QUITO, Ecuador (Jun. 16)
A sweeping ban designed to prohibit the entry of all aliens seeking to establish residence in Ecuador was announced by the Government today. The Foreign Office, in a circular letter addressed to all Ecuador consuls and consular agents in foreign countries, ordered them to abstain from issuing permanent visas to aliens.
The reasons for the ban were set forth by a spokesman for the Foreign Office who told Havas “Ecuador is not prepared to receive immigrants at the present time.”
“A majority of immigrants seeking permanent visas for Ecuador, especially those coming from totalitarian nations, have no visible means of support,” the spokesman stated.
“Most of these people,” he added, “are not skilled workmen or farmers and what is more have no passports or documents. Ecuador is not prepared to receive them.”
The order states that tourists will be permitted to enter the country under existing passport regulations.