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Immigration Police – Friendly encounter

So yesterday my mother, Gerri and I were stopped on the streets of San Clemente by the Immigration Police. They asked to see our passports. I didnt have my passport OR cedula as any other day. A couple of Ecuadorian friends stopped by to make sure the Police were not giving us any trouble. The police took our photo with their phone. My mother had her cedula and showed them that, and that seemed to placate them. They said thanks and were on their way. One EC friend was telling us thepolice were not important and used other expletives and hand gestures. It didnt bother me, but I did find it a bit unusual. Anyone else have a similar experience?


Figuring it out… 1 police photo at a time


8 thoughts on “Immigration Police – Friendly encounter

  1. Wow; I wonder if they were using the power of their uniform, or if they truly have the authority to take it a step farther if there are problems.

    or maybe they’re looking for someone? i would not worry about the tourist police – however – immigration? i’d not want to upset them!

    on 2nd thought, maybe the tourist police do have the power to critique passports re: time spent in the country as well…

    costa rica’s transit police have the power to deport you. there are stories of people getting caught on random checks and escorted away… (for staying too long)

    maybe ecuador is getting stricter…

    • Yeah, I am not sure how strict they are getting, but when I said that i didnt have ID on me, they pressed me a few times, then backed off. When my mom showed her Cedula, they seemed happy. It was probably in body language too, I didnt look guilty as far as I know. There truck had “immigration” lettering. Who knew? Even in San Clemente!

  2. We have not had any similar experience, but then again we do not look like swarthy fugitive types as you and your mother obviously do. We never carry any identification around San Clemente and only carry copies of our passports when we go into Portoviejo or Manta.

    Glad all worked out for you.

    • haha, funny fugitive remark, I love it!! I never carry ID, and since I didnt get harrassed, I wont in the future either. I take a copy of my cedula when i travel, but that is it.

  3. Mine is the Panama experience of course but, the immigration police do stop people for random checks occasionally here to make sure that people have not overstayed their 180 days. I’ve never had an issue because I have residency, but I have heard of people who have gotten in trouble for not having a Panama driver’s license. The home country license is only good for 90 days so if non residents want to drive they have to leave for at least 24 hours and come back every 90 days. Funny though, you can own a vehicle, register and insure it as a non resident. 🙂

  4. Every place is different, and every person’s perspective is different. So far, they haven’t asked for my papers in Colorado, but I believe that’s what they did after the Boston Bombing.

  5. Get a haircut hippie. Here in the United States of Useless Laws an illegal immigrant can get a drivers license and a job. You Ecuadorians need to get with the times.

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