Cuba Is Open for Tourism But Tightening Restrictions for Multiple Countries

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Cuba reopened for tourism on Nov. 15, without testing or quarantine requirements for most vaccinated visitors.

Unvaccinated travelers must present a negative PCR COVID-19 test result, taken within 72 before departure.

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Jose Marti, International Airport, Cuba

December 10 – Cuba has tightened restrictions for multiple countries

Cuba has decided to reintroduce entry restrictions for multiple countries and not only for Southern African ones, according to the country’s health ministry.

Passengers from South Africa, Botswana, Lesotho, Eswatini, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Malawi, and Mozambique will be allowed entry but must present proof of vaccination, three COVID-19 tests, one of them prior to departure to the island and two more while undergoing a 7-day quarantine. 

Also, visitors from other sub-Saharan African nations, as well as Belgium, Israel, Hong Kong, Egypt and Turkey will be required to present two PCR COVID-19 tests, the ministry said.

Quarantine is not necessary for the latter. 

November 17 – Cuba reopens for tourism without testing or quarantine

As of now, fully vaccinated passengers will no longer need to present a negative COVID-19 test or undergo quarantine.

The country also removed the PCR test on arrival. However, random travelers will be chosen by health authorities to perform a COVID-19 test as a prophylactic measure.

Unvaccinated travelers will be requested to submit a negative PCR or Antigen COVID-19 test result taken within 72 hours prior to arrival in Cuba.

Is Cuba open for Americans?

Cuba is currently allowing American citizens under the same restrictions as the rest of the visitors. 

Flights to Cuba

All commercial flights have resumed their operations to the Island. 

Havana, Cuba

Is quarantine required in Cuba?

Quarantined was lifted on Nov. 15.

Havana, Cuba

COVID-19 situation in Cuba

COVID-19 cases in Cuba

Cuba is experiencing a surge in COVID cases. So far, the country has reported 963,428 cases and 8,311 deaths.

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October 30 – Cuba will reopen and scrap quarantine restrictions on Nov. 15

On Nov. 15, Cuba will open its doors to foreign tourists without quarantine restrictions. The decision was made after more than 90% of the population has received at least one dose of a COVID vaccine. 

In a statement, Cuban Minister of Tourism Juan Carlos Garcia stated that the island would welcome flights from the United States if their government agreed.

“We don’t think that on the 15th the country’s capacities will be full, but we can progressively have an early winter. It depends on how the markets react, but the scenario is increasingly favorable, and we are optimistic.”

In order to be granted entry, visitors must show proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test taken 72 prior to arrival in Cuba.

August 19 – Cuba to receive Canada vaccination aid as health system collapses 

Cuba received a donation of 1,920,000 syringes to support vaccination against Covid-19 from the Canadian Solidarity Network on Tuesday. 

This batch of syringes comes as an addition to another donation of 1,200,000 tablets and 400,000 ampules of dexamethasone, a drug with anti-inflammatory effects sent by the Government of Canada and the United Nations Children’s Fund.

The country had managed to contain the spread of the infections for most of the pandemic but the devastating economic crisis resulted in medicine shortages and the collapse of the health system.

To date, 3.7 million Cubans have been fully vaccinated.

Source: Presa Latina

August 4 – Cuba to maintain travel protocols and lifts customs restrictions on food and medicine

The pandemic figures in Cuba won’t stop growing. In the last 24 hours, the Island-country reported 9.629 new cases and 80 deaths according to the Health Ministry.

Following the epidemiological situation, authorities have decided to maintain most existing COVID-19-related restrictions. 

As of today, all travelers must quarantine in government-designated hotels at their own expense for seven days and undergo a second PCR test on the fifth or sixth day or until they can produce a negative result.

The government also temporarily lifted restrictions on travelers bringing food, medicines, and hygiene products into the country.

Source in Spanish: El

July 21 – Cuba fights a pandemic out of control and political unrest

The coronavirus figures have been spiraling out of control over the last couple of weeks in several regions of Cuba fueled by the Delta variant that made its way into the territory in recent months.

Overwhelmed hospitals, daily nationwide blackouts, lack of food, and the consequent riots are some of the reasons why Cuba is struggling to control the caseload at the moment. 

While the Island is the only Latin American nation that has managed to successfully develop its own vaccine against COVID-19, the lack of syringes to immunize citizens and the lack of medicine to treat patients remains an obstacle to defeating the pandemic.

Source in Spanish: El Confidencial

July 5 – Cuba might be the first country in the world to fully vaccinate 100% its population by the end of the 2021

Great news from Cuba amid growing concerns about the more contagious Delta variant. The Caribbean nation has managed to develop 2 effective vaccines against COVID-19. 

Abdala, a three-shot jab has proved 92.28% effective in Phase 3 trial which involved 48,000 volunteers.

According to Reuters, the infections have decreased by 50 percent “since authorities started administering Cuba’s experimental vaccines in masse in the capital a month ago.”

“This is excellent news and fills us with optimism in the region, where there is still a great deficit of vaccines,” said José Moya, who represents the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in Cuba. 

Additionally, Cuba also announced that its other successful vaccine “Soberana 02” has shown an efficacy rate of 62 percent in Phase 2 trials.

Source: ElPaís

June 15 – Cuba increased the quarantine period for international arrivals from 5 days to 7 days from June 5.

Local scientists forecasted an increase in COVID-19 cases on the island by June. Unfortunately, it has already been confirmed. The number of new positive cases is steadily increasing according to the government.

“We are doing something wrong,” said the First Secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba and President of the Republic, Miguel Díaz-Canel Bermúdez, at the zoom meeting with local authorities yesterday. 

Díaz-Canel also said it was necessary to reach out to the population to raise the perception of risk.

As of now, authorities have tightened COVID-19-related restrictions for international arrivals from June 5 by increasing the mandatory quarantine period from five days to one week. This and other restrictions are expected to be in force through early July.

(Source: Cuba Government)