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Cuba Now Has A 5 Day Quarantine For Arriving Travelers

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As of February 6, Cuba is now requiring most travelers to quarantine upon arrival for up to 5 days. The move comes amid a surge in Covid-19 cases reaching over 13,000 new cases in January alone. Cuba is reporting that 70% of new cases are coming directly or indirectly from travel and that the the new quarantine measure is crucial to help stop infection. Here are all the details of the new isolation measure and which travelers are exempt.

Cuba Tourist in Mask

Travelers Required To Quarantine In Cuba

All travelers arriving in Cuba will be required to quarantine for 3-5 days with the exception of those that are part of an organized tour group. Business travelers are not exempt from the quarantine. 

Cuba Tourists with luggage and masks

Length of Quarantine in Cuba

Conflicting reports have stated travelers will spend between 3-7 days in a hotel quarantine and will have to test negative to be released.  Travelers will most likely be tested on day 3 with results by day 5. Traveler who test positive could spend up to 14 days in a government facility.

Street in Havana Cuba

Which Cuba Hotels Are Used For Quarantine?

The Cuban Government has created a list of approved quarantine hotels for tourists arriving in the country. Quarantine packages range from USD $231 to $846 per person. Packages include five nights of accommodation, airport transfer and three meals a day. See the approved list of hotels

Hotels for quarantine are located in Havana, Camagüey, Holguín, Matanzas, Villa Clara, Santiago de Cuba and Ciego de Avila.

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Is Testing Required Before Arrival To Cuba?

All travelers are required to present proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test no older than 72 hours of arriving in Cuba. 

Canadian travelers were originally exempt from the testing measure and Travel Off Path is waiting to hear back from the Cuban authorities if that exemption is still in place. 

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Flights to Cuba Greatly Reduced

In addition to the new quarantine measures, flights to Cuba have been limited. According to an official statement on the Health Ministry's website, flights from the United States, Mexico, Panama, Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Jamaica and Colombia have all been reduced.

Flights To Cuba Suspended From Some Countries

The following countries have been suspended from flying into Cuba with the exception of essential flights for stranded travelers. 

  • Nicaragua
  • Guyana
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • Suriname
  • Haiti 
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Can Travelers Leave Their Rooms At Quarantine Hotels?

According to Reuters, travelers will have to remain in the hotel at their own expense but some resorts may have looser rules than others depending on location. 

Cuban Citizens Returning Home

Citizens of Cuba will not be staying hotels and will be transferred to government run facilities that will be free of charge. 

havana cuba

The new quarantine measure comes in stark contrast to a recent announcement that Cuba would offer tourists its Covid-19 vaccine to those who wanted it when it becomes available. 

See all of the Covid-19 Entry Requirements For Cuba

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Disclaimer: Current travel rules and restrictions can change without notice. The decision to travel is ultimately your responsibility. Contact your consulate and/or local authorities to confirm your nationality’s entry and/or any changes to travel requirements before traveling.  Travel Off Path does not endorse traveling against government advisories

Angela .

Monday 7th of June 2021

I spoke with the Ministry of Tourism board for cuba in Toronto today they spoke with and double checked with Cuba . Canadians are still exempt from the 72 hour test before leaving Canada. But as everyone knows things can change ..


Wednesday 10th of February 2021

This is good. Hope Cuba does everything to prioritize its populations health and keep numbers low. Hopefully people respect their rules.