CURRENT SITUATION IN QUITO
The current political situation in Quito, where BigSurv23 is scheduled to take place, remains stable and calm.
According to travel advice provided by the US State Department, there is a suggestion to exercise increased caution for travel in particular areas of the country, not in Quito. Specifically, heightened risks have been assessed in the northern and southern border provinces of the country. This guidance was released in June 2023 and has remained unaltered since then.
The government of Ecuador declared a national state of exception which means an increased security presence. It's important to note that the state of exception does not entail curfews or other similar restrictions on citizens' daily activities.
Quito is located at a considerable distance from those areas where increased caution is suggested, and continues to be considered safe for travel. Consequently, plans for BigSurv23 remain unaffected and will proceed as intended.
As indicated by the US Department of State Travel Advisories, the Advisory for Ecuador (level 2) is the same as for countries such as Germany, Spain, United Kingdom, Sweden, or the Netherlands.
Additional information and guidance can be found here: https://ec.usembassy.gov/security-alert-u-s-embassy-quito-ecuador-august-17-2023
We will continue monitoring the conditions and update attendees accordingly.
Updated on October 9, 2023