Trip Preparation

Planning, Packing, Registering with Ecuador for licensure … getting ready for any mission trip requires getting your ducks in a row to make sure nothing is missed and you are well prepared and ready for travel both to the country and in-country.

First, Ecuador requires board certified U.S. trained physicians to secure an Apostille as proof of training and approval by the Ministry of Health to provide any medical services in Ecuador. While the process is relatively simple, it is very structured. So, be certain to complete all actions as required and allow at least two to three months for complete review and approval.

Trip Requirements: 

  • Due to COVID-19, all trips have been postponed. As circumstances evolve, we hope that brigades will resume in 2021. Once trip dates are confirmed, we will add a pre-registration page to this website. So, please continue to check back with us. In addition, if you sign up on our Contact Us page, we will send you a email when it is time to register for a trip. There is no obligation for this service. Because of the effects of this global pandemic, once we can return, our work in Ecuador will be more important than ever!
  • Financial Obligations – A non-refundable deposit of $500 is required to hold a spot for your participation.  The remainder of the trip fee will be due at least 60 days prior to departure.  If you cancel within 60 days of the departure, we will NOT be able to provide a refund. The total cost of the program has not been set yet due to unknowns with the pandemic.
  • In order to treat patients in Ecuador these items are required and must be submitted with your deposit:
    • Copy of your active state medical license
    • Two color copies of your Passport (expiration must be at least six (6) months from the anticipated date of return from the trip)
  • Also required to be submitted at least 90 days prior to the trip departure date is an Apostille
    • The Apostille is an official document required by the Ecuadorian Government for any medical professional entering the country who desires to provide medical treatment.  To obtain an Apostille, first you must obtain a notarized copy of your valid and current state medical license with this EXACT WORDING from the notary “I hereby acknowledge and certify that this is a true and accurate copy of the original document.”  It must be dated and signed by YOU and your notary.  Then, this document must be mailed to the Office of the Secretary of State in the state in which you are licensed along with a stamped return envelope.  This process requires a nominal fee (generally between 5-15 dollars).  The Secretary of State office will place an official seal on your document and mail it back to you.  Allow at least two weeks for this process. Then, you must mail the document to MissionCMEcuador.  If this document is not received at least 10 weeks prior to the departure date of your trip, while you can still participate in the trip, you will not be able to treat patients.

Our team has developed a comprehensive Packing List and Immunization Overview for Ecuador. This information will be forwarded to you upon registration.