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Ecuador: Protests

There have been extensive protests across Ecuador since 3 October following new economic measures announced by the Government on 1 October. This has caused nationwide disruption, with demonstrations and road blockages in many provinces. A State of Emergency remains in place.

The Armed Forces announced a curfew on 8 October, restricting access between 20:00 and 05:00 in the Historic Centre of Quito and in other areas of strategic importance across Ecuador, including ports, airports, Government buildings and energy infrastructure. Official documents will be required for access to ports and airports within these times. New Zealanders in Ecuador should comply with the requirements of these emergency measures. Military personnel have been deployed nationwide, and security forces have used tear gas to disperse crowds.

A major protest has taken place in Quito on 9 October in the Historic Centre and further large-scale demonstrations are expected over the next few days, especially in the Andean region.

Given the extensive disruption to travel across Ecuador since 3 October, and the likelihood that this may continue, travellers should consider carefully the practicalities of their travel plans. You should avoid inter-city travel by land where possible. Allow extra time to reach your destination and check travel plans regularly - you may need to change your plans. If your travel is affected by roadblocks, remain where you are until you have identified a safe route and means to travel. National supply chains are also being affected. You should ensure you have adequate essential supplies (food, water, fuel and medicine).

Monitor official sources via the ECU 911 emergency services - be wary of unverified, unofficial information. Updates on transport disruption are available on the ECU 911 website, from the Municipal Transport Agency for Quito and the Municipal Transport Agency for Guayaquil (in Spanish).

Some international flights have been affected in recent days. Intermittent access to Quito International Airport has resulted in some cancellations and delays to domestic and international flights. You should check your flight status with your airline before travelling to the airport. For live updates on all flights, monitor the Quito International Airport and Guayaquil International Airport websites.

New Zealanders in Ecuador are advised to avoid all protests and demonstrations, as some have turned violent. New Zealanders are also advised to monitor local media for developments and comply with any instructions and restrictions issued by the local authorities.

If you require urgent consular assistance please contact the New Zealand Embassy in Bogota, Colombia on +57 1 439 1666 (during work hours) and +64 9 920 2020 (out of office hours), or on nzembajadacolombia@gmail.com

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