Cuba will require all travelers to present proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test starting on January 1 after a surge in cases has prompted authorities to tighten entry requirements.
Here is everything travelers need to know about the new testing requirement for smooth entry into Cuba.
Cuba Will Require PCR Test For Travelers From All Countries
Since reopening in October, Cuba has seen a large surge in COVID-19 cases going from on average 50 new cases per day to well over 100 daily new cases in December.
To control the spread of the virus, the Cuban government is now requiring travelers from all countries to present proof of a negative COVID-19 test upon entry.
Important Update: Starting Jan 4, 2021 the pre-flight PCR test requirement has been REMOVED for travelers coming from Canada. Travelers from all other countries will still need to bring proof of a negative PCR test.
What Is The Timing For The New Testing Requirement?
All travelers must present proof of a negative COVID-19 test taken no older than 72 hours before traveling to Cuba.
Travelers will then be tested again upon arrival in Cuba. Tourists not staying in resorts will be asked to self isolate in their accommodation until a negative test result is received.
Why Did Cuba Add The Additional Test For Travelers?
According to data from the Cuban Ministry of Public Health, new cases of COVID-19 peaked on December 18th with 122 new cases.
Of the 122 new cases in Cuba on Friday, 66 were traced to cases that came from abroad and 68 were confirmed positive at the airport.
The additional test will add the extra layer of prevention the Cuban government hopes will slow down the rate of imported infections.
Additional Entry Requirements For Travelers
All travelers will be required to fill out a health declaration card before being allowed entry in Cuba.
Travelers must present proof of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken no older than 72 hours before travel.
Travelers arriving in Cuba will be tested at the airport for a second time upon arrival. The cost of this test is covered by the Cuban government.
Are There Still Quarantines In Cuba?
Tourists staying at hotels and resorts will not need to quarantine but must stay within the resort until negative test results are received.
Tourists staying at rental homes must self-isolate until a negative result is received. Usually 24-48 hours maximum.
Tourists staying with locals must quarantine for 1 week.
According to local authorities, many of the imported cases have reportedly stemmed from American travelers arriving from Miami.
Cuba has confirmed 10,384 cases and 139 deaths since the beginning of the pandemic.
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