Requirements for bringing dogs into Ecuador

If anyone has brought dogs into Ecuador, I really need some advice. There are two requirements that I need clarification on. First of all, a “tick and tapeworm test” is required 21 days prior to arrival. Do they mean a heartworm test? Even my USDA certified vet is confused about this one.

Secondly, I am supposed to send an email to Guayaquil Airport prior to arriving letting them know that I am bringing my dogs into the country. The paperwork even gives me the exact format the email should be in, in Spanish. However, it doesn’t state a time frame. Is it to be sent the day prior, a week before, etc.? Any input would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks in advance,

Sharyn Bergholt
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