As of January 2011, Ecuador is one of the most lenient countries in the world in terms of immigration policy. All foreign nationals, except nationals of the following 10 countries, are permitted to stay up to 90 days without a visa.
However, Chinese nationals who hold ordinary passports with a 'For Public Affairs' endorsement, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region passports or Macao Special Administrative Region passports can enter Ecuador without a visa for up to 90 days.
Ecuador is also one of the very few countries that will admit bearers of a World Passport.
1 Non-member of European Union. 2 Open border with Schengen Area. 3 Transcontinental country. 4 Entirely in Southwest Asia but having socio-political connections with Europe. 5 Partially recognized.