Price of Galapagos Transit Control Card to increase

The price of the Galapagos Transit Control Card – an ID card which all visitors are required to buy before traveling to the islands – is to increase next year.

Transit Card helps control immigration to the Galapagos

The cost of the card, which is currently US$10 per person, will rise to US$20 per person on the 1st March 2015. The card is issued by INGALA, a Ecuadorean government agency that manages the social, economic, cultural and environmental factors that affect the islands. The card was introduced by INGALA to control immigration to the Galapagos and enables the agency to monitor who enters and leaves the islands, and how long they stay. The card was introduced as a measure to control migration to the Galapagos, which hugely increased in the 1970s due to better job opportunities and higher wages than on the mainland.

The money collected is used by INGALA for a number of purposes, include population monitoring, planning, and conservation and sustainable development projects.

Visitors must pay for the Transit Control Card at the airport in either Quito or Guayaquil before flying to the islands. Payment is in cash only. Some tour agencies will buy the cards in advance for their passengers – check before traveling. Remember you will not be able to board the plane if you do not have the card.
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