Cuba is open for tourism but with very strict travel restrictions

Cuba reopening for tourism - travel restrictions

Cuba remains open for tourism with new travel restrictions. Travelers must bring a negative PCR COVID-19 test result, taken within 72 before departure. Additionally, visitors must quarantine upon arrival at a government-approved accommodation until they can produce 2 more negative results. 

The Cuban government plus international organizations such as the Pan-American Health Organisation (PAHO) are very optimistic about Soberana 2, the Cuban domestically-produced COVID-19 vaccine. 

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.”

Cuba reopening tourism – Latest Updates

Jose Marti, International Airport, Cuba

February 21

Cuba is on track to be the first Latin American country to produce its own COVID-19 vaccine (Soberana 2). The country plans to produce 100 million doses in 2021 and immunize its entire population before the end of the year. 

Vicente Vérez, one of the scientists leading the team that is developing the vaccine has also affirmed the Cuban government is open to offer its vaccine to all tourists visiting the island

January 1

  • From January 15, all visitors will need a PCR test taken 72hours before arrival to Cuba and will be also tested on arrival. An additional test 5 days after might be performed for those not staying at hotel type of accommodation.
  • Cuba is limiting international flights due to surge in COVID cases

Flights to Cuba

All commercial flights have resumed their operations to the Island. 

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What places are open for tourism in Cuba?

Havana, Cuba

Due to a spike in COVID-19 cases the government has had to enforce new restrictions as follows, 

  • Public transportation will operate between 5:00 AM and 9:00 PM.
  • Theaters, cinemas, bars and recreational centers will be closed for tourists.
  • Restaurants will be allowed to provide services until 7:00 PM.
  • Tourist excursions will be suspended until further notice.
  • National curfew from 9:00 PM to 5:00 AM

Is quarantine required in Cuba?

Starting February 6, visitors will need to quarantine at a government-approved hotel until they can produce 2 negative tests. 

Havana, Cuba

COVID-19 situation in Cuba

Cuba is experiencing a surge in COVID cases. So far, the country has reported 43,484 cases and 291 deaths

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