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U.S. Passport Services

General Information

Embassies and consulates overseas are no longer authorized to issue regular U.S. passports.  All non-emergency passports are now processed in the United States.  The Embassy in Quito and the Consulte in Guayaquil will accept your passport application and forward it to the U.S. for processing.

A passport, once approved, normally arrives at the Embassy or Consulate and is ready for pick-up within 10 to 15 working days.

The Embassy is authorized to issue limited-validity passports in emergencies.  Be advised, though, that a lack of planning does not constitute an emergency.

Information for Passport Applicants

Passport applications accepted overseas between May 20, 2015 and June 3, 2015 are affected by the systems issues and may be delayed.

If you applied for a U.S. passport overseas during this time frame and you have not received an e-mail informing that your new passport has arrived 48 hours before your travel date, please contact us to request an emergency passport  at

Information about how to apply for an emergency passport is available at the Emergency Travel Section at the How to Replace a Lost and Stolen Passport webpage.

Passport Services

The U.S. Embassy in Quito and the U.S. Consulate in Guayaquil provides the following Passport Services:


If you have already applied for a passport renewal we remind you that you may pick up your new passport Monday, Wednesday and Friday between the hours of 11:00 A.M. and 12:00 P.M. without an appointment.

Important Notice about dual citizenship

American citizen dual nationals may enter Ecuador on a non-U.S. passport, but Ecuadorian immigration will require such individuals to present a U.S. passport with a minimum of six months remaining validity.
Your U.S. passport is valid until the day of expiration, U.S. Citizens that are travelling back to the U.S. on a non stop flight may use their valid U.S. passport even if it has less than six month validity.

If a traveler enters Ecuador as a dual national then he/she must also depart as a dual national by presenting both passports.  Dual nationals (Ecuadorian/American) may enter Ecuador as an Ecuadorian citizen, claiming dual nationality upon entry, and must show evidence of Ecuadorian citizenship upon entry and departure.
Additionally, Ecuadorian immigration requires U.S. citizen children born in Ecuador (and thus Ecuadorian citizens) to present a valid Ecuadorian passport in order to exit Ecuador the first time only.

For information on how to apply for an Ecuadorian passport, please click here.