Wednesday, September 14, 2011
New Ecuadorian Passport rules for our dual Passporte holders...
U.S. EMBASSY—QUITO, ECUADOR
New Rules pertaining to Dual Nationals(U.S. and Ecuadorian citizens) trying to Depart Ecuador
Are you a Dual National of Ecuador and the United States?
Is this is the case, new regulations by the Ecuadorian government may affect
All individuals born in Ecuadorian territory are automatically considered Ecuadorian
citizens at birth. Therefore, an individual born to U.S. citizen parents in Ecuador
— regardless of whether he or she qualifies as a U.S. citizen — is an Ecuadorian
citizen and must depart Ecuador for the first time using an Ecuadorian passport.
In order to do so, parents, or the actual Dual National in the case of adults, should first
obtain an Ecuadorian birth certificate at their local Civil registry office and then obtain a national ID card (“cedula”). With this
document, parents, or the actual Dual National in the case of adults, can apply for an Ecuadorian passport.
Subsequent to the first trip out of the country, a dual national may re-enter Ecuador either as an Ecuadorian citizen or as a tourist.
If a U.S. passport states that the person traveling was born in Ecuador, Ecuadorian immigration authorities will treat him or her as
a dual national and will allow the person to enter Ecuador on the U.S. passport alone, provided the Dual National presents their
Ecuadorian passport as well upon departure. Whether or not a Dual National enters Ecuador on a U.S. or Ecuadorian passport,
they will need the Ecuadorian passport to depart Ecuador.
For additional information, visit the Ecuadorian Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Travel Documents website at:
Information about dual nationality or the prevention of international child abduction can be found on our website:http://ecuador.usembassy.gov
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