Cuba is open for tourism but the healthcare system is collapsing as cases surge

Cuba reopening for tourism - travel restrictions

Cuba is open for tourism but all travelers must bring a negative PCR COVID-19 test result, taken within 72 before departure and quarantine upon arrival at a government-approved accommodation for 7 days and produce 2 more negative results.

The Cuban government plus international organizations such as the Pan-American Health Organization (PAHO) are very optimistic about “Abdala and Soberana 2”, the Cuban domestically-produced COVID-19 vaccines.

According to Richard Feinberg, a Cuba expert at the University of California San Diego. “It will be not only immediate income, but a boost to the reputation of the Cuban pharmaceutical biotech sector, which will enable them to market other medical products.”

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Jose Marti, International Airport, 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 come 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 Diario.es

Is Cuba open for Americans?

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

From November 15, 2020, all airports in Cuba are open to commercial flights. It’s recommended for Americans to check with their airlines because due to COVID-19 restrictions the government has restricted some of the airports for American tourists to land in some of those. 

Flights to Cuba

All commercial flights have resumed their operations to the Island. 

Havana, Cuba

Is quarantine required in Cuba?

Starting June, visitors will need to quarantine at a government-approved hotel for 7 days and produce 2 negative test results.

Havana, Cuba

COVID-19 situation in Cuba

Cuba is experiencing a surge in COVID cases. So far, the country has reported 554,247 cases and 4,319 deaths.


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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 defeat 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)