Summer and Semester in Ecuador Arrival

On the Summer and Semester in Ecuador programs, students should arrive on the designated arrival date. Most flights arrive in the evening, even as late as 10 or 11pm. A later times is fine, as you can arrive anytime that day.

As long as you send CISabroad your flight information and arrive on the designated day, you will be greeted at the airport.

Ecuador arrival

You should arrive to the Mariscal Sucre International Airport in Quito (UIO). Once you’ve passed through immigration and customs, look for signs with USFQ/UIDE and/or your name. Please note the airport is located about 40 minutes outside of the city, so there will be a bit of a commute back into downtown Quito.

Airport pickup is included in the CISabroad program fee, but we cannot guarantee airport pickup for anyone that arrives outside of the designated arrival times. To ensure we meet you at the airport, please fill out the travel form in your online portal, if you haven’t already.

You will be greeted at the airport, but not in baggage claim or before you have gone through customs and/or immigration. You’ll be greeted outside of these areas after you exit customs/immigration. We will then transfer you to your housing.

Your bags may decide to take a later flight (don’t panic). If the airline loses your luggage you must file a report with the airline while you are still in the baggage area. It is much more difficult to file this report once you’ve left the baggage claim area.

Costa Rica luggage

If your flight is delayed, please call the CISabroad Emergency phone so that we can inform our onsite team of your delay. We will do everything we can to pick you up from the airport, even if your flight is delayed, but if we cannot meet you there, we will provide you with detailed information on how to take transportation to your housing.

A Pre-Arrival sheet will be e-mailed to you 1 to 2 weeks before you arrive onsite. This will contain more detailed information on your arrival as well as specific phone numbers and contact information if there are any issues with your flight or airport pickup.

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