Galápagos Islands Essentials

A list of essential information about the Galápagos Islands, including language, currency, visa requirements, time zone, dialling code and emergency numbers.

Language: Spanish
Currency: US dollar (USD) – check latest exchange rates on
Visas: Free / 90-day issued at border with proof of onward travel; see visa requirements for more details
Time zone: GMT -6 (BST -7)
Dialling code: 593
Emergency codes: Police 101, Medical 911
Capital city: Puerto Ayora, Santa Cruz (Quito, Ecuador)
Population: 26,640
Tipping: 10% service charge often included on bill
Electricity: 120V/60hz. Ecuador and the Galápagos Islands uses the below AC power plugs and sockets. We recommend the OREI travel adaptor. It works in over 150 countries and includes a USB charger.

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