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Cuba is Open for Some Tourism with Strict Entry Restrictions

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Cuba is Open for Some Tourism with Strict Entry 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 until they can produce 2 more negative results. 

The Cuban government plus international organizations such as the Pan-American Health Organization (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

May 11 – Cuba to keep its last COVID-19 restrictions and protocols to contain the spread of the virus on the Island.

As of May 11, the last COVID-19 restrictions enforced in Cuba continue mostly untouched. Protocols are expected to stay in force into at least early June, although local restrictions may change based on local infection rates. 

Most provinces have gone back to the strictest level of restrictions due to an increase in COVID-19 cases. As of now, non-essential activities remain restricted. 

Commercial and recreational activities may resume gradually under phases 1 and 2 of recovery. The date of the resumption is yet to be confirmed.

April 20 – Cuba could have its own vaccine against COVID-19 by summer 2021

Soberana 2 and Abdala vaccines should be ready for massive distribution starting this summer according to local authorities. 

Both vaccines are in Phase 3 of clinical trials but the government decided to immunize 150,000 hospital workers, before the clinical trials were over. 

The Russian Sputnik V vaccine was also administered among the same groups of people before clinical trials were complete. Cuba relies on its long tradition of quality biomedical research and successful domestic vaccine development. 

March 16

Although most of the countries around the world have already started its vaccination process, Cuba seems to be the only Latin American country that is not desperate to do so.

The island reopened for tourism at the end of 2020 and it is currently seeing a huge spike in COVID-19 cases. Being the island the only Latino country able to create, produce and administer their own vaccine, the government will wait until they got the results of the clinical trials of Soberana 02, the most promising vaccine against COVID-19 that is supposed to start the 3rd phase of clinical trials next week in La Habana, Abdala, Santiago de Cuba y Guantánamo.

So for now, visitors will need to stick to the strict biosecurity regulations to keep themselves and others safe from the virus. 

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

Is Cuba open for Americans?

Cuba is currently allowing American citizens under the same restrictions than the rest of the visitors. From November 15, 2020, all airports in Cuba are open to commercial flights but 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. 

Click here for more detailed information in Spanish.

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 118,168 cases and 755 deaths.

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