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Airlines Updates

26.08.2020 Cubana during the month of September 2020 continues to operate scheduled domestic service only, on board ATR72 and EMB120 aircraft, based on OAG schedules listing as of 23AUG20. Planned operation as follows.

Additional changes remain highly possible.

Havana – Baracoa 2 weekly
Havana – Camaguey 1 weekly
Havana – Cayo Coco 5 weekly
Havana – Cayo Largo 2 weekly
Havana – Guantanamo Bay 1 weekly (2 weekly from 20SEP20)
Havana – Holguin 8 weekly
Havana – Nueva Gerona 14 weekly
Havana – Santiago de Cuba 8 weekly (11 weekly from week of 13SEP20)
Havana – Varadero 1 weekly
Varadero – Cayo Largo 14 weekly

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Full Restrictions
Open for travel from Cuba
Crossing Rules
  • Passengers are not permitted to enter Cuba.
  • This does not apply to
    • Nationals and residents of Cuba,
    • Passengers entering Cuba through Cayo Coco “Jardines del Rey Airport” (CCC), Cayo Largo del Sur “Vilo Acuna International Airport” (CYO) or Santa Clara Abel Santamaria Airport (SNU).
    • Crew members,
    • Passengers traveling for medical collaboration, humanitarian aid or cargo assistance.
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Flight Restrictions

published 10.08.2020

Passengers are not allowed to enter Cuba.
– This does not apply to passengers traveling to Cayo Coco, Cayo Largo, Cayo Santamaria, Cayo Guillermo or Cayo Cruz.

Passengers arriving in Cuba:
– are subject to medical screening; and
– must present a completed “Declaración de Sanidad del Viajero”.

Flights to Cuba are suspended.
This does not apply to humanitarian flights.
This does not apply to flights landing in Cayo Coco (CCC), Cayo Largo del Sur (CYO) or Santa Clara (SNU).

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Quarantine

Quarantine requirement at government designated site.

Current measures require all passengers arriving at Havana airport to go into quarantine for 14 days in a government facility (possibly hotel or hospital). This can be in their home Province.

All international tourists arriving on charter flights to the Cayos will have their temperature checked and a PCR (antigen) test. Anyone with respiratory problems may be isolated. Anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be hospitalised immediately. Otherwise, there is no quarantine requirement for all arrivals on these flights.

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Insurance
Certification

COVID-19 negative certification subject to special conditions.

All international tourists arriving on charter flights to the Cayos will have their temperature checked and a PCR (antigen) test. Anyone with respiratory problems may be isolated. Anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be hospitalised immediately.

Vaccination

Yellow fever (2019)
Country requirement at entry: a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required for travellers aged 9 months
or over arriving from countries with risk of yellow fever transmission and for travellers having transited for
more than 12 hours through an airport of a country with risk of yellow fever transmission.
WHO vaccination recommendation: no

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Full Restrictions

  • Cuba Latest News: On September 1, new COVID related restrictions were imposed in the province of Havana by the local government. (OSAC, 15.09.2020). Interprovincial transportation will be shut down, curfew in Havana extended until end of September (Reuters, 12.09.2020). Havana, other major cities remain closed to foreign travelers as borders reopen (Outlook India, 08.09.2020). Curfew imposed in Havana as COVID-19 cases rise (Reuters, 01.09.2020).

    International Restrictions:
    Commercial flights have partially resumed. No foreign sea vessels are allowed in Cuban waters until further notice. There may be exceptions made by Cuban authorities on the grounds of health, fuel or technical problems.There remain restrictions in place on entry to Cuba under the country’s phased recovery plan. There are currently two options for entry to Cuba, depending on whether you are a Cuban national, a permanent resident or a visitor: Cuban nationals and foreign nationals with valid permanent residency visas or permits for Cuba can enter via special repatriation flights, which are currently operating into Havana Airport only. These flights are subject to flight clearances. Foreign tourists can visit Cuba on international charter flights into the following destinations only: Cayo Coco, Cayo Cruz or Cayo Guillermo (served by Jardines del Rey airport); Cayo Santa Maria (flying into Santa Clara airport), or Cayo Largo del Sur. There are luggage limits of one case of up to 32kg per passenger, plus hand luggage.
    All returning Cuban nationals and foreign residents arriving on repatriation flights to Havana will have their temperature checked. Current measures require all passengers arriving at Havana airport to go into quarantine for 14 days in a government facility (possibly hotel or hospital). This can be in their home Province. All international tourists arriving on charter flights to the Cayos will have their temperature checked and a PCR (antigen) test. Anyone with respiratory problems may be isolated. Anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be hospitalised immediately. Otherwise, there is no quarantine requirement for all arrivals on these flights.

    Internal Restrictions:
    On 11 June, the Cuban Government set out three recovery phases that will gradually lift the measures in place. Havana was in phase one from 3 July. However, this ended on 10 August when stricter measures were re-introduced to control transmission in Havana, and further measures are being applied from 1 to 15 September (and may be extended). Anyone who does not follow the measures can be fined or prosecuted. There is a difference in travel and transport services for Provinces in different phases of the virus management or recovery plan. Face masks must be worn at all times when travelling on buses and in taxis.
    The Cayos: If you’re arriving on an international holiday charter flight to the Cayos, you will be transported to your resort by bus and must wear a mask during the transfer. Check with your tour operator and seek local advice if you have questions about excursions to other parts of Cuba. Only a few hotels have been opened following international sanitary regulations.

    Havana:On September 1, new COVID related restrictions were imposed in the province of Havana by the local government. The new restrictive measures are related to the movement of people and vehicles, and the sale of products. The new measures include a daily curfew from 7 p.m. until 5 a.m., reduced operating hours for essential businesses like supermarkets, and reduced availability of fuel. These measures have been extended until September 30, but may be extended further if COVID related health conditions do not improve. Non-compliance with these measures and hygiene protocols may result in fines and possibly more severe measures. There are taxis running to and from Havana airport. There will not be any train services until Havana is in phase 2.

    Car rental is not allowed. Other provinces.There are limited transport services in Mayabeque and Artemisa Provinces (in phase two) and less in Bauta Municipality in Artemisa Province (phase one), with limited passenger numbers allowed. Car rental is not allowed in Havana, Mayabeque or Artemisa. For all other Provinces in phase three (i.e. not Havana, Artemisa or Mayabeque), transport services within the Provinces have restarted, as has inter-provincial travel between those Provinces. Only passengers with tickets are allowed to enter bus stations.
    International tourists arriving on international charter flights are allowed into the hotels in the five Cayos. Hotels and guest houses are starting to reopen for Cubans and foreign residents of Cuba (known as ‘national tourism’) but to a limited occupancy (between 30 and 50%). Guests going to hotels must have a PCR test 48 hours in advance. Guests may have to wear face masks in some hotel facilities. Medical teams may visit to check on health of guests, including taking their temperature. Campsites are also starting to reopen to a limited capacity. Hotels must limit the numbers of people using facilities at any one time, especially swimming pools and elevators.
    Wearing a face mask in public is compulsory as is social distancing of a minimum of one metre. Between 1 and 15 September, shops in Havana will be open only between 0900h and 1600 between Monday and Saturday, and between 0900h and 1300h on Sunday. You are only allowed to go to shops within the Municipality where you are staying. Shops in all Provinces can open but must limit the number of customers within the shop. This means there are queues to enter shops. Cafés, bars and restaurants in Havana are only open for take away service, and those services may be further reduced between 1 and 15 September in line with other measures. In other provinces, they may re-open but must limit the opening hours, the number of customers and separate tables by 1.5 metres.No dancing is allowed during phase one or phase two of the recovery plan. The re-opening measures below apply to all Provinces except Havana, where stricter measures have been re-introduced from 9 August and such venues are closed again: Public parks will be open; Social clubs, gyms, museums, etc can re-open to a limited capacity and visitors must observe social distancing; Swimming pools can open to a limited capacity and to restricted visit times, to allow cleaning for the next opening times; Beaches are open but limited numbers of people are allowed during phase one and phase two. There will be personnel at the beaches to manage access; Churches are also able to re-open for services; In Havana, between 1 and 15 September, no outdoor exercise is allowed and anyone who organises a party will be prosecuted; Provinces in Phase three of the recovery plan (currently all except Havana, Artemis and Mayabeque), can start to re-open theatres and cinemas and hold some sporting events.

