Last year, we wrote a detailed posting on how to extend your visa in Ecuador. One of the most popular ways is to solicit a 12- IX visa, or the “Actos de Comercio” visa. The 12-IX visa is increasingly being solicited by tourists who want to stay in Ecuador past the 90 days given with a 12-X Visa (aka the ‘stamp’ many countries receive upon arrival). Extensions of the 12-X visa are still rumored to occur – but these are increasingly rare! So don’t hedge your bets and plan on getting the 12-IX if you want to stay longer than 90 days.
Important: If you are planing a trip to Ecuador and you already know that you want to stay longer than 90 days, you can apply for a 12-IX visa at the Ecuadorian consulate in your hometown.
The information we posted last summer is still more or less the same, so start by reading that posting in full. However, there have been some important new changes recently (at least in Cuenca):
1. Passport copies (2) must be notarized.
- One of our readers recommended a notary down the street from the KFC at the Milenium Plaza. It cost him $2.00 for the notarization.
2. You now need to obtain a “Certificado de Movimiento Migratorio.”
- Cost: $5. Obtain it from the Policia de Migracion office (E. Muñoz and Gran Colombia). You will need to show them your passport.
Recap! With these 2 recent changes, in order to get a 12-IX Visa, you will need:
- Visa Application, completed & signed
- Letter of Solicitude, in Spanish
- Notarized, color copies of your passport photo page and stamp page
- Certificado de Movimiento Migratorio
- 1 passport photo
- Copy of your outgoing flight**
- Bank statement (showing you have $1000 USD minimum)
- $230 USD ($30 for visa processing – 1st visit; $200 for visa – 2nd visit)
Good luck! As always, please feel free to post your questions, comments, and experiences regarding the visa process in Ecuador below.
May 14, 2012