Galapagos Documents and Fees: Transit Control Card & National Park Entrance Fee
Make sure you have $120 cash per person ready to go when you depart for the Galapagos Islands - that’s what you will need to pay the $20 Transit Control Card fee at your departing airport in Ecuador and the $100 National Park Entrance fee at the arrival airport in the Galapagos. This must be paid in cash; credit cards or travelers checks are not accepted.
File for your Galapagos Transit Control Card in Advance
Filing for your Galapagos Transit Control Card (TCC) is pretty straightforward, so make sure to take care of it before you depart for the Galapagos Islands. Follow these steps for each traveler.
- Book your trip.
- Once you have your itinerary, go to http://www.gobiernogalapagos.gob.ec/pre-registro-tct-turistas/ .
- Select your language as English, choose “Passport” as the form of identification, and enter your passport number.
- On the next three pages, enter the information to the best of your ability about yourself, your airfare & lodging plans, and the purpose of travel.
- Confirm that all of the information is correct. Click “Accept.”
You can pick up your Transit Control Card at the airport in Guayaquil or Quito - go to the counter for the Governing Council of the Galapagos and give them your ID (your passport) and the $20 fee and they will generate your card for you.
Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee
When you get to the Galapagos Islands, you will have to pay the $100 per person fee to enter the National Park (the fee is just $50 for children). This will be paid at your airport of arrival in the Galapagos Islands (on either Baltra or San Cristobal). This is a cash payment.
Why do I have to pay these fees in addition to the vacation?
The TCC helps the National Park regulate and monitor travel throughout the Galapagos Islands. It serves as an important metric for how many people are visiting each year and helps the National Park to control the tourist traffic to reduce the negative impact on the environment.
The Galapagos National Park Entrance fee helps the National Park to maintain the Galapagos Islands and the marine reserve in pristine condition so that both travelers and wildlife can comfortably enjoy all that nature has to offer in the Galapagos Islands.
According to the Galapagos National Park, “Funds from the entry tax for tourists are used to finance the conservation of biodiversity of flora and fauna, terrestrial and marine, and benefits the local community by improving basic services, education projects, sports, health, environmental sanitation, environmental services and services directly related to tourists.”