Ecuador: Investment Visa

Ecuador's Investment Visa is one of the world’s most affordable, beginning at $40,000.



Ecuador’s Investment Visa is one of the world’s most accessible. One of the simplest options is simply to deposit $40,000 in a CD in an Ecuadorian bank. You earn interest while you hold the deposit, as much as 8.5% for a CD.

With year-round tropical weather, beautiful nature from the coast to the rainforest and mountains, well-developed infrastructure, UNESCO recognized historical sites, and a low cost of living, Ecuador is an ideal long-term home. Its location also makes it a perfect base to explore Central and South America. 

Direct flights connect Ecuador to North America and Europe, and Ecuador is in a convenient time zone for communication with the U.S.A. 

Internet Speed

Fixed broadband: 32.33 Mbps download/27.97 Mbps upload

Mobile: 25.98 Mbps download/10.79 Mbps upload

Cost of living

No. 89 globally 


$40,000 invested in Ecuadorian COOP Certificate of Deposit (CD) for 2+ years 


$40,000 invested in real estate

Other investment paths exist.


Application Process

Apply at your local Ecuadorean embassy or consulate. You can also apply from inside Ecuador.

You may be able to make an online appointment.

This visa takes 3+ months to process.

Documents Required

Many documents should be apostilled or legalized in the 6 months before you apply.  It is much easier to gather these documents in your home country than after you arrive in Ecuador.

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