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8:10AM flight to Galapagos. When to arrive at airport

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8:10AM flight to Galapagos. When to arrive at airport

Not sure how much allowance for luggage inspection, entry tax, security etc. I would appreciate a step by step check in process.

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1. Re: 8:10AM flight to Galapagos. When to arrive at airport

From memory when you get to the airport you:

1 - go to the booth to pay your tax/fee (sorry can't remember what it was called) (this is different to the Galapagos national park entry fee - that is paid on arrival)

2 - go through the special Galapagos luggage inspection area and get your bags tagged

3 - check in with your airline

4 - go through airport security (as per any normal flight)

5 - board the plane

It was quiet when we arrived (we flew out of Quito) so we didn't have to wait for the first two steps - although the airline was very late opening the check in counters. But in case it is busy I would get there at least and hour to an hour and a half before the flight.

Don't worry its all pretty easy to navigate once you get there.

Edited: 01 September 2016, 01:17
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2. Re: 8:10AM flight to Galapagos. When to arrive at airport

you should arrive at the airport at least 1 hour for domestic flights before the flight

Quito, Ecuador
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3. Re: 8:10AM flight to Galapagos. When to arrive at airport

1 hour isn't nearly enough for a Galapagos flight. I would allow a minimum of 2 hours, more if it's a busy time.

Before you can check in you have to get your transit card from the INGALA booth. It's $20 per person, cash only. If you are traveling with a tour or group, they may do this for you. If you are travelling independently you can pre-register your info here gobiernogalapagos.gob.ec/step-by-step-tct-on…

Then you have to take baggage through the SICGAL customs inspection. Checked baggage gets a seal to show that it has been inspected.

After that, you can go to the check in desk and check in for the flight, so you need to have it all completed at least an hour before your flight. I have waited over an hour for a transit card when it was busy, but SICGAL is usually quicker. At other times you can walk straight up to INGALA and be seen immediately.

If you are traveling with other people, you can split up, with one person taking all the passports/cedulas and waiting for the transit cards, while someone else takes the bags through the customs check.

4. Re: 8:10AM flight to Galapagos. When to arrive at airport

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