property in the capital, Quito, you can expect to pay around $400 (€330) per month for a one-bedroom apartment in the center of town, or approximately $1500 (€1240) per m².


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LIVING IN ECUADOR

The cost of living in Ecuador – for expats

The cost of living in Ecuador is favourable to expats from the USA and Canada, as many things are much cheaper. If you plan on driving in Ecuador, you will find the price of petrol and cars is much less expensive, however, the downside is traffic.

A great way to save on everyday expenses such as fresh food is to buy fresh – Ecuador is known for its fertile soil and booming agricultural sector, providing fresh produce all year round.

When going for your daily coffee, you could expect to pay around $2 (€1,65), and an average dinner for two in an inexpensive restaurant will cost around $27 (€22,3).

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Where to find a job in Ecuador?

If you are an English-speaker who has just immigrated to Ecuador, you can find a job in the biggest industries, such as agriculture, and oil. Many multinational companies active in other sectors are also based in Ecuador.

Ecuador has 4 Free Trade Zones, creating opportunities for businesses in manufacturing, production, tourism, and service industries. When looking for job opportunities in Ecuador, these are a great place to look for employment and new business opportunities.


Schools for expats in Ecuador

Although public schools are free and compulsory for expat children in Ecuador, more than 25% leave them before reaching the 6th grade due to lack of funding and low staff. When you decide to move to Ecuador, consider choosing one of numerous international private schools offering superior quality. The school system in Ecuador consists of:

Primary School
Age: 5 – 12
Compulsory: Yes
Secondary School
Age: 13-18
Compulsory: No

Healthcare for expats in Ecuador

In recent times, improvements to Ecuador’s public healthcare system have meant better medical services for both expats and residents. However, most expats will opt for private cover regardless, thanks to its superior quality of services and facilities. When you first move to Ecuador, it is important to make sure you have sufficient cover before you obtain official status, to cover you for emergencies.


Can I drive in Ecuador with a foreign license?

It is permitted to drive in Ecuador using your foreign license, but we recommend to also carry an International Driving Permit (IDP) with you if your license is not already translated to Spanish.

When driving in Ecuador, take care as traffic can be chaotic and using your horn is common to communicate with other drivers. Buses also have right of way, and locals will tell you that they are known to make up their own rules.

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MOVING DESTINATIONS

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Organise your move to Ecuador from Canada

Moving to Ecuador from Canada does not have to be a hassle. At Eurosender, we know how to make your international removals to Ecuador a pleasant experience. If you need to ship household goods to Ecuador, discover how you can save your average moving costs by booking with us in a few clicks. Benefit from expert advice and support in multiple languages as well as insurance and tracking included in the price.

Organise your move to Ecuador from the UK

If you are thinking of making a big change and moving to Ecuador from England, let Eurosender do the hard work for you. Instead of spending hours searching for the least expensive way to ship household goods to Ecuador, find the best international removals to Ecuador for the job within seconds through our platform! Send your furniture, luggage, and packages at some of the best rates on the market!

Organise your move to Ecuador from the USA

If you are thinking of immigrating to Ecuador from the USA, trust Eurosender for your international removals. Instead of spending hours comparing different quotes for shipping household goods and other personal belongings to Ecuador, we will find you the best service at the best price available. Now, all you have to do is focus on packing. Need to send urgent documents to secure a visa? Ship them to Ecuador and have them delivered in 24-72 hours, worldwide.


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