Overstaying your visa in Ecuador

3 months, non-renewable.

That’s how long you get on a tourist visa when you enter Ecuador with only your American/Canadian/European passport.

And then we’re told we can only be in Ecuador for 90 days per year as a tourist.

Bull sh*t.


Truth is, once in Ecuador towards the end of your initial 90 day stay, you can extend your time for 3-6 months with a 12-9 Turismo-Comercio (Tourism-Comerce) Visa paying $230 at any of the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores (Ministry of Foreign Relations) Offices throughout Ecuador.

How to get 6 instead of 3 months?

From what I’ve seen, it helps a lot to show more money (at least $5000) on the print out of your bank account they ask for when applying. Also, specifically ask for a 6 month extension in the solicitation letter they ask you to write.

Now, what really happens if you OVERSTAY your visa?

Well, I’m not proud of it, but I overstayed my visa last year, in 2010, by 9 months.

When I left I paid the same $250 fine I would have paid if I left one day past my visa expiration. I was also told I could not re-enter Ecuador for 9 months without getting a visa in a consulate prior to arrival.

I didn’t test it. I came back a few months ago, almost exactly 9 months after I left (I had some things to do in China).

This week, in the immigration office of Guayaquil, a city on the southern coast of Ecuador, I confirmed the rumor was true that as of this year Ecuador has abolished the fine for foreigners overstaying their visas.

No more fine.

Not even a slap on the hand.

Just show up at the airport and CHAO.

The only sanction is that you can not re-enter for 9 months without getting a visa prior to coming back.

Of course, I recommend staying legal if you can, it just makes life simpler, but the choice is yours now that you know what really happens.

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Cotacachi Gated Community, Lots $20k, Houses $99,900

Gated community with 5 houses built and 5 lots available for a total of 10 homes. Resale homes are priced for under $100,000.

Building lots range from $14,000 to $20,000. Underground utilities, city and local water.



Security night guard at $50 per month per home. Yard work at $20 per month.

Area has continued growth and 5 minutes to town by taxi. Road improvements scheduled for 2012.

Subject property has 2 bedrooms with bathroom on the first floor and master suite with private bath on the second floor. Furnished.

For More Information Please Contact:

Micky Enright Real Estate Agent
[email protected]
10 de Agosto #10-64
Cotacachi, Ecuador
Local Cell: 087558194

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NEW! 3 bed, 2 bath oceanview house for sale, Puerto Cayo $145k pre-build

Enjoy the best oceanview of the whole Ecuador coastline right from your porch of the islands off Puerto Cayo!

The house is a short 3 minute walk from the beach and a short walk to the center of a sleepy, safe fishing village with AMAZING seafood!

Rise in the morning and slide open your sliding glass doors and bask in the 180 degree oceanview from your porch.

Also, enjoy the safety and comfort of a small gated subdivide without all the politics of a large one.

Entertain your loved ones during a BBQ from your deck as you whale watch and entertain your closest friends and family.  This beach house, built to North American standards is the place for you, all for under $1000 per square meter which is much less than the new construction residences in nearby Manta!

Year built: New! 2015
View: 180 degree oceanview
Lot size: 337.5 m2 (33750ft2)
Roof: Spanish-colonial style clay tiles
Availability: 1 finished house available only, 3 pre-construction

Construction size: one story 190m2 (1900ft2)
Distance to beach: 500 meters
Bedrooms: 3
Bath: 2
Patio/deck: covered (27m2 or 270ft2)
Garage: covered, one car.

Property type: Stand alone home in small (4-5 units) gated community.
Landscaping: Desert landscaping
Master bath: His and hers sink, bath-tub. (9m2 or 99ft2)
Bedrooms: Finished wide closets with extra large loft bed with desk.

Water pressure: House comes with installed pump and pressure tank, plug and play.

City water: yes!
Sewage: Septic
City electric: yes!
Internet/Telephone ready.

Open kitchen with island, air extractor, and granite countertops.

Porcelen flooring
Spanish tile roofs
Screens for windows

Very desirable area for rentals… great possible return on investment! Duplexes in nearby vacinity are going for over $250,000 with no oceanview.

Finished! Move-in ready. Only 1 finished house available, could go quick!

For the finished house asking $159,000. For $145,000 get the same house on adjacent lot if you buy pre-construction!

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$26k, Cuenca 300m2 Vacant land for sale

Cuenca land for sale SECTOR EL CEBOLLAR price:$26.000
Lot is flat and ready to build with basic services available,

Total: 300,65m2


For more info contact seller via form below:
Italo Tapia: Área (593) Cel.: 097 264 196 (Claro) / 087 750 051(Movi)
Ofic. Telf.: 72850 144

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