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Cuba Will Require PCR Test From All Travelers

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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. 

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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.

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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. 

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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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Tuesday 5th of January 2021

You are very welcome but as we all know things change very quickly if you have an appointment booked i would keep it until the day begire your appointment is scheduled. Happy travels everyone


Monday 4th of January 2021

As of this morning cuba has exempt canada from doing the 72 hour test before your arrival into cuba . I called ministry of tourism cuba in Toronto to confirm it.

Kashlee Kucheran

Monday 4th of January 2021

Thanks for this tip Angela! We are looking into it :)

bruno forletta

Thursday 24th of December 2020

so what happens if you dont have a test. whatt can they do....and if you have a negetive result, why cuba needs to test you again, its in sane.....

Kashlee Kucheran

Saturday 26th of December 2020

If you do not have the negative test, you will not be able to board the plane in your home country

sharon eady

Wednesday 23rd of December 2020

Hello! If I’m staying in an Airbnb renting the entire place not sharing it with a local would that be considered the 24-48 hours or a week quarantine?

Kashlee Kucheran

Thursday 24th of December 2020

From what I have been told, I believe the 24-48 hours, but you might have to contact the Cuban tourism board to be sure


Wednesday 23rd of December 2020

The BC center for Disease Control in Canada send a text message showing letting you know your results. Would this be sufficient for the Cuban Immigration officials? If not, what do we need to provide?

Kashlee Kucheran

Wednesday 23rd of December 2020

I am not sure what types of tests they do, etc. But if it is a PCR test, and it was taken with results available within the 72-hour time period, and it has your name, etc, then I don't see why not.