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Cuba Offers To Vaccinate Tourists Who Visit The Island

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Cuba has offered to vaccinate all tourists against Covid-19 that visit the island after it completes its phase 3 trials. 

The phase 3 trials of Cuba's Sovereign 02 Covid-19 vaccine will begin in March and are being carried out by the Finlay Institute. The World Health Organization (WHO) is monitoring the vaccine development. 

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According to Vicente Vérez, director of the Finlay Institute, which is in charge of carrying out the vaccine, pointed out that the injection has so far demonstrated a powerful immune response reported the state agency Prensa Latina. 

“It induces long-term memory of the immune response that, in addition to producing antibodies, makes them last,” said Vérez during a virtual appearance at the headquarters of the Pan American Health Organization located in Havana.

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Vicente Vérez insisted that the offer to vaccinate tourists is in the interests of global health rather than being purely financially motivated. 

“We are not a multinational where the financial purpose is the number one reason, our goal is to create more health,” he said. According to the state news agency, the Finlay Institute is in the process of manufacturing 100 million doses which will satisfy both the needs of the country and countries who are interested in purchasing the vaccine. 


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The Finlay Institute has made it clear that they will offer to vaccinate any foreigners who arrive in the country and want to have the inoculation. 

Currently 150,000 doses are being administered during the clinical trials. Vérez added a third shot of the vaccine is required to induce the best viral neutralization immune response. 

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Countries Around The World Are Beginning To Open For Vaccinated Tourists

With inoculations for Covid-19 underway worldwide, it was only a matter of time before nations began opening their borders for tourists that have been vaccinated.

Many countries are desperate to reopen their borders for tourists and start rebuilding their economies that have been devastated by the pandemic. 8 countries recently announced that they will be allowing vaccinated tourists with either less Covid-19 entry requirements or none at all. 

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The World Tourism Organization (WTO) has called for a vaccine passport to be developed, labeling the concept essential in order for global tourism to restart. 

Is Cuba Open For Tourism?

Yes, Cuba is open to all countries for tourism. All countries with the exception of Canada must provide proof of a negative Covid-19 PCR test no older than 72 hours. 

Along with the test requirements there is an additional online form and travel insurance requirements

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bruno forletta

Tuesday 9th of February 2021

is there a cost to get this virus shot.and how many times do you need a shot...HMMMM.does anyone know......Do you need to isolate when you do...


Tuesday 9th of February 2021

All this talk about Cuba yet they've handle this pandemic better then most countries. Look at their numbers compared to the rest.. There is alot of Doctors that has studied in cuba yet you still trust them at your local hospitals. Lack of communication and the tight restrictions is the most problems in Cuba. Oh its own government too. Hopefully as of April the government will be changing a bit due to Castrol is stepping down.


Saturday 6th of February 2021

This vaccine looks to be tested on less than 1K people with no efficacy rate published that is easily searchable. I highly doubt it would be widely accepted in the event travel passports do become a thing and probably wouldn’t even meet the standards of most developed countries. I seriously hope people wouldn’t consider going to Cuba for this.


Friday 5th of February 2021

Wait, so if 3 shots are needed, how far apart must they be? Essentially, those tourists would need to stay several weeks in Cuba to get the full vaccination. From a financial standpoint, that's clever as hell. But totally unrealistic. Who has that much time to spend abroad? Even still, most westerners would not want to spend so much time there. I recall having water shut offs, power issues, and many issues at restaurants where less than half the menu was available because of shortages of ingredients, in the capital. Oh and I also got Hep A there on my first trip (low food sanitation measures in many places), in a different region of Cuba.

sharon eady

Friday 5th of February 2021

i had my flight to Cuba cancelled in January from the US. i thought they were closing again or at least stopping as many flights? so is Cuba open to US citizens?