FAQ #93 – What About VISA RUNS In Ecuador?
In some countries like Mexico, visa runs are often used to reset the tourist visa/permit timelines every 3 to 6 months. However, visa runs are not allowed or feasible in Ecuador since you can only have one 90-day tourist visa per year based on the date of first entry, not per calendar year.
You are allowed to apply for a 90 day extension for your tourist visa, but you can only do that once every 5 years. Your best option for staying in Ecuador longer than 90 days is to apply for a Temporary Residency Visa, which is far easier and cheaper than most other countries.
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