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What can you bring into Ecuador duty free?

Hand-searches of passenger luggage by customs officials is common practice at the international airports in Guayaquil and Quito. (El Comercio)

The National Customs Service is reminding travelers of the items and quantities of items that can be brought into Ecuador without paying taxes. Although the list has not changed significantly since 2016, customs service officials say that they continue to detain tens-of-thousands of incoming airline passengers a year for rules violation.

According to the law, travelers are required to declare items that are not on the approved list, or that are brought into the country in larger quantities than allowed, on the Customs Registration Form provided by international airlines.

For items for “personal consumption,” the following items and quantities are allowed:

Three liters of alcoholic beverages
20 packs of cigarettes (20-count)
One pound of tobacco
25 cigars
300 milliliters of perfume per passenger or 600 milliliters per family group, contained in new bottles.
1250 milliliters of body lotions in total per passenger or 3000 milliliters per family group

Included among electronic items exempt from taxes are:

One television up to 32 inches
One computer monitor of up to 24 inches
One new and one used cell phone
One new and one used camera
One VCR or camcorder
One satellite phone
One desktop or laptop computer and peripherals (mouse, headphones, camera, keyboard, scanner and similar)
One computer tablet
One desktop printer whose value does not exceed USD 300.00
One binoculars, or telescope or projection device
One landline telephone or fax
One drone whose value does not exceed $500
10 video games, CDs or cassette tapes

Other tax exempt items included two live pets, two musical instruments, personal hygiene electrical products, including hair dryers and curling irons, vitamins and dietary supplements, packaged processed food, counter-top kitchen appliances, clothing, jewelry, and items and products for disabled persons.

For items not restricted by quantity, such as clothing, if the count appears more than what a the travelers needs for his or her personal use it may be taxed.

For complete information of allowable items and quantities, go the the customs website.

16 thoughts on “What can you bring into Ecuador duty free?

  1. “tens-of-thousands” are detained……

    I guess I’ve been lucky. I have entered Ecuador through airports 28 times in the past ten years. I’ve always had at least two 50 lb suitcases and one time I had twelve of them. Never, not once, has anyone ever inspected any of my luggage.

    Bring whatever you want to bring…..

  2. I looked at the aduanos website but couldn’t find a “forbidden list” For instance, is baking soda still forbidden??

      1. In super maxi I found food grade baking soda in a pretty large bag,, first time I saw it in 7 years……bakers Unite!

  3. I’ve entered Ecuador through the airports 28 times in the past ten years. Never, not once, has anyone ever inspect my luggage. On each occasion, I’ve had between two and twelve 50 lb suitcases with me.

    Bring whatever you want to bring…..

    1. You are very fortunate. I have flown a dozen or so times with up to 6 suitcases & been inspected about 50% of the time. Primarily, inspections occur when leaving Quito & never anything in violation. They enjoy rummaging through your belongings so you can repack to hopefully prevent damages by luggage handlers. They once damaged a brand new suitcase on first use & they upgraded me to first class. Good trade.

  4. For clarity, the website says you may bring one desktop computer as well as a new laptop and a used laptop.

    Up to 1 new and 1 used unit of the following items are also considered personal effects:

    Cell phone;
    Photographic camera;
    VCR or camcorder;
    Multimedia digital receiver and / or portable image / video or sound player for home use;
    Satelital phone;
    Electronic agenda or personal computer on tablet (tablet);
    Global portable positioning equipment (GPS) for personal use;
    Laptop and / or its peripherals (mouse, headphones and the like);
    Game console and maximum 2 accessories, whether portable or not; Y
    Electronic calculator.
    If more units than those indicated in the preceding list are held by the passenger or family group, they will be considered taxable assets; therefore, its value will form part of the tax base of the tax obligation.

    In addition, up to 1 unit, new or used, of the following items are considered personal effects:

    TV up to 32 ”;
    Computer monitor up to 24 ”;
    Desktop computer and / or its peripherals (mouse, headphones, camera, keyboard, scanner and the like), for home use;
    Desktop printer, for domestic use, whose value does not exceed US $ 300.00;
    Projection apparatus and / or screen for domestic use; Y
    Telephone or fax; Y,
    Drone, whose value does not exceed US $ 500.00.
    If two or more units are found, of the items indicated in the preceding list regardless of whether the second unit is new or used, it will be considered taxable goods; therefore, its value will form part of the tax base of the tax obligation.

  5. Just for some additional clarification, this article is helpful yet refers to what can be brought into Ecuador via luggage and clearing Aduana at international airport entrances. Some of these limits discussed in the article do NOT apply when shipping a household goods container/ or less than container (crates, lift vans) shipment duty free under a Residency Visa. Should you have questions on these types of shipments and any limitations there might be, please contact us at Ecuador Moves, and Vicki Spitzack or Vicente Villafuerte will be happy to assist you!

  6. This is a good article with informative details…but wanted to clarify that this is specific to international arrivals with goods in luggage. Some of these item limits are different when shipping household goods into Ecuador duty free with a Residency Visa. For example, clothing is definitely restricted when shipping household goods in container/less than container (crate,lift van) shipments. Should you have any questions about household goods shipments, feel free to contact Ecuador Moves at and Vicki Spitzack or Vicente Villafuerte will be happy to answer any questions you might have.

  7. We just brought in 9 suitcases with us on our last trip. One of them was a box that had an 88-keyboard in it. Customs opened that box, which had saran wrap on it. They put a note inside, and re-taped it with customs tape. They also went through 2 of our other suitcases. They never called us in, and we didn’t notice anything unusual until we got home in Cuenca. It seems like we are only missing one blanket, everything else is accounted for. Perhaps that blanket was our tariff? j/k

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