Embassies and Consulates in Ecuador

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In most of the countries you will find diplomatic missions, which usually refers to an embassy and/or a consulate. Diplomatic bodies represent other country interests in Ecuador, with the aim of strengthening international relations between the states and providing services for their citizens in Ecuador.

Embassies and consulates are considered legal territories of their home countries. They are not "foreign territory" but they are protected and considered the property of the country using them, meaning that Ecuador does not have jurisdiction over the embassy or consulate of another country.

What is the difference between Embassy and Consulate

The Vienna Convention on Consular Relations international treaty defines the diplomatic mission’s purpose and framework. The various diplomatic missions offer several services and carry out different missions. For example:

  • Embassy: This is the primary diplomatic representation of a country’s government and is headed by an ambassador. An embassy is the main location for a diplomatic presence of one country in another. A country has at most one embassy in another country, and is always established in the capital city of the host country. In the absence of a consulate in a country, the embassy has also a consular section to carry out all the relevant consular services (see below).
  • Consulate General: This is a diplomatic mission, headed by a consul that provides a full range of services such as: issuing passports/visas, keeping birth and marriage records, assisting expats, providing legal information, translations etc. It can be located in any major city of the host country, although often in the capital city (in certain cases, in the same building as the embassy). In major countries and large territories, you often have more than one consulate.
  • Honorary Consulate: It supplements the Consulate to provide a limited range of consular services and is headed by an honorary consul. They help nationals abroad. For example, in the event of a hospital stay, missing person, death, natural disaster or another emergency. They can also issue emergency travel documents and consular declarations for which the applicant is required to appear in person.

NB: You will usually apply for a visa at the Consulate of the country you want to visit. However, if there is no such representation in Ecuador, you can apply for a visa at the embassy.

Where to find Consulates and Embassies in Ecuador

Not all countries have an Embassy and/or a Consulate as it depends of the political situation, the relationship with the host country, the size of the country, and the number of foreign citizens living there.

In some cases, countries can share representations and you can be assisted by the services of another embassy or consular service to get the information you need.

We recommend you register/contact your country’s embassy at your destination. It is a free service provided by any diplomatic mission and it will allow them to record information about your upcoming trip abroad. It can be used to assist you in case of an emergency.

Registration will also allow you to get routine information from your nearest embassy or consulate, as citizen residing abroad.

The Ecuador capital, Quito hosts 43 embassies.

There are also 113 consulates and two other representation located in Ecuador.  

All consulates and honorary consulates are located in Quito, except for those countries who own an embassy in the capital of Ecuador and might have another diplomatic mission outside the capital.

You will find below a list of selected countries (the list is not exhaustive) that have a diplomatic mission in Ecuador. The list includes embassies, consulates, honorary consulates, and sometimes other official representations for you to be able to get information and services.

Embassies and Main Consulates in Quito


Embassy of China in Ecuador

Address: v. Atahualpa 349 and Av. Amazonas, Quito
Tel: (+593) 2 244 4362
Email: chinaemb_ec@mfa.gov.cn and quito@csm.mfa.gov.cn for the Consular Office     
Opening hours: Monday to Friday from 09:00 to 12:00 and 15:00 to 17:00

The consular section provides a range of consular services such information about Chinese visas, certificates and legalization, document authentication as well as notary certification and marriage registration and consular protection to all Chinese living abroad.
Honorary Consulates: In addition to the embassy in Quito, China another honorary consulate in Guayaquil.


French Embassy in Ecuador

Address: On the corner of Avenida 6 de Diciembre and Juan Boussingault, Edificio T6, 10th floor, Quito
Tel: (+593) 2 294 38 00
Email: consulat.quito-amba@diplomatie.gouv.fr
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/embajadadefranciaenecuador and https://www.instagram.com/franceenequateur/
Opening hours: Monday – Wednesday: 2 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Tuesday and Thursday: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The French embassy in Ecuador provides reception of the public (consular affairs), register of French nationals established outside France, identity cards and passports, civil status: marriages, births..., other steps (legalization of signature, driver's license...), elections, national service and assembly of French nationals abroad.

Honorary Consulates: In addition to the embassy in Quito, France has other honorary consulates in Cuenca (cuenca.chfrance@gmail.com) and Guayaquil (guayaquil.chfrance@gmail.com).