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    16.09.2020
  • Cuba Havana, other major cities remain closed to foreign travelers as borders reopen (Outlook India, 08.09.2020). Curfew imposed in Havana as COVID-19 cases rise (Reuters, 01.09.2020).

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    International restrictions:

    Commercial flights have partially resumed. No foreign sea vessels are allowed in Cuban waters until further notice. There may be exceptions made by Cuban authorities on the grounds of health, fuel or technical problems.There remain restrictions in place on entry to Cuba under the country’s phased recovery plan. There are currently two options for entry to Cuba, depending on whether you are a Cuban national, a permanent resident or a visitor: Cuban nationals and foreign nationals with valid permanent residency visas or permits for Cuba can enter via special repatriation flights, which are currently operating into Havana Airport only. These flights are subject to flight clearances. Foreign tourists can visit Cuba on international charter flights into the following destinations only: Cayo Coco, Cayo Cruz or Cayo Guillermo (served by Jardines del Rey airport); Cayo Santa Maria (flying into Santa Clara airport), or Cayo Largo del Sur. There are luggage limits of one case of up to 32kg per passenger, plus hand luggage.
    All returning Cuban nationals and foreign residents arriving on repatriation flights to Havana will have their temperature checked. Current measures require all passengers arriving at Havana airport to go into quarantine for 14 days in a government facility (possibly hotel or hospital). This can be in their home Province. All international tourists arriving on charter flights to the Cayos will have their temperature checked and a PCR (antigen) test. Anyone with respiratory problems may be isolated. Anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be hospitalised immediately. Otherwise, there is no quarantine requirement for all arrivals on these flights.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    On 11 June, the Cuban Government set out three recovery phases that will gradually lift the measures in place. Havana was in phase one from 3 July. However, this ended on 10 August when stricter measures were re-introduced to control transmission in Havana, and further measures are being applied from 1 to 15 September (and may be extended). Anyone who does not follow the measures can be fined or prosecuted. There is a difference in travel and transport services for Provinces in different phases of the virus management or recovery plan. Face masks must be worn at all times when travelling on buses and in taxis.
    The Cayos: If you’re arriving on an international holiday charter flight to the Cayos, you will be transported to your resort by bus and must wear a mask during the transfer. Check with your tour operator and seek local advice if you have questions about excursions to other parts of Cuba. Only a few hotels have been opened following international sanitary regulations.
    Havana:On September 1, new COVID related restrictions will be imposed in the province of Havana by the local government. The new restrictive measures are related to the movement of people and vehicles, and the sale of products. The new measures include a daily curfew from 7 p.m. until 5 a.m., reduced operating hours for essential businesses like supermarkets, and reduced availability of fuel. These measures will be in place until September 15, but may be extended if COVID related health conditions do not improve. Non-compliance with these measures and hygiene protocols may result in fines and possibly more severe measures. There are taxis running to and from Havana airport. There will not be any train services until Havana is in phase 2.
    Car rental is not allowed. Other provinces.There are limited transport services in Mayabeque and Artemisa Provinces (in phase two) and less in Bauta Municipality in Artemisa Province (phase one), with limited passenger numbers allowed. Car rental is not allowed in Havana, Mayabeque or Artemisa. For all other Provinces in phase three (i.e. not Havana, Artemisa or Mayabeque), transport services within the Provinces have restarted, as has inter-provincial travel between those Provinces. Only passengers with tickets are allowed to enter bus stations.
    International tourists arriving on international charter flights are allowed into the hotels in the five Cayos. Hotels and guest houses are starting to reopen for Cubans and foreign residents of Cuba (known as ‘national tourism’) but to a limited occupancy (between 30 and 50%). Guests going to hotels must have a PCR test 48 hours in advance. Guests may have to wear face masks in some hotel facilities. Medical teams may visit to check on health of guests, including taking their temperature. Campsites are also starting to reopen to a limited capacity. Hotels must limit the numbers of people using facilities at any one time, especially swimming pools and elevators.
    Wearing a face mask in public is compulsory as is social distancing of a minimum of one metre. Between 1 and 15 September, shops in Havana will be open only between 0900h and 1600 between Monday and Saturday, and between 0900h and 1300h on Sunday. You are only allowed to go to shops within the Municipality where you are staying. Shops in all Provinces can open but must limit the number of customers within the shop. This means there are queues to enter shops. Cafés, bars and restaurants in Havana are only open for take away service, and those services may be further reduced between 1 and 15 September in line with other measures. In other provinces, they may re-open but must limit the opening hours, the number of customers and separate tables by 1.5 metres.No dancing is allowed during phase one or phase two of the recovery plan. The re-opening measures below apply to all Provinces except Havana, where stricter measures have been re-introduced from 9 August and such venues are closed again: Public parks will be open; Social clubs, gyms, museums, etc can re-open to a limited capacity and visitors must observe social distancing; Swimming pools can open to a limited capacity and to restricted visit times, to allow cleaning for the next opening times; Beaches are open but limited numbers of people are allowed during phase one and phase two. There will be personnel at the beaches to manage access; Churches are also able to re-open for services; In Havana, between 1 and 15 September, no outdoor exercise is allowed and anyone who organises a party will be prosecuted; Provinces in Phase three of the recovery plan (currently all except Havana, Artemis and Mayabeque), can start to re-open theatres and cinemas and hold some sporting events.

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    08.09.2020
  • Cuba Curfew imposed in Havana as COVID-19 cases rise (Reuters, 01.09.2020). Canadian airlines plan to restart flights to Cuba from September (onCuba,10.08.2020).

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    International restrictions:

