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The question following was posted by Morgan Holbrook, a friend of ours who is currently in Cotacachi. We get frequent requests for this kind of information. Just a word of warning. Ecuador visa requirement can change like the weather. So if you read this post six months from now (posted Dec. 2010), you may want to check again on the current requirements.
I am currently in Cotachi on a 90 day tourist visa and having a great time. I love it here so far. I entered Ecuador on 12/01/10.
My fiance is joining me here on Christmas day. We want to stay longer so she has already purchased her return ticket for May 21, 2011 which is well beyond the 90 day visi maximum. Oooops! . My return ticket is dated 3.01.11 exactly
90 days from my entry date. I want to stay until May 21, 2011 too. Are we going to jail?
Any suggestions as to the most direct fix? Is my fiancee going to be denied entrance into Ecuador? All of this occurred yesterday, and apparently it really sounded like a good idea at the time. What to do now?
You are not going to jail, but you do need to get a Visa extension. The requirements are listed here.
You can print out the application form in PDF format. You need to get photos, have a return flight reservation for a date after your current visa expires and have someone with a cedula (citizen or resident) vouch for you
This financial requirement is met by the person presenting their financial status at the local notary office and the notary drawing up the appropriate document. You should take with you color copies of the ID
page of your passport and the page that shows the stamp from when you last entered the country.
The requirements look pretty simple, but having gone through the process myself (filed in Guayaquil) it is good to have an attorney or facilitator work with you. Or plan to be patient and probably make several trips to the
foreign relations office to get everything filed.
Not sure how the office in Quito works, but here in Guayaquil they only take appointments on certain days of the week. Previously one could show up early in the morning and get a number to be attended later on that same day.
They then switched to a system where you need an appointment in advance. Not sure what the current system is.
Maybe things are more efficient in Quito and it will be easier for you than it was for me! The good news is once everything is filed you are good to go for another 90 days.
PS – On the solvency requirement that you will see for both the 12-X and the 12-IX visas, “El extranjero deberá demostrar que posee solvencia económica para permanecer en el país.”, Carolina said that you need to show at least
$1,000 in your bank account in the US (or wherever); you can just pull up a printout from you online banking; that will suffice.
Amy said, “have someone with a cedula (citizen or resident) vouch for you financially. This financial requirement is met by the person presenting their financial status at the local notary office and the notary drawing up the appropriate document.” I am sure either way will work.
You will also notice that the requirements for both the 12-X and the 12-IX visas say, “Copia del pasaje ida y vuelta.”. This return ticket home (vuelta) requirement corresponds to what Amy said, “have a return flight resevation for a date after your current visa expires”.
Another respondent to Morgan’s questions answered as follows:
Morgan – Here’s what I found out this afternoon from Carolina Veintimilla in the visa department at the Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores here in Cuenca.
It pretty much lines up with what Amy said below, with some exceptions, specifically a full 90 day extension or not. Regarding Graham’s comment in a separate post, “The last I heard, you can get 3 – 30 day
extensions.”, that has definitely changed.
The bottom line is that you can get a 45-day extension if you go to a Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores here in Ecuador, or you can leave the country and visit an Ecuadorian Consulate, say in Peru (nearest Tumbes) or Columbia (nearest Ipiales), and get a 90-day extension.
Carolina explained to me that the reason thatyo u only get 45 days if you apply here is because the law is different in
the two situations; we didn’t expand on that.
With the 12-X visa you get either the additional 45 days or 90 days tacked on to your original entitlement of 90 days on the T-3, so you end up with a total of 135 days or 180 depending on the situation. After that there are no more extensions.
Another option is to solicit a 12-IX visa using the same “Solicitud de VisaNo Inmigrante” form. That will get you 90 days if you solicit it here in Ecuador at an MRE, or 180 days if you get it at a Consulate in Peru or Columbia (actually any country outside of Ecuador). The cost for that is $230.
The above is from the horses-mouth (MRE) today. (Dec. 22, 2010.) I took good notes. We repeated everything in English and Spanish.
If you deal with someone like Carolina in the MRE in Cuenca you shouldn’t need a lawyer. She is definitely there to help expats with their “visa tangle”.
With your situation, you wouldn’t be able to extend your March 1st visa expiration extended to that May 21st date that you are shooting for with the 45-day option with the 12-X.
You would either have to make a quick trip to Peru or Columbia and get the 90 days, or apply for the 12-IX. With your
fiancé entering on December 25th, her T3 would run out on March 25th. The 45-day option wouldn’t get her to the May 21st date either.
Your fall back option is to just stay until you want and pay a $200 fine when you leave. They are not going to prevent your departure or put you in jail. Of course, you will be an illegal alien though for awhile. – Gerard
One last thing I forgot to mention. If you apply for the 12-X or the 12-IX visa at the MRE here in Ecuador, you have to do it 30 days prior to the expiration of your T-3. They will issue the visa for the date so it picks up
where your T-3 ends, but you have to apply 30 days prior. If you go out of the country to Peru or Columbia the 30 day prior rule doesn’t apply.
Thanks to the People at Ecuador_expats yahoo groups for getting out this valuable information–Gary