Living in Ecuador guide

Find out all you need to know to relocate and live in Ecuador with the expat guide


General information


Visas, passports and entry requirements


Work visas, work permits, working holiday visas and residence permits


Labour market, how to find a job
  • The city of Guayaquil has been working on making itself attractive to foreigners. And it's worked, since you're looking for a job there!

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  • Work out what the most likely fields to find employment in Ecuador are for an expat and how much one can expect to earn.

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  • You want to live in Cuenca, but in order to support yourself in your new hometown, you need to find work there.

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  • If you're moving to Ecuador you may as well be at the heart of the country, right? So you want to settle in the capital, Quito.

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How to rent a house or an apartment, leases and rental agreements
  • Cuenca is a highly-coveted city to live in. How does this translate in terms of real estate? Find out what kind of accommodation you can hope to find there

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  • Although Guayaquil is changing for the better very quickly, it is not advisable to live anywhere in the city. Envision where to look for accommodation.

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  • You have ascertained that you want to live in Quito. Great! But where in Quito, exactly? In which type of accommodation? For how much?

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  • In your minds eye, you picture your dream Ecuadorian home. But do you know how to realistically go about renting or buying accommodation in Ecuador?

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Student visa, University registration

Health care

Public and private health systems
  • Healthcare is a huge concern for expats. Ecuadors healthcare, however, may lay many of your fears to rest and incite you even more to move there.

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Open and manage a bank account


Tax system, income tax
  • Ecuador makes many a provision to please potential expats but exempting them from taxes is not one of them.

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Train, bus, plane, car rental
  • How simple or complicated is it for an expat to cover the distance from point A to point B in Ecuador? See how to navigate the transport system.

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Driver's licence

Driving requirements
  • Many people find they can do just fine without a car once in Ecuador. But what kind of license do you need to drive in Ecuador?

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moving, formalities and useful tips


Phone line, internet provider, post office
  • Living in Ecuador does not exclude keeping connected with the world at large. What are the phone and internet options available in the country?

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Sports, leisure and cultural activities

Questions and answers about Ecuador

Expatriate health insurance in Ecuador

Free advice and quotation service to choose an expat health insurance in Ecuador

Moving to Ecuador

Find tips from professionals about moving to Ecuador

International Money Transfer

Currency Exchange and Money Transfer Specialists

Travel insurance in Ecuador

Enjoy a stress-free travel across Ecuador

Flights to Ecuador

Find the best prices for your flight tickets to Ecuador