Country Summary: Serious, sometimes violent, demonstrations and road blockades occurred throughout Ecuador in October 2019, disrupting inter-city, inter-provincial, and international travel. Demonstrations and blockades could occur again in any location with little to no warning.
Crime, including violent crime, is a concern throughout Ecuador. Limited police and judicial resources contribute to Ecuador’s overall high crime rate. Pickpocketing, purse snatching, robbery, and theft of travel documents are the crimes most commonly committed against U.S. citizens. Read the Safety and Security section on the country information page.
If you decide to travel to Ecuador:
Avoid demonstrations and crowds.
Be aware of your surroundings.
Keep a low profile.
Do not physically resist any robbery attempt.
Monitor local media for updates on possible demonstrations, potential road closures, and flight status.
Have evacuation plans that do not rely on U.S. government assistance.