    All other commercial and charter flights are still suspended. No foreign sea vessels are allowed in Cuban waters until further notice. There may be exceptions made by Cuban authorities on the grounds of health, fuel or technical problems.There remain restrictions in place on entry to Cuba under the country’s phased recovery plan. There are currently two options for entry to Cuba, depending on whether you are a Cuban national, a permanent resident or a visitor: Cuban nationals and foreign nationals with valid permanent residency visas or permits for Cuba can enter via special repatriation flights, which are currently operating into Havana Airport only. These flights are subject to flight clearances. Foreign tourists can visit Cuba on international charter flights into the following destinations only: Cayo Coco, Cayo Cruz or Cayo Guillermo (served by Jardines del Rey airport); Cayo Santa Maria (flying into Santa Clara airport), or Cayo Largo del Sur. There are luggage limits of one case of up to 32kg per passenger, plus hand luggage.
    All returning Cuban nationals and foreign residents arriving on repatriation flights to Havana will have their temperature checked. Current measures require all passengers arriving at Havana airport to go into quarantine for 14 days in a government facility (possibly hotel or hospital). This can be in their home Province. All international tourists arriving on charter flights to the Cayos will have their temperature checked and a PCR (antigen) test. Anyone with respiratory problems may be isolated. Anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be hospitalised immediately. Otherwise, there is no quarantine requirement for all arrivals on these flights.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    On 11 June, the Cuban Government set out three recovery phases that will gradually lift the measures in place. Havana was in phase one from 3 July. However, this ended on 10 August when stricter measures were re-introduced to control transmission in Havana, and further measures are being applied from 1 to 15 September (and may be extended). Anyone who does not follow the measures can be fined or prosecuted. There is a difference in travel and transport services for Provinces in different phases of the virus management or recovery plan. Face masks must be worn at all times when travelling on buses and in taxis.
    The Cayos: If you’re arriving on an international holiday charter flight to the Cayos, you will be transported to your resort by bus and must wear a mask during the transfer. Check with your tour operator and seek local advice if you have questions about excursions to other parts of Cuba.
    Havana:On September 1, new COVID related restrictions will be imposed in the province of Havana by the local government. The new restrictive measures are related to the movement of people and vehicles, and the sale of products. The new measures include a daily curfew from 7 p.m. until 5 a.m., reduced operating hours for essential businesses like supermarkets, and reduced availability of fuel. These measures will be in place until September 15, but may be extended if COVID related health conditions do not improve. Non-compliance with these measures and hygiene protocols may result in fines and possibly more severe measures. There are taxis running to and from Havana airport. There will not be any train services until Havana is in phase 2.
    Car rental is not allowed. Other provinces.There are limited transport services in Mayabeque and Artemisa Provinces (in phase two) and less in Bauta Municipality in Artemisa Province (phase one), with limited passenger numbers allowed. Car rental is not allowed in Havana, Mayabeque or Artemisa. For all other Provinces in phase three (i.e. not Havana, Artemisa or Mayabeque), transport services within the Provinces have restarted, as has inter-provincial travel between those Provinces. Only passengers with tickets are allowed to enter bus stations.
    International tourists arriving on international charter flights are allowed into the hotels in the five Cayos. Hotels and guest houses are starting to reopen for Cubans and foreign residents of Cuba (known as ‘national tourism’) but to a limited occupancy (between 30 and 50%). Guests going to hotels must have a PCR test 48 hours in advance. Guests may have to wear face masks in some hotel facilities. Medical teams may visit to check on health of guests, including taking their temperature. Campsites are also starting to reopen to a limited capacity. Hotels must limit the numbers of people using facilities at any one time, especially swimming pools and elevators.
    Wearing a face mask in public is compulsory as is social distancing of a minimum of one metre. Between 1 and 15 September, shops in Havana will be open only between 0900h and 1600 between Monday and Saturday, and between 0900h and 1300h on Sunday. You are only allowed to go to shops within the Municipality where you are staying. Shops in all Provinces can open but must limit the number of customers within the shop. This means there are queues to enter shops. Cafés, bars and restaurants in Havana are only open for take away service, and those services may be further reduced between 1 and 15 September in line with other measures. In other provinces, they may re-open but must limit the opening hours, the number of customers and separate tables by 1.5 metres.No dancing is allowed during phase one or phase two of the recovery plan. The re-opening measures below apply to all Provinces except Havana, where stricter measures have been re-introduced from 9 August and such venues are closed again: Public parks will be open; Social clubs, gyms, museums, etc can re-open to a limited capacity and visitors must observe social distancing; Swimming pools can open to a limited capacity and to restricted visit times, to allow cleaning for the next opening times; Beaches are open but limited numbers of people are allowed during phase one and phase two. There will be personnel at the beaches to manage access; Churches are also able to re-open for services; In Havana, between 1 and 15 September, no outdoor exercise is allowed and anyone who organises a party will be prosecuted; Provinces in Phase three of the recovery plan (currently all except Havana, Artemis and Mayabeque), can start to re-open theatres and cinemas and hold some sporting events.

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    01.09.2020
  • Cuba Canadian airlines plan to restart flights to Cuba from September (onCuba,10.08.2020). Government reimposes lockdown in Havana (Reuters, 08.08.2020). Government partially reopens borders to international tourists (Xinhua, 02.07.2020).

    *****

    International restrictions:

    All other commercial and charter flights are still suspended. No foreign sea vessels are allowed in Cuban waters until further notice. There may be exceptions made by Cuban authorities on the grounds of health, fuel or technical problems.There remain restrictions in place on entry to Cuba under the country’s phased recovery plan. There are currently two options for entry to Cuba, depending on whether you are a Cuban national, a permanent resident or a visitor: Cuban nationals and foreign nationals with valid permanent residency visas or permits for Cuba can enter via special repatriation flights, which are currently operating into Havana Airport only. These flights are subject to flight clearances. Foreign tourists can visit Cuba on international charter flights into the following destinations only: Cayo Coco, Cayo Cruz or Cayo Guillermo (served by Jardines del Rey airport); Cayo Santa Maria (flying into Santa Clara airport), or Cayo Largo del Sur. There are luggage limits of one case of up to 32kg per passenger, plus hand luggage.
    All returning Cuban nationals and foreign residents arriving on repatriation flights to Havana will have their temperature checked. Current measures require all passengers arriving at Havana airport to go into quarantine for 14 days in a government facility (possibly hotel or hospital). This can be in their home Province. All international tourists arriving on charter flights to the Cayos will have their temperature checked and a PCR (antigen) test. Anyone with respiratory problems may be isolated. Anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be hospitalised immediately. Otherwise, there is no quarantine requirement for all arrivals on these flights.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    On 11 June, the Cuban Government set out three recovery phases that will gradually lift the measures in place. Havana was in phase one from 3 July. However, this ended on 10 August when stricter measures were re-introduced to control transmission in Havana, and further measures are being applied from 1 to 15 September (and may be extended). Anyone who does not follow the measures can be fined or prosecuted. There is a difference in travel and transport services for Provinces in different phases of the virus management or recovery plan. Face masks must be worn at all times when travelling on buses and in taxis.
    The Cayos: If you’re arriving on an international holiday charter flight to the Cayos, you will be transported to your resort by bus and must wear a mask during the transfer. Check with your tour operator and seek local advice if you have questions about excursions to other parts of Cuba.
    Havana:On September 1, new COVID related restrictions will be imposed in the province of Havana by the local government. The new restrictive measures are related to the movement of people and vehicles, and the sale of products. The new measures include a daily curfew from 7 p.m. until 5 a.m., reduced operating hours for essential businesses like supermarkets, and reduced availability of fuel. These measures will be in place until September 15, but may be extended if COVID related health conditions do not improve. Non-compliance with these measures and hygiene protocols may result in fines and possibly more severe measures. There are taxis running to and from Havana airport. There will not be any train services until Havana is in phase 2.
    Car rental is not allowed. Other provinces.There are limited transport services in Mayabeque and Artemisa Provinces (in phase two) and less in Bauta Municipality in Artemisa Province (phase one), with limited passenger numbers allowed. Car rental is not allowed in Havana, Mayabeque or Artemisa. For all other Provinces in phase three (i.e. not Havana, Artemisa or Mayabeque), transport services within the Provinces have restarted, as has inter-provincial travel between those Provinces. Only passengers with tickets are allowed to enter bus stations.
    International tourists arriving on international charter flights are allowed into the hotels in the five Cayos. Hotels and guest houses are starting to reopen for Cubans and foreign residents of Cuba (known as ‘national tourism’) but to a limited occupancy (between 30 and 50%). Guests going to hotels must have a PCR test 48 hours in advance. Guests may have to wear face masks in some hotel facilities. Medical teams may visit to check on health of guests, including taking their temperature. Campsites are also starting to reopen to a limited capacity. Hotels must limit the numbers of people using facilities at any one time, especially swimming pools and elevators.
    Wearing a face mask in public is compulsory as is social distancing of a minimum of one metre. Between 1 and 15 September, shops in Havana will be open only between 0900h and 1600 between Monday and Saturday, and between 0900h and 1300h on Sunday. You are only allowed to go to shops within the Municipality where you are staying. Shops in all Provinces can open but must limit the number of customers within the shop. This means there are queues to enter shops. Cafés, bars and restaurants in Havana are only open for take away service, and those services may be further reduced between 1 and 15 September in line with other measures. In other provinces, they may re-open but must limit the opening hours, the number of customers and separate tables by 1.5 metres.No dancing is allowed during phase one or phase two of the recovery plan. The re-opening measures below apply to all Provinces except Havana, where stricter measures have been re-introduced from 9 August and such venues are closed again: Public parks will be open; Social clubs, gyms, museums, etc can re-open to a limited capacity and visitors must observe social distancing; Swimming pools can open to a limited capacity and to restricted visit times, to allow cleaning for the next opening times; Beaches are open but limited numbers of people are allowed during phase one and phase two. There will be personnel at the beaches to manage access; Churches are also able to re-open for services; In Havana, between 1 and 15 September, no outdoor exercise is allowed and anyone who organises a party will be prosecuted; Provinces in Phase three of the recovery plan (currently all except Havana, Artemis and Mayabeque), can start to re-open theatres and cinemas and hold some sporting events.

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    31.08.2020
  • Cuba Canadian airlines plan to restart flights to Cuba from September (onCuba,10.08.2020). Government reimposes lockdown in Havana (Reuters, 08.08.2020). Government partially reopens borders to international tourists (Xinhua, 02.07.2020).

