The trade has welcomed a lifting of travel restrictions to Ecuador.

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office yesterday said it no longer advised against travel to the South American country.

The updated advice follows a period of widespread demonstrations and disruption across Ecuador since October 3.

The relaxation of UK travel advice came despite a state of emergency remaining in place until November 3.

The Latin America Travel Association said that the change meant that travel can be resumed to most of the country.

Chairman Colin Stewart said: “We are pleased to see that the Foreign Office has changed their travel advice to Ecuador, no longer advising against all but essential travel to the country.

“Despite most visits to Ecuador being trouble-free, Lata would advise travellers to consult the FCO advice ahead of their departure and speak to their tour operator. 

“We are pleased that dialogue is now underway to resolve tensions in the country and that the travel industry can continue to support the destination.”