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Ecuadorian Laws Information


It is illegal in Ecuador to cultivate, process, sell, possess, use, or export narcotics. This includes hashish, marijuana, opium, heroin, and cocaine. The maximum penalty for such violations is 16 years in jail.


Motorist, beware. If you are driving a vehicle and are involved in an accident in which someone is injured or killed, you will be arrested, regardless of whether you think you are guilty or innocent of causing the accident. The Embassy cannot get you out of jail in such situations. We suggest that you be extra defensive in your driving, or to avoid driving unless it is absolutely necessary.

Cultural Patrimony

Attempts to remove from Ecuador pre-Columbian artifacts and works of art from the colonial era can result in heavy fines and up to two years imprisonment, as these items are protected by Law of Cultural Patrimony.

Hunting and Fishing

Licenses and rules for hunting and fishing can be obtained from the Ministry of Exterior Commerce, Industrialization, Fisheries and Tourism, Department of Fisheries, which is located at Av. Amazonas y Eloy Alfaro. Telephones: 2505072 / 2507549