On 16 January 2024, the U.S. Embassy in Quito issued a Security Alert, which reads in part as follows: “Ecuadorian President Daniel Noboa declared January 8 a nationwide state of emergency for a period of 60 days. He later declared the existence of an ‘internal armed conflict’ and authorized military action against organized criminal gangs across Ecuador following numerous attacks against private, public, and government institutions. Ecuadorian media report relative calm in major cities and no major attacks since January 13 as security forces continue operations against international organized criminal groups. The last of the 100-plus hostages being held in various prisons have all been released.

“The United States Embassy and Consulate in Ecuador remain open and are conducting both routine consular appointments and emergency services for U.S. citizens. The Ministry of Education announced January 12 that Ecuadorian schools would remain in on-line status through January 17.”

The full text of the alert, which includes information regarding land border crossings for Colombia and Peru, can be found here.