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Smarttraveller has updated its advice for travel to Ecuador due to the outbreak of violent attacks following the escape of a criminal drug lord from prison. One of the attacks took place on live television.

Authorities now advise to “Exercise a high degree of caution due to the threat of violent crime.”

“Ecuador has declared a 60-day nationwide state of emergency and curfew. You must remain indoors between 11pm and 5am.

“You should carry your ID at all times and follow the instructions of local authorities. Travel to and from airports during the curfew period is permitted for passengers travelling on scheduled flights,” the updated website says.