    *****

    International restrictions:

    All other commercial and charter flights are still suspended. No foreign sea vessels are allowed in Cuban waters until further notice. There may be exceptions made by Cuban authorities on the grounds of health, fuel or technical problems.There remain restrictions in place on entry to Cuba under the country’s phased recovery plan. There are currently two options for entry to Cuba, depending on whether you are a Cuban national, a permanent resident or a visitor: Cuban nationals and foreign nationals with valid permanent residency visas or permits for Cuba can enter via special repatriation flights, which are currently operating into Havana Airport only. These flights are subject to flight clearances. Foreign tourists can visit Cuba on international charter flights into the following destinations only: Cayo Coco, Cayo Cruz or Cayo Guillermo (served by Jardines del Rey airport); Cayo Santa Maria (flying into Santa Clara airport), or Cayo Largo del Sur. There are luggage limits of one case of up to 32kg per passenger, plus hand luggage.
    All returning Cuban nationals and foreign residents arriving on repatriation flights to Havana will have their temperature checked. Current measures require all passengers arriving at Havana airport to go into quarantine for 14 days in a government facility (possibly hotel or hospital). This can be in their home Province. All international tourists arriving on charter flights to the Cayos will have their temperature checked and a PCR (antigen) test. Anyone with respiratory problems may be isolated. Anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be hospitalised immediately. Otherwise, there is no quarantine requirement for all arrivals on these flights.

    *****

    Internal restrictions:

    On 11 June, the Cuban Government set out three recovery phases that will gradually lift the measures in place. Havana was in phase one from 3 July. However, this ended on 10 August when stricter measures were re-introduced to control transmission in Havana, and further measures are being applied from 1 to 15 September (and may be extended). Anyone who does not follow the measures can be fined or prosecuted. There is a difference in travel and transport services for Provinces in different phases of the virus management or recovery plan. Face masks must be worn at all times when travelling on buses and in taxis.
    The Cayos: If you’re arriving on an international holiday charter flight to the Cayos, you will be transported to your resort by bus and must wear a mask during the transfer. Check with your tour operator and seek local advice if you have questions about excursions to other parts of Cuba.
    Havana: From 1 to 15 September, people are only allowed out between 0500h and 1900h. All public and private transport services are suspended, and there are restrictions on private transport allowed. There are no transport services and no journeys are allowed between Havana and other Provinces; police check points are in place. There are taxis running to and from Havana airport. There will not be any train services until Havana is in phase 2. Car rental is not allowed. Other provinces.There are limited transport services in Mayabeque and Artemisa Provinces (in phase two) and less in Bauta Municipality in Artemisa Province (phase one), with limited passenger numbers allowed. Car rental is not allowed in Havana, Mayabeque or Artemisa. For all other Provinces in phase three (i.e. not Havana, Artemisa or Mayabeque), transport services within the Provinces have restarted, as has inter-provincial travel between those Provinces. Only passengers with tickets are allowed to enter bus stations.
    International tourists arriving on international charter flights are allowed into the hotels in the five Cayos. Hotels and guest houses are starting to reopen for Cubans and foreign residents of Cuba (known as ‘national tourism’) but to a limited occupancy (between 30 and 50%). Guests going to hotels must have a PCR test 48 hours in advance. Guests may have to wear face masks in some hotel facilities. Medical teams may visit to check on health of guests, including taking their temperature. Campsites are also starting to reopen to a limited capacity. Hotels must limit the numbers of people using facilities at any one time, especially swimming pools and elevators.
    Wearing a face mask in public is compulsory as is social distancing of a minimum of one metre. Between 1 and 15 September, shops in Havana will be open only between 0900h and 1600 between Monday and Saturday, and between 0900h and 1300h on Sunday. You are only allowed to go to shops within the Municipality where you are staying. Shops in all Provinces can open but must limit the number of customers within the shop. This means there are queues to enter shops. Cafés, bars and restaurants in Havana are only open for take away service, and those services may be further reduced between 1 and 15 September in line with other measures. In other provinces, they may re-open but must limit the opening hours, the number of customers and separate tables by 1.5 metres.No dancing is allowed during phase one or phase two of the recovery plan. The re-opening measures below apply to all Provinces except Havana, where stricter measures have been re-introduced from 9 August and such venues are closed again: Public parks will be open; Social clubs, gyms, museums, etc can re-open to a limited capacity and visitors must observe social distancing; Swimming pools can open to a limited capacity and to restricted visit times, to allow cleaning for the next opening times; Beaches are open but limited numbers of people are allowed during phase one and phase two. There will be personnel at the beaches to manage access; Churches are also able to re-open for services; In Havana, between 1 and 15 September, no outdoor exercise is allowed and anyone who organises a party will be prosecuted; Provinces in Phase three of the recovery plan (currently all except Havana, Artemis and Mayabeque), can start to re-open theatres and cinemas and hold some sporting events.

    Read more
    28.08.2020
  • Cuba Canadian airlines plan to restart flights to Cuba from September (onCuba,10.08.2020). Government reimposes lockdown in Havana (Reuters, 08.08.2020). Government partially reopens borders to international tourists (Xinhua, 02.07.2020).

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    International restrictions:

    All other commercial and charter flights are still suspended. No foreign sea vessels are allowed in Cuban waters until further notice. There may be exceptions made by Cuban authorities on the grounds of health, fuel or technical problems.There remain restrictions in place on entry to Cuba under the country’s phased recovery plan. There are currently two options for entry to Cuba, depending on whether you are a Cuban national, a permanent resident or a visitor: Cuban nationals and foreign nationals with valid permanent residency visas or permits for Cuba can enter via special repatriation flights, which are currently operating into Havana Airport only. These flights are subject to flight clearances. Foreign tourists can visit Cuba on international charter flights into the following destinations only: Cayo Coco, Cayo Cruz or Cayo Guillermo (served by Jardines del Rey airport); Cayo Santa Maria (flying into Santa Clara airport), or Cayo Largo del Sur. There are luggage limits of one case of up to 32kg per passenger, plus hand luggage.
    All returning Cuban nationals and foreign residents arriving on repatriation flights to Havana will have their temperature checked. Current measures require all passengers arriving at Havana airport to go into quarantine for 14 days in a government facility (possibly hotel or hospital). This can be in their home Province. All international tourists arriving on charter flights to the Cayos will have their temperature checked and a PCR (antigen) test. Anyone with respiratory problems may be isolated. Anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be hospitalised immediately. Otherwise, there is no quarantine requirement for all arrivals on these flights.

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    Internal restrictions:

    There is a difference in travel and transport services for Provinces in different phases of the virus management or recovery plan. In Havana, all public transport and private taxi services have been suspended again (from 9 August). Private cars are allowed for transport but for specific reasons such as shopping, essential work, medical etc. There are limited transport services in Mayabeque and Artemisa Provinces (in phase two) and less in Bauta Municipality in Artemisa Province (phase one), with limited passenger numbers allowed. There are no transport services allowed between Havana, or Bauta Municipality with the other Provinces or Municipalities. There may be police check points in and out of Havana and Bauta. Car rental is not allowed in Havana, Mayabeque or Artemisa. There are taxis running to and from Havana airport.
    There will not be any train services until Havana is in phase 2. For all other Provinces in phase three (i.e. not Havana, Artemisa or Mayabeque) the transport services within the Provinces have restarted as has inter-provincial travel between those Provinces. Only passengers with tickets are allowed to enter the bus stations. Face masks must be worn at all times when travelling on buses and in taxis. Tourists arriving on charter flights to the Cayos will be transported to their resort by bus and must wear a mask during the transfer. Tourists in the five Cayos can rent cars but they cannot leave the Cayo.
    International tourists are allowed into the Hotels in the five Cayos, arriving on international charter flights. Hotels and guest houses are starting to reopen for Cubans and foreign residents of Cuba (known as ‘national tourism’) but to a limited occupancy (between 30 and 50%). Guests going to hotels must have a PCR test 48 hours in advance. Guests may have to wear face masks in some hotel facilities. Medical teams may visit to check on health of guests, including taking their temperature. Campsites are also starting to reopen to a limited capacity. Hotels must limit the numbers of people using facilities at any one time, especially swimming pools and elevators.
    Wearing a face mask in public is compulsory as is social distancing of a minimum of one metre. Shops in all Provinces can open but must limit the number of customers within the shop. This means there are queues to enter shops. Cafés, bars and restaurants in Havana are only open for take away service. In other provinces, they may re-open but must limit the opening hours, the number of customers and separate tables by 1.5 metres. No dancing is allowed during phase one or phase two of the recovery plan.The re-opening measures below apply to all Provinces except Havana, where stricter measures have been re-introduced from 9 August and such venues are closed again: Social clubs, gyms, museums, etc can re-open to a limited capacity and visitors must observe social distancing. Swimming pools can open to a limited capacity and to restricted visit times, to allow cleaning for the next opening times. Beaches are open but limited numbers of people are allowed during phase one and phase two. There will be personnel at the beaches to manage access. Churches are also able to re-open for services. Provinces in Phase three of the recovery plan (currently all except Havana, Artemis and Mayabeque), can start to re-open theatres and cinemas and hold some sporting events.

