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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
- Trinidad & Tobago
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.
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