Galapagos Island health insurance

An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. That phrase can summarize our recommendations when it comes to health insurance before traveling to the Galápagos Islands. Everyday we get a lot of questions about the Galapagos Entry Requirements and the health insurance is the most frequent one.

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Galápgos is a unique destination and that’s what caughs the attention of all tourist. Not for nothing they are called “The enchanted Islands”  and to keep its uniqueness the Galápagos government has a set of rules and requirements tourists have to comply with in order to enjoy the islands.

Galápagos is also an adventure destination and that means most activities and daily tours are outdoors, doing snorkeling in open water with sharks, rays, climbing to the top of a volcano, relaxing on an isolated paradisiac beach, hiking and so on. To live this is an amazing experience but it also carries a bit of risk. Saying this we don’t want to scare you away. Most activities are safe and you are always in the company of a well experience certified guide and its really unlikely that something happens to you during your trip.

However,  even a small accident can be a bit more complicated in Galápagos because of the location of the tours. Imagine you are hiking on a small islet and you twist your ankle. In any other destination it would be an easy call to an ambulance but in Galápagos you’ll probably need a helicopter ambulance to get you because that would be faster and more efficient and also, a bit expensive. This specially if you had to take a boat ride to reach there.

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Do I need health insurance for my Galapagos Trip?

If your question is if the health insurances is a mandatory requirement to enter the Galápagos Islands the answer is no, at least not at the moment. It was discussed by the Ecuadorian government to add this to the list of entry requirements but this has not been approved yet, so you won’t be required to show proof of your health insurance to be able to access to the islands. Here’s the press release about this topic from the official government website. We usually keep an eye to see the latest news about this and if its approved or not, so you can be sure that this page is always updated.

Even thought is not mandatory, as we mentioned before, we highly advise you to get one. They are as cheap as $3 a day and can save you a lot of money for even the slightest accident or a bug bite for example. It’s always better to be prepared.

Galapagos Health Insurance Price

You can get health and travel insurance for your trip to the Galapagos Islands for as low as $3 a day. The final price always depends on the coverage and how long are you staying on the islands (the more days, the cheaper it gets). If you would like a quote or help with your Galapagos itinerary feel free to drop us a line and we’ll be happy to help you.

What’s the best Health Insurance for my Galapagos trip?

There’s plenty of insurance companies offering different plans, we recommend you to get the one that fits better your needs and your budget. In Galapagos Low Cost we work with several insurance companies in case you want to add this additional service when booking your personalized itinerary. We work with Mapfre, which is an international well known and safe company with the best price and coverage. If you would like more information let us know on an email to



 We’ll help you build and organize a personalized itinerary so that you make the most of your budget and time in the Galapagos Islands.


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  1. Erick October 13, 2020 at 10:10 pm - Reply

    Hello 4 of us might be traveling to guayaquil Dec 16, Galapagos Dec 17 to 21 / 2020. From USA.
    What kind of health insurance we need, and will cover covid19, too.
    Please coverage plan and price. Thank you.

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