German Embassy in Ecuador

Address: United Nations Avenue and Republic of El Salvador, “Citiplaza” Building, 14th floor, Box 17-17-536, Quito
Tel: (+593) 2 297 08 20
Email: info@quito.diplo.de
Social Media: https://twitter.com/GermanyDiplo and https://www.facebook.com/alemaniaenecuador and https://www.instagram.com/alemaniaenecuador/
Opening hours: Monday to Thursday: 7:30 - 16:30 an Friday: 7:15 - 13:15

The Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany in Ecuador provides passports and ID cards’ services, nationality, family and inheritance matters, criminal records, visa and entry, lawyers, doctors and translators and customs service, etc.

Honorary Consulates: In addition to the embassy in Quito, Germany has other honorary consulates in Cuenca (cuenca@hk-diplo.de) and Guayaquil (guayaquil@hk-diplo.de).


Embassy of Japan in Ecuador

Address: Av. Rio Amazonas N39 - 123 and Jose Arizaga Street, EDF. Amazonas Square, Floor 11, Quito
Tel: (+593) 2 227 8700
Email: embapon@qi.mofa.go,jp and consular@qi.mofa.go.jp  
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/EmbajadaDelJaponEnElEcuador/
Opening hours: Monday to Friday 08:45 to 12:30 and 14:00 to 17:15

The Japanese embassy provides a range of consular services such as visa and passport processing as well as document legalization.

Honorary Consulates: In addition to the embassy in Quito, Germany has another honorary consulate in Guayaquil.


Embassy of Russia in Ecuador

Address: Reina Victoria 462 Street and Roca, Quito
Tel: (+593) 2 252 6361
Email: embrusia_ecuador@mail.ru and ecuador@mid.ru and consrusia_ecuador@mail.ru for the consular services  
Social Media: https://twitter.com/rusemb_ecuador and https://www.facebook.com/EmbRusiaEnEcuador and https://vk.com/public211136307
Opening hours: Monday – Thursday: 8 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

For services such as issues of citizenship of the Russian Federation, visa and passport processing as well as document legalization, it is requested to visit the Consular Section located in the same building, under appointment.  
Honorary Consulates: In addition to the embassy in Quito, Russia has another honorary consulate in Guayaquil.


Embassy of Spain in Ecuador

Address: Francisco Salazar Street, n. E-12-73 (between Isabel La Católica and Toledo), Quito
Tel: (+593) 232 262 96. Consular emergency number: (+593) 995 620 291
E-Mail: emb.quito@maec.es
Social Media: https://twitter.com/EmbEspEcuador and https://www.instagram.com/embajada_espana_ecuador/

The Embassy of Spain in Ecuador offers consular services to handle the processing of passports and visas, the process of obtaining Spanish nationality, legalisation of documents, consular registration and other services.

Honorary Consulates: In addition to the embassy in Quito, Spain has another honorary consulate in Guayaquil (cog.guayaquil@maec.es).

United Kingdom (Great Britain)

British Embassy in Ecuador

Address: Citiplaza Building, United Nations Avenue and Republic of El Salvador,
14th Floor, Quito
Tel: (+593) 2 3972 200
Email: britishembassy.quito@fcdo.gov.uk  
Social Media: https://www.facebook.com/ukinecuador and https://twitter.com/UKinEcuador
Opening hours: https://www.facebook.com/ukinecuador

The British Embassy in Ecuador provides services to British nationals living and visiting the country. Some of the services are: emergency travel document replacement, notarial and documentary services, marriage, consular fees, etc.
Honorary Consulates: In addition to the embassy in Quito, the UK has other honorary consulates in Cuenca, Guayaquil and Galapagos.

USA (United States of America)

Embassy of the United States of America in Ecuador

Address: E12-170 Avigiras Ave. and Eloy Alfaro Ave, Quito
Tel: (+593) 2 398 5000
Email: acsquito@state.gov  
Social Media: https://twitter.com/USembassyEC and https://www.facebook.com/USEmbassyEC and https://www.instagram.com/usembassyec/
Opening hours: Monday through Friday, from 8:00 AM to 12:30 PM, and from 1:30 PM to 5:00 PM.

The US representation in Ecuador provides a range of consular services such as regular passport applications and renewals, Consular Reports of Birth Abroad (CRBA), and notarial services, assistance on death of a U.S. Citizen and emergency financial assistance, etc.
Honorary Consulates: In addition to the embassy in Quito, the US has other honorary consulates in Guayaquil (acsguayaquil@state.gov)

Honorary Consulates in Ecuador

Contact directly the Embassy/Consulate website for more information.

For countries with no consulates or embassies in Ecuador, the Honorary Consulates are supervised by diplomatic representations located in other country, often Santiago de Chile, in Chile for Ecuador.

General Consulates and embassies in Quito

Honorary Consulates in Guayaquil

Honorary Consulates in Cuenca

  • Brazil
  • Spain