When planning a trip to the Galapagos Islands, there are two important fees that you must be prepared for: the Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee ($100/ person) and the Transit Control Card ($20/ person). Both must be paid in cash, and without them, you will be denied entry into the Galapagos Islands.
Galapagos National Park Entrance Fee: $100/person ($50/ child)
The Galapagos Islands National Park hasn’t changed much since long before Charles Darwin ever set foot there. The pristine environment that makes this such a fascinating destination is largely thanks to the dedicated efforts of the Galapagos National Park, which strives to conserve the environment to the best of its ability with the increasingly heavy volume of travelers visiting each year.
According to the Galapagos National Park, “Funds from the entry tax for tourists are used to finance the conservation of biodiversity of flora and fauna, terrestrial and marine, and benefits the local community by improving basic services, education projects, sports, health, environmental sanitation, environmental services and services directly related to tourists.”
This fee is paid at the airport of arrival in the Galapagos Islands. Make sure you have $100 cash per person in your group with you on your person or in your carry-on.