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    21.08.2020
  • Cuba Canadian airlines plan to restart flights to Cuba from September (onCuba,10.08.2020). Government reimposes lockdown in Havana (Reuters, 08.08.2020). Government partially reopens borders to international tourists (Xinhua, 02.07.2020).

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    International restrictions:

    There are limited flight options available, with Havana airport open for humanitarian and repatriation flights. Only Cuban nationals and foreign nationals with permanent residency permits can enter, subject to clearance, on those flights. All commercial and charter flights are suspended from entering or leaving Cuba until 1 September 2020 and this date may be subject to further review. No foreign sea vessels are allowed in Cuban waters until further notice. On sea vessels, there may be exceptions made by Cuban authorities on the grounds of health, fuel or technical problems. Under the government’s phased recovery plan, the current rules on entry are: Cuban nationals and foreign nationals who are permanent residents of Cuba can enter (Havana is the only airport, and only with repatriation flights at present); no foreign visitors are allowed to enter the country until phase three of the national recovery plan, when commercial flights resume, except for: from 1 July, foreign tourists can come to Cuba again with international charter flights directly to these destinations: Cayo Coco, Cayo Cruz or Cayo Guillermo (served by Jardines del Rey airport); Cayo Santa Maria (flying into Santa Clara airport), or Cayo Largo del Sur, with luggage limits of one case of up to 32kgs per passenger plus hand luggage. Foreign boats (yachts, etc) are not allowed in Cuban waters yet.
    All returning Cuban nationals and foreign residents arriving to Havana (the only airport open) will have their temperature checked. All international tourists arriving on charter flights to the Cayos will have their temperature checked and a PCR (antigen) test. Anyone with respiratory problems may be isolated. Anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be hospitalised immediately. Current measures require all passengers arriving at Havana airport to go into quarantine for fourteen days, in a government facility (possibly hotel or hospital). This can be in their home Province.

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    Internal restrictions:

    There is a difference in travel and transport services for Provinces in different phases of the virus management or recovery plan. In Havana, all public transport and private taxi services have been suspended again (from 9 August). Private cars are allowed for transport but for specific reasons such as shopping, essential work, medical etc. There are limited transport services in Mayabeque and Artemisa Provinces (in phase two) and less in Bauta Municipality in Artemisa Province (phase one), with limited passenger numbers allowed. There are no transport services allowed between Havana, or Bauta Municipality with the other Provinces or Municipalities. There may be police check points in and out of Havana and Bauta. Car rental is not allowed in Havana, Mayabeque or Artemisa. There are taxis running to and from Havana airport.
    There will not be any train services until Havana is in phase 2. For all other Provinces in phase three (i.e. not Havana, Artemisa or Mayabeque) the transport services within the Provinces have restarted as has inter-provincial travel between those Provinces. Only passengers with tickets are allowed to enter the bus stations. Face masks must be worn at all times when travelling on buses and in taxis. Tourists arriving on charter flights to the Cayos will be transported to their resort by bus and must wear a mask during the transfer. Tourists in the five Cayos can rent cars but they cannot leave the Cayo.
    International tourists are allowed into the Hotels in the five Cayos, arriving on international charter flights. Hotels and guest houses are starting to reopen for Cubans and foreign residents of Cuba (known as ‘national tourism’) but to a limited occupancy (between 30 and 50%). Guests going to hotels must have a PCR test 48 hours in advance. Guests may have to wear face masks in some hotel facilities. Medical teams may visit to check on health of guests, including taking their temperature. Campsites are also starting to reopen to a limited capacity. Hotels must limit the numbers of people using facilities at any one time, especially swimming pools and elevators.
    Wearing a face mask in public is compulsory as is social distancing of a minimum of one metre. Shops in all Provinces can open but must limit the number of customers within the shop. This means there are queues to enter shops. Cafés, bars and restaurants in Havana are only open for take away service. In other provinces, they may re-open but must limit the opening hours, the number of customers and separate tables by 1.5 metres. No dancing is allowed during phase one or phase two of the recovery plan.The re-opening measures below apply to all Provinces except Havana, where stricter measures have been re-introduced from 9 August and such venues are closed again: Social clubs, gyms, museums, etc can re-open to a limited capacity and visitors must observe social distancing. Swimming pools can open to a limited capacity and to restricted visit times, to allow cleaning for the next opening times. Beaches are open but limited numbers of people are allowed during phase one and phase two. There will be personnel at the beaches to manage access. Churches are also able to re-open for services. Provinces in Phase three of the recovery plan (currently all except Havana, Artemis and Mayabeque), can start to re-open theatres and cinemas and hold some sporting events.

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    14.08.2020
  • Cuba Canadian airlines plan to restart flights to Cuba from September (onCuba,10.08.2020). Government reimposes lockdown in Havana (Reuters, 08.08.2020). Government partially reopens borders to international tourists (Xinhua, 02.07.2020).

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    International restrictions:

    Havana airport is open for humanitarian and repatriation flights. Only Cuban nationals and foreign residents can enter on those flights. All commercial and charter flights are suspended from entering or leaving Cuba until 15 August 2020 (inclusive and subject to review). From 1 July, Tourists can enter Cuba on international charter flights arriving directly into these destinations: Cayo Coco, Cayo Cruz or Cayo Guillermo (served by Jardines del Rey airport); Cayo Santa Maria (flying into Santa Clara airport), or Cayo Largo del Sur. Passengers may only bring one check-in bag each, up to a maximum of 32kgs.
    Foreign boats (yachts, etc) are not allowed in Cuban waters yet. All returning Cuban nationals and foreign residents arriving to Havana (the only airport open) will have their temperature checked. All international tourists arriving on charter flights to the Cayos will have their temperature checked and a PCR (antigen) test. Anyone with respiratory problems may be isolated. Anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be hospitalised immediately.

