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Cuba Reopening For Tourism To U.S. Travelers Without Testing

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Cuba has become the latest country to announce that it will be reopening to travelers, and is set to do so without any testing requirements from November 15th. The island will be allowing travelers from around the world to enter, as it hopes to kickstart both its domestic and international tourism industries before the turn of the new year. 

A destination shrouded in mystery for years for many Americans thanks to various political embargos and travel bans throughout recent history, the number of Americans taking the short flight to Cuba has risen exponentially over the past decade, with Americans now second to only Canadians when it comes to which nationalities visit the island. Here’s a closer look at Covid-19 in Cuba and their plans to reopen.

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Covid-19 In Cuba – Information For Travelers

During periods in which many nations were struggling with the spread of Covid-19, Cuba managed to keep the situation under control. It took the country until January 2021 to register 1,000 positive cases of Covid-19 in a day, and the country hovered around that figure for months. However, the past couple of months have been tough on the island. Cuba measured its all-time high of just below 10,000 positive cases in late August, whilst at present, the island is averaging just about 7,000 cases per day as it struggles against the spread of the Delta variant.

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Relatively speaking, the country is making steady progress with its vaccination campaign. To date, 4.6m people in Cuba are fully vaccinated – 41% of its population – whilst 52% have received one dose of the vaccine. The country has also put its faith in its vaccination efforts, claiming that 90% of the population will be vaccinated by November – after which the country plans to reopen to international travelers.

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Cuba To Reopen – Information For Travelers

Whilst other countries would be doubling down on their restrictions in the wake of a surge in Covid-19 cases, Cuba is set to further reopen to travelers – without the need for travelers to get tested prior to their arrival. The easing of restrictions was revealed in a statement by Cuba’s Ministry of Tourism, who also stated that it is set to come into effect from November 15th. 

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According to information printed in the Cuban Comminist Party newspaper Granma, Cuba will be relaxing its Covid-19 related airport measures. The story read:

“Hygienic-sanitary protocols will be made more flexible upon travelers’ arrival, focusing on monitoring symptomatic patients and taking temperature. In addition, diagnostic tests will be carried out randomly, a PCR test will not be required upon arrival and travelers’ vaccination certificate will be recognized.”

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It is not yet known whether that means vaccine certificates or proof of vaccination will be required to enter, with more information expected to be published in the coming days. The proposed updates would be a dramatic change to the current restrictions regarding entry to Cuba. At present, travelers heading to Cuba have to undergo Covid-19 testing as well as stay in government-managed quarantine facilities.

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With tourism accounting for as much as 10% of Cuba’s economy, the country will be hoping that it hits its vaccination targets and can proceed with its reopening plans. For Travelers keen to take in Havana’s stunning old town, pose with its classic cares or simply experience its lively, colorful culture, they won’t have to wait much longer.

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anonymous for safety

Thursday 9th of September 2021

The number of covid cases is overwhelming..everything the Cuban government says is a lie and thats the truth. There are hundreds of men women and children of all ages dying everyday. They have no wood to build coffins, they have no medicine to treat sick in hospitals, there is no medication in the pharmacies..some are saying the government is putting medicine on the black markets which is 100 times more expensive so they make more money( this is speculation but probable) their hospitals are disgusting, there is no food, there is no beer, the inflation is insane, the line-ups at the stores go around the block...when they test you for covid the result is usually a false positive so they can ship you to "one of their centers" and bill you for the treatment and you cant leave the island til your bill is paid...this is just the tip of the iceberg...you are insane if you go to Cuba for a vacation...good luck

jackie finley

Thursday 9th of September 2021

Do you still have to take a covid test 72 hrs before you leave cuba to go back to Canada

Kashlee Kucheran

Thursday 9th of September 2021

Yes, Canada is requiring all travelers from any country have a 72-hour PCR test

Rolando Santana

Thursday 9th of September 2021

Do not go to Cuba, the goverment lies about Covid cases, there are hundreds every day, also they lies about that Don't need COVID-19, they just want to chrge 100 dollars for making the test, beware of this government they just want the money, they dont care about your helth or you.

Siggy Toia

Thursday 9th of September 2021

@Rolando Santana, You are right, this government never tells you the truth

Luis

Thursday 9th of September 2021

This is what happens when you control the media. They can report that they only have a few cases when we know that they really have a serious covid problem over there.

Mercedes Esquivel

Thursday 9th of September 2021

Totally crazy, with countless cases of Covid in the island, and horrible hospital facilities (well I guess tourists can go to hospitals where only tourists can go)people that travel there are totally out of their minds, to add to that the political unrests on the island. They are using a tourists to bring the US dollars. Totally inconceivable 😷