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superyacht visitors

superyacht visitors

Register Your Yacht for Entry to the Galapagos.

Yachtgala will manage your entry permit application.

Yachtgala can guide you through the process of requesting entry to Galapagos Marine Reserve & National Park. Our specialized yacht services include obtaining entry permits for super yachts.
Vessels with more than 10 passengers and crew aboard need to get special permission to visit the Galapagos. Yachts and superyachts that intend to navigate between islands must obtain an entry permit - called an Autógrafo - from the Ministry of Defense of Ecuador in advance. Yachtgala provides assistance in preparing the request for an entry permit and manages the application process for yachts of all sizes.

Regulations and Entry Requirements for Galapagos Entry Permit

In order to request an Autógrafo entry permit for the Galapagos Islands, the following documents are required:
• Copy of the yacht registration;
• Documentation reporting the measurements and technical information of the yacht, including length, beam, draft, gross tonnage, flag nationality, official number and name of the boat, call sign and MMSI of the vessel;
• Proof of Protection and Indemnity insurance;
• Copy of crew and passenger list, along with their nationalities;
• Copy of all crew and passenger passports;
• Declaration of the estimated arrival date and length of stay in the Galapagos Islands.
We highly recommend beginning the application process for a entry permit at least two months prior to the expected arrival the yacht.

Galapagos Cruising Permit Park Authorization

After applying for the Autógrafo entry permit, the yacht’s cruise itinerary will have to be confirmed by the National Park Directory. Additionally, each yacht must have a certified naturalist guide onboard throughout the cruise.

Yachtgala offers assistance to passengers and crew by streamlining the entry permit process to the Galapagos National Park. Our yacht services staff will request permission to cruise to the most unique natural areas within the park. Plus, we will organize for an experienced Galapagos cruising guide to escort your group.

Emergency Arrivals and Vessels in Transit

Galapagos cruising and entry permits are not required for vessels approaching in an emergency situation. Yachts must request special permission as they arrive and will be directed to a specific port. Permission to enter the area is granted by the Maritime Authority after the required inspections have been performed.
For more information about the specific requirements for emergency arrivals at the Galapagos and vessels in transit, see here
Contact Yachtgala to request an estimate for the taxes, Galapagos entrance fees and related services for all yacht passengers and crew. To begin the process, we request a few initial pieces of information. These include the registered gross tonnage, the total number of people on board and the number of days that the yacht is expected to be in the Galapagos. Let our experienced staff handle the details and ensure that your cruise is nothing but enjoyable.


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323 Seymour Ave.
Puerto Ayora Santa Cruz Island
200102 Galapagos