Living in Ecuador guide

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

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General information
  • Discover the different aspects that combine to make Ecuador a popular expat destination: its geographical situation, history, politics...

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  • The cost of living is one of the first questions asked by potential expats. GringosAbroad, Bryan and Dena Haines, Canadian expats living in Ecuador share their family budget. Their family of three is living in Cuenca, Azuay Province.

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Visas, passports and entry requirements
  • Is Ecuador's reputation as a retirement haven justified? Take a look at the reasons that attract retirees to Ecuador.

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Work visas, work permits, working holiday visas and residence permits
  • The rules to obtain an Ecuadorian permanent residency permit can be quite complicated to understand, and in the article below we provide some information

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  • Ecuador’s visa policy, one of the world’s most lenient, makes it easy for tourists from almost all the countries in the world to visit Ecuador as a tempora

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  • Brief information on how to obtain a Residence Visa for Ecuador

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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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  • You don't just want to be an expat in Ecuador, you want to be an entrepreneur to boot. We commend you for your ambition.

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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
  • A fun and very easy way to start learning the Spanish Language

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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
  • Recommendations for touring the Cajas National Park outside of Cuenca, Ecuador

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  • Its completely conceivable to you to expatriate and leave everything behind for a new life in Ecuador. Everything, that is, except your pet.

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  • Formalities might almost make a person forget why they first felt compelled to move to Ecuador to begin with: a better lifestyle.

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  • Awareness of Crime. How to protect yourself and be less of a target.

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