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    Internal restrictions:

    There is a difference in travel and transport services for Provinces in different phases of the virus management or recovery plan. In Havana, all public transport and private taxi services have been suspended again (from 9 August). Private cars are allowed for transport but for specific reasons such as shopping, essential work, medical etc. There are limited transport services in Mayabeque and Artemisa Provinces (in phase two) and less in Bauta Municipality in Artemisa Province (phase one), with limited passenger numbers allowed. There are no transport services allowed between Havana, or Bauta Municipality with the other Provinces or Municipalities. There may be police check points in and out of Havana and Bauta. Car rental is not allowed in Havana, Mayabeque or Artemisa. There are taxis running to and from Havana airport.
    There will not be any train services until Havana is in phase 2. For all other Provinces in phase three (i.e. not Havana, Artemisa or Mayabeque) the transport services within the Provinces have restarted as has inter-provincial travel between those Provinces. Only passengers with tickets are allowed to enter the bus stations. Face masks must be worn at all times when travelling on buses and in taxis. Tourists arriving on charter flights to the Cayos will be transported to their resort by bus and must wear a mask during the transfer. Tourists in the five Cayos can rent cars but they cannot leave the Cayo.
    International tourists are allowed into the Hotels in the five Cayos, arriving on international charter flights. Hotels and guest houses are starting to reopen for Cubans and foreign residents of Cuba (known as ‘national tourism’) but to a limited occupancy (between 30 and 50%). Guests going to hotels must have a PCR test 48 hours in advance. Guests may have to wear face masks in some hotel facilities. Medical teams may visit to check on health of guests, including taking their temperature. Campsites are also starting to reopen to a limited capacity. Hotels must limit the numbers of people using facilities at any one time, especially swimming pools and elevators.
    Wearing a face mask in public is compulsory as is social distancing of a minimum of one metre. Shops in all Provinces can open but must limit the number of customers within the shop. This means there are queues to enter shops. Cafés, bars and restaurants in Havana are only open for take away service. In other provinces, they may re-open but must limit the opening hours, the number of customers and separate tables by 1.5 metres. No dancing is allowed during phase one or phase two of the recovery plan.The re-opening measures below apply to all Provinces except Havana, where stricter measures have been re-introduced from 9 August and such venues are closed again: Social clubs, gyms, museums, etc can re-open to a limited capacity and visitors must observe social distancing. Swimming pools can open to a limited capacity and to restricted visit times, to allow cleaning for the next opening times. Beaches are open but limited numbers of people are allowed during phase one and phase two. There will be personnel at the beaches to manage access. Churches are also able to re-open for services. Provinces in Phase three of the recovery plan (currently all except Havana, Artemis and Mayabeque), can start to re-open theatres and cinemas and hold some sporting events.

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    11.08.2020
  • Cuba Government partially reopens borders to international tourists (Xinhua, 02.07.2020).

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    International restrictions:

    Havana airport is open for humanitarian and repatriation flights. Only Cuban nationals and foreign residents can enter on those flights. All commercial and charter flights are suspended from entering or leaving Cuba until 15 August 2020 (inclusive and subject to review). From 1 July, Tourists can enter Cuba on international charter flights arriving directly into these destinations: Cayo Coco, Cayo Cruz or Cayo Guillermo (served by Jardines del Rey airport); Cayo Santa Maria (flying into Santa Clara airport), or Cayo Largo del Sur. Passengers may only bring one check-in bag each, up to a maximum of 32kgs.
    Foreign boats (yachts, etc) are not allowed in Cuban waters yet. All returning Cuban nationals and foreign residents arriving to Havana (the only airport open) will have their temperature checked. All international tourists arriving on charter flights to the Cayos will have their temperature checked and a PCR (antigen) test. Anyone with respiratory problems may be isolated. Anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be hospitalised immediately.

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    Internal restrictions:

    There is a difference in travel and transport services for Provinces in Phase 1 (Havana and Bauta Municipality in Artemisa Province), Phase 2 (Matanzas and Artemisa) and the rest of the country in Phase 3 of the national recovery plan. Transport services have started to resume in Havana and Matanzas, with limited numbers of passengers allowed on buses and in taxis. There are no transport services allowed between Havana, Matanzas, or Bauta Municipality with the other Provinces or Municipalities. Car rental is not allowed in Havana or Matanzas. There are taxis running to and from Havana airport. There will not be any train services until Havana is in phase 2. For all other Provinces (not Havana and Matanzas), the transport services within the Provinces have restarted as has inter-provincial travel between those Provinces in Phase three of the recovery plan. Only passengers with tickets are allowed to enter the bus stations.
    Face masks must be worn at all times when travelling on buses and in taxis. Tourists arriving on charter flights to the Cayos (see Entry and Borders above) will be transported to their resort by bus and must wear a mask during the transfer. Tourists in the five Cayos can rent cars but they cannot leave the Cayo. Hotels and guest houses are starting to reopen for Cubans and foreign residents of Cuba (known as ‘national tourism’) but to a limited occupancy (between 30 and 50%). Guests may have to wear face masks in some hotel facilities. Medical teams may visit to check on health of guests, including taking their temperature. Campsites are also starting to reopen to a limited capacity. International tourists are allowed into the Hotels in the five Cayos, arriving on international charter flights. Hotels must limit the numbers of people using facilities at any one time, especially swimming pools and elevators.
    Wearing a face mask in public is compulsory as is social distancing of a minimum of one metre. Shops in all Provinces can open but must limit the number of customers within the shop. This means there are queues to enter shops. Cafés, bars and restaurants are re-opening but must limit the opening hours, the number of customers and separate tables by 1.5 metres. No dancing is allowed during phase one or phase two of the recovery plan. Social clubs, gyms, museums, etc are also re-opening to a limited capacity and visitors must observe social distancing. Swimming pools can open to a limited capacity and to restricted visit times, to allow cleaning for the next opening times. Beaches are open but limited numbers of people are allowed during phase one and phase two. There will be personnel at the beaches to manage access. Churches are also able to re-open for services. Provinces in Phase three of the recovery plan (currently all except Havana and Matanzas), can start to re-open theatres and cinemas and hold some sporting events.

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    07.08.2020
  • Cuba Government partially reopens borders to international tourists (Xinhua, 02.07.2020).

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    International restrictions:

    Havana airport is open for humanitarian and repatriation flights. Only Cuban nationals and foreign residents can enter on those flights. All commercial and charter flights are suspended from entering or leaving Cuba until 15 August 2020 (inclusive) (subject to review). From 1 July, Tourists can enter Cuba on international charter flights arriving directly into these destinations: Cayo Coco, Cayo Cruz or Cayo Guillermo (served by Jardines del Rey airport); Cayo Santa Maria (flying into Santa Clara airport), or Cayo Largo del Sur. Passengers may only bring one check-in bag each, up to a maximum of 32kgs.
    Foreign boats (yachts, etc) are not allowed in Cuban waters yet.

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    Internal restrictions:

    There is a difference in travel and transport services for Provinces in Phase 1 (Havana), Phase 2 (Matanzas) and the rest of the country in Phase 3 of the national recovery plan.Transport services have started to resume in Havana and Matanzas, with limited numbers of passengers allowed on buses and in taxis. There are no transport services allowed between Havana or Matanzas with the other Provinces. Car rental is not allowed in Havana or Matanzas.There are taxis running to and from Havana airport.There will not be any train services until Havana is in phase 2. For all other Provinces (not Havana and Matanzas), the transport services within the Provinces have restarted as has inter-provincial travel between those Provinces in Phase three of the recovery plan. Only passengers with tickets are allowed to enter the bus stations. Face masks must be worn at all times when travelling on buses and in taxis. Tourists arriving on charter flights to the Cayos will be transported to their resort by bus and must wear a mask during the transfer. Tourists in the five Cayos can rent cars but they cannot leave the Cayo.
    Hotels and guest houses are starting to reopen for Cubans and foreign residents of Cuba (known as ‘national tourism’) but to a limited occupancy (between 30 and 50%). Guests may have to wear face masks in some hotel facilities. Medical teams may visit to check on health of guests, including taking their temperature. Campsites are also starting to reopen to a limited capacity. International tourists are allowed into the Hotels in the five Cayos, arriving on international charter flights.
    Shops in all Provinces can open but must limit the number of customers within the shop. This means there are queues to enter shops.
    Cafés, bars and restaurants are re-opening but must limit the number of customers and separate tables by 1.5 metres. No dancing is allowed during phase one or phase two of the recovery plan.
    Social clubs, gyms, museums, etc are also re-opening to a limited capacity and visitors must observe social distancing. Swimming pools can open to a limited capacity and to restricted visit times, to allow cleaning for the next opening times.
    Beaches are open but limited numbers of people are allowed during phase one and phase two. There will be personnel at the beaches to manage access. Churches are also able to re-open for services.
    Provinces in Phase three of the recovery plan (currently all except Havana and Matanzas), can start to re-open theatres and cinemas and hold some sporting events.

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    30.07.2020
  • Cuba Government partially reopens borders to international tourists (Xinhua, 02.07.2020). Lockdown restrictions to ease in Havana starting 3 July (Reuters, 01.07.2020).

