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Cuba reopens its borders to international tourism

Cuba reopens its borders to international tourism

by WhyNotCuba

Summary

  • On October 12 most of Cuba entered a “new normality” period, except for Havana, Sancti Spiritus and Ciego de Avila.
  • Tourist can travel to most of the country, except for Havana, Sancti Spiritus and Ciego de Avila provinces.
  • All international airports in Cuba are open, except for Jose Marti International Airport in Havana (expected to open in November).
  • All visitor will have to take a free coronavirus test upon arrival. Positive cases will have to stay in quarantine.  
  • Tourists can now stay in casas particulares, travel around the cities, rent taxis, go on excursions and interact with Cubans.

After 6 months of lockdown Cuba reopens its borders to international tourism as it moves towards a “new normality”.  

Coronavirus has affected the whole word and Cuba it’s not an exception. Cuban government has made major efforts in order to stop the spread of Coronavirus, without a doubt, at a high cost. For a country that depends mainly on tourism the effect of Coronavirus has been disastrous to the economy.

Cuba’s healthcare system has contained its outbreak and reduced mortality by hospitalizing all confirmed cases, tracing and isolating their contacts and applying a raft of therapeutic treatments. The country has reported just 11 deaths from Covid-19 per million inhabitants, compared with 203 for the Dominican Republic and 647 for the US, statistics from Johns Hopkins University show.

The virus in Cuba is now contained and the government decided to reopen its borders. A “new normality” period has started. People still need to take precautions, but travelling to Cuba is now possible.

Cuban authorities announced a  post-COVID-19 recovery plan in June 11, were stated the journey back to normality. According to this plan the country has been gradually opening up to tourism. Since July tourist were allowed to travel to Cuba, but only to the northern and southern keys on chartered flights and they couldn’t leave the resorts, neither interact with cubans.

Thirteen of Cuba’s sixteen provinces entered the “new normality” and there forward are now open to tourism. Since October 12 tourist can travel to Cuba and visit all provinces, except for Havana, Sancti Spiritus and Ciego de Avila. Travelers can now stay in casas particulares, travel around the cities, rent taxis, go on excursions and interact with Cubans.

All airports are now open to international flights, except for Jose Marti Airport in Havana, which is expected to open in November. Tourist can flight to the rest of the international airports in Cuba, such as Juan Gualberto Gomez Airport in Varadero, Abel Santamaria Airport in Santa Clara and Frank País Airport in Holguín.

Although the virus is contained some measures remain, such as mask-wearing and physical distancing. All visitors will have to take a free coronavirus test and their temperature taken upon arrival. Covid-19 positive cases will have to stay in quarantine at their house or hotel. The surveillance protocol will be applied in their lodging.

If you are unsure about the regulations and want help planning your trip to Cuba you can hire a local with Viahero and work with him online to plan your trip.

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