Cuba To Reopen To Tourists in November

by Carolee Chanona

Despite an ongoing COVID-19 surge, Cuba is preparing to ease travel restrictions in November by removing its testing requirement for people who are fully vaccinated. As of November 15, Cuban authorities will reopen the country’s borders, citing the country will have vaccinated 90 percent of its population by then. Cuba’s peak travel season, which runs from mid-November until late March, will also see all airports will reopen and commercial flights will resume, officials confirmed.

In the radiant city of the Havana, three musicians perfumed the air with what made everyone enjoy their day a tiny bit more. Havana, the city where music never ends. Photo by Ban Yido on Unsplash

Travelers will no longer have to present a recent PCR test if they are fully vaccinated and can prove it with an official vaccination certificate. Those who aren’t vaccinated must present a negative result of a PCR test taken no more than 72 hours before traveling to Cuba. At present, all incoming travelers are required to quarantine for five days at these hotel-hospitals while awaiting the results of their PCR tests. Then they’re required to undergo a second test before leaving quarantine.

“Taking into account the progress in the vaccination process in Cuba, its demonstrated effectiveness and the perspective that more than 90% of the entire population will conclude the vaccination schedules in November; conditions are being prepared to gradually open the country’s borders as of November 15, 2021,” the tourism ministry said in a statement.

In addition, diagnostic tests will be carried out randomly at the airport. If a patient tests positive for COVID-19, they will be transfered to a hotel-hospital: a tourist facility authorized by the government for isolation and medical care.

Can Americans travel to Cuba?

Cayo Blanco, Cuba. Photo by Danilo Sandoval on Unsplash

Under US law, Americans can only travel to Cuba on a self-qualifying ‘general license’ in one of 12 different categories. They will also need to take a PCR test before flying back to the US. According to the US Embassy in Havana, PCR and antigen tests are readily available in Cuba and travelers can find their nearest testing provider through this list.

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