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    International restrictions:

    All commercial and charter flights are suspended from entering or leaving Cuba until August 1st 2020. A travel ban for Cuban citizens is also in effect, dual citizens are affected by this, if you are dual citizen check with local immigration authorities to determine your status in Cuba. This date may be subject to further review. Havana airport is open for humanitarian and repatriation flights. No foreign sea vessels are allowed in Cuban waters until further notice. On sea vessels, there may be exceptions made by Cuban authorities on the grounds of health, fuel or technical problems.

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    Internal restrictions:

    There is a difference in travel and transport services for Provinces in Phase 1 (Havana), Phase 2 (Matanzas) and the rest of the country in Phase 3 of the national recovery plan.Transport services have started to resume in Havana and Matanzas, with limited numbers of passengers allowed on buses and in taxis. There are no transport services allowed between Havana or Matanzas with the other Provinces. Car rental is not allowed in Havana or Matanzas.There are taxis running to and from Havana airport.There will not be any train services until Havana is in phase 2. For all other Provinces (not Havana and Matanzas), the transport services within the Provinces have restarted as has inter-provincial travel between those Provinces in Phase three of the recovery plan. Only passengers with tickets are allowed to enter the bus stations. Face masks must be worn at all times when travelling on buses and in taxis. Tourists arriving on charter flights to the Cayos will be transported to their resort by bus and must wear a mask during the transfer. Tourists in the five Cayos can rent cars but they cannot leave the Cayo.

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    23.07.2020
  • Cuba Government partially reopens borders to international tourists (Xinhua, 02.07.2020). Lockdown restrictions to ease in Havana starting 3 July (Reuters, 01.07.2020).

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    International restrictions:

    All commercial and charter flights are suspended from entering or leaving Cuba until 31 July 2020. This date may be subject to further review. Havana airport is open for humanitarian and repatriation flights. No foreign sea vessels are allowed in Cuban waters until further notice. On sea vessels, there may be exceptions made by Cuban authorities on the grounds of health, fuel or technical problems.
    Under the government’s phased recovery plan, the current rules on entry are: Cuban nationals and foreign residents can enter (Havana is the only airport, and only with repatriation flights at present); no foreign visitors are allowed to enter the country until phase three of the national recovery plan, except for from 1 July, tourists can come to Cuba again with international charter flights directly to these destinations: Cayo Coco, Cayo Cruz or Cayo Guillermo (served by Jardines del Rey airport); Cayo Santa Maria (flying into Santa Clara airport), or Cayo Largo del Sur., with luggage limits of one case of up to 32kgs per passenger plus hand luggage. All returning Cuban nationals and foreign residents arriving to Havana (the only airport open) will have their temperature checked. All international tourists arriving on charter flights to the Cayos will have their temperature checked and a PCR (antigen) test. Anyone with respiratory problems may be isolated. Anyone who tests positive for coronavirus will be hospitalised immediately. Current measures require all passengers arriving at Havana airport to go into quarantine for 14 days, in a government facility (possibly hotel or hospital). This can be in their home Province.

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    Internal restrictions:

    There is a difference in travel and transport for Provinces in Phase 1 (Havana and Matanzas) and the rest in phase 2 of the national recovery plan.
    Transport services are starting to resume in Havana and Matanzas, with limited numbers of passengers allowed on buses and in taxis. There are no transport services allowed between Havana and Matanzas or with other Provinces. Car rental is not allowed. There are taxis running to and from the airport. There will not be any train services until Havana is in phase 2. For all other Provinces, the transport services within the Provinces have been resuming, with limited numbers of passengers, as has inter-provincial travel between Provinces in phase two of the recovery plan. Only passengers with tickets are allowed to enter the bus stations. Face masks must be worn at all times when travelling on buses and in taxis. Tourists arriving on charter flights to the Cayos will be transported to their resort by bus and must wear a mask during the transfer. Tourists in the five Cayos can rent cars but they cannot leave the Cayo.
    Hotels and guest houses are starting to reopen for Cubans and foreign residents of Cuba (known as ‘national tourism’) but to a limited occupancy (between 30 and 50%). Guests may have to wear face masks in some hotel facilities. Medical teams may visit to check on health of guests, including taking their temperature. Campsites are also starting to reopen to a limited capacity.
    International tourists are only allowed into the Hotels in the five Cayos, arriving on international charter flights. Hotels must limit the numbers of people using facilities at any one time, especially swimming pools and elevators. Wearing a face mask in public is compulsory as is social distancing of a minimum of one metre. Shops in all Provinces can open but must limit the number of customers within the shop. This means there are queues to enter shops. Cafés, bars and restaurants are re-opening but must limit the number of customers (around 30% capacity) and separate tables by 1.5 metres. No dancing is allowed during phase one or phase two of the recovery plan. Social clubs, gyms, museums, etc. are also re-opening to a limited capacity and visitors must observe social distancing. Swimming pools can open to a limited capacity and to restricted visit times, to allow cleaning for the next opening times. Beaches are open but limited numbers of people are allowed during phase one and phase two. There will be personnel at the beaches to manage access. Churches are also able to re-open for services. Provinces in phase two of the recovery plan (currently all except Havana and Matanzas), can start to re-open theatres and cinemas and hold some sporting events.

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    09.07.2020
  • Cuba Government partially reopens borders to international tourists (Xinhua, 02.07.2020). Lockdown restrictions to ease in Havana starting 3 July (Reuters, 01.07.2020).

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    International restrictions:

    All commercial and charter flights are suspended from entering or leaving Cuba until 31 July 2020, and this date may be subject to further review. No foreign sea vessels are allowed in Cuban waters until further notice. On sea vessels, there may be exceptions made by Cuban authorities on the grounds of health, fuel or technical problems. Only Cuban nationals and foreign residents of Cuba are allowed to enter Cuba, and will be put in government-managed self-isolation accommodation for 14 days. Returning residents are taken to their province of residence for quarantine.Under the government’s phased recovery plan, the rules on entry are: no foreign visitors allowed to enter the country now or when a Province is in phase 1; from 1 July, tourists will be allowed to come to Cuba again with international charter flights directly to these destinations: Cayo Coco, Cayo Cruz or Cayo Guillermo (served by Jardines del Rey airport); Cayo Santa Maria (flying into Santa Clara airport), or Cayo Largo del Sur. Tour operators can start selling these holidays now, with luggage limits of one case of up to 32kgs per passenger plus hand luggage, Everyone will be tested on arrival (a ‘PCR’ swab and a temperature test) and will be transferred directly to their resorts. Anyone that has a positive test result will be transferred to a hospital; in the last phase, tourists will be allowed to enter on any flight to Cuba. Currently all Provinces are in the first group mentioned above, therefore no tourists can enter Cuba. There is no fixed date for when a Province will move to the next phase.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Wearing masks in public places is compulsory, including in vehicles. People must maintain a minimum of distance of one metre between them. People should not leave their accommodation unless there are essential reasons, e.g. to get money, go to a clinic, go to the airport (only when flights resume). All excursions are suspended. A medic will visit the hotel twice per day. As the number of guests in hotels reduces, hotels will close and the guests will be moved into one hotel. Tourists can only stay in authorised casas particulars (private houses), and must stay in the house or may be moved to government hotels. The government will cover the transport. The cost of the hotel may not be the same as the private house. All discos, nightclubs, gymnasiums, etc (government or private owned for public access, and in hotels) are closed. Restaurants and bars have restricted services; only delivery or take away services will be allowed. Camp sites are closed.Tourists can only move around for essential trips and in officially authorised and licensed transport, e.g. yellow taxis to go to a clinic. Tourists can no longer rent cars. Transport between provinces is suspended. Urban transport services have been limited from 11 April to essential services and fewer people are allowed to travel in a bus or car. Private taxi services are suspended. Car rental is not allowed. People cannot travel from Havana to any Provinces in phase 1 recovery. Nor can anyone visit Havana unless they have special permission. There is an increased police presence in the streets and shops, to monitor that people are following the measures.
    Provinces in Phase 1: Wearing masks in public places is compulsory, including in vehicles. People in queues, or public places, must maintain a minimum of distance of one metre between them. Restaurants, bars, gyms, swimming pools and beaches will re-open but must observe limits on number of people, following distancing requirements, and rules on opening hours. Public and private transport services within the Province will resume but there will limits on the numbers of passengers to observe distancing. Only passengers will be allowed into bus or train terminals. Car rental is not allowed.

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    02.07.2020
  • Cuba On June 5, the Cuban Government extended the closure of the airport until at least August 1 (OASC, 08.06.2020)

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    International restrictions:

    All commercial and charter flights are suspended from entering or leaving Cuba until 31 July 2020, and this date may be subject to further review. No foreign sea vessels are allowed in Cuban waters until further notice. On sea vessels, there may be exceptions made by Cuban authorities on the grounds of health, fuel or technical problems. Only Cuban nationals and foreign residents of Cuba are allowed to enter Cuba, and will be put in government-managed self-isolation accommodation for 14 days. Returning residents are taken to their province of residence for quarantine.Under the government’s phased recovery plan, the rules on entry are: no foreign visitors allowed to enter the country now or when a Province is in phase 1; from 1 July, tourists will be allowed to come to Cuba again with international charter flights directly to these destinations: Cayo Coco, Cayo Cruz or Cayo Guillermo (served by Jardines del Rey airport); Cayo Santa Maria (flying into Santa Clara airport), or Cayo Largo del Sur. Tour operators can start selling these holidays now, with luggage limits of one case of up to 32kgs per passenger plus hand luggage, Everyone will be tested on arrival (a ‘PCR’ swab and a temperature test) and will be transferred directly to their resorts. Anyone that has a positive test result will be transferred to a hospital; in the last phase, tourists will be allowed to enter on any flight to Cuba. Currently all Provinces are in the first group mentioned above, therefore no tourists can enter Cuba. There is no fixed date for when a Province will move to the next phase.

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    Internal restrictions:

    Wearing masks in public places is compulsory, including in vehicles. People must maintain a minimum of distance of one metre between them. People should not leave their accommodation unless there are essential reasons, e.g. to get money, go to a clinic, go to the airport (only when flights resume). All excursions are suspended. A medic will visit the hotel twice per day. As the number of guests in hotels reduces, hotels will close and the guests will be moved into one hotel. Tourists can only stay in authorised casas particulars (private houses), and must stay in the house or may be moved to government hotels. The government will cover the transport. The cost of the hotel may not be the same as the private house. All discos, nightclubs, gymnasiums, etc (government or private owned for public access, and in hotels) are closed. Restaurants and bars have restricted services; only delivery or take away services will be allowed. Camp sites are closed.Tourists can only move around for essential trips and in officially authorised and licensed transport, e.g. yellow taxis to go to a clinic. Tourists can no longer rent cars. Transport between provinces is suspended. Urban transport services have been limited from 11 April to essential services and fewer people are allowed to travel in a bus or car. Private taxi services are suspended. Car rental is not allowed. People cannot travel from Havana to any Provinces in phase 1 recovery. Nor can anyone visit Havana unless they have special permission. There is an increased police presence in the streets and shops, to monitor that people are following the measures.
    Provinces in Phase 1: Wearing masks in public places is compulsory, including in vehicles. People in queues, or public places, must maintain a minimum of distance of one metre between them. Restaurants, bars, gyms, swimming pools and beaches will re-open but must observe limits on number of people, following distancing requirements, and rules on opening hours. Public and private transport services within the Province will resume but there will limits on the numbers of passengers to observe distancing. Only passengers will be allowed into bus or train terminals. Car rental is not allowed.

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    26.06.2020
  • Cuba On June 5, the Cuban Government extended the closure of the airport until at least August 1 (OASC, 08.06.2020)

    Flights to Cuba are suspended.
    – This does not apply to humanitarian flights.
    Effective 1 July 2020:
    Flights to Cayo Coco (CCC), Cayo Largo del Sur (CYO) or Santa Clara (SNU) restart.

    International restrictions:

    All borders will be closed until further notice. Only Cuban citizens and permanent residents will be permitted entrance and must undergo 14 days of quarantine. Inbound and outbound commercial flights have been suspended.

    Internal restrictions:

    Local governments have been implementing lockdown measures thus far on a locality-by-locality basis. All public transportation has been suspended until further notice. Nightly curfews remain in effect in Santiago de Cuba from 19.00 and in Consolacion del Sur from 20.00.

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    24.06.2020
  • Cuba On June 5, the Cuban Government extended the closure of the airport until at least August 1 (OASC, 08.06.2020)
    Cuba has suspended all flights into the country, except for humanitarian aid flights.

    International restrictions:

    All borders will be closed until further notice. Only Cuban citizens and permanent residents will be permitted entrance and must undergo 14 days of quarantine. Inbound and outbound commercial flights have been suspended.

    Internal restrictions:

    Local governments have been implementing lockdown measures thus far on a locality-by-locality basis. All public transportation has been suspended until further notice. Nightly curfews remain in effect in Santiago de Cuba from 19.00 and in Consolacion del Sur from 20.00.

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    09.06.2020
  • Cuba Government plans to reopen airports on 7 July (Miami Herald, 16.05.2020)
    Cuba has suspended all flights into the country, except for humanitarian aid flights.

    International restrictions:

    All borders will be closed until further notice. Only Cuban citizens and permanent residents will be permitted entrance and must undergo 14 days of quarantine. Inbound and outbound commercial flights have been suspended.

    Internal restrictions:

    Local governments have been implementing lockdown measures thus far on a locality-by-locality basis. All public transportation has been suspended until further notice. Nightly curfews remain in effect in Santiago de Cuba from 19.00 and in Consolacion del Sur from 20.00.

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    01.06.2020
  • Cuba Government plans to reopen airports on 7 July (Miami Herald, 16.05.2020) Cuba has suspended all flights into the country, except for humanitarian aid flights.

    International restrictions:

    All borders will be closed until further notice. Only Cuban citizens and permanent residents will be permitted entrance and must undergo 14 days of quarantine. Inbound and outbound commercial flights have been suspended.

    Internal restrictions:

    Local governments have been implementing lockdown measures thus far on a locality-by-locality basis. All public transportation has been suspended until further notice. Nightly curfews remain in effect in Santiago de Cuba from 19.00 and in Consolacion del Sur from 20.00.

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    25.05.2020
  • Cuba Government plans to reopen airports on 7 July (Miami Herald, 16.05.2020) Cuba suspended all commercial flights until 31 May. Passengers are not allowed to enter Cuba. – This does not apply to nationals of Cuba resident in Cuba, who will be subject to 14-day quarantine. – This does not apply to passengers with permanent or temporal residence in Cuba, who will be subject to 14-day quarantine. Effective 02 April 2020: Flights to Cuba are suspended. – This does not apply to humanitarian flights.

    Internal restrictions:

    Local governments have been implementing lockdown measures thus far on a locality-by-locality basis. For example, Camilo Cienfuegos (Pinar del Rio province) and the El Carmelo section of the capital Havana have been placed on lockdown, with entry and exit from the areas prohibited until further notice. All public transportation has been suspended until further notice.. Nightly curfews remain in effect in Santiago de Cuba from 19.00 and in Consolacion del Sur from 20.00.

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    18.05.2020
  • Cuba All borders closed until further notice. Inbound and outbound commercial flights have been suspended.

    Passengers are not allowed to enter Cuba.
    – This does not apply to nationals of Cuba resident in Cuba, who will be subject to 14-day quarantine.
    – This does not apply to passengers with permanent or temporal residence in Cuba, who will be subject to 14-day quarantine.
    Effective 02 April 2020:
    Flights to Cuba are suspended.
    – This does not apply to humanitarian flights.

    Internal restrictions:

    Local governments have been implementing lockdown measures thus far on a locality-by-locality basis. For example, Camilo Cienfuegos (Pinar del Rio province) and the El Carmelo section of the capital Havana have been placed on lockdown, with entry and exit from the areas prohibited until further notice.
    All public transportation has been suspended until further notice.

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    10.05.2020
  • Source US State Dept. COVID-19 Country Specific Information/
    Foreign travel advice, Gov.UK/
    OSAC/
    Ministry